Friday 15 November 2019

Carly Fiorina only woman to throw hat into ring in Republican White House race

Carly Fiorina, who is running for the Republican nomination.
Carly Fiorina, who is running for the Republican nomination.

Raf Sanchez

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard co-chief executive, is running for president, becoming the only woman in the pack of Republican candidates for the White House in 2016.

Once one of the most powerful women in the American corporate world, Ms Fiorina announced her bid during an appearance on ABC News's 'Good Morning America' show.

"Yes, I am running for president. I think I'm the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works.

"I understand the world, who's in it, how the world works," she said.

Ms Fiorina registers near the bottom of polls of the dozen or so Republican hopefuls and has never held public office.

But she has already attracted warm receptions at events in the early voting state of Iowa, where she is positioning herself as a conservative, pro-business Republican highly critical of likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

She joins Rand Paul, the libertarian junior senator for Kentucky; Marco Rubio, the youthful senator from Florida; Ted Cruz, the Texas senator; and Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, in announcing their intention to run for the White House.

Two other potential candidates, who are already polling strongly - Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and brother of George W Bush - have yet to declare.

Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is also believed to be considering seeking the nomination.

Mrs Fiorina, who survived breast cancer, is likely to be the only woman to seek the 2016 Republican nomination.

Her supporters believe this could stand her in good stead in a confrontation with Ms Clinton, who is seen as certain to be the Democrats' presidential candidate.

An outspoken critic of Mrs Clinton on Fox News, Mrs Fiorina argues that the former First Lady, New York senator and Secretary of State, would be unable to "play the gender card" if she ran.

Mrs Fiorina has made much of her rise from a career which started as a secretary and culminated in heading one of the world's largest technology companies.

But her record at Hewlett-Packard could also provide ammunition for her opponents.

Ms Fiorina was forced by HP to resign in 2005 as the tech company struggled to digest Compaq after a $19 billion merger.

The company's share price rose after she was ousted. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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