Political Profile: Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. who currently resides in Mason Neck, Virginia. After losing her bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Fiorina is giving politics an even greater try by running for the highest office in the land. Many supporters say she brings a lot of executive experience based on her time as CEO of a major technology company, but her tenure has also received criticism. Still, Fiorina appears in it to win it as one of two females running for president in 2016.
Full Name: Cara Carleton Sneed
Born: September 6, 1954 (age 61) in Austin, Texas.
Education: B.A. in Philosophy and Medieval History from Stanford University (1976), M.B.A. from Robert H. Smith School of Business of University of Maryland, College Park (1980) and M.S. in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management (1989).
Political Experience: Ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, but lost to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Work Experience: CEO of Hewlett-Packard (1999-2005), Senior V.P. of Hardware and Systems, Head Chair of North American Operations at AT&T (1990-1995), President of the Consumer Products Sector at Lucent Technologies (1996-1999)
Religion: Nondenominational Christian (but was raised Episcopalian)
Family: Husband Frank Fiorina (1985), two step-daughters named Traci and Lori-Ann (d. 2009)
Oddity: Florina attended five different high schools, including one in Ghana. She eventually graduated from Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, NC.
On the Issues:
Economy: Believes that the issue of paid maternity leave should be left to employers and that the issue of minimum wage should be left to the states. She also wants to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code.
Healthcare: Opposes the Affordable Care Act and wants a more comprehensive healthcare plan, but has not given specifics.
Immigration: Supports a path to citizenship for children who were brought to the U.S. when they were under the age of 16, provided that they attended college here or served inthe armed forces. However, she does not support a path to citizenship for those who come here illegally.
Foreign Policy: Has criticized the Iran Nuclear Deal, wants to build up U.S. military, opposes normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.
Education: Criticized Common Core standards and President Obama’s plan to make community colleges free
Environment: Believes in climate change, but does not believe the government can play any major role in combating it.
Abortion: 100% pro-life and has expressed support for legislation to ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, with an exception for cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. Wants to repeal Roe v. Wade.
Gay Marriage: Believes it should be left to the states.
Drugs: Opposes legalization of marijuana, but believes there should be more investment in treatment programs for people with substance abuse problems.
Supporter: “Carly Fiorina understands the issues facing employees in the technology industry as well as any candidate running. By bringing these issues and her ideas to the table, she helps herself and Republicans as a whole as we work to earn the votes of tech employees and younger voters.” – GOPAC Chairman David Avella
Opponent: “In order to overcome her business past, Fiorina must acknowledge her setbacks and show the American people what she has learned. She needs to display contrition—and earn redemption.”—Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Professor at Yale Business School