She’s not looking to just be the GOP’s answer to Hillary Clinton for the span of the campaign season — Carly Fiorina would rather beat her in the 2016 election and claim the title of America’s next president.

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard signaled, during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” that she is indeed very interested in joining the lineup of Republican candidates. And, coming as she does from a techie background, she generated her own statistics to measure the likelihood that she’ll run (via The Telegraph):

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, has said chances of her running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are “higher than 90 per cent”.

Mrs Fiorina, who has become a prominent critic of Hillary Clinton, told Fox News on Sunday that she was working to put together a team and would announce her plans in late April to early May.

Mrs Fiorina, 60, who survived being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, is likely to be the only woman in the Republican field for the 2016 nomination.

She said: “I have a deep understanding of how the economy actually works, having started as a secretary and become the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world.”

While she had the floor, Fiorina gave her likely rival some bad press, questioning Clinton’s credibility in light of the recent scrutiny over the former secretary of state’s emailing practices. According to Fiorina, Clinton’s response to that initial election-season scandal “suggests her character is flawed.”

Update: Fiorina spoke to another conservative outlet, Breitbart News, after her spot on “Fox News Sunday,” tackling the inevitable issue of gender-based comparisons between herself and Clinton while simultaneously reinforcing that shared trait as a basis for her own legitimacy in this particular election cycle:

“Hillary Clinton has said it is not enough to be a woman,” Fiorina told Breitbart News. “You have to be a woman who believes – and then she ticks off all the orthodoxy of the Democratic Party. She believes that ‘only if you’re a woman who sides with us do you count.’ Well, women are 53 percent of the electorate and I think they are ready for something different than that. I think if Hillary Clinton faces a woman opponent, she will get a hitch in her swing.”

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

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