Fiorina, as the CEO of HP, was once one of the most powerful women in American business. Her presidential run suggests that she is an underdog and the bottom of polls of the dozen or so Republican hopefuls and has never held public office.
Fiorina is at the bottom of a Reuters online poll of actual and possible Republican White House candidates, with less than a percent support.
She is positioning herself as a Washington outsider with real-life experience earned through years in the corporate world.
In her HP days she negotiated the merger of HP with Compaq and made the outfit one of the largest hardware makers in the world. It cost her job too. While the deal was ultimately seen as a success, ultimately it was what did HP in as PC sales plummeted.
Fiorina, 60 seems to be hoping to win votes by running down Hilary Clinton claiming that the former first lady and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, belong to an out of touch political elite.
“She reminds people that there is a huge disconnect between that political class and the hopes and concerns of hard-working Americans everywhere,” she told reporters on a conference call.
Still things are not going well. On the first day of her campaign when a critic took over a website with her name in it to highlight job losses at HP.
Visitors to the carlyfiorina.org site saw the message, “Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain. So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.”
The site showed “sad-face” emoticons to symbolize what it said were 30,000 job losses at the company. Fiorina’s real campaign web site, www.carlyforpresident.com, featured a video from her about the presidential bid and other messages.