At Wednesday’s CNN-hosted debate for the Republican nomination for president, former Hewlitt-Packard C.E.O. Carly Fiorina received a chance to respond to comments made about her by the night’s presumptive star, Donald Trump.
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Trump had previously told Rolling Stone. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Fiorina to respond. “You know, it’s interesting to me,” she said. “Mr. Trump said that he heard Mr. Bush very clearly, and I think women all over this country heard, very clearly, what Mr. Trump said.”
Trump’s follow-up? “I think you are a beautiful woman.”
The two would later go on to spar about their respective records in business: Fiorina’s difficult tenure at H.P., and Trump’s bankruptcy in Atlantic City.
Fiorina’s response to Trump’s “face” comment prompted one of two big applause breaks she earned in a short span of time. Following back-and-forths among the candidates on the stage regarding the Iranian nuclear agreement and whether defunding Planned Parenthood was worth shutting down the government, Fiorina decided that she “would like to link the issues.”
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