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Carly Was Sharp As a Weapon but Do You Trust Her?

In the pre-debate debate among the seven not in the top ten, Carly Fiorina was as sharp and precise as laser guided munition. In a very short amount of time she packed a perfect punch when outlining her view on the issues, and she had no problem taking on Hillary, as was to be expected. So why isn’t she higher in the polls? Are her answers a little too rapid-fire perfect? Like a Wall Street fund manager talking up her losing portfolio, or a CEO boasting of her achievements with a stock price that’s half what it used to be? She’s tough and smart and an outsider who does actually seem to have genuine passion rather than just a need for power. But does she come off as trustworthy?

Bill Hemmer, in the post debate discussion, suggested that Carly get her life story out there a little more: secretary to CEO to Presidential candidate. She did a little of that in the debate and it will be interesting to see how she does in the post-debate polls. Is she trustworthy as a potential leader of the country? Asking that question inevitably brings up her time as CEO at HP and her supposed reputation as an uncaring job-slashing executive who destroyed morale and most importantly, outsourced a lot of good American jobs. That is not a very assuring aspect for voters. Whether that is fair or not is beside the point. In a time when the American worker feels less secure than she or he has in decades, it does not help to come across as ruthless. That she would bring clarity and toughness to the Oval Office is unquestionable. But she has to get people interested enough in her story before she can even hope to be a front line contender as a GOP candidate, never mind win the party's nomination. And to do that she has to get the American worker to trust her with the top job in the country. No one would suggest an Obama isn't-my-life-unique approach. But a little more, and that means just a little more, about the challenges and disappointments she has dealt with in her life might help. Especially to understand how that has made her the fighter she clearly is.

Posted by AllardK at August 7, 2015 5:05 PM
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I watched that debate and I didn’t see the outstanding performance the pundits are talking about. I’m more inclined to believe the media is propping her performance up in an effort to diminish Donald Trump. Trump wasn’t all that exceptional, but still holds a commanding lead in the polls. The establishment’s worst nightmare is a Trump presidency. He has to go and using a female isn’t beyond the pale for the establishment and the media.

Posted by: Weary Willie at August 10, 2015 1:45 PM
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It is a rare occasion when we are in 100% agreement. FOX pushed the narrative that she ‘won’ the debate. FOX and others need her for protection. she can attack HRC with all the nastiness she can muster and be protected from criticism because she is female. I’m not saying that makes sense. But I think that is the motivation behind pushing her failing campaign. She attacked Trump for his comment about Megyn Kelly. That is one of the weirdest things I’ve seen. Trump has said a dozen highly offensive things, but his comment about Megyn Kelly seemed innocent to me. Somehow people took it to mean something Trump did not say. Well, the polls show it didn’t matter for Trump. He still leads by quite a bit.

Polls show the FOX push did help Fiorina. She’s up to 10% in IA, but still single digits nationwide.

Posted by: phx8 at August 10, 2015 4:41 PM
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I haven’t had the opportunity to watch the second debate in it’s entirety yet, only the first hour. I don’t remember any “fireworks” in the first debate. Megyn Kelly was harsh the way she phrased her questions to Trump, but he’s no baby. He can take it although I don’t think Megyn Kelly can.

I haven’t actually seen Trump say what they’re saying he said. I don’t believe anything until I hear the words spoken from their mouths. The media can attribute anything to anybody, but until you actually hear and see the person saying the words, I take all the hype with a grain of salt. I didn’t hear anything from Trump, just written words in someone else’s article. I can see now that Fox is going to manufacture their storylines about Trump.

People need to realize Trump is speaking without a script. If he flubs up that ought to be taken into account. Whoever is attributing Trump with talking about menstral cycles is most likely taking liberties with an unscripted moment. They do that alot with people or messages they don’t want out in the public. Just ask Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Weary Willie at August 10, 2015 6:08 PM
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It’s obvious AllardK doesn’t participate in his own discussions.

It doesn’t matter, since I’m enjoying the banter instigated by his posts.

I’m not interested in AllardK’s opinion. However, I do enjoy an interesting conversation!

What do you say, phx8?

Do you want to play a game?

I don’t want an endorcement, I want a discussion.

Posted by: Weary Willie at August 11, 2015 7:24 PM
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