By Dexter Peralta
Carly Fiorina is one of the now sixteen Republican presidential candidates after former Governor of Texas Rick Perry withdrew from the race, and she is seeking to become the next commander-in-chief. We’ve compiled some information on Fiorina to get you up-to-speed with the Republican presidential candidate that everyone may soon be talking about.
Fiorina is a Washington political outsider, who worked her way up from a secretary at a local real estate firm. She moved on to become an AT&T Manager Trainee at age 25 and in ten years, she became the company’s first female officer, becoming the senior vice president of the company’s hardware and systems division. She eventually became the Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard, and the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 Company. In 2003 she was named the most powerful woman in business by Fortune Magazine, a title she held for five years, and Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004.
Some of Fiorina’s beliefs differ from the typical Republican ideologies. For the most part she’s a social conservative – she needs to be in order to win the primary. She is Pro-life and supports a ban on abortion twenty weeks after fertilization. She also supports defunding Planned Parenthood, especially after the recent discoveries of the selling of fetal tissue and organs.
On LGBTQ+ rights issues, Fiorina has mixed sentiments. She does not endorse same sex marriage, but she does support granting governmental benefits to same sex couples and in 2010 supported same sex civil unions.
Fiorina recognizes that climate change is real and caused by humans, but also believes that suggested Democratic policies will not solve the problem and blamed liberal environmental policies for the drought in California and out west.
On immigration, she supports a path to citizenship for those who overstayed their visas, for those who join the military, or graduate from college, but not for those who are arrived undocumented. Like the other candidates, advocates for more border control.
Fiorina believes in less government regulation, lower taxes, a zero-based budgeting tax reform, and that minimum wage levels should be determined by States.
We know what she stands for and we know her history, but can she win the primary? Although she’s a Washington outsider, she’s not new to politics. In 2008 she worked as an advisor for John McCain’s Campaign, and in 2010 she ran for Senate against incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer, losing by ten points.
In the recent Washington Post-ABC News poll among republicans, Donald Trump is still surging among all other candidates with 33 percent, with Doctor Ben Carson creeping up from behind at 20, followed by Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, with Carly Fiorina in tenth place. However as a nominee open to differing ideas that aren’t tied down to the modern republican platform, Carly Fiorina is a strong contender for the republican nomination.
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