In the early Republican presidential debate on Thursday — the one dubbed by some as the “happy hour” debate or the pre-game show at the “kids’ table” — there was one candidate of the seven on the Fox News stage who was singled out by many observers and analysts as the clear winner. That contender was the lone woman in the GOP group — the presidential hopeful who’s said to be very impressive in person on the campaign trail, but who hasn’t yet managed to show well in national polling — the former head of HP, Carly Fiorina.
While all seven of the so-called “lower tier” candidates handled themselves well and could be credited with respectable showings, it was Fiorina who dazzled the pundits and the people with her clear-eyed confidence and quick command of the issues. Analysts praised her performance after the 5 p.m. debate and social media was abuzz — some might say ablaze — with kudos for Carly.
A post on HotAir described the tweet-astic response to Fiorina’s masterful showing by noting that “conservative Twitter’s in the grip of a full-blown case of Carlymania as I write this.”
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Outside the Cleveland auditorium where the debate was held on Thursday, Fiorina took a few moments to speak with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, host of Hardball. In the space of less than four minutes, Carly knocked it out of the park as she explained in no uncertain terms why she calls Hillary Clinton a liar. Matthews tried to defend the Democrat front-runner for the party’s 2016 nod, but Fiorina aptly demonstrated why she was declared the champ in the “happy hour” debate as she took Hillary apart, point by point.
By clicking on the video above, you can watch the segment that left the lefty Chris Matthews so stunned. Many political analysts are now predicting Carly Fiorina will move up to the “adults’ table” in future GOP debates.
What do you think? Did Carly Fiorina walk away — or even run away — with the first GOP debate Thursday?
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