Fiorina defended her tenure as Hewlett-Packard’s top executive from 1995 to 2005, which ended with her being forced out as company stock plummeted and tens of thousands of employees lost their jobs during the dotcom bubble.

She said she navigated the company through the worst tech recession in 25 years and that the criticism is just part of “Democratic talking points.”

Fiorina said her corporate experience gives her a good understanding of the U.S. economy and foreign policy. And she dismissed accusations that she is really angling for a GOP vice presidential nomination.

“If I run for president, it’s because I can win the job and do the job.”