Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina officially launched her bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination on Monday.
She made the announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and on Twitter.
“I am running for President,” Fiorina wrote.
Her candidacy is widely viewed as a bit of a long shot. Her tenure at HP earned poor reviews and she lost her only other political campaign: a 2010 Senate race.
In that contest, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) relentlessly attacked Fiorina’s record at HP, which included everything from layoffs to sales to Iran. Fiorina insists her critics have mischaracterized what she accomplished as CEO.
Fiorina defended her HP accomplishments on her new campaign website.
Regardless, Fiorina is likely to make at least a little bit of a splash in 2016. She will probably be the only female Republican running for the White House, and she has generated headlines by being one of the most vocal critics of the Democratic front-runner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Fiorina has also been willing to throw barbs at her fellow business leaders. Earlier this month, she called Apple CEO Tim Cook a hypocrite for speaking out against Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law, which critics claimed would have allowed for businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
“When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he’s in, including China and Saudi Arabia,” she told The Journal. “But I don’t hear him being upset about that.” (Cook didn’t call for a boycott of Indiana).
Three major Republicans have already announced their 2016 bids: Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). A number of other candidates are expected to join them in the coming weeks and months.
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