Over three hours on the debate stage Wednesday night, the 11 presidential candidates in Wednesday night’s primetime Republican debate bickered with one another and talked over each other. The real standout moments came when the candidates attempted to rise above the fray. In most cases, that meant attempting to show an even temperament in a tiff with frontrunner Donald Trump.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, for instance, delivered one of the strongest moments of the debate with a restrained, yet succinct response to Trump’s apparent criticism of her appearance.
Carly Fiorina’s response to Donald Trump and his insults on her appearance
“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” the former tech executive said during the GOP presidential debate W…
“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” Fiorina said without any further elaboration, eliciting cheers from the audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
The businesswoman only earned 4 percent support in this week’s CBS News poll of Republican primary voters, but she has been building traction. Out of the five GOP candidates relegated to the “second-tier” debate in August, Fiorina was the only one to move up to Wednesday night’s primetime debate, thanks to her growing support.
Fiorina also made impassioned comments in this debate on issues like defunding Planned Parenthood and marijuana legalization. She personalized the drug debate by talking about her daughter’s death from drug addiction. “We are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having a beer. It’s not,” she said.
Fiorina went toe-to-toe with Trump on multiple issues, including their respective business records. Slammed for her questionable record at the helm of HP, Fiorina said, “When you challenge the status quo, you make enemies. I made a few. Steve Jobs told me that when he called me the day I was fired to say ‘hey, been there, done that – twice.'”
The exchange between Trump and Fiorina gave New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie an opportunity to seemingly take the high road. “You’re both successful people, congratulations,” he said sarcastically, adding that the average, out-of-work construction worker could “care less” about their success. He told them to “stop this childish back-and-forth.”
At the start of the debate, Christie took a similar tack, asking CNN, the debate host, to literally turn the spotlight …Read More