Welcome Back to the Trail, Carly Fiorina

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO says she hasn't considered whether she will run for president in 2016, but her travel schedule suggests otherwise

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Given her recent travel schedule, is it credible that Carly Fiorina has not actually considered entering the 2016 presidential race? 

This week, Fiorina—who has recently touched down in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and is scheduled to hit Iowa, North Carolina, and Michigan in the coming days—did her best to make that very case, even while admitting that she's often asked by supporters about whether she's pondering a run for the White House.

"People ask me that a lot, so if you get asked that a lot you have to think about it—you have to consider it," Fiorina told National Journal. "I'm flattered by the question and I have to consider it."

The ousted CEO of Hewlett Packard, Fiorina's political aspirations have not proven all that successful. One of the most priceless moments of the 2008 presidential campaign was when Fiorina, acting as a surrogate for McCain-Palin at the height of the financial crisis, said that neither member of the ticket was capable of running a major corporation such as Hewlett-Packard. That prompted an unnamed McCain campaign adviser to tell CNN.com, 'Carly will now disappear."

Still, for a prospective GOP field that has so far proven something of a boys' club, Fiorina, like many in the party, is aware that a female Republican nominee could help blunt the impact of Hillary Clinton's presumptive candidacy. 

"Look, I think it would be great if we had female candidates—or candidate," Fiorina told National Journal. "A party should be as diverse as the people it is trying to represent … this is a diverse nation and 53 percent of the voters are women."

At the same time, however, Fiorina bristles at the notion that her party has been engaged in what Democrats term a "war on women." 

“I think we have to take on the shameless, baseless propaganda that is the ‘War on Women,’” Fiorina told The Daily Caller. “It is baseless propaganda. Most of it’s a lie. We have to take it on. Sometimes, the best defense is a good offense, but then you have to pivot out and talk about the issues that matter most to women.”

 

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