“I think it’s very difficult for your first role in politics to be President of the United States.”
— Meg Whitman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO and HP Inc. chairman, on Carly Fiorina. Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who is now a U.S. presidential candidate, has never been elected to public office, although she has run for Senate and been involved with Republican party efforts.
Whitman has expressed empathy for Fiorina over cutting jobs — between the two of them, they’ve slashed tens of thousands of jobs at HP. But the failed California gubernatorial candidate told CNN: “While I think business strengths are important, I also think having worked in government is an important part of the criteria.” Whitman has thrown her support behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Photo: Chair of the American Conservative Union Foundation Carly Fiorina speaks about the “War on Women” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2015. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)