There is no question that Carly Fiorina was the winner of the GOP debate tonight. By far, the best moment of the entire debate was when she threw the gauntlet down to Secretary Clinton and President Obama (watch above). She dared them to watch the videos showing Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling body parts of aborted babies. It was strong and on point. It was probably the best moment I’ve seen in a debate since Ronald Reagan gave Mondale the line about “youth and inexperience.” It was that good.
But even more important than the horse-race is the fact that Fiorina (and Cruz) brought attention to these videos in a way that the American people have not yet seen. Her words reflect the passion of the pro-life movement and the gravity of what’s at stake. Pro-life people very rarely get to see that kind of conviction and clarity from the politicians who represent this cause. I hope that the 24 million people who tuned-in to see Trump got their consciences awakened to the ugly truth about Planned Parenthood. If that happened, it would be the most important outcome of this debate.
Fiorina was also the only candidate on the stage who was able to confront Trump and win. She beat him on substance and in class. That came out especially in their exchange about his recent insult about her “face” (watch below). She was defiant, dignified, and principled. Trump was not. The only response he could come up with was a patronizing remark about how pretty she is. Talk about missing the point.
I thought the questioning from Tapper left much to be desired. Instead of focusing on policy, he asked a slew of questions aimed at getting the candidates to fight with each other about piddly issues. Hugh Hewitt does not play this game and should have been given more time to question the candidates. It would have been more substantial and policy-oriented.
Still, Fiorina seems to me to have stood head and shoulders above the rest. Very well done.