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2016: Carly Fiorina Is In …

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LONGSHOT GIVES IT A GO … 

|| By FITSNEWS || Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina officially entered the “Republican” presidential primary this week – becoming the fifth announced candidate on the GOP side.

“I am running for president,” Fiorina tweeted Monday morning.

Shortly after that, the 60-year-old Austin, Texas native appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America t0 flesh out her reasons for running.

“I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works,” Fiorina said on the show.  “I understand the world; who’s in it.”

Ok …

Fiorina is the only female seeking the GOP nod, which – as we’ve seen – has made her an effective critic of presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton.  In fact Fiorina took Clinton to task in her announcement, saying the former first lady/ senator/ secretary of state is “clearly not trustworthy.”

“She has not been transparent about a whole set of things that matter,” she said.

That’s an understatement … 

Fiorina has never held elected office.  She was defeated soundly by liberal U.S. senator Barbara Boxer in a 2010 race for one of California’s U.S. Senate seats.   Fiorina – who gave $6.5 million to her own campaign – has previously supported establishment “Republicans” like U.S. senator John McCain.  In fact she campaigned for McCain in 2008, defending his selection of Sarah Palin as vice presidential nominee and attacking Palin’s critics as “sexists.”

Fiorina joins retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, U.S. senator Ted Cruz, U.S. senator Rand Paul and U.S. senator Marco Rubio as an announced “Republican” candidate.  Numerous other GOP contenders – including early 2016 frontrunners Jeb Bush and Scott Walker – are expectedly to formally enter the race in the coming months.

On the Democratic side, Clinton and socialist independent U.S. senator Bernie Sanders are the only two announced candidates.

Does Fiorina stand a chance?

Probably not.  In fact her bid appears to be less about winning and more about positioning – with sources close to her campaign telling FITS she’s eyeing a possible vice presidential nod (or a cabinet appointment within a “Republican” administration).

Still, her gender should ensure that her campaign receives disproportionate press coverage (especially on anti-Clinton pronouncements) and Fiorina has shown herself to be an adept messenger.  Also she’s got a compelling personal narrative as a breast cancer survivor.

On the “minus” side?  Her 2010 defeat and stormy tenure at Hewlett Packard.

Anyway, to learn more about Fiorina’s candidacy, visit her official campaign website.

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