Carly Fiorina at the VFW post in Hudson, NH on Tuesday June 9
Steinhauser: Fiorina declares she'll make first debate cut
HUDSON – Carly Fiorina vows she’ll make the stage at the first Republican presidential debate.
“I will make that debate,” the Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO vowed Tuesday, in response to a question from NH1 News.
Only 10 candidates will make the stage at the August 6 showdown in Cleveland (host city for next year’s Republican convention). With 10 candidates already declared and at least five more GOP White House hopefuls all but certain to announce, a bunch of contenders won’t make the cut. Fox News, which is hosting the debate, is using national polling to determine who makes the stage.
While Fiorina’s generating a lot of positive buzz lately, her poll numbers are still quite low. But she’s confident she’ll make the cut, saying “I can see the momentum, I can feel the momentum.”
“I still have very low name ID, much lower than virtually anyone else running. And so I need to work extra hard to introduce myself to people,” she added.
Fiorina spoke with reporters after she spoke and took questions at a Hudson GOP gathering held at the town’s VFW post. She’s been repeatedly emailing supporters, asking for support and contributions so she can make the debate stage, and she made that appeal in person at the Hudson event.
Last week Fiorina and her husband released their 2012 and 2013 tax returns and detailed public financial disclosure forms, which indicated that the two are worth $59 million.
Asked by NH1 News if she’s going to urge the other presidential candidates to be as transparent, Fiorina said “sometimes you lead by example, not talking. I think in order to lead, people have to trust. They can’t trust you if you’re not transparent. So I’ve been transparent about everything in my life so it seemed logical to be transparent about our financial circumstances as well. So others will choose to do what they’re going to choose to do but I think it’s important to be transparent.”
Fiorina, who rarely misses a chance to criticize Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, added that “I think the real question is what don’t we know about Hillary Clinton’s finances at this point, specifically what don’t we know about the Clinton Global Initiative finances. I’d like to know that. I think the American people would like to know it too.”
Fiorina, in her speech to the audience, made a point to tout how many questions she’s taken from reporters since launching her presidential campaign. It was an effort to contrast herself with Clinton, who’s been criticized for rarely answering questions from the media. Fiorina joked that one of the questions she was asked was whether a hot dog is a sandwich.
Asked later by NH1 News how she answered that pressing question, Fiorina replied that “I really blew that question because I kind of got off on the fact that I really don’t like hot dogs, so I hadn’t contemplated that question. But I guess it’s a 50/50 split.”
Fiorina’s stop in Hudson was part of a three day swing in the Granite State for the only woman in the GOP presidential field.