Carly Fiorina is the second woman and the first former chief executive to join the 2016 presidential campaign.
Ms. Fiorina’s has a long-shot campaign, according to polls which show only a small section of Republicans would support her at this stage. The bid has nevertheless gained the attention of most conservatives in early nominating states, mostly because of her attacks on Mrs. Clinton and her anti-abortion position.
“I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand executive decision-making, which is making a tough call in a tough time with high stakes,” Ms. Fiorina told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Monday.
Her announcement arrived the same day as another Republican, Ben Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, joined the race for the White House, bringing the number of Republican candidates to five. At east eight more are expected to join the presidential campaign.
Ms. Fiorina mentioned in a conference with reporters that her background in the corporate sector, where she worked her way up from secretary to chief executive of technology giant Hewlett-Packard is her advantage in a crowded Republican field which consists mostly of senators and governors.
“Our nation was intended to be a citizen government, and somehow we’ve come to this place in our nation’s history where we think we need a professional political class,” she explained, adding that it is a “pivotal point for our nation and is totally reasonable to look outside the political class.”
In an interview for ABC on Monday, Ms. Fiorina mentioned she had “a lot of admiration” for Mrs. Clinton, but then criticized Mrs. Clinton’s for her use of private email as secretary of state, the handling of an attack on the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and also donations from foreign nations to the Clinton Foundation. “She has not been transparent about a whole set of things that matter,” Ms. Fiorina said.
A breast cancer survivor, Ms. Fiorina is 60 years old and. Her announcement on Monday comes at the same time with the release of her new book, “Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey,” which explains how she worked her way up the corporate ladder until 1999, when she was chosen to run Hewlett-Packard, becoming the largest publicly traded company ever to have a woman as its leader.
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