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Fiorina’s bonafides

GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks during the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on May 16.
GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks during the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on May 16. Bloomberg News

Fiorina doesn’t measure up

Re “Sure, she’s a long shot, but Fiorina impresses” (Page 1A, May 24): Republicans are thrilled they have a woman running for president to counteract Hillary Clinton, but how does Carly Fiorina measure up? She bashed Clinton in Iowa for not taking questions, then she declined to take any herself. Fiorina was an adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign until she annoyed McCain with her ineptitude and had to be removed. She has no foreign policy or political experience, losing her only run for public office, U.S. Senate.

Perhaps her most glaring weakness is her Hewlett-Packard tenure. She argues that this credential qualifies her for office, as “she understands how the economy actually works,” but Portfolio.com rated her among the worst American CEOs of all time as her stay at HP was a disaster. Its stock went down 50 percent under her leadership. The stock went up 10 percent the next day. Now, that’s leadership you can’t wait to get rid of.

Stephen Farr, Folsom

Fiorina on the front page?

Carly Fiorina on the front page? While the most important news is the CIA’s confession that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney actually spun the truth to sell the war in Iraq.

Fiorina ranks as the 19th worst CEO in American history, according to Portfolio.com. She ran HP into the ground, paying herself fat bonuses while axing tens of thousands of California-based employees. The company’s stock imploded by more than half during her tenure, before being forced out in 2005.

Former deputy director of the CIA and Bush’s former intelligence briefer Michael Morell said the reason for going to war with Iraq was a lie. Bush and Cheney hid behind the excuse that “we were just doing what our intelligence was telling us,” when, in fact, the intelligence wasn’t telling them that at all. They spun the truth.

Yoka Koch, Loomis

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