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Carson, Fiorina Join 2016 Presidential Field

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Three more candidates will join the increasingly crowded field of Republican presidential hopefuls this week, adding even more diversity to the cast of politicians, business people, and doctors.

On May 4, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina officially entered the presidential race, with her first online video explaining her decision to seek the White House.

“We know the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it," she said. "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."

Fiorina’s main message was of her position as a political outsider, not a veteran member of Congress who has been corrupted by the nation’s capital and the bureaucratic processes. Fiorina is also only one of two women seeking the presidency, the other being Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Fiorina previously tried a career in politics, running a failed campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in California against Democrat Barbara Boxer in 2010. She also worked for the John McCain-Sarah Palin presidential campaign in 2008 as a consultant.

The start of the week also brings a second Republican candidate: Dr. Ben Carson. Like Fiorina, Carson is an outsider in politics, having made his career as one of the nation’s top neurosurgeons. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, he became the youngest director of pediatric surgery at the university, at age 33, CNN reported.

Carson is the only African-American in either party to enter the presidential race. Like Fiorina, Carson’s candidacy creates one of the most diverse Republican presidential lineups in history, with candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio characterized by their Hispanic heritage.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate, will reportedly jump into the race on May 5, Fox News reported. Huckabee is known for his more conservative religious views, which successfully resonated with many evangelical voters during the important Iowa caucuses in 2008.

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Sources: Fox News, CNN, The Washington Post

Photo Credit: National Memo, CNN


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