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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina confirms she's running for president

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina confirms she's running for president

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Carly Fiorina — the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and an outspoken critic of net neutrality — has confirmed that she will be running for president in 2016 under the Republican ticket. Her candidacy was first reported last month by The Wall Street Journal, but Fiorina confirmed the news on Twitter this morning, adding that she will be holding a live Q&A on Periscope at 4PM ET today.

Fiorina blames California's drought on environmentalists

"I think our nation is at a pivotal point," said Fiorina in a short video posted on Twitter. "We need to restore possibilities for every American, regardless of their circumstances." As well as criticizing net neutrality, Fiorina has also blamed California's drought on "overzealous liberal environmentalists" and claimed that conservatives are "winning" on abortion.

Fiorina is the first candidate from Silicon Valley to enter the crowded field for the Republican primary, which includes hopefuls such as Rand Paul and Jeb Bush. Although Fiorina has been involved in politics since 2008, she has yet to hold public office, working first for John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008 and then losing a bid to enter the Senate in 2010. Whatever Fiorina does next, however, it's unlikely she'll be able to top her Senate campaign, which included an infamous attack ad branding her Republican rival as a "demon sheep."