PASADENA, Calif., June 30, 2015 – Fourteen Republicans have thrown their names into the mix with the hope of becoming the next president of the United States in what has officially become the deepest field of candidates in history.
That list is expected to get even longer over the next several weeks as the first GOP debate looms just around the corner on Aug. 6.
The polls have remained fairly static with the expected front runners remaining near the top and those with lower name recognition dwelling at the bottom, but if the past few weeks are any indication, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is poised to make a serious run toward the top of the GOP field.
Over the weekend, Fiorina spoke at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, “wowing” the crowd with her remarks on foreign policy.
According to reporters, Fiorina made the case that she has more foreign policy experience than any Republican in the race, and the crowd erupted after she promised to call Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu on her first day as president to show him that he has a true ally in the United States.
This kind of performance is becoming a fairly common occurrence since Fiorina launched her campaign almost two months ago. Crowds across the country have been responding positively to her message of foreign policy leadership and background of success in the corporate world.
The strategy that most unknown candidates typically adopt is an aggressive ground game in the early states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Fiorina has done that with a noticeable amount of success.
Carly has been a fixture on almost all the major networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and ABC, just to name a few. She has also kept an extremely busy event schedule, making sure to answer as many questions as possible while continuously pointing out that Hillary Clinton answered only eight questions from the media between April 12 and May 11, compared to Fiorina’s 322 in half that time.
Fiorina’s aggressive media blitz has paid off when it comes to polling. While she is yet to solidify a position in the top 10, a requirement to participate in the August debate, her numbers are moving in the right direction.
In the national average of all the major polls, Fiorina has seen only a modest increase since early April, when she was positioned at 1 percent compared to 3 percent today. However, in the statewide polls in the areas of the country where she has been campaigning heavily, her progress is more apparent.
In Iowa, Fiorina has polled as high as 5 percent while garnering several headlines suggesting she has a shot to win the state-wide caucus early next year. In New Hampshire, she is polling as high as 6 percent, which essentially puts her in the middle of the pack.
It was also reported last week that Hillary Clinton, Carly’s likely opponent in the general election were she to win the GOP nomination, was having trouble filling seats at her fundraising events. Carly has also gone out of her way to keep Hillary’s missteps in the forefront of every discussion.
The former CEO has often called out Hillary for her questionable foreign policy record and commented that, unlike Hillary, she knows that flying around the world is an activity and not an accomplishment.
Fiorina hasn’t held back against the media either. She has regularly mixed it up with interviewers who ask her questions containing a loaded premise. On ABC’s “The View,” Fiorina went toe to toe with Whoopi Goldberg, who pressed on the abortion issue and implied that Carly’s pro-life position is out of step with the average American voter. Fiorina, perhaps being aware of the fact that many polls contradict Whoopi’s assertion, stood her ground and explained her position in a calm and collected manner.
Carly Fiorina has shown she is not only willing to take the tough questions but she will also answer them effectively. If the relatively unknown presidential hopeful can somehow get herself into the Fox debate on Aug. 6, she could very well find herself in striking distance of the Republican nomination.