On May 4, 2015, Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announced her candidacy for president of the United States. Right out of the gate, she started criticizing the heavily favored Democratic candidate, Hilary Clinton, highlighting the recent e-mail scandal.
Fiorina will be entering a crowded Republican presidential candidate field. She has portrayed herself as a Washington outsider who will improve the economy with her high-level business experience. The question is, will this platform be enough to launch her out of the primaries and beat Hilary? The simple answer is no.
Her portrayal as an “outsider” of Washington’s corruption sounds appealing at first, but it’s nothing more than a mask for lack of political experience. After her years in business, she showed interest in politics by addressing the Republican National Convention in 2008. She ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in California in 2010, marred by her conservative stances on social issues, such as abortion.
With no significant political experience, she stands no chance running against prominent Republican candidates with high-level political experience such as Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, let alone Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who has served as First Lady, senator from New York and the Secretary of State under President Obama.
Fiorina’s promise to improve economic outlook and to help American businesses grow is rooted in her days as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
Once regarded as the “most powerful woman in business,” by Forbes Magazine, she ended her tenure as “the worst tech CEO,” by Times Magazine towards the end of the Great Recession. She was eventually fired and upon her firing, HP’s stock rose nearly seven percent. She only has experience running a well-established technology company; by no means is she prepared to run the largest global economy.
According to recent polls by CNBC, she only has one percent support from Republican voters.
She has a long shot of coming out of the Republican primaries, even more so to beat Hilary. Some believe she is angling for a vice presidential run from the publicity of running in the primaries, but nothing is certain. One thing that is certain is that the upcoming Republican primaries will be one for the ages, as there hasn’t been a race this open since the 1976 primaries.