Now that she has everyone’s attention what will she do…..
Her strong performance at the second Republican presidential debate has put a new spotlight on former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina’s long-shot bid for the 2016 nomination. Whether she can turn buzz into momentum, however, hinges on overcoming a set of substantive and logistical challenges.
Until now, Fiorina has been running near the back of the pack, essentially living off the land as she campaigns in the early-voting states. One question ahead is whether she can quickly build a top-tier organization to go with her new status as a serious contender. Another is how well her corporate record will stand up once voters start examining it more closely.
“I went into this debate understanding that half the people watching had never heard my name and didn’t know I was running for president,” she said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And so it was a really important opportunity for me to continue to introduce myself to the American people.”
“I was satisfied that I said what I needed to say last night,” Fiorina added.
The day-after reviews from the conservative commentariat were ecstatic.
“Time and time again, Carly Fiorina showed she could hold up against the rest. It was a very real introduction to the nation as a legitimate contender,” RedState editor Erick Erickson wrote on the Fox News Web site, adding, “The big question now is not whether Carly Fiorina’s polling goes up, but from whom does she take votes?”
Fiorina may also be part of the answer to the GOP’s difficulties appealing to female voters. The party is looking for a nominee who can go toe-to-toe with former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, who is seeking to make history by becoming the nation’s first female president.
Fiorina deflated front-runner Donald Trump, something no other Republican contender has managed to do to the bombastic billionaire.
Asked about disparaging comments he had made about her face, she coolly replied, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”