Carly Fiorina has announced her bid for the 2016 presidential race as a Republican hopeful. The former tech CEO (including a six year stint at HP) is presenting herself as the anti-Hillary, with strong conservative values at the center of her campaign.
Here are 10 facts about Carly:
1. Serving as President of the United States would be her first time holding public office.
She ran for one of California’s senate seats in 2010, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer.
2. She’s got money in the bank.
She’s worth between $30 million and $120, according to her senate run paperwork.
3. She doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage, but supports civil unions.
As she put it: "The debate about gay marriage is really a debate about how the government bestows benefits and whether they should be bestowed equally. I believe they should. I also believe that people of religious conviction know that marriage is a religious institution with a spiritual foundation because only a man and a woman can create life, which is a gift that comes from God. We must protect their rights as well."
4. Fiorina began her business career as a secretary at Hewlett-Packard during her college years.
Only to come back and run the place.
5. She was the first woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.
In 1999, she became the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. In 2005, she was forced to resign after a merger with Compaq. Her tenure received mixed reviews.
7. She has said that she would “absolutely would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if the opportunity presented itself.”
Her husband’s mother was counseled to abort, and she once accompanied a friend to an abortion clinic. Both experiences shaped her anti-choice stance. She has publicly advocated to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
8. She knows how to raise that money.
In less than five months, her super PAC has raised $1.7 million. However, she’s been criticized for her debt: She owes nearly $500,000 to consultants and staffers for her 2010 senate run.
9. She received a $21.4 million severance after her forced resignation in 2005.
And another $21.1 million in stock options. Not bad.
10. Fiorina is a breast cancer survivor and advocates for clearer breast cancer screening recommendations.
She was diagnosed in 2009 and is now cancer-free.
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