Will Carly Fiorina run for president?

Carly v. Hillary?

It may happen in 2016.

Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard who lost her 2010 race for the U.S. Senate, may be exploring a run for president, reports U.S. News & World Report.

The speculation is based on a trip Fiorina made last week to New Hampshire, which holds its primary first. She was there to promote “Unlocking Potential,” or “UP” for short, her new political action committee that aims to engage women in the political process and boost their interest in Republican candidates, says the report.

This wasn’t her first trip to New Hampshire this year, and the report points out that among the states her political group has set up shop is Iowa, another early primary state.

Jim Merrill, an adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 New Hampshire campaign, told U.S. News:

I thought of it as a testing-the-waters exercise and she got a great response. It was very clear to me she’s someone taking the temperature of New Hampshire.

Fiorina has never retreated from politics. She has been vice chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She is a regular on political talk shows. More recently, she has been pushing back on the Democratic campaign that the Republicans are engaging in “a war against women,” as CNN reported.

In an interview with S.E. Cupp, Fiorina deflected the question of whether she would run for president one day:

You never know! I never close off any possibility in life. And when people encourage you to do it you have to think about it. But right now I’m focused on the UP Project and getting candidates elected for 2014.

Above: Carly Fiorina in 2010. (Gary Reyes /Mercury News)


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  • You have to be kidding… Queen Carly as POTUS! This is the woman who
    Screwed Hewlett Packard, then walked with a $34 million Golden Parachute that
    included a two year service contract for her laptop worth a humongous $42. Then
    ran for the US Senate in 2010, and got her gnarly clock wiped clean…

  • disqus_0UUwyoEYXY

    I have to agree with George. Carly single-handedly killed the spirit of the company that gave Silicon Valley its soul.

    I worked for HP during both the pre and Carly years. This woman doesn’t have any managerial talent whatsoever. You can think of her as the female, Republican version of Barack Obama: all image, zero substance. With Carly it is all about her, nothing about those she allegedly serves (be it the customers/shareholders/employees of HP or the American people should she run for office).

    I know that people in general, and this valley in particular, have very short attention spans, but anybody thinking about considering her seriously, is welcome to read the book “Backfire: Carly Fiorina’s High-Stakes Battle for the Soul of Hewlett-Packard” to learn how she tried to make of HP in her image for her own self aggrandizing purposes. She destroyed both HP and herself in the process.

    The fact that no company has been willing to give her a chance to run a high tech business in the last 9 years shows that people who matter in high tech do not hold her in high regard. She should do all of us a favor and enjoy her retirement. She had a chance and she failed spectacularly.

  • Cliff Geneson

    Why not? Just continue the incompetence of POTUS we’ve had for the last 40 years or so…

  • ellafino

    Oh please yes, it would be Sarah Palin redux.

  • MikeH

    Hahahahahah. Good one!