Growing buzz about the JMU board’s vice-rector’s potential presidential campaign

On Jan. 25, a bunch of potential 2016 Republican presidential nominees appeared at the Iowa Freedom Summit for a dress rehearsal. Right there on the speaking bill, beside big names like Cruz, Christie and Perry was Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the current vice-rector of the James Madison University Board of Visitors (among a number of other things).

And it sounds like she impressed folks. From the Washington Times:

“Carly Fiorina, whom most people had never heard of, got the best response. She came across as a highly intelligent woman and a strong leader as the ex-chief executive of the biggest tech firm in the world,” said former Oklahoma GOP Chairman Gary Jones, who flew from his home state to the Iowa event. “She did herself the most good.”

Rep. Steve King, who puts on the Iowa Freedom Summit, spoke highly of her appearance as well, according to Bloomberg:

“…When she came out, the response was warm but not overwhelming. She converted that warmth into standing ovations multiple times.”

You can watch the entire speech here.

Fiorina’s showing in Iowa aside, a Des Moines Register poll has her near the bottom of potential GOP candidates. You may note, though, that she’s the only woman on that list. With everyone assuming that the Democratic nominee will be Hillary Clinton (repeatedly skewered in Fiorina’s speech), there’s speculation at the end of this article that Fiorina’s long-shot presidential campaign is actually a savvy campaign to balance a Republican ticket as a vice-presidential running mate.

Anyway, FYI, a little Harrisonburg tie to the next presidential campaign cycle that’s creaking into action.

Fiorina was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2012, with a term running through the summer of 2016.

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