Carly Fiorina won the ‘Happy Hour’ debate. By a lot.

by Chris Cillizza | The Washington Post  |  published on August 7, 2015

Carly Fiorina was the only woman on stage at the so-called “Happy Hour” debate on Thursday night. She was also the only one of the seven candidates who made clear that she deserves more attention — and a more prime spot in the debates — as the campaign continues.

From the start, Fiorina was poised and confident. She followed a halting and seemingly nervous answer by Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a fluid riff on why she was running and how she was best positioned to beat Hillary Clinton. And, she closed that first answer with this quotable (and good) line: “The highest calling of leadership is to challenge the status quo and unlock the potential of others. We need a leader who will lead the resurgence of this great nation and unlock its potential once again.”

That poised and confident answer was a sign of things to come for Fiorina. As people like Perry (still not a good debater), South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (why was he so sad???) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (angry much?) struggled, Fiorina shined. She repeatedly hit on her knowledge of the world and foreign policy and, smartly for this Republican audience, went after Clinton on Benghazi.

  • KDC

    I think Fiorina has had one too many Happy Hours. She needs to keep her mouth shut.

  • pennysca

    Wow it Fiorina night. PERIOD. She was awesome and what knowledge on all subjects. I have total confidence in her. Between her and Rubio

    • used_to_be_a_liberal

      her yes, Rubio no.

  • Bob Stewart

    I am a Cruz voter right now, but Fiorina was impressive and I’d give her a VP spot. As VP, the president should assign her to business matters.

    • I Seigel

      Yeah, keep the little woman in the kitchen, out of sight where she can’t do any real harm. Don’t let her play with the big boys.

      It sounded like she could hold her own quite well in the Oval Office.

    • 7papa7

      I like Cruz very much also along with Walker. Trump lost a lot with me last night. He was not very presidential at all and he didn’t answer direct questions with direct answers. He definitely played the politician. I thought that Fiorina did an excellent job and I will definitely give her a good look. I was very impressed with what I saw. Some of the more liberal politicians did a very good job and looked very presidential like Rubio and Huckabee. Overall it was a very revealing debate. I would definitely used someone different than Megan Kelly asking questions. They had some really good choices and took the worst one possible. I would have much preferred to of seen Hasselback, Lee, Carlson or many of the other excellent female questioners.

  • I like her and if we have a woman, I want her, not that horrible criminal skank, HIllary! Still hoping for a Trump or Cruz win, but she would also make a great VP!

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