Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina campaigned for the right to be included in the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on August 6.
The debate will be moderated by a team from Fox News and will only allow 10 candidates to participate. Those candidates will be chosen via an average of national polls to see which candidates rank at the top. Currently, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson are the most successful in terms of polling data.
While Fiorina has climbed in the polls, she remains in the lower tier of candidates, closer to Chris Christie and Donald Trump. However, many are calling for the debate’s rules to be changed to allow her into the debate, since she one of only two women running for the presidency, with the other being Hillary Clinton.
Speaking to a conservative group on June 20, Fiorina suggested to the crowd that there needs to be someone in the debates “who will not be afraid to throw punches all night.”
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So far, Fiorina has been one of the few voices on the Republican candidates to center her campaign around the negative aspects of Hillary Clinton’s political career. In an e-mail to potential donors earlier this month, Fiorina was blunt in her strategy moving forward.
“I’ll make it clear that I’m ready to take on Hillary Clinton. But I need your help to get on that debate stage. In order to secure an invitation, I need to grow my team of supporters,” she wrote.
The Republican presidential field is already crowded and is expected to grow, with announcements from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich all expected to reveal their aspirations in the coming weeks.