The former HP CEO was the best communicator in first GOP presidential debate on Fox News.
By Jacob Engels
We have said for quite sometime that Carly Fiorina was the underdog candidate to watch this cycle. Tonight, she proved just that. In the first presidential debate of the 2016 cycle, the 7 lowest polling candidates for the GOP nomination went head to head for a “Happy Hour” debate on Fox News.
The remaining top-tier candidates are set to debate later tonight at 9pm. Throughout the first debate, Fiorina shined from start to finish – setting a strong and steady pace with an engaging opening statement. Competitors Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Jim Gilmore, George Pataki, Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham all had less than powerful opening performances – though Governor Perry came close to matching Fiorina.
Senator Lindsay Graham seemed either stoned or like he just received electroshock treatment – took too many pointers from his buddy John McCain and was advocating an expansion of military presence in Iraq...AGAIN.
Washed out Governors Geroge Pataki and Jim Gilmore provided little to no substance to the discussion. Jindal, Perry, Santorum and Fiorina were without a doubt the only ones who really belonged in prime-time.
Governor Perry’s debate performance was leaps and bounds better than his disastrous 2012 train-wreck. Jindal showed some promise with his throw away line questioning whether or not the nation should move back towards the “American Dream” or further into the “European Nightmare”. However, his delivery was habitually boring. Wake up Bobby – maybe a double shot before the next debate.
The former HP CEO became the leader of the pack when she offered the best explanation and communication of the difference between progressivism and conservatism of ANY GOP candidate yet. Her finishing remarks went straight for Hillary Clinton’s jugular…which has been a center point of her campaign.
Expect to see a slight bump for Fiorina and for Perry, who was the clear runner-up. Pataki and Gilmore will drop out sooner than later… with Santorum and Jindal hanging on for slightly longer.
PS -Hillary Clinton wishes she could be as likeable, well-dressed, and posses the oratorical prowess of Carly Fiorina.
Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org