February 05

Carly Fiorina is Still in the Game

After the Iowa Caucus, candidates start to drop out. It happens even before the Iowa Caucus. While the candidate may believe they are the right choice to be the next nominee, their ability to gain momentum or not is partially determined a little before or a little after Iowa, and very much confirmed after the New Hampshire primary. After the Iowa Caucus, we saw three Republican candidates suspend their campaign: Senator Santorum, Senator Paul, and Governor Huckabee. For Fiorina, however, she still believes their is hope, and is very much still in the game.

Fiorina is so confident, in fact, that she petitioned the RNC to let her in on the next ABC debate. They said no. She does not care.

The former CEO gained a lot of credibility when she very much held her own for the first few debates. She proved to everyone watching that her mind is sharp, and it will be hard to put her in a corner. Furthermore, as a woman, she is the only candidate for the Republican nomination that can pull the woman card, and talk about these issues that relate to her own gender without coming off as sexist. For this reason, she has said many times that she would love nothing more than to debate Clinton one on one, and that the Democrat candidate has done nothing for women. She can say this, with not reproach.

Fiorina, in fact, did so well in her first debate that it led her to the Varsity team the second time around. She was fierce when it came to foreign policy, and even fiercer when it came to national security. As one of the first powerful women CEO’s, she talk easily about combining the private and public sector for the optimal results to any situation, using her experience as an example to how it can work.

While the candidate has not entered the top three, she is better known and more talked about than some of the politicians who are also running. Before Fiorina announced she would run for president, she was not a household name. Now, she is a woman running for president for the Republican Party, who refuses to use identity politics to win the nomination.

This could be part of the reason that she is not doing better in the polls, but Fiorina has proved she is relentless. Her campaign appears to be moving full steam ahead, and if there is a way, you can be sure she will find herself, again, on the main debate stage. Regardless, her clear foreign policy platform (remember the three phone calls she promises to make?) will help her in New Hampshire, and may prove that she has been underestimated all this time.

If Fiorina persists, she will not only continue to gain followers, but may find herself vetted for a cabinet position, or with more support for a future presidential run. The media does not cover Fiorina as much as they maybe should, but regardless, the candidate continues to prove that she will not stop until her voice is better heard.