Today, GOP presidential hopefuls Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina officially announced their candidacy for President of the U.S.
Mild-mannered conservative, Dr. Ben Carson announced his candidacy for the President of the U.S. today. In his common sense plain-spoken style, he was well able to articulate America’s problems in his speech. Brilliantly accomplished in the private sector, can he make the transition to a leader in public life?
A Summary of Dr. Ben Carson’s Bio:
Ben Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 18, 1951. His mother, though undereducated herself, pushed her sons to read and to believe in themselves. Carson went from being a poor student to receiving honors and he eventually attended medical school. As a doctor, he became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33, and became famous for his ground-breaking work separating conjoined twins.
“Ben Carson.” Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 04 May 2015.
Dr Carson gained the national notoriety back in 2013, when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, criticizing President Obama’s healthcare and tax policies, with the President there in attendance. He has been a rock star in the world of conservative politics ever since.
Former HP CEO, Carly Fiorina also officially launched her Presidential campaign today. Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
When asked by host George Stephanopoulos, she summed up her qualifications this way: “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world; who’s in it.”
A Summary of Carly Fiorina’s Bio:
Carleton (Carly) S. Fiorina was born Cara Carleton Sneed in Austin, Texas on September 6, 1954. After dropping out of law school, she became an AT&T sales rep. She moved up the company ladder and became the first female officer in the Network Systems division. In 1998, she was put in charge of Lucent’s Global Service Provider division. A year later, she was tapped as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. After the controversial merger with Compac Computers didn’t meet expectations, Fiorina was forced to resign. She then became a consultant for Republican candidates.
“Carly Fiorina.” Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 04 May 2015.
A social conservative, she has been touted as the “Anti Hillary”. As the only female expected to run on the Republican side, she would if nominated negate Hillary’s primary selling point of being America’s first woman President. Though she has never held elected office, having lost to California Senator Barbara Boxer for her U.S. Senate seat, she did run a Fortune 100 company. She can certainly tell us about the effect of regulation on creating jobs. She knows something about international trade. Can she convince the voters that her corporate leadership can translate well to political leadership? We’ll have to watch and see.
It will be interesting and instructive to see how these two do– both have had great accomplishments in the private sector and both are new faces on the national political scene. Now they’ve made it to the major league of American politics, how well will they play the game?