CANDIDATE PROFILE: CARLY FIORINA

Fiorina at Republican Party conference June 2015 (from here)
Fiorina at Republican Party conference June 2015 (from here)

One of my most astute commenters, Keith DeHavelle, likes Carly Fiorina.

There is no trace of liberal in Carly’s recent speeches and discussions. Nor was she ever a leftist or progressive, it seemed to me. Rather, there were instances in which she had bought into the Republican establishment party line. And even then, she was merely like well over 90% of visible Republicans at the time.

Now, all of that is gone — and has been for the past year or so. I just listened this morning to a speech by Carly to the Federalist Society last year, which was nicely done and had some material about her father, a conservative justice on the Ninth Circuit Court. (continued here)

Here is the speech mentioned.

Monica Crowley has a glowing editorial.

When Carly Fiorina speaks, people lean in to listen. It’s not just because she speaks in measured, almost soft, tones. It’s because she projects an extraordinary calming presence, even when discussing the most dangerous threats and vexing problems facing America today.

Prior to the first Republican debate, Mrs. Fiorina had been struggling to break through in a very crowded field. After her masterful performance, however, she immediately vaulted into the top tier, with the attention and fundraising prowess that brings. She was confident, fluent on the issues and delivered solutions-based answers. She was particularly strong when she laid out the philosophical differences between conservatism and progressivism. More candidates should be doing that. All the time. (continued here)

The Atlantic has what appears to be a favorable analysis of Fiorina, but they sure don’t like The Donald.

It’s hard for any Republican to stand out in a presidential field of 17—certainly when an impossible-to-ignore loudmouth is hogging the spotlight, and especially when your big chance to shine in a debate comes during a glorified dress rehearsal airing when most voters are still at work.

But if anyone can be said to have won last week’s GOP doubleheader in Cleveland, it’s Carly Fiorina. While Donald Trump has spent the last few days insisting he didn’t make a crude reference to Megyn Kelly’s menstrual cycle, Fiorina has leapfrogged several of her fellow also-rans in the national and state polls taken since the debate. Relegated to the “Happy Hour” debate last Thursday, the former HP executive may not have been facing off against the cream of the GOP crop, but she came off as poised and self-assured, speaking cogently on policy and landing a few well-timed zingers that would have hit even harder had she not been speaking to an empty theater. Fiorina followed up her debate performance with a solid showing at Erick Erickson’s RedState Gathering, and she’s been a fixture on the Sunday and morning news shows in the days since. (continued here)

The Christian Post considers Christian faith.

A former adviser to John McCain’s 2008 bid for the presidency, Fiorina officially launched her own campaign for the White House in February. Fiorina was interviewed by The Christian Post in February, 2015. Below are six interesting facts about her Christian faith:

(from here)

So what do I think of the lady?

  • I am not especially interested in any candidate who thinks the way to gain political office is by running against someone else. So I don’t care how well any candidate rags on either B. H. Obama or H. R. Clinton. I want to elect a presidential candidate who is running to be the president of the United States, someone who can be trusted, someone knows how to do the job, someone who will support and defend our Constitution and our people. Fiorina could be that person.
  • I am not interested in the fact Carly Fiorina is a woman. I want to elect a presidential candidate who is running to be the president of the United States, someone who can be trusted, someone knows how to do the job, someone who will support and defend our Constitution and our people. What has a candidate’s sex got to do with that? Fortunately, Fiorina is running to be president, not the first woman president.
  • I will not vote for a candidate who wants to force Christianity on America. I want to elect someone who will protect the freedom we have to choose and practice our own religion, and Fiorina could be that person.

Fiorina has extensive executive experience, and she knows how to calmly convey her ideas. What she lacks is experience in political office. Given how difficult it is to find politicians who have not been corrupted by the system, Fiorina’s lack of experience in political office may not be a bad thing.