Buying of the President

Published — May 4, 2015 Updated — April 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm ET

12 things to know about Carly Fiorina

Introduction

Update, April 27, 2016: Sen. Ted Cruz announced that Carly Fiorina would be his vice presidential running mate were he to win the Republican presidential nomination. Fiorina decided to end her own 2016 presidential bid on Feb. 10.

When Carly Fiorina formally announces today that she’s seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, she’ll also seek to reverse a string of professional and political losses.

During 2005, Hewlett-Packard’s corporate board ousted Fiorina as the company’s chief executive. In 2008, she served as a top adviser to Sen. John McCain, who couldn’t win the White House. And when Fiorina herself ran for the U.S. Senate in California, incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer defeated her by a comfortable margin.

But Fiorina’s nothing if not a fighter. She’s amassed considerable wealth and clout during a storied tech and telecom industry career. She’s become a best-selling author and television personality. She’s also beaten breast cancer.

Here’s more about a business icon who wants to become the first woman to lead the nation:

Image sources: AP

Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, Hewlett-Packard, Federal Election Commission, Los Angeles Times, OpenSecrets.org, Security and Exchange Commission

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