Sparks were expected to fly at the second Republican debate that was organized by CNN earlier today in California. Among the crowded field of Republican contenders for the White House in 2016, what stood out perhaps was how Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, responded to front-runner Donald Trump on the comments he passed at her looks recently.
Trump had recently commented on Fiorina’s looks by telling the Rolling Stone magazine, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” Trump’s remarks were widely condemned by activists and politicians and fired up an already-intensifying rivalry between Trump and Fiorina.
Earlier today, when questioned by the moderator as to what she thought of Trump’s ‘persona’, Fiorina put it in a calm, but effective response by saying, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”
Fiorina’s answer was greeted by a loud, raucous cheer from the audience and left Trump all red-faced. It also prompted Trump to shed his earlier comments to say, “I think she’s got a beautiful face and I think she’s a beautiful woman.”
Fiorina, the only woman so far in the Republican contenders field, got support from leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 17, 2015
As for Trump, he has been, time and again, criticised for his often brash remarks on his competitors and his unconventional solutions to policy issues. But in spite of that, he continues to lead the popularity ratings of Republican contenders soaring past everyone else.
After the debate, Trump said,”I think everyone did well in the debate and I think I did very well.”