Born Cara Carleton Sneed, Carly Fiorina (who changed her name in 1985 when she married her current husband, Frank Fiorina) stands poised to bring the rare blend of feminine gender and high-level business credentials to the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Thoroughly educated in Business Administration and Marketing, she has served in executive positions for AT&T and that company’s spinoff, Lucent, and most prominently held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005.
One of Fiorina’s major liabilities is a complete lack of a political resume, as she has never held any public office. Following her advocacy and work for John McCain’s presidential campaign, she did try for the California Senate seat then held by Democrat Barbara Boxer, but was soundly defeated. As such, she lacks a history of policy implementation and a voting record to define her political leanings, but her stated positions are solidly conservative. She opposes abortion, is critical of fears over climate change, and worries that proposed efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions – particularly the controversial “cap and trade” system – would be prohibitively costly in the amount of jobs that stand to be lost. She has stated that she herself voted for a measure in California to legally define marriage as a heterosexual union between one man and one woman, a measure which passed at the ballot box but was subsequently ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.
SOURCE – The Politics and Elections Portal