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Carly Fiorina Says There’s a “Higher Than 90 Percent” Chance She’ll Run for President

Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company, speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.  

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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina placed the chances she’ll run for the presidency at “higher than 90 percent” and said she expects to make an announcement in late April or early May. Speaking to Fox News, Fiorina said she could not officially announce her campaign yet, because she was still putting together her team. “We need to make sure we have the right time in place, that we have the right support, that we have the right financial resources lined up, just as all the other candidates have done,” Fiorina said.

The former executive has taken pains to place herself as the Republican who would be best-positioned to challenge Hillary Clinton, whom she has repeatedly criticized. Sunday was no exception, with Fiorina saying that Clinton is “not candid” and “made a deliberate effort to shield her communications.” She also said the whole email controversy should make voters question Clinton’s qualifications for office. “There’s a competence issue now. Anyone in 2015 who says you can’t have two email accounts on a single device obviously doesn’t understand technology,” Fiorina said.

The Republican, who ran for Senate in 2010 and was at HP from 1999 to 2005, said she is confident voters should support her, “because [she has] a deep understanding of how the economy actually works, having started as a secretary and become the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world.” Fiorina also made it clear she is ready to push back against criticism over her tenure at HP. “We took Hewlett-Packard from about $44 billion to $88 billion in six years,” she said.