April 1st, 2009
01:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Fiorina considering Senate run against Boxer

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/01/art.boxer.gi.jpg caption="Fiorina may challenge Boxer for the Senate."](CNN) - Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and high-profile surrogate for John McCain's presidential bid, told reporters Tuesday she's "seriously considering" a bid to unseat California Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010.

Fiorina, who served as a top economic adviser to McCain during the presidential race, also told reporters in a roundtable interview she hopes she can add "value and make a difference...irrespective of what my decision will be in California," according to published reports.

The comments came during her trip to Washington as chair of the board of the Technology Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank.

Should she ultimately jump into the Senate race, Fiorina would be the second high-profile former CEO running for statewide office in California. Former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman announced last month she was exploring a run for California governor.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO was largely sidelined from public appearances for the McCain campaign after telling an interviewer she didn't think either member of the GOP presidential ticket was qualified to run a major company.

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  1. Independent White Woman

    Fiorina, who served as a top economic adviser to McCain during the presidential race,may challenge Boxer for the Senate.....Same thing happen to McCain will happen to you ...you will go home wagging your tail behind you
    No mo BUSHES !!!

    April 1, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. bern

    Somehow the words "top economic adviser" to McCain seems a rather odd note to one's qualifications. Let's see, she got fired by HP and now wants to represent CA in the senate. Interesting.....very interesting...........

    April 1, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Mari

    Sorry.... Carly Fiorina, after your gaffes during the McCain campaign, I seriously doubt that the voters will elect you.

    April 1, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. shucks

    Where can I send my donation to Barbara Boxer?

    April 1, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    California voters should recall that Fiorina was _fired_ by Hewlett-Packard, if they can tear themselves away from their computers, BlackBerrys and Mendocino Medicinal long enough to wonder why.

    April 1, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. keeth in california

    If Carly Fiorina wants to throw good money away, this is a great way to do it.

    April 1, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. beevee

    Fiorina has no chance to win against Boxer in California. She shuld not even try.

    April 1, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Pamela McGregor

    Please, CF. I believe that you are qualified for this job, more than Palin and John McCain. Do you think they will be campaigning for you?
    Your own words will come back to haunt you. Now that BO will have CEO experience when you are running for the office, he may come over to CA to endorse you!

    April 1, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. arithmetic is liberal

    Jeff, trust us, we remember. Fiorina will never go to Capitol Hill.

    And the Mendocino Medicinal is great, thanks. How's that Mexican headache weed?

    April 1, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Dave From Philly

    I believe she was also fired from the McCain Presidential Campaign too.

    April 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Laverne

    Carly Fiorina should think twice, she will get demolished once the negative adds start to run. She has a lot to hide and a lot she does not want people reminded of. She should be concentrating on getting healthy anyway and not about running for office that will indeed take a lot out of her.

    April 1, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. no way

    boxer all the way, go ahead carli waste you money you sure have enough ,you got plenty after you tried to destry HP. you are a loser.
    you are clueless, i worked for HP when you where there, you are a big laugh, I have to give you that you have a lot of nerve even considering this. NO WAY

    April 1, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Nancy, CA

    There's no chance Carly Fiorina will get my vote, particularly since she was a financial advisor to John McCain's campaign. Plus, I don't think people are in the mood to reward former CEOs with a place in public office right now. Overall, Barbara Boxer has been a good senator for California. I believe Carly Fiorina will be an easy person for her to beat. Prepare for re-election, Senator Boxer!!

    April 1, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Run against Boxer??

    She would have ZERO chance of winning.

    Maybe she should run in the South.

    April 1, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Evelyn Havelin

    Boxer needs to go as she has shown herself to be corrupt partisan. Ms Fiorina is very intelligent lady.

    April 1, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Raymond Flournoy

    All Boxer has to do is remind the voters of the $40 million golden parachute Fiorina received when she was booted from HP.

    April 1, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. lovable liberal

    The CEO party coughs up another believer in the failed economics of the Bushists. At least Meg Whitman was a success; Carly Fiorina had to resign from HP.

    April 1, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. meh

    No-one is going to vote in a CEO. She's wasting her time.

    April 1, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Dave

    Hellllooooo????? Hewlett-Packard?????
    I wouldn't let her balance my tires!

    April 1, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Calif.

    ah...so if Fiorina was such a great CEO at HP, why did she get sacked? I recall the downward spiral of the company was under her watch. Ah...and the same failure came to Lucent while she was their CEO. Nope Carly, we don't need you.

    April 1, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Geez

    Fiorina will lose...hands down!!!

    April 1, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. No More Incumbents

    She did such a good job at HP! She must be a closet democrat.............

    April 1, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Big Ed

    She was a top economic adviser to McCain. That is enought not to vote for her. Did she advise McCain to suspend his campain to race back to Washington (not) to reach across political lines (when?) to save the economic crisis at that time?

    She has the right to run. Floridians have the right to choose not to vote for her.

    April 1, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Dittohead

    what the heck has boxer done? all the complainers against fiorina, should look at the successes of the the loser boxer. i cannot find much to be proud about with her. she is rich, so lets tax her.

    April 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. The Republican Conscience

    i hope Fiorina plans on running under a different name. We haven't forgotten the hundreds of layoffs she made, and the $40 million bonus she took, AFTER she ran HP into the ground.

    April 1, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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