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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House 553

seven of five writes: According to Reuters, "Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Carly Fiorina announced on Monday she is running for president, becoming the only woman in the pack of Republican candidates for the White House in 2016. ... Fiorina registers near the bottom of polls of the dozen or so Republican hopefuls and has never held public office. But she has already attracted warm receptions at events in the early voting state of Iowa where she is positioning herself as a conservative, pro-business Republican highly critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Fiorina was forced by HP to resign in 2005 as the tech company struggled to digest Compaq after a $19 billion merger."

As part of her announcement, she said, "I think I'm the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who's in it, how the world works." I'm sure we'll soon begin hearing from all the HP employees, current and former, who have nothing but love for Carly F.
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

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  • "The Ego" (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 04, 2015 @10:56AM (#49611791)

    Carly "The Ego" Fiorina.

    Her ego covers a land mass the size of Maine.

    • by pla ( 258480 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:20AM (#49612083) Journal
      Whoah whoah whoah there!

      We use standard units around here, none of that "furlongs per fortnight" crap.

      You'll need to rephrase that in multiples of Rhode Island, please.
    • Re:"The Ego" (Score:5, Insightful)

      by David_Hart ( 1184661 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:53AM (#49612449)

      Carly "The Ego" Fiorina.

      Her ego covers a land mass the size of Maine.

      They had a short piece on her this morning on NPR. She was attacking Hilary Clinton on not having enough experience in leadership, etc. I found it quite amusing. Like or hate Hilary, she has way more government experience (for better or worse) in her little pinky than Carly Fiorina.

      • Re:"The Ego" (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 04, 2015 @12:04PM (#49612571)

        [L]ike or hate Hilary, she has way more government experience (for better or worse) in her little pinky than Carly Fiorina.

        That's not Fiorina's target demographic. In fact, they're the polar opposite. While Clinton has experience, it's all government experience (most of which is as a first lady). No doubt Fiorina will talk about how "government is broken" as her platform. It will take a "business leader" willing to make the "hard decisions" to make government "work for the people."

        All B.S. Bernie Sanders 2016!

        • Re:"The Ego" (Score:4, Informative)

          by riverat1 ( 1048260 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @02:00PM (#49613823)

          While Clinton has experience, it's all government experience (most of which is as a first lady).

          Don't forget that Clinton was also a Senator and Secretary of State so she has experience in both the legislative and executive branches.

          I like Bernie Sanders but he's unlikely to get the nomination.

      • Fiorina doesnt need experience. She would delegate the job to people on minimum wages in China.
    • One might point out that makes 2 massively egotistical women on the campaign trail, then?

    • by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @12:37PM (#49612875) Homepage

      How big is her ego exactly? Can you express it in Donald Trumps? (The standard measure of ego size.)

  • Carly... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by adary ( 1255614 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @10:58AM (#49611815)
    Carly was such an awesome CEO that I left HP after a 12 years successful career. At least I don't live in Murica so I won't have to leave if she gets elected by mistake
  • by MickyTheIdiot ( 1032226 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @10:58AM (#49611817) Homepage Journal

    "I think I'm the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who's in it, how the world works."

    Oh Carly.. setting yourself up for a stand up career?

  • by davydagger ( 2566757 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @10:58AM (#49611821)
    This cycle's slate of republican canidates is so packed with FAIL is unbelievable. Most tollerable in the pack is....Rand Paul, who at least gets a handful of things right. But put her next to Ted "Obamacare for the internet" Cruz, and of course yet another member of the Bush family. Yes Jeb is looking to run in 2016.
    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      The only way a marginal candidate is going to have any chance is if they announce early and get momentum, while the big names can afford to wait and campaign more intensively later.

    • by swb ( 14022 )

      I'd be curious what would happen if a Republican would be:

      * Pro-market but without slavish devotion to specific big money interests or backing crazy tax cuts

      * "No stance" on abortion. "I wouldn't have one but I'm not telling anyone else what to do"

      * Pro-pot legalization "I wouldn't use it, but let's be honest, banning it hasn't worked and jailing people really hasn't worked. Let the states do what they want, like booze"

      And the rest basic, run of the mill Republic policies.

      Would they get run out of town fo

  • by Applehu Akbar ( 2968043 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:00AM (#49611839)

    She's going to take this country away from the engineers and give it to the clueless executives who care about nothing beyond next quarter's numbers.

    But wait - this already happened!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:01AM (#49611853)

    She kept shouting "UNACCEPTABLE" during it, and then finished on her own with some sort of power drill. It was the worst night of my life.

  • by QuietLagoon ( 813062 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:01AM (#49611857)
    Let her do the same for the Country!
  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere ( 2201864 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:05AM (#49611901)
    Carly would probably lay off Congress and ship all their jobs to India, spend 13 trazillion dollars to buy Somalia, end all federal highway and other infrastructure funds; and drive the dollar down to 1$ == 12 slices of bread.
  • by wiredog ( 43288 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:07AM (#49611923) Journal

    fail to register all the related internet domains. Like, for instance carlyfiorna.org [carlyfiorina.org]?

    Bonus: Demon Sheep! [carlyfiorina.org]

  • by Pinky's Brain ( 1158667 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:09AM (#49611943)

    If the Republicans still don't want the presidency because the responsibility for the next economic collapse has to be put on socialism I think she has a good shot ... hard to find someone less electable, and if the Democrats push forward Clinton they need a real stinker.

    • by MickyTheIdiot ( 1032226 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:15AM (#49612001) Homepage Journal

      What socialism is going on? Really... I don't see it. Obamacare? It is a boon to private insurance. Obama is a corporatist, just like every president since Reagan.

      They can blame socialism for whatever problems we have, but it is a hollow argument.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 04, 2015 @12:12PM (#49612635)

        It's funny how socialism has such a bad reputation in 'merica. It's automatically equated to "evil" Commmunism.

        Of the top 10 most prosperous [businessinsider.com] countries, half are socialist countries. Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Netherlands. Of the top 10 most happiest [cnn.com] countries, the majority are socialist countries.

        It's funny how much happier people are when they don't have worry about things such as primary and university education, housing, health care, insurance, transportation, etc. It's also interesting how that correlates to a more productive society, making the country in general more prosperous.

        Denmark often ranks in the top 5 year after year on both lists. While they have a 60% income tax, the people still manage to have more money in their pocket than the typical American. Why? The costs of their necessities are ridiculously low because it's distributed amongst the entire population. Their net income is higher than a typical American who has to eat the high costs of living (for the typical American, almost 50% of your income goes immediately into housing [rent, mortgage, etc.], then tack on health insurance, car insurance, loan debt, etc.) While Americans are racking up quarter million dollar debts just to go to school, Danes get paid to get a Master's Degree at University. Or rather, they're getting their collective investment returned to them when they go to school.

        ACA is a good step forward. If everyone pays for health insurance, the costs will come down. You'd think fiscal conservatives would be all over that. Well, they were when Romney did it, but then suddenly were against it "just because."

        • by thaylin ( 555395 )

          what is funnier is how people here equate anything socialized as being soclism, but love to forget that our military is socialized, roads, pretty much everything the government spends money on is socialized.

  • by bledri ( 1283728 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:13AM (#49611987)
    In general the GOP wants to reduce the size of government. She was very successful at reducing the size of HP. Clearly she is the perfect choice.
    • by Feral Nerd ( 3929873 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:21AM (#49612099)

      In general the GOP wants to reduce the size of government. She was very successful at reducing the size of HP. Clearly she is the perfect choice.

      The GOP has been in control of both congress and the presidency more than once in the past. That equals the ability to do whatever the hell they bloody want. When was the last time you saw them use that situation to reduce the size of government? Republicans are really good at lowering taxes but they suck at reducing the size of government or the extent of government expenditure which is not surprising since they seem to have a pronounced fetish for fighting expensive land wars in Asia.

  • by gcnaddict ( 841664 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:17AM (#49612033)
    carlyfiorina.org [carlyfiorina.org] makes for insightful reading. I understood a lot about her conservative economic position after visiting.
  • She could have said, "most likely they are going to nominate Hilary, and to balance the ticket you are going to look for a woman VP candidate, so let me throw my hat in the ring, for VP candidacy, I am a woman and I may be able to force them to spend money on California instead of taking it for granted". I don't think she can deliver CA for the red team anyway. But at least that is a plausible pitch. Instead of quietly contacting the candidates and letting them know she is running for VP she goes about it this way. Republicans won't run a senator or corporate CEO again, not after McCain and Romney. Thinking of Dubya and St Reagan they will go for a governor. Christie is out, that is why Walker is the front runner.
    • by BillCable ( 1464383 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:38AM (#49612323)
      I agree, pretty much. I think she'll get backers that keep her relevant because the money understands there's an advantage to having a woman in the primary who can take shots at Hillary without getting slammed as sexist. I doubt she'll get on the ticket as VP, and I doubt she's vying for that role.

      I also agree Walker looks like the front runner. He's still developing, but he starts from a very strong position. If he can avoid any major flubs that the media can run with, he has a real shot.
  • by dlleigh ( 313922 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:24AM (#49612145)

    Another narcissist whose business failures are repeatedly blamed on others. (HP's market cap rose by billions on the day she was ousted. [forbes.com])

    We need to diagnose narcissists early and send them all to Empathyless Island, where they can prey on each other instead of us.

    A good article on why narcissism is bad, even in the cold, sociopathic world of capitalism. [forbes.com]

  • by doconnor ( 134648 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:32AM (#49612241) Homepage

    It's remarkable that she is just any random failed CEO, like George W Bush was, but she is the most notorious was well know failed CEO in the entire IT industry.

  • by X10 ( 186866 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:52AM (#49612447) Homepage

    She ruined HP. Now she wants to ruin the US? Hmm..

  • by jythie ( 914043 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @11:57AM (#49612511)
    Ok, she is not so stupid as to think she has an actual chance, just like many of the other contenders. So I am wondering, why does someone like her DO this? Status? Getting to be in the public eye? Bordom? Demonstration wealth by wasting it and impressing the neighbors?

    What do these 'no chance' candidates get for all the time and energy they put into these runs?
  • Depressing Shill (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Carcass666 ( 539381 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @12:13PM (#49612637)

    She was a regular on Meet the Press for a while, and she could always be counted on to parrot whatever talking points the American Enterprise Institute was distributing at the time. She always came across as an opportunist, trying to build her brand, with nary a thought of her own construction.

    People criticized Romney because he ran on his business record, and that record included the elimination of many American job. In fairness to Romney, though, his job at Bain was to save companies, not jobs, and in this he was successful. In Fiorina's case, she presided over a disastrous merger of Compaq, basically destroying that brand, as well as seriously damaging HP's; and in the process, opened the door for lesser players, like Dell, to successfully infiltrate the enterprise. Her utter failure as a business leader, coupled with a near lack of independent political philosophy, are easy pickings for her primary competitors. If she somehow does make it to a VP candidate, she will serve only to galvanize the liberal voting base to organize against a failed corporate wolf in false feminist sheep's clothing.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by chilenexus ( 2660641 )

      his job at Bain was to save companies, not jobs

      Tell that to the folks that used to work for Kay Bee toys. http://www.politifact.com/trut... [politifact.com] While he had left by the time Bain did their damage there, they were using the system that he had set up: Run up a large debt to purchase a company, assign the debt to that company, sell off much of its assets, and watch it burn.

  • Observations.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by erp_consultant ( 2614861 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @12:17PM (#49612665)

    Carly has a specific role for the Republicans. Her job is to go after Hillary Clinton. If any of the male Republican candidates went after Hillary they would be accused of being "sexist" or some other form of "ist". Carly can get away with it because she is a woman. Sadly this is the world we live in.

    Fiorina is the official attack dog for the Presidential campaign. It matters not whether she makes it through the Republican primary. If she succeeds in weakening Clinton then her job is done.

    If Fiorina plays this right she might end up as the Vice Presidential nominee paired with whomever ends up winning the Republican nomination. These days, the VP ends up playing attack dog in the Presidential campaigns. The President is seen as being above the fray while his surrogates dish out all the dirty politics. Nobody will care about her failed HP ventures as a VP nominee. They will only see that she is a woman on the ticket and the Republicans will get points for that.

    • Unfortunately for the republicans, Fox has been vetting Hillary for going on 8 years. There is little new dirt they could dish up.

      I appreciate how terrified Fox is of Hillary given how strong a candidate she is ( especially when viewed against potential runners like Fiorina/Bush/Christy/Huckabee ), but their constant attacks on Hillary will really only benefit the democrats in the long run.

      The irony is delicious.

      ( note: I hate all candidates/parties. Equally though, and isn't that what we're going for aft

  • Retracted (Score:4, Informative)

    by Event Horizon ( 85658 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @12:37PM (#49612867) Homepage

    It's pretty disingenuous to post a link to a Slashdot story which in turn links to a retracted article and using it to suggest that HP employees thought poorly of her.

  • by Streetlight ( 1102081 ) on Monday May 04, 2015 @01:21PM (#49613351) Journal
    There have been several CEOs since Fiorina was CEO at HP and they still haven't fixed the mess she got them into. Oh, wait ... the replacements haven't been all that good either.

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