While many are familiar with the Democratic field’s current top contender, Hillary R. Clinton, fewer know about the GOP’s so-called “undercard,” Carly Fiorina. Fiorina didn’t start as one of the GOP’s leading contenders. While she may not be leading the Republican field, Carly Fiorina is gaining momentum.
Fiorina tells her personal history as an almost rags-to-riches story. She studied at Stanford University and earned a degree in liberal arts, and then worked as a secretary for a real estate firm. She went on to earn an MBA from the University of Maryland and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was the CEO of computer hardware company Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2004 and in 2010, she ran against the Democratic party’s Barbara Boxer in the California Senate.
Fiorina has been gaining popularity largely because of her forthright tactics and business savvy. CNBC brings to light her straightforwardness in an interview comparison to Republican candidate Scott Walker. In the comparison, CNBC shows a transcript of Walker fumbling over a question about birthright citizenship while, in another interview, Fiorina is asked the same question and provides a direct answer. Fiorina’s clear-cut stances on key issues are what have been pushing her polling numbers higher and higher. Of course, she is also a brand-new face and name in the political world. In fact, Fiorina is not from the political realm at all. She is also a rarity because she is running in a party that has been criticized for not being supportive of women’s issues.
Adding to her appeal is her business know-how and her accomplishment of realizing her indubitable American Dream, which took her from receptionist to CEO in a matter of about twenty years.
Fiorina seems to be gaining ground on her way to the front of the GOP race, considering that the top three Republican candidates are now Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina—all of whom emerged from the private sector, the business world, and have no tangible experience in politics. This trend has not escaped the notice of CNN, either. Formerly, Fiorina had not made the cut to participate in CNN’s September 16th GOP debate, but after some lobbying, she will now be on the main stage. John Heubusch, from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, applauded the change and noted that the country “wants to see the best debate possible.”
However, Fiorina still has some catch-up work to do. While she is in the top three in the polls at the moment, she is behind Ben Carson and Donald Trump, who were virtually tied in the latest Iowa poll.