Carly Fiorina (AP/Jim Cole)

Carly Fiorina nails Donald Trump in undercard debate: No one knows the principles with which he will govern

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO admitted he was "tapping into the anger" of those failed by "political class"


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 7, 2015 2:23AM (UTC)

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina landed the evening's first real blow, responding to Martha MacCallum's question about "the huge disparity between the poll numbers that [Donald Trump] has and the numbers you have" by insisting that Trump's not "getting the better of her."

"I don't know," she said, "I didn't get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped in the race. Did any of you guys get a phone call from Bill Clinton? I didn't."

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"Maybe," she speculated, "it's because I didn't give money to the [Clinton] Foundation or donate money to his wife's Senate campaign. Here's the thing I would ask Donald Trump in all seriousness," she added, without actually asking a question.

"He's tapped into an anger," Fiorina continued. "They're sick of politics as usual. Whatever your issue, your cause, the festering problem you thought would be resolved -- the political class has failed you."

"I would also say this," she said. "Since he has changed his mind on amnesty, healthcare, and abortion, what are the principles by which he will govern?"


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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