Carleton ??arly?Fiorina is known as one of the most powerful women in business. On Sept. 3, the former Hewlett Packard CEO said she supports the Republican nominee both as a woman and a business executive.
“As a woman I support him because I know that he values the contribution of women to our families and to our economy,” said Fiorina before the crowd gathered in St. Paul. “As a business person, I know that his programs will strengthen small business and create jobs.”
Despite her business chops, Fiorina isn’t viewed as a champion of creating American jobs. She has argued strongly that Americans must compete on a global platform for work and, as CEO of Hewlett Packard, angered many with her support for outsourcing.
During her tenure at HP, Fiorina oversaw layoffs and a controversial merger with Compaq that resulted in many of Compaq's top executives departing the organization. Fiorina was asked to step down as HP's CEO in 2005.
In her memoir, published after leaving HP, Fiorina argued that many of her policies laid the foundation for HP's current success. It's an argument that many support, though they still criticize her execution of the policies that helped make HP stronger.
So is Fiorina right in saying McCain's policies will lay the foundation for a successful America? Maybe. But how much people should trust Fiorina's endorsement depends on whether they believe she is a maligned leader who transformed a reluctant HP into a stronger company or the CEO responsible for its past failures.