WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina finds herself in a position to build on a strong debate performance for the second time in six weeks, enjoying rave reviews for demonstrating a command of policy details, while also taking on front-runner Donald Trump in last night’s face-off.
“Going into that debate half the audience had never heard my name and didn’t know I was running for president, so it was a big opportunity for me to introduce myself to many of the American people, and I’m very happy I had that opportunity,” Fiorina told “CBS This Morning” on Thursday, just hours after the conclusion of the debate at Ronald Reagan’s presidential library.
Fiorina, the only woman among Republicans’ 15 top candidates, offered forceful answers Wednesday on U.S. relations with Russia and funding for women’s health and abortion provider Planned Parenthood, among other topics. But one of her standout moments came when she dismissed Trump’s previous criticism of her appearance.
“I think I made my point crystal clear, and I think women in America understand that it is still different for women, that we’re scrutinized differently,” she said. “The truth is that a woman’s appearance should never be the subject of conversation, particularly in a presidential campaign.”
Trump, for his part, told NBC on Thursday that “Carly did well,” though he said he doesn’t think the lengthy session had a singular standout.
Unlike Fiorina, who was praised Thursday morning for her grasp of policy, Trump offered little of substance in his answers.