Born Cara Carleton Sneed, Carly Fiorina (who changed her name in 1985 when she married her current husband, Frank Fiorina) stands poised to bring the rare blend of feminine gender and high-level business credentials to the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Thoroughly educated in Business Administration and Marketing, she has served in executive positions for AT&T and that company's spinoff, Lucent, and most prominently held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005.|
One of Fiorina's major liabilities is a complete lack of a political resume, as she has never held any public office. Following her advocacy and work for John McCain's presidential campaign, she did try for the California Senate seat then held by Democrat Barbara Boxer, but was soundly defeated. As such, she lacks a history of policy implementation and a voting record to define her political leanings, but her stated positions are solidly conservative. She opposes abortion, is critical of fears over climate change, and worries that proposed efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions – particularly the controversial “cap and trade” system - would be prohibitively costly in the amount of jobs that stand to be lost. She has stated that she herself voted for a measure in California to legally define marriage as a heterosexual union between one man and one woman, a measure which passed at the ballot box but was subsequently ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.
While appealing to conservatives for these positions, Fiorina may have cause to fear the emergence of various skeletons in her closet should she choose to run. Following her unsuccessful bid for the California Senate seat, she was criticized for a campaign that finished some $500,000 in debt. There are also questions to be asked regarding her performance as Hewlet-Packard's CEO, a post from which she was forced to resign by that company's board of directors over strong disagreement regarding the direction of the business. Conspicuously, HP's stock was seen to rise following Fiorina's dismissal.
Carly Fiorina announced her 2016 candidacy for President on May 4th, 2015. Following her disappointing results in the New Hampshire primary, Fiorina suspended of her presidential bid in a Facebook message on February 10, 2016.
On April 27, 2016, Ted Cruz named Carly fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate. Fiorina's decidedly conservative inclinations may strengthen the Cruz ticket chances for winning the Republican nod, while her gender would almost certainly work to her favor in the general election against a likely Democratic bid by Hillary Clinton. Clinton's popularity among undecided female voters who appreciate her in no small part because of the fact that she is a woman is a known quantity in American politics, and Fiorina stands to potentially dampen that advantage by bringing the same appeal, a fact impossible for Republicans to ignore.