Carly Fiorina's presidential bid is in for 2016

AMY CHOZICK- The New York Times

Carly Fiorina became the second woman and the first former chief executive to enter the 2016 presidential campaign when she announced on Monday that her private-sector background and conservative credentials make her best positioned to capture the Republican nomination and take on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works,” Ms. Fiorina told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Monday. “I understand executive decision making which is making a tough call in a tough time with high stakes.”

Ms. Fiorina’s long-shot campaign — polls show only a sliver of Republicans would support her at this stage — has nevertheless attracted the attention of conservatives in early nominating states, largely because of her increasingly pointed attacks on Mrs. Clinton and her impassioned anti-abortion position. (“Liberals believe that flies are worth protecting but that the life of an unborn child is not,” she said in January.)

Ms. Fiorina said in a conference call with reporters that her experience working her way up from secretary to the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard made her stand out in a packed Republican field consisting mostly of senators and governors.

“Our nation was intended to be a citizen government, and somehow we’ve come to this place in our nation’s history where we think we need a professional political class,” the former chief executive said of her corporate background. She added that it is a “pivotal point for our nation” and therefore “totally reasonable to look outside the political class.”

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