Fiorina Wins Pre-Debate Forum

Fiorina Wins Pre-Debate Forum

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Dubbed the “happy hour” debate, the Fox News lower tier event yesterday, according to many viewers and analysts, was a clear win for former HP CEO Carly Fiorina.

Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza argued Fiorina’s outstanding performance should earn her a spot on the big stage with the top tier candidates despite her low polling numbers to-date.

While the other candidates responses to questioned ranged from nervous and “disjointed” to dour or angry, Fiorina was poised, smooth and prepared.

Demonstrating what Cillizza called the “it factor”, whether Fiorina’s poll numbers will jump as a result of her performance will be closely watched in the coming days.

Her greatest challenge is that the lowest ranking candidates on the top-tier stage performed well enough to maintain or even improve their positions in the polls.



  1. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)
    Number of jobs cut since recession began: 47,540

    The huge jobs cuts at HP will always be known at the Mark Hurd firings. Hurd, himself, was let go earlier this month. Much of Hurd’s success at HP was based on cost-cutting. Previous CEO Carly Fiorina sharply expanded the company’s employee and cost base with the acquisition of Compaq. The new CEO bought info-tech consulting firm EDS in 2008 and decided to dismiss 24,600 “redundant” employees. The world’s largest tech company also let go almost 6,000 workers in 2009 as it combined two divisions and 9,000 in its struggling enterprise services operation in June.

  2. Really? I watched the debate and I did not see anything remotely inspiring. Just who is calling her the debate winner? Someone who is a Carly fan and not an impartial viewer?

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