Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Carly Fiorina

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Carly

Ted Cruz took a book out of the Donald Trump playbook and had a major news announcement on the day after Trump won 105 out of 111 delegates on Tuesday.

Cruz announced that former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his new running mate.

A lot of people are asking why is he picking a running mate the day after he was mathematically eliminated from being able to get enough delegates before the convention.

It is a good question, but what does Ted have to lose? Nothing. His only chance to stop Trump is to pull away enough votes in California and Indiana to keep Trump from gaining the needed 1237 delegates.

If Cruz can do that, then he has a chance at becoming the nominee with the backing of the Republican establishment.

On the other hand it is a long shot. Trump proved his staying power on Tuesday and Cruz even slipped to 3rd place in all but one of the contests. Cruz has been losing ground and he went with the last trick up his sleeve.

Now that he has named Carly, there are not going to be any more surprises. He has nothing left to reveal. This may help him stop Trump, possibly, but it will hurt him and the Republicans chances in the fall.

The move was a desperate one that might pay off and stop Trump, but what is next? If he does become the nominee with Carly, he will lose out on the news cycle when Hillary announces her VP.

He played his cards too early, but what choice did he have? Donald has done all but lock up the nomination. He has eliminated 16 other GOP candidates from having a chance to get enough delegates and has received more votes to this point than Romney did in all of 2012.

Trump is going to be tough to beat, but this move might be the only thing he could have done at this point.

Carly is not only a woman, which shows diversity and can play against Hillary, but she is a businessperson. Carly is the first ever woman CEO of a top 20 business and is one tough cookie.

She is a good pick. Carly is a much better pick than a Rubio or Bush. She will be able to help out California, but is it too much too late?

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina just handed Donald Trump a taste of his own medicine.

It came after Trump went on an epic rant about his top opponent, Ben Carson—comparing the esteemed neurosurgeon to a “child molester”—on CNN.

“It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper,” he said, referring to Ben Carson’s memoir about his youthful rebellion and bad behavior, when he appeared on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront. “That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that.”

When pressed for an example, he compared Carson to “child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”

Fiorina swooped in with a scathing Facebook post, to defend Carson:

“Donald, sorry, I’ve got to interrupt again,” she wrote, referencing Tuesday’s debate, where Donald Trump, amid a crowd of boos, told her to stop interrupting. “You would know something about pathological. How was that meeting with Putin? Or Wharton? Or your self funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multi-million dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won’t make you as smart as Ben Carson.”

Fighting words. Carson, himself, did not respond against the latest attacks from his onetime friend-turned-rival, Donald Trump.

Trump, for his part, unapologetically continued his rant later, at a 95-minute speech during a rally in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

“And I don’t want a person that’s got pathological disease, I don’t want it,” he told his supporters.

“Now, I’m not saying he’s got it. He said it. This isn’t something I’m saying — he’s a pathological liar, I’m not saying it. He said he’s got pathological disease. He actually said ‘pathological temper,’ and then he defined it as ‘disease,’ so he said he has ‘pathological disease.’ Now if you’re pathological, there’s no cure for that, folks. OK? There’s no cure for that.”

He also made sure to name-check his newest nemesis, referring to her as “Carly Whatever-the-hell-her-name-is.”

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Hillary Clinton, self-avowed fighter for women, stood by and giggled—as one of her supporters threatened to strangle another female presidential candidate, Republican Carly Fiorina.

The exchange was caught on video at a rally in New Hampshire, where one of Hillary’s supporters was asking her a question during an apparent Q&A session.

After going on a rant about Fiorina’s record at Hewlett-Packard, where she was CEO from 1999 to 2005, the supporter—who sat in the front row but whose face wasn’t caught on camera—finished with:

“Every time I see her on TV, I want to reach in an strangle her. I know that doesn’t sound very nice…”

Hillary, giggling, and joked to her supporter: “I wouldn’t mess with you!”

The supporter added, “I can tell when [Fiorina’s] lying because her lips are moving. It’s ridiculous with this woman. And then to see her say you’re a liar really upsets me.”

Hillary lamented, “Well, unfortunately, that’s the political season we’re in.”

Last week, Fiorina herself came under fire for comments that a supporter of hers made at a rally, because she didn’t publicly rebut a supporter who called Obama a “black Muslim,” choosing instead to ignore that comment and answer his actual question.

But, so far, the mainstream media hasn’t jumped on Hillary standing by and cackling, as someone physically threatened one of her female opponents.

While the supporter probably didn’t actually intend to do Fiorina bodily harm—it’d be hard to do that through a television set—it speaks volumes about the level of discourse on the Left, and the double-standard between what’s expected of conservative candidates versus liberal candidates.

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republican debate

The third Republican debate will be aired on CNBC tomorrow at 8pm Eastern Time—and there’s plenty of things the informed voter should be looking for.

But here’s the five biggest questions that will, for better or worse, be answered tomorrow night:

Will Trump put his foot in his mouth again?

One of the most cringeworthy moments of the last debate was Donald Trump’s response to Carly Fiorina’s attacks.

Trump, asked to respond to his previous digs at Fiorina’s looks, said that she was a “beautiful woman”—which, based on the audience’s groans, shows he was the only one in the room that missed the entire point about not judging a candidate for her appearance.

Viewers were also surprised that Trump seemed to languish in the grueling three-hour debate, ceding the floor for more than 40 minutes at one point.

In the weeks after the debate, Trump’s numbers slid dramatically. While he remained in first place, and has seen a rebound in recent weeks, another so-so debate performance could hurt him again.

And with Ben Carson now nipping at his heels, Trump could risk losing his frontrunner status if he dips again.

Will Carson come out swinging?

Carson’s been criticized for being “low-energy” by Donald Trump—but he’s shot past Trump in the must-win first caucus state of Iowa in several recent polls.

As the frontrunner in the first state, he’ll be under more scrutiny—and increased attacks, especially from Donald Trump who will be looking to reclaim some of his lost magic in the Hawkeye State. Carson’s “nice guy” approach has gotten him far—but will he be able to go on the offense in order to stay on top?

Will Fiorina have another breakout performance?

Carly Fiorina was flying high after a tremendous performance during the last debate—with her poll numbers shooting all the way up to 15%, in a close third place.

But she’s plateaued since then, and she needs another post-debate bump to get back on top. Will she be able to deliver a strong enough to win back people who loved her in the last debate, but have drifted away since?

Will Bush deliver?

Jeb Bush has faced a mountain of negative press in recent days—with his campaign apparently laying off 40% of his staff.

The one-time frontrunner, who has been languishing in the polls, needs a jolt of energy if he’s going to get back on top.

His last two debate performances haven’t made much of an impact on voters. Will the two-term governor be able to show the Republican establishment that he’s worth betting on?

Will anyone new break out?

Candidates like Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and John Kasich have been stuck in the low-single digits for months—and are under increased pressure to show that they deserve to be on the stage.

With the first primaries just three months away, their breakout moment needs to be sooner rather than later.

A strong performance could help them surge—but a weak one could be the final nail in their presidential coffins

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Donald-Trump

Donald Trump is still the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President–but it looks like the once-untouchable candidate is falling to earth.

Trump, who has led every poll for months by increasingly larger shares of the vote, has fallen to second place in the latest IBD/TOPP poll–seven points behind pediatric neurosurgeon, Ben Carson.

24% of Republicans back Carson, and just 17% now support Trump.

While one poll could be an outlier–and it’s worth noting that this is, so far, the only poll that has Trump losing his edge–IBD/TIPP has a reputation for accuracy. In 2012, they were declared (after the election) to have had the most consistently correct polls.

But Trump’s numbers have been on the downswing since the second Republican debate, when he was largely seen as being wounded by attacks from former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, who is now in third place in the polls behind Trump and Carson. At one point during the debate, Trump went silent for 40 minutes as other opponents answered questions.

Part of Trump’s appeal is his reputation for saying what many Republicans were thinking–but no politician would say out loud. Trump’s business prowess and his unwillingness to apologize for his multi-billion dollar fortune also gave him a confident swagger than many people felt have been missing from America over the past several years.

As the election’s moved on, Trump’s had to rely less on his speaking and spell out more specifics–and, according to many, he’s fallen short. Many of his plans are more liberal than mainstream Republican ideas–and many have been panned by policy wonks as being unworkable.

Regardless of what happens with Donald Trump’s poll numbers in coming weeks, it’s at least clear that he’s no longer untouchable–and has his work cut out for him to restore some of his lost support.

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lead-hillary

Only two Republican presidential candidates are leading Hillary Clinton in head-to-head polling–but it’s not who anyone would expect.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal and NBC News poll, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, are the only two Republicans in the polls who would beat Hillary Clinton in a one-on-one matchup if the election were held today.

Fiorina leads Clinton by one point, 45-44, and Carson also leads Clinton by one point, 46-45.

But what’s extremely telling is that the same poll shows the two media-appointed frontrunners for the nomination–businessman Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush–trailing Hillary.

While Bush trails Hillary by just one point, 45-44, Trump trails her by a huge margin of ten points, 49-39.

Hillary Clinton’s popularity–and her poll numbers–have continued to crater in recent months.

The problem for her is that she’s a known quantity–she’s been in public life for so long that, essentially, everyone who wants to vote for her is already in her camp.

Barring a Republican candidate that’s disliked by a large portion of the party, like Donald Trump or Jeb Bush, that leaves Hillary Clinton little room to grow.

So if she’s only pulling 44 or 45% of the vote–and trailing who might be her eventual challenger, even though they have far less name recognition than she does–that could spell doom for Hillary’s White House chances.

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fox-news

Donald Trump has declared yet another war on Fox News–but it may help him in the long run.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “@FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future.”

The unfair treatment Trump received was apparently a last minute cancellation by Fox on Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

While there’s no word on how long “the foreseeable future” actually is–when he was angry with Fox in August, he lasted less than a week–it could be a genius move on Trump’s part to stand tough against Fox News.

Donald Trump’s supporters tend to come across the political spectrum (at least, within the Republican Party.) He’s attracted moderate Jeb Bush fans, conservative Ted Cruz fans, libertarian Rand Paul fans, and everything else under the sun.

He’s doing so not because he’s prescribing a radical new policy agenda–but because he’s willing to take on the entrenched establishment. That includes both political parties–but that also includes the media.

For the past few weeks, Trump has, in some ways, run out of new people to attack. And when Trump isn’t on the attack, he’s under attack–as evidenced by his dressing down by Carly Fiorina at last week’s Republican debate.

To stay on the attack, Trump needs another high-profile villain to push around, in order to re-energize his support. And Fox News completely fits the bill.

Even though Fox News is a trusted name for conservatives, the fact is that they’ve been the top-ranked news source for years. Conservative politicians have, largely, been expected to pander to Fox News–not grassroots conservatives.

But because Trump has his own media orbit–he attracts tremendous media attention whether or not he kisses up to Fox News–the fact is, he can do whatever he wants. Fox needs him–and his supporters–a lot more than Trump needs Fox.

For now, Trump is taking another scalp in his war on the establishment–and that’s only going to continue to galvanize his base.

Unfortunately for Fox News, his base is their core viewership–and it’s more likely that they’ll go with Trump, rather than stick around with Fox.

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donald-trump

Donald Trump had better look in his rearview mirror–because Carly Fiorina is within single digits of his lead, according to a latest poll.

A recent CNN poll has Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who has been praised for her performance in the second presidential debate, at 15%–just 9 points below Trump.

The poll also has Trump’s lead shrinking to 24%, following a shaky debate performance where he was often slammed, successfully, by Fiorina for his business record, his controversial comments towards women, and his ideological fluidity.

Before the debate, Trump had been polling as high as 33%–which makes his slip to 24% all the more surprising.

Ben Carson is in third place, right behind Fiorina, at 14%.

Trump, Fiorina, and Carson occupying the top three slots in the Republican polls is historic–because, between the three of them, they have exactly zero years of experience in elected office.

That speaks to the palpable anger at the political system from the right–more than half of Republicans are currently supporting someone with no political experience. Politicians who were considered “frontrunners” just a few months ago have seen their poll numbers crater. CNN puts former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the one-time favorite for the nomination, in fifth place, at just 9%. And Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin who was expected to be a strong contender, polled at 0% in the CNN poll, following a rough two debates.

While the election season is still young, and the polls will continue to be volatile for weeks to come, it’s clear that 2016 might just be the Year of the Outsider–but that outsider might not be Donald Trump.

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carly

Donald Trump’s podium might’ve been at center stage at Thursday night’s presidential debate–but he was clearly sharing the spotlight with Carly Fiorina.

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was nearly kept out of the primetime debate altogether. She only prevailed due to widespread public and media outcry that forced CNN, the debate host, to rework their selection criteria to allow 11 candidates on top stage.

In retrospect, Trump’s probably wishing she had been kept out after all.

In the grueling three hour debate, Fiorina shined from beginning to end, even as her opponents, like Trump, began to fizzle.

Her biggest dig against frontrunner Donald Trump was when she was asked about his attacking her looks during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

“Women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” she replied, to applause.

But the largest applause line of the night came from Fiorina as well, when she passionately discussed the Planned Parenthood fetuses-for-pay scandal.

“Anyone who has watched this video tape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, to watch these tapes,” she said, to thunderous applause. “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 remains to be seen whether Fiorina’s second strong performance will help her poll numbers rise against Donald Trump.

When making the round of interviews the following morning, Fiorina just had this to say about her performance: “I was very satisfied.”

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USA Today released the second week of their Republican presidential power rankings–and the top three contenders have something very telling in common.

Among the three of them, they have a combined zero years of political experience. All of the candidates in the top three are political outsiders, who have never held an elected position before.

Businessman Donald Trump remains in first place from last week’s rankings.

Close behind is Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and political commentator, who remains in second place from last week as well.

Meanwhile, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina–who shot up three positions from 6th place, is in third.

While these rankings aren’t scientific–they take poll numbers into account, but they’re mostly a subjective analysis of the current strength of the candidate and how the electorate sees them–it’s extremely telling that, out of all the 17 candidates running for President, it’s the three political outsiders who are getting the most traction.

While the mainstream media and the establishment wrote off Donald Trump initially as a flash in the pan, it’s clear he’s tapped into something deeper–a massive majority of the Republican Party, if not the nation, who are fed up with Washington politics. Even if Trump falters as the primary season continues onward, clearly there’s a strong second and third choice for the outsider vote at the moment.

Meanwhile, mainstream political candidates continue to fall down the list.

USA Today’s full list is below:

1. DONALD TRUMP (LAST WEEK: 1)

2. BEN CARSON (2)

3. CARLY FIORINA (6)

4. JEB BUSH (4)

5. TED CRUZ (5)

6. MARCO RUBIO (3)

7. JOHN KASICH (8)

8. SCOTT WALKER (7)

9. MIKE HUCKABEE (9)

10. RAND PAUL (10)

11. CHRIS CHRISTIE (11)

12. BOBBY JINDAL (13)

13. RICK SANTORUM (12)

14. RICK PERRY (14)

15. LINDSEY GRAHAM (15)

16. GEORGE PATAKI (16)

17. JIM GILMORE (17)

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