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Did Carly Fiorina Win The Debate?

After being considered the winner of the 1st mini-debate in August, Carly Fiorina came into the 2nd debate with a lot to prove. Many are complimenting her performance and how she handled Donald Trump. Do you think Fiorina won the debate?

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last 24 hours | washingtonpost
Planned Parenthood tries in vain to get Carly Fiorina to retract video claim - Washington Post

"...It could have been a simple story of facts, exaggeration and fetal tissue. In the last Republican presidential debate, Carly Fiorina passionately challengedHillary Clinton and President Obama to watch one of the undercover videos featuring a Planned Parenthood official talking about donating fetal tissue to researchers.Describing the videos at last week's debate, Fiorina said, "Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."It was arguably her best moment of a very good debate performance, but fact-checkers pointed out quickly that none of the videos by the Center for Medical Progress actually showed this...." see full article

1178 days ago | vanityfair
How Double Standards Over Appearances Could Hobble Carly Fiorina - Vanity Fair
"...Carly Fiorina is being congratulated throughout the land for not only winning the CNN debate last week, but for doing it in three-and-a-half-inch heels. Quite an accomplishment, if she says so herself, which she does: It was a long debate, and I'll tell you what, I had to do it in high heels. I couldn't do it, and nor could any of the men running against her. Though a high-heeled-shoe race would be a nice break from all these debates. I put my money on Jeb.But why is it necessary for a presidential candidate to prove her worth by imitating the ancient Chinese practice of foot-binding? Partly, I suppose, it is to make herself seem taller. History shows that in American presidential politics, the taller candidate usually wins. There are obvious evolutionary reasons for this, and they will not be easily overcome. But they can be overcome, and probably will be someday. The one time I met Margaret Thatcher, she turned out to be unbelievably short. That, clearly, didn't stop her. Golda Meir was no long drink of water. But height can't be the only consideration. Arianna Huffington, who lacks not for height, is quoted on her own Web site,, saying that she owns a pair of the same shoes Carly wore and loves them. And yet she retains her balance, both politically and physically. It is clearly important to Fiorina to look put together and it's nice (he said hypocritically) that no one is making a fuss over the fact that the brand of shoe she was wearing (they were Manolo Blahniks) seem to cost more than $600 at Nordstrom. To be fair, you do get two of them for that...." see full article

1178 days ago | nytimes
Carly Fiorina Offers Republicans a Pathway to Reach Women - New York Times

"...With a debate performance that was steely and at times deeply personal, Carly Fiorina appears to have improved her standing in the race to be the Republican nominee. But even if she falls short, she took a big stride toward filling a role her party badly needs: a credible antidote to the gender gap and the Democrats' claims of a Republican war on women. The question, as many Republicans see it, is whether they can seize on the opening. A series of events building on the horizon threatens to feed into efforts by the Democrats to paint the Republican Party as tone-deaf on women's issues...." see full article

1184 days ago | slate
What Carly Fiorina Got Wrong About Mass Incarceration at the GOP Debate - Slate Magazine (blog)

"...Carly Fiorina did the most to help her campaign in the three-hour CNN Iron Man debate. She did two things that the men who were once front-runners have had a hard time doing: She bested Donald Trump in a tussle and she used her answers to set herself apart from the pack.The second GOP debate touched on issues from pot legalization to gun rights to how to defeat ISIS. And there were plenty of side moments. Jeb Bush and Trump debated whether the real estate magnate had tried to open a casino in Florida; Bush defended his wife; Ben Carson and Trump exchanged views on vaccinations; Fiorina spoke of burying a child who had died of drug addiction. ..." see full article

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1184 days ago | latimes
Carly Fiorina's post-debate moment is just a start: She needs support but faces more scrutiny
"...She fought and scraped her way from an afterthought in the crowded Republican presidential field to the hands-down winner of Wednesday night's Reagan Presidential Library debate.The question, now that Fiorina is having her moment: Does her underfunded campaign have the capacity to reap the benefits of her newfound momentum? We'll see if she capitalizes ... meaning raising some money so she can go out and begin making her case in the early states and beyond, said Scott Reed, a veteran GOP strategist who is neutral in the Republican race. The calendar has not changed. This is still a marathon and only candidates with the financial means are going to be able to go the distance. ..." see full article

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1184 days ago | time
Carly Fiorina for (Vice) President!
"...And yet the problem for Fiorina is that despite her killer debate performances and her perfect ads, few are taking her seriously as a candidate for president. Is it possible to have a runaway favorite for vice president? If it is, then Carly Fiorina is it.At about this point in the 2012 election, Herman Cain was leading in the polls. More Trump than Fiorina, Cain was a successful businessman, he kept his message simple, and he didn't concern himself with knowing a lot about world politics. (Full disclosure: I worked on Cain's U.S. Senate race when he ran in Georgia in 2004). In 2008, Rudy Giuliani was the runaway favorite. While Giuliani was a politician, he was the successful two-term mayor of New York City who led the city in the time of crisis following the 9/11 attacks; he wasn't the traditional senator or governor, with experience with statewide races, who we tend to see on the presidential stage...." see full article

1184 days ago | vanityfair
How Carly Fiorina Won a Debate and Put Herself in an Unwinnable Spot
"...The second biggest winner was Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard. A veteran of infamous Silicon Valley Game of Thrones style machinations, Fiorina's success Wednesday evening laid in her ability to thwart her enemy without appearing to even try. Fiorina speaks with a rare mixture of authority and humility, along with an ample dose of grace. Her wry rejoinder to Trumps's infamous that face comment in Rolling Stone amplified The Donald's otherwise underwhelming and fumbly performance, and artfully introduced a news cycle focused on his potential (and, frankly, overdue) self-immolation. Fiorina is, at least for now, the G.O.P.'s outsider of choice...." see full article

1184 days ago | theatlantic
Why Fiorina Won

"...To which: The crowd went wild. Here was Fiorina, a woman the woman! refusing to pander to women. Here was Fiorina, refusing to play the game the boys were playing. Here was Fiorina, everywoman-ing.   And then, of course, there was the moment when moderator Jake Tapper, who himself seemed to be taking some pages from the Jerry Springer handbook last night, asked Fiorina about Donald Trump's recent comments disparaging her looks. (Trump's quote to Rolling Stone: Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? ) Trump had clarified those comments, suggesting that he was referring to her persona. But, you know.Fiorina's reply to this question was a study in the rhetorical power of starkness. The candidate took a meaningful beat. She looked at the camera. And then she said: I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said. ..." see full article

1184 days ago | newyorker
Carly Fiorina Tests Donald Trumps Indestructibility

"...That comment earned Fiorina some applause from an audience that appeared to have been drawn from the Hoover Institution/Cold War wing of conservatism, more than the Tea Party. But she didn't receive nearly as much applause for that as for the response she gave to Tapper's question about theRolling Stone article, following another exchange between Trump and Bush, during which Trump emphasized that he'd heard something Bush had said. Looking levelly into the camera, Fiorina, the only female in the G.O.P. race, said calmly but forcefully, Mr. Trump said that he heard Mr. Bush very clearly and what Mr. Bush said. I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said. Doubtless, it was a line that Fiorina had rehearsed, but she delivered it beautifully, and it generated by far the biggest cheers of the night. Trump, for once, seemed somewhat at a loss for words, and his face, which was red all night it was very hot onstage, and many other candidates were sweating, too seemed to blush a little deeper. I think she's got a beautiful face, he said, finally, and I think she's a beautiful woman. It wasn't an apology (Trump doesn't do those), and it was greeted with near silence...." see full article

1184 days ago | vox
Carly Fiorina won the GOP debate, but fact checkers will have a field day

"...At Wednesday's CNN debate, Carly Fiorina did what no other Republican has been able to do: she stopped Donald Trump cold.CNN's Jake Tapper provided the opening. "In an interview last week in Rolling Stone magazine, Donald Trump said the following about you. Quote, 'Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?' Mr. Trump later said he was talking about your persona, not your appearance. Please feel free to respond what you think about his persona."Fiorina didn't flinch. "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said."Then Fiorina did something unusual for a candidate on a debate stage. She went silent. She let her seconds tick away. And the cheers rocked the auditorium...." see full article

1184 days ago | politico
Carly Fiorina's victory lap

"...Republicans observed Carly Fiorina Day Thursday, celebrating the former Hewlett-Packard CEO's standout performance at the Reagan Library debate the evening before.Phones were ringing off the hook at CARLY for America, the super PAC that's essentially running FIorina's ground game. Keith Appell, a senior adviser to the super PAC, said it was too early to know anything certain but all signs pointed to a post-debate surge in fundraising.In the field, there were similar signs that Fiorina was on the rise. She is already slated for an Iowa swing next week that's set to include stops in Iowa City, Davenport, and Dubuque, and in the wake of the second debate, the campaign is fielding a slew of additional invitations, including from a college and a county party...." see full article

1184 days ago | washingtonpost
Carly Fiorina and the underappreciated art of listening

"...In a GOP presidential race that has been defined by the bombast of one political outsider from the business world, the composure of another one has turned out to be the most effective rejoinder.Fiorina had barely made it onto the stage; she earned her position there by virtue of her performance among the lower-tier candidates in an earlier debate and the fact that CNN had agreed to change the qualifying rules to reflect her recent gains in the polls...." see full article

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