NEW YORK – Former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. Carly Fiorina has decided to end her 2016 presidential run she announced in a message she posted on social media Wednesday afternoon.
“While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them,” Fiorina said.
The 61-year-old announced her candidacy in April and, during several debates, had strong showings as the lone female candidate set to potentially oppose Hillary Clinton.
“A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts,” Fiorina wrote. “Always remember that a leader is not born, but made.”
Fiorina, who has endured harsh criticism over her guidance of Hewlett-Packard, failed to rally supporters in New Hampshire. She got just 4 percent of the vote and trailed six other candidates.
While at Hewlett-Packard she fired 30,000 employees and was eventually ousted from her role as CEO in 2005.
See her full message below:
This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.
Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential.
To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.
As I have said to the many wonderful Americans I have met throughout this campaign, a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others. I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential.