If Republicans want to go hard against likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, Carly Fiorina might be their best messenger.
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO barely registers in polls, but as the lone female in the likely GOP field, her harsh jabs at the presumptive Democratic nominee have improved her stock in, at the very least, the vice presidential stakes.
Fiorina gave a rousing speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, ripping into the former secretary of State to the crowd’s delight while outlining her own bona fides.
The audience’s response was impressive for the little-known failed Senate candidate in California. She drew similar accolades during an Iowa speech in January, too.
Many strategists are already including her on potential vice president shortlists, no matter who wins the nomination. She is well connected throughout the GOP, willing to partly self-fund and is showing marked improvement from her failed Senate run.
And for a Republican Party badly in need of diversity, Fiorina’s gender offers her a unique perspective to talk to voters.
“She’s come a long way. ... Where I think she’s improved the most is the ability to connect with people, versus saying ‘here’s my resume,’ ” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.