Washington, DC— Earlier this week, Carly Fiorina was a guest on The View‘s popular “hot topics” segment. Poised with grace and a firm stance, the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful went to battle against the group of left-tleaning co-hosts. When staunch Planned Parenthood advocate Whoopi Goldberg asked her about abortion, Fiorina fearlessly defended her belief that life is life from zygote to the grave.
When addressing a vastly different crowd at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to the Majority conference on Saturday, Fiorinia reminisced with the audience full of conservative evangelical voters about her recent appearance on the show, and how much fun she has taking Liberals to task.
Since formally announcing her campaign a little more than a month ago, Fiorina has made a series of successful media appearances that have garnered quite a bit of attention. The former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O.’s ability to answer literally any question thrown her way with a dash of wit and a clear understanding of the topic at hand has helped the only female among the Republican field broaden her base of supporters and impress many.
One of Fiorina’s personal specialties that has helped launch her national profile is her extremely impressive talent for pointing out the hypocrisy that is known as Hillary Clinton. In her speech at the conference Saturday, Fiorina took several shots at the former Secretary of State whom she admits has held many impressive roles, but lacks a track record of substantial accomplishment, honesty, and transparency.
Unlike Clinton, Fiorina is running a truly transparent campaign. The Republican candidate doesn’t hide from the press– in fact, she does the exact opposite. She embraces them. Fiorina has answered around 500 on-the-record questions from the press corps since her May 4 announcement.
While she briefly mentioned the likely Democratic nominee, the focus of Fiorina’s speech was centered around her personal story of a humble upbringing, her experience in leadership roles, and her journey to a stronger faith.
“Here in this nation, you have a right to fulfill your potential,” Fiorina told the fired up crowd.
Fiorina explained to the audience her humble upbringing by a close knit family, and how after college, she took on a job as a secretary in a little nine person office. With lots of dedication, hard work, and many long hours, Fiorina climbed the ladder and in 1999 became the first female C.E.O. to serve a fortune 20 company. As she puts it, it’s because of America that a young woman from a humble background can become a glass ceiling breaking C.E.O, and then run for the highest office in the United States.
The candidate told the crowd of social conservatives that while she grew up a person of faith, she lost her way over the years. It wasn’t until a pastor friend helped Fiorina rediscover her faith that she truly understood the importance of a personal relationship with God. Her faith is what Fiorina describes as the rock that she and husband Frank, who have been married for 30 years, leaned on when their daughter Laurie died after committing suicide because of “the demons of addiction.”
When many of her fellow Republican candidates appear to sell themselves as firm Christians whose faith has never been shaken, it’s undeniably refreshing to see a candidate who openly admits that she has had times of struggle with her faith. The crowd seemed to agree giving Fiorina a standing ovation multiple times throughout the passage of her speech where she discussed her faith journey.
While she may not be as high as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker in the national polls, it is undeniable that Fiorina has caught the eye and possibly the vote of many since she joined the Republican primary. Fiorina has been doing media appearance after media appearance, radio interview after radio interview, and has been hitting up early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina relentlessly. Her hard work is starting to show off.
Crowds love Fiorina. Unlike many of her prominent fellow female Republicans, Carly Fiorina isn’t a polished politician– she’s actually never held elected office. For many, this is refreshing. Fiorina isn’t running for president of the United States because she’s facing a tough re-election campaign, because it’s the next big step for her career, or because her consultants think it’s a good move. Fiorina is running because she feels called to take her leadership experience to help put our nation back on the right track.
People like this about Fiorina. She’s a hardworking, determined woman who has struggled like the rest of us, but in the end, achieved her dreams. For someone who’s been the head of HP, you’d expect her to be pretty snobby and surrounded by staffers 24/7, but that’s not the case.
After her speech Saturday, she held a media avail with reporters for about ten minutes, took pictures with a crowd of supporters surrounding her, then walked out of the conference with her husband and drove away in a white Honda. She didn’t ignore the media. She didn’t tell supporters to get in the back of the line. She didn’t sneak into a black van and drive away like a getaway scene from Fast and Furious.
Carly Fiorina is a humble woman of strong character with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead America into what could be her most prosperous century yet. As she continues to win over the hearts of Republican voters one Hillary Clinton joke at a time, watch her rise in the polls. Fiorina will be on the debate stage in August and we’ve got a pretty good feeling she’s going to shock people with how well she performs.