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Who Is Carly Fiorina?

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Carly Fiorina, a former Silicon Valley executive, announced Monday her candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, becoming the first female Republican hopeful to officially launch a campaign. Here’s what you should know about Fiorina:

  • Alter Ego: Sally Cyber
  • Adds Diversity To GOP Field: In a sense
  • Previous Job: Computer at Hewlett-Packard
  • Presidential Ambition: To lay off 30 percent of Americans
  • Biggest Asset: Will remain Washington outsider for remainder of life
  • Inspirational Background Story: Sought ways to optimize technology systems and increase consumer awareness of Hewlett-Packard
  • Time Left To Soften Edges: Not much
  • Forbes Lists: “Most Powerful Women” (51), “Women In Tech” (21), “Ultimate Sandwich Lovers” (5)
  • Didn’t Always Make Most Popular Choices At HP, But Made The Right Ones?: Absolutely
  • Guilty Pleasure: Analyzing systems to eliminate redundancies
  • Voter Appeal: Fills rare role of business executive who also has political aspirations