"I think I am the best person for the job," the Republican candidate said Monday

By Tierney McAfee
Updated May 04, 2015 08:10 AM
Credit: Octavio Jones/The Tampa Bay Times/AP

Carly Fiorina announced she will be seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.

The politician and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard joins fellow Republican candidates Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the 2016 presidential race, Fiorina announced Monday.

“It’s time for us to empower our citizens, to give them a voice in our government, to come together to fix what has been broken about our politics and our government for too long because we can do this together,” Fiorina said in an official video posted to her campaign website Monday.

The video begins with Fiorina, who is the first female Republican contender to join the race, turning off the TV while a campaign spot for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is playing.

Fiorina, 60, may be a long shot to win the Republican presidential nomination, but GOP activists say she’s “picking up speed” in Iowa, according to The Des Moines Register.

So far, Fiorina has been outspoken about her pro-life stance, her Christian faith and her distrust of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, Newsmax reports.

“Hillary Clinton should not be president of the United States,” Fiorina said at a luncheon in New Hampshire on Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. “Not because she’s a woman. Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be president of the United States because obviously she is not transparent and she is not trustworthy.”

“I bring to this race a totally different perspective,” Fiorina said in Iowa, according to The Des Moines Register. “I’m not a political neophyte, but I’m also not a professional politician. I actually understand how the economy works, and I understand how the world works, and I understand how bureaucracies work, and I understand how technology works.”