Which GOP candidate could score a job with Fox News?

Did Fox News chief Roger Ailes tip his hand on which Republican presidential contenders he’d most like to hire?

In an outtake of a recent interview with Adweek — Ailes was named Adweek’s 2015 Media Visionary of the Year as part of their annual Hot List and Fox News Channel was named the Hottest Network — the discussion focused on which of the GOP candidates might be a good fit as political analysts.

“Well, half of them have been,” Ailes joked. “I gotta decide which ones I want to re-hire.”

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As diplomatic as the comment may be, two names appeared to resonate with Ailes, according to Adweek.

The Fox News chairman noted that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was not previously a political analyst.

“But he’s good on TV,” Ailes added. “I think he’s gotten a bum rap in this race.”

Ailes then went on and on about the other name that stood out with him — former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

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“Carly Fiorina has been on the stage with 15 men twice and she’s beat them, twice,” he told Adweek. “That’s pretty good. Her answers are solid. Carly is a formidable woman.”

And Ailes doesn’t believe Fiorina was responsible for the downturn Hewlett-Packard experienced under her direction.

“Did she wreck Hewlett Packard?” he asked. “No. Was she in the middle of all that crap going down? Yes. Did she make mistakes? Probably. I bet she learned a hell of a lot.”

So there you have it, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina — two faces Fox News viewers could be seeing a lot of more of in the near future.

Tom Tillison

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