The following is an excerpt from JOHN MCCORMACK | September 17, 2015 | weeklystandard.com |
Simi Valley, Calif.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump lost Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, and one person deserves more credit for his defeat than anyone else: Carly Fiorina. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and failed 2010 Senate candidate outshined the entire impressive GOP field. She also proved particularly deft at skewering Trump.
At first, Fiorina bided her time. She wouldn't directly answer the question whether she'd be comfortable with Donald Trump in charge of America's nuclear arsenal, but subtly raised questions about his temperament and judgment as she dismissed him as "an entertainer."
Trump's response to the question about his temperament was: "Well, first of all, Rand Paul shouldn't even be on this stage. He's number 11, he's got 1 percent in the polls, and how he got up here, there's far too many people anyway." (No, Rand Paul hadn't said anything about Trump at that point in the debate. After Paul pointed out that Trump's response was a "non sequitur," Trump suggested Paul was lucky he hadn't attacked his looks.)
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