By Vanessa Williams,
Carly Fiorina arrived with a flourish on the prime-time Republican presidential debate stage — and made her presence known with a stony stare.
It came after GOP front-runner Donald Trump attempted to make up for earlier remarks in which he questioned whether Fiorina, the lone woman in the Republican field, had the “face” to be president.
Fiorina first sought to put Trump in his place, drawing loud applause from the Reagan Library audience when she said that “women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”
Trump sheepishly offered her a compliment, saying, “I think she’s got a beautiful face, and I think she’s a beautiful woman.”
Fiorina didn’t acknowledge Trump’s remark, looking straight ahead with a stern expression.
The moment, reminiscent of the 2007 Democratic debate exchange in which Barack Obama told Hillary Rodham Clinton that she was “likeable enough,” marked one of the only times during the campaign that Trump has appeared visibly uneasy. And it underscored the extent to which the dynamic of the Republican contest has been transformed by the rise of Fiorina, the former Silicon Valley executive whose rise in the polls since the first GOP debate last month allowed her to ascend from the bottom-tier undercard debate to the main stage.
Fiorina stood out, not just as the lone woman amid 10 men, but as a forceful orator willing to tangle with any of them — and even land punches against the seemingly invincible Trump.
Fiorina took advantage of the bigger stage, aggressively answering questions about foreign policy and delivering a passionate denunciation of the Republican-controlled Congress for not being more forceful in seeking to defund Planned Parenthood.
She also offered a strong explanation for one of the defining characteristics of the race so far — why non-politicians, including herself, Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, were drawing majority support from Republican voters.
“It’s because you know what happens if someone’s been in the system their whole life, they don’t know how broken the system is,” she said, an allusion to the governors and senators on the stage. “A fish swims in water; it doesn’t know it’s water. It’s not that politicians are bad people, it’s that …Read More
Fiorina steps onto prime-time stage with a flourish – Washington Post
By Vanessa Williams,