Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum Shine in Undercard GOP Debate
In what could be their last chance on the GOP debate stage, Rick Santorum and Carly Fiorina had some memorable lines in the undercard debate for the Republicans.
One of the best lines came from Fiorina when she accused President Obama of having a “Bromance” with Russian President Vladamir Putin referring to the Obama administrations recent dealing with the quasi-dictator.
For his part, Santorum looked reinvigorated in front of friendly crowd. He referred to South Carolina as his “home away from home” because he has two sons attending the Citadel Military College. The comfort level showed as Santorum had his best debate effort to date.
In closing remarks Rick Santorum made the case that he was the only candidate in the field to have a winning track record against Hillary Clinton citing a senate debate in which a Bill he was arguing for passed. Mike Huckabee pointed out that he also has experience battling the Clinton political machine during his time as Arkansas governor.
Although non of the candidates did anything to hurt themselves their performances are inconsequential at this point unless one of the “mainstage” debaters step on a land mine. With the Iowa Caucuses just 18 days away, its hard to imagine any of the undercard candidates building enough support to stay in the race.
The real value in this debate for Fiorina is to audition as a potential Vice Presidential Candidate. Because the Republicans suffer from the false perception that they lack diversity in the party. Fiorina could be an attractive choice for Vice President.
Not only does Fiorina offer diversity to a potential presidential ticket, she has shown the ability to serve as an attack dog for the Republican nominee. A strong women on the ticket could take the “war on women” attack off the table for the Democrats.
Expect the Republican field to become much more focused after the Iowa caucuses on February 1st and New Hampshire Primary on February 20th. The candidates who have been running toward the back of the pack will be forced to drop out as fund raising becomes more difficult as Super Tuesday draws near.