Carly Fiorina is looking very Presidential after the first GOP candidate debate, according to many political analysts and talking heads, and she is surging ahead according to a new poll.
Being underestimated all her life (see Mark Preston story at CNNinterview), Fiorina has now achieved new notice after the first GOP debate, and she is being dubbed the winner of the “Happy Hour” debate by at least one media outlet (WashingtonPost story here).
“She was also the only one of the seven candidates who made clear that she deserves more attention — and a more prime spot in the debates — as the campaign continues,” writer Chris Cillizza also noted.
Presidential candidate Fiorina, as seen in the attached Fox news clip, noted that Trump was the frontrunner and reasoned it is because people are “sick” of politics. She also managed to take a dig at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, stating she “didn’t get a phone call” from Bill Clinton prior to entering the GOP race.
Fiorina, poised and confident
From many reports on the contest, Fiorina seemed to be incredibly poised and confident. The Post writer states that her appearance had impact, stating:
“She followed a halting and seemingly nervous answer by Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a fluid riff on why she was running and how she was best positioned to beat Hillary Clinton. And, there was this great line from Fiorina:
“The highest calling of leadership is to challenge the status quo and unlock the potential of others. We need a leader who will lead the resurgence of this great nation and unlock its potential once again.”
The moderated Fox/Facebook fight, according to a write up over at FoxNews, apparently proved this:
“The only thing wider than the Republican field Friday morning was the range of pundit scorecards over who won the kick-off presidential debates. In fact, the only thing the analysts seemed to agree on was that former HP exec Carly Fiorina dominated the early, 5 p.m. showdown. Her performance lit up social media, and in the run-up to the second debate she was even out-trending Donald Trump on Twitter.”
Fiorina is getting noticed, according to NBCnews, which shows the results of their online poll, conducted by Survey Monkey. “The surprise result from the poll might have been businesswoman Carly Fiorina’s performance. Twenty-two said she won the debate, besting Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio and Cruz.”
Furthermore, in overall support, Fiorina steps into fourth place “… with eight percent of Republican primary voters saying they would support her in a primary or a caucus.” It might not seem like much, but according to the analysis by NBC Fiorina “… had a gain in support of six points, which was the second highest in the poll.”