WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- So much attention has been paid to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic former U.S. Secretary of State, looking at another attempt to become the nation's first female president in 2016. But Carly Fiorina, a Republican former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, may be looking at plans of her own.
Fiorina's group, Unlocking Potential, is now active in Iowa, one of six states across the country. Mary Earnhardt, the group's Iowa political director, said the group will look to connect with women, pushing them toward Republican candidates, especially U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, a Red Oak state senator, in her closely watched contest with Democrat Bruce Braley, a congressman from Waterloo.
Earnhardt calls the efforts "grassroots" with women trying to connect with women they know in Iowa. The idea, she said, is to engage women on more than just reproductive issues, stressing how women care about all issues.
Fiorina spoke to about 150 people as part of her group's efforts Saturday in West Des Moines on her 2014 and 2016 plans.