Republican Presidential Candidate Profile: Carly Fiorina

The Hill Talk is giving a quick rundown of each Republican candidate in advance of the first primary debate on Thursday, August 6.

Here is our profile of Carly Fiorina.

Carly FiorinaQuick Facts:

  • Born in Austin, Texas on 6 September 1954.
  • Undergraduate at Stanford University, afterword attended 1 semester at UCLA School of Law.
  • Became the CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 1999, which made her the first female to run a Fortune 20 company.

Political Experience:

She has no formal political experience at this moment. However, in 2008 she worked with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to create the One Woman Initiative, which promoted job creation for women. She also created the Unlocking Potential Project which aimed to engage women in the electoral process.

Positions on the issues:


  • Plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Would like to create a competitive insurance marketplace.
  • Sees medical malpractice reform as an area of opportunity for change.
  • Says she’s pro-life and opposes federal support of abortions.


  • Wants to focus on supporting small family owned businesses.
  • Supports corporate layoffs as necessary evil.
  • Laid off 30,000 employees as CEO of Hewlett Packard.

Climate Change:


  • Supports the DREAM Act.
  • Opposes amnesty and a path to citizenship.
  • Agrees with Arizona law charging state law enforcement with the responsibility of checking the status of suspected illegal persons, because federal enforcement was insufficient.

Social Issues/Education:

  • Would like to minimize federal control of education and give the power back to local authorities.
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms.
  • Supports capital punishment for certain crimes.


  • Does not support any federal stimulus programs.
  • Instead plans to cut taxes and reform government spending.
  • Will not support any tax increase.
  • Wants to protect the American dream by limiting government overreach.

Foreign Policy/Trade:

  • Wants to work with allies to defeat ISIS.
  • Believes America needs to take a global leadership position.
  • Does not support the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Wants to change the rules on outsourcing American jobs.

Relevant Scandals:

Her biggest accomplishment, her time at Hewlett-Packard, is marred by controversy. HP was able to avoid collapse when the tech bubble burst, and the company eventually grew under her leadership, but not before massive layoffs.

Merging the company with Compaq in 2002 put her at odds with board member (and son of HP’s co-founder) Walter Hewlett, and 49% of share-holders. Ultimately, Fiorina was forced to resign in February 2005.

Who will vote for her?

Conservative female voters, small government advocates, supporters of big business.

Debate video:

On technology companies role in fighting terrorism