Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run

Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run
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Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said she is considering running for Senate in Virginia next year.

In an interview with local Virginia radio’s "John Fredericks Show," Fiorina was asked if she would run against incumbent Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism MORE (D). Fredericks grilled Fiorina about recently attending several local events in Virginia. 

"Well, I don't know yet, John. Sorry, I'm not gonna make a big announcement on your show,” she said in the interview this week that was first reported by CNN.

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"Look, I'm certainly looking at that opportunity," she continued. "It's a little early to be making that decision. We're two weeks into a new administration.”

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO previously ran for Senate in her home state of California in 2010, attempting to unseat then-Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerHillicon Valley: Ocasio-Cortez clashes with former Dem senator over gig worker bill | Software engineer indicted over Capital One breach | Lawmakers push Amazon to remove unsafe products Ocasio-Cortez blasts former Dem senator for helping Lyft fight gig worker bill Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates MORE (D-Calif.).

After ending her own 2016 White House bid, Fiorina joined Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal Senate passes Armenian genocide resolution Houston police chief stands by criticism of McConnell, Cruz, Cornyn: 'This is not political' MORE (R-Texas) as his running mate in the final months of the Republican presidential primary dominated by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE.

Before the November election, Fiorina was floated as one of the top contenders to replace Kaine, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll Clinton tweets impeachment website, encourages voters to 'see the evidence for themselves' MORE's running mate, according to a report by Politico.

Fiorina said the interview it would be a "very, very tough race" against Kaine.

"We should be realistic as Republicans," she said. "Virginia is a purple state. Virginia has two Democratic senators. The Democratic Party is going to throw everything they have at defending Tim Kaine's seat."

Fiorina also said the Republicans have "a lot of seats of their own that they need to defend."

"Who knows what the future will bring,” she said, "but I look forward to continuing to talk to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia about things that we agree on, things that we may not yet know we agree on — most people are pragmatic, most people have a lot of common sense."

Fiorina isn't the only national Republican eying the seat. Talk show host Laura Ingraham has also said she's considering a bid against Kaine.