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Carly Fiorina – 2016 Presidential Candidate

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Carly Fiorina 2016 Presidential Candidate

Carly Fiorina 2016 Presidential Candidate

Cara Carleton “Carly” Fiorina (née Sneed ; born September 6, 1954)  was a candidate for the United States Senate in 2010, Fiorina ruled out running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, but did not rule out running for President in 2016. Fiorina formally announced her intentions to run for the Republican nomination on May 4 2015.  Her business background and status as the only female CEO amongst a sea of “suited men” were viewed as positives with Republican strategists.

Shortly after announcing her entry in the 2016 election, social media referenced her tenure as Hewlett- Packard’s (HP) CEO and chair as a basis for her run for President. Commentators challenged her claim of success citing dozens of examples of why Fiorina allegedly failed in her leadership roles at HP and Lucent. Discussions revolved around the 30,000 U.S. job cuts as well as offshoring, that Fiorina directed during her tenure at HP, contrasting with the high compensation bonuses she received from the company and the events surrounding her resignation from HP. Fiorina’s campaign manager attempted to deflect the criticism saying, “she worked hard to keep as many jobs as possible”. Fiorina’s  defenders argued that she made decisions that weren’t always  popular in attempts to turn around a struggling firm.

Her performances in early debates for the Republican nomination, particularly her rebukes of Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the September 2015 debate earned a significant spike in the polls from 3% to 15% . This was short lived as her polling numbers dropped to 4% in October and 3% in December. As a result Fiorina was dropped from the debate in February 2016.  On February 10, 2016 Fiorina suspended her campaign due to weak results in Iowa and New Hampshire. On March 9, 2016 Fiorina announced her endorsement for Ted Cruz.


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Epstein, Reid (April 22, 2015). “Carly Fiorina to Launch Presidential Campaign on May 4”. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 26, 2015.

Allen, Cooper (February 10, 2016). “Carly Fiorina suspends GOP presidential bid”. USA Today. Retrieved February 10, 2016.

Lee, MJ (May 5, 2015). “Carly Fiorina’s HP record clouds her campaign launch”. CNN. Retrieved May 6, 2015.



  1. oportosanto April 15, 2016

    Running for president is no joke, that is why many withdraw way before it happens. All our personal and professional background is under scrutiny, but failing at HP doesn’t mean she would fail in everything else obviously.

  2. jamesandrews April 18, 2016

    I’m not surprised that Fiorina’s campaign fell flat on its face. She didn’t have a stellar business career – some might even say it ended in failure – and even in a bad bunch of candidates she stood out as being especially inept.

    Maybe in another 4 years she’ll have gained some more knowledge of how the presidential race is to be won. But for this year it just wasn’t her turn…..

  3. oportosanto April 29, 2016

    Yeah, maybe this year was just to gain experience for the future or simply to gain support to endorse it to others. On one thing we do agree, her career didn’t help.

  4. Norjak71 May 2, 2016

    Carly Fiorina was viciously attacked during her debates by Donald Trump and she stood up for herself which I admire whole-heartedly; however, all of her policies are completely toxic and it makes me dislike her even more now that Ted Cruz has announced her as her running mate. Didn’t she come out and say Cruz wasn’t fit to be president, and now shes endorsing him by hopping on his bandwagon?

  5. oportosanto May 4, 2016

    If we are smart, it’s not that hard to shine with Trump because his arguments are fairly easy to be turned around. As for her policies, that’s what we should really be focusing on, but sadly most of the time we don’t even pay attention to that.

  6. ToneyWatermeloney May 9, 2016

    I think she’s very brave for standing up for herself when she was attacked by Trump. After all, when you run for president anything and everything you’ve ever done is being put under the magnifying glass for the entire world to see (though most of the world doesn’t even care about America to be completely honest).

  7. oportosanto May 10, 2016

    Well, under the magnifying glass of the US of course, considering it’s our elections. At the same time she was brave indeed, just not sure if that will be enough. Glad she faced Trump though.

  8. nytegeek May 19, 2016

    This campaign may have been over before it started to be honest. I wish she had hung on long enough to at least try and do some damage to Trump though. All these folks on the conservative side aren’t doing anybody any justice by dropping out even if they can’t win.

  9. sharatharadhya May 19, 2016

    I think it was wise of her to withdraw as she would not have made it. Just because someone couldn’t be elected doesn’t mean they were not worth the post. She must Contest again and try her best to win. Women need to get into Politics more and I believe that this would result in a positive Change in the society and give women a better Social Status. She has plenty of time until the next elections and she should try her best to win the trust of people.

  10. oportosanto May 23, 2016

    Even withdrawing she gained a lot of exposure and had the opportunity to share her views, so she is way more known and respected now that before.

  11. Marty June 3, 2016

    I guess I haven’t heard much from this candidate. Since it’s already June, how soon will the (un)hopeful candidates drop out of the race?

    What I do find hopeful about Ms. Fiorina, is the fact that she thought there was a chance the United States is ready for a woman leader. In fact, I saw a recent poll that says more men than women think that this country is ready for a female president!

    But she must be strong enough that the inevitable attacks don’t completely destroy her confidence. That takes a bold personality, perhaps even some arrogance. If you don’t think you can win, why even begin?

  12. oportosanto June 20, 2016

    She has dropped out of the race long ago I believe, I think there is no question Hillary is the candidate to beat Trump, no question about that.

  13. Socialism sucks July 12, 2016

    I like her. She’s as tough as nails, and on the ball. I would rather see her as our 1st female president then Hillary. Too bad she dropped out.


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