By Timothy Cama
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said Sunday that she is almost certain she will run for the GOP nomination for president.
Fiorina told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that there is a “very high” chance she will run and followed it up by specifying that the probability is “higher than 90 percent.”
“We need to make sure we have the right time in place, that we have the right support, that we have the right financial resources lined up, just as all the other candidates have done,” Fiorina said in an interview on the show.
She used the interview to take some shots at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is expected to announce soon her candidacy in the 2016 race as a Democrat.
“There’s a competence issue now. Anyone in 2015 who says you can’t have two email accounts on a single device obviously doesn’t understand technology,” she said, referring to Clinton’s statement that she used a private email account to avoid carrying multiple smartphones.
When Wallace asked Fiorina to make the case for her nomination, the Republican, who ran for Senate in California in 2010, focused largely on her tenure at HP from 1999 to 2005.
“Because I have a deep understanding of how the economy actually works, having started as a secretary and become the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world,” she said.
Fiorina, who is likely to be the only woman in the GOP field, also sought to ward off what Wallace said would be unavoidable criticisms of her time at HP, including that the company laid off 30,000 American workers, its stock price plummeted by half and HP’s board fired her.
“We took Hewlett-Packard from about $44 billion to $88 billion in six years,” she responded. “We quadrupled cash flow. We went from a market laggard to a market leader in every product category and every market segment.”
Fiorina said HP’s layoffs were among the “tough calls” she had to make as the company weathered the technology sector’s worst recession in 25 years.