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Old 09-19-2015, 02:50 PM
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People ARE looking at former CEO Carly Fiorina. And some undecided Republican activists in swing-state Ohio like what they’re seeing.

A sampling in a Republican stronghold area found Thursday that the former head of Hewlett-Packard is getting added to lists of favorites in the crowded field, with praise for her command of issues such as foreign policy and the confident style she displayed Wednesday night in the second Republican prime-time debate.

Harry Prestanski, of West Chester Township in Butler County, thought she delivered the night’s most memorable line with her comeback to billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s recent comment of “Look at that face!” It was widely taken as a reference to the personal appearance of the only woman in the GOP field, although Trump subsequently said he was talking about her persona, not looks.

“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” Fiorina said, drawing audience applause and Trump’s response that “she’s a beautiful woman.”

Prestanski, who served in the Marines and advocates for veterans’ issues, said she also spoke impressively about national security and the military.

Warren County GOP Chairman Ray Warrick said a post-debate straw poll at a tea party group’s watch party put Fiorina at the top, leapfrogging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Cruz topped a pre-debate poll among the nearly three dozen Warren County Liberty Alliance participants, Warrick said.

“It’s a thing of beauty to watch her in debate,” said conservative activist Lori Viars of Warren County. “She just eats their lunch. That said, I don’t know enough about her track record.”

Viars was impressed by Fiorina’s steadfast support for defunding Planned Parenthood. She plans to learn more about the ousted CEO’s record.

“It’s kind of like a job applicant who interviewed beautifully,” Viars said. “You still check into their references; you check into their background.”

The suburbs and small cities that form a crescent over the city of Cincinnati comprise an important GOP base in the state no Republican has reached the White House without carrying. Chris Kelley, a Miami University political scientist, said it’s important for Republicans to attract early support in the area from party enthusiasts who will help them build their campaigns.

Warrick said he remains “pretty wide open” about his choice but wants a candidate who will “excite the grass-roots people.” He said a recent survey of regularly voting Republicans in his county, including many “establishment Republicans,” reflected the popularity Trump shows in many national polls.

“Trump won handily,” Warrick said. “I was blown away.”

The president of College Republicans at Xavier University said she had hoped to hear Trump’s plans for what he would do as president, but she instead saw a lot of back-and-forth with other candidates.

“It was entertaining, but at the same time, it was really like a big reality TV show,” student Kennedy Copeland said. “I need to hear actual plans and ideas.”

Copeland thought Ohio Gov. John Kasich lost some steam during the debate, though she is still considering Kasich as a potential choice. Kasich, a former congressman who enjoys good approval ratings in Ohio as second-term governor, remains on Prestanski’s list, too.

There was general praise for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, along with anticipation for watching the campaign unfold.

“I’m buckled in for the long haul,” Viars said.

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Default Re: Carly Fiorina draws interest from undecided Ohio Republicans

Yeah, if the primary were tomorrow I'd vote for Carly.

Trump is just a douchebag. You don't comment on someone else's appearance in a speech or debate.

I don't like Jeb Bush because he supports common core.

Kasich I know nothing about.
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