BEDFORD, N.H. —Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina visited New Hampshire on Tuesday as she tried to build a case for a possible presidential run.
Fiorina, 60, ran for U.S. Senate in California once but lost. She told the crowd at a Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford that Washington is in need of a complete overhaul.
“We can’t tinker around the edges anymore,” she said. “Our government has become so large, so inefficient, so corrupt.”
Fiorina was asked about issues ranging from immigration to the Middle East to climate change.
“I believe, as with many problems, the answer to this problem (of climate change) is not regulation. It’s innovation,” she said. “And frankly speaking, the EPA is shutting down every ounce of innovation in this area.”
As she considers a presidential campaign, Fiorina said she knows grassroots politics is part of it, whether it’s one-on-one handshakes or navigating the snowbanks in dress shoes before dealing with radio talk show producers from the road.
Name recognition will be a challenge for Fiorina early on. While others in the potential Republican such as Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and Jeb Bush are building their teams in New Hampshire, for now, Fiorina will see how people respond to what she has to say while she pitches her background that doesn’t include a career in government.
“It’s only been in the last 50 years or so that we’ve had professional politicians,” she said. “But in order for a citizen government to work, citizens have to be engaged, so I think New Hampshire is an example of how it should be everywhere.”
Fiorina has several trips planned to early primary states in the coming weeks, including a return trip to New Hampshire in March. She said she will make up her mind on a run by mid-spring.
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