There's A New Woman In The Race For President

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This morning, Carly Fiorina declared her intention to run for president on Good Morning America, saying "I'm the best person for the job." The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard is the first woman on the GOP side to declare. She joins pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who threw his hat in the ring Sunday night.

Fiorina, 60, is the also race's only CEO — she was named the head of HP in 1999, the first female in charge of a Fortune 500 company. She's expected to run on her success as a business leader, and to use her spot as the only other woman to draw contrasts with Hillary Clinton. 

On GMA, she said "Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe," echoing a claim she's made before that running an international business gives her foreign policy experience. "But, unlike Clinton, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.” 

Fiorina is a social conservative, and opposed to abortion rights. When she took over at HP, she said, "I hope that we are at a point that everyone has figured out that there is not a glass ceiling,” which puts her directly at odds with Clinton (who's spoken famously about glass ceilings).

Fiorina's only experience in electoral politics was a 2010 campaign for Senate in California against Barabara Boxer, which she lost decisively despite spending $5 million of her own money during the run.

Carson first gained national attention among conservatives as a doctor who's staunchly opposed to Obama's healthcare law — he famously called Obamacare "the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery." Carson, 63, is from Detroit and has never held elected office. He opposes abortion, same-sex marriage, and openly rejects the theory of evolution.

Both are considered long-shot candidates in a field crowded with better known competitors. A CNN poll found that less than 2% of republicans said they'd vote for Fiorina — with Carson doing only slightly better (4%). 

Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee is expected to enter the race on Tuesday.
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