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WaPo Blogger: Why Carly Fiorina Makes Sense for 2016

By    |   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 04:39 PM

She'd be a big longshot, but former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina deserves a serious look when it comes to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, says a Washington Post blogger.

In 2016, "she could be a self-funding candidate and essentially run a shoe-string TV-studio campaign," writes Post blogger Nia-Malika Henderson. "She is sort of a Hillary-esque anti-Hillary. They have opposite policy views, but both are establishment figures and both are women who broke glass ceilings in different rooms."

Given that the Republican field is likely to be packed with potential candidates, "it won't take much to achieve relevance," Henderson concludes. "On the debate stage, she could be a viable standard-bearer for those concerned about the perceptions of the GOP as a party of men. Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann were both cited as evidence in 2012 that the GOP had more of an intent than they got credit for. Fiorina could play a similar role in 2016."

On Sunday, Fiorina was asked by "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd how serious she was about running for president. Fiorina replied that she was thinking about it, because "people keep asking."

"Well, when people ask you over and over again, you have to pause and reflect," she said. "So, I'll pause and reflect at the right time."

Fiorina, a breast cancer survivor, ran for the U.S. Senate from California in 2010, losing by 10 percentage points and 1 million votes to incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

During this year's midterm elections, she crisscrossed the United States campaigning for Republican candidates, where she distinguished herself by challenging the Democratic Party's efforts to portray critics of liberal policies as part of a "war on women."

"We have people, for example, who push back against any reasonable discussion of what our policy should be around energy and climate change by lumping people into one of two categories: you're either a global warming denier or you're on the right side of truth and the American way," she told Newsmax TV last month.

"That's a terrible disservice to our nation and to our citizens, and it's what the Democratic Party has tended to do over the last couple election cycles. You're either for women because you're pro-choice or you're against women because you're pro-life. That's really a disservice to everyone," Fiorina said.

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