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WASHINGTON (AP) — The two new Republican presidential candidates are each casting themselves as outsiders who can challenge what they call "the political class."
Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson each announced today that they are competing for the Republican presidential nomination next year.
They each spoke of the possibility that they can help the party expand its appeal among an increasingly diverse electorate. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, and Carson the only African-American.
Carson told supporters in Detroit that it's "time for people to rise up and take the government back." He added that "the political class" won't like to hear him say that -- and that "the political class comes from both parties."
Fiorina, meanwhile, is already focusing on Hillary Rodham Clinton, describing her as "the personification of the professional political class." And during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," Fiorina lashed out at Clinton for what she called a lack of transparency, including her use of a private email server as secretary of state, and foreign donations to her family's charitable foundation. She said Clinton "clearly is not trustworthy."
165-a-03-(Carly Fiorina (fee-oh-REE'-nah), Republican presidential candidate, in campaign video from Fiorina website)-"running for president"-Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she's entered the 2016 presidential race, in a video posted to her website. ((website address is carlyforpresident.com)) (4 May 2015)
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178-a-11-(Marie Wilson, advisory board chair of VoteRunLead, a group that aims to increase the number of women in civic and political leadership, in AP interview)-"on her economic issues"-Women's leadership advocate Marie Wilson expects Carly Fiorina and Hillary Rodham Clinton to run two very different presidential campaigns. ((Fiorina is pronounced fee-oh-REE'-nah)) (4 May 2015)
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266-c-08-(Steve Peoples, AP political correspondent)-"make a splash"-AP political correspondent Steve Peoples reports Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina face some big challenges as political outsiders. (4 May 2015)
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191-a-06-(Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, at event announcing his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination)-"do what's right"-Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he's not a politician. (4 May 2015)
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APPHOTO WX202: FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. The former technology executive formally entered the 2016 presidential race on Monday. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) (18 Apr 2015)
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APPHOTO MIPS110: Ben Carson announces his candidacy for president during an official announcement in Detroit, Monday, May 4, 2015. Carson, 63, a retired neurosurgeon, begins the Republican primary as an underdog in a campaign expected to feature several seasoned politicians. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (4 May 2015)
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