By ISABELLE CHAPMAN
Former Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina announced Monday that she will join the race for 2016 as the sole woman in a very crowded Republican field.
Fiorina, who has never held a public office, enters the race behind her opponents. Jeb Bush, who has yet to announce, leads the pack with 15.5 percent of Republicans or right-leaning Independents saying they would back the former governor of Florida. Fiorina brings up the rear with 1 percent saying they would back the former tech big wig.
Fiorina will tout her time in Silicon Valley as an asset. She started her career as a management trainee at AT&T and rose through the ranks in Silicon Valley to become the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 company in 1999. Fiorina navigated HP through the burst of the dot-com bubble, and also bought rival company Compaq during her tenure. But Fiorina will no doubt take a lot of heat for her business choices. During her time as the pinnacle of the tech giant, HP's stock lost half its value, and the company laid off 30,000 workers. She was fired in 2005, and given what many media outlets at the time called a "golden parachute": a $21 million severance package.
Since her dismissal, Fiorina battled breast cancer, and simultaneously attempted to launch a political career. Fiorina was the Republican nominee for Senate from California in 2010, after she served as an advisor to Senator John McCain when he ran for president in 2008.
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