Not that WE could ever have imagined voting for her in 2016, even for dyed-in-the-wool Democrats the reasons to vote for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are fast disappearing with each day. Or perhaps more to the point, the reasons NOT to vote for her continue to pile up like — well, you know.
Just about the ONLY thing she’s got going for her anymore, even among Democrats, is her status as a woman — the fact that she could possibly be the “first female president.”
Oddly enough, many people seem to be blind to the fact that there is another female candidate for president. But judging from two recently-released polls, it’s about to start getting harder and harder to ignore the other female candidate in the 2016 race. I’m sure this audience needs no notice that the other female candidate is former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
As Breitbart reports:
The only female GOP presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard CEO, is ranking in the top ten among the GOP presidential candidates in two national polls.
Fiorina has often been critical of the female Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and has said she wants the opportunity to debate Clinton.
Public Policy Polling released a new national poll last week, which has Fiorina tied for sixth place with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
The PPP listed the GOP candidates in the following ranking:
- Donald Trump with 19%
- Scott Walker with 17%
- Jeb Bush with 12%
- Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) with 10%
- Mike Huckabee with 8%
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Carly Fiorina, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) with 4%
- Chris Christie and John Kasich with 3%
- Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum with 1%
- Jim Gilmore, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and George Pataki with less than 1%
Fiorina is tied for seventh place in a national Economist/YouGov poll conducted July 18th to July 20th:
- Donald Trump with 28%
- Jeb Bush with 14%
- Scott Walker with 13%
- Ben Carson with 7%
- Rand Paul (R-KY) with 5%
- Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tied with 4%
- Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee with 3%
- Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, John Kasich with 2%
- Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum with 1%
- George Pataki with 0%
In order to make the first GOP presidential primary debate on August 6th in Cleveland, Ohio, Fiorina must place in the top 10 of all candidates based on the ranking from an average of five national polls, according to the criteria set out by the host of the debate, Fox News.
We’ve been impressed by Fiorina’s articulate and pointed but calm responses, batting away our liberal mainstream media’s attempts to make her look like a fool or disqualify her as a woman based on so-called “women’s issues” like abortion. One of my personal favorites remains Fiorina’s reply to the inevitable liberal question about feminism on her appearance on The View.
“I believe that a feminist is any woman who lives the life she chooses,” Fiorina said.
As a woman, I will wholeheartedly cheer the day we see the first female president. And, from what she’s shown us so far, Fiorina just might make a great one.
That said, I remain adamant that we must evaluate our candidates on qualities OTHER than gender, color, sexual orientation, favorite ice cream flavor or what have you. The last time we chose based on one of these criteria didn’t work out so well… and it just keeps getting worse.
Let’s look at traits like character (integrity, anyone?) and leadership — the ability to unite rather than divide, for example — as well as candidates’ stances on the most important issues facing our country, such as national security, immigration, the role of government and more.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, I’m pretty sure Fiorina can hold her own on these, too — whether up against the other female candidate in the race or the gazillion men running. That’s why I look forward to seeing her debate in August — and will continue to hope for a debate between the two female candidates as well!