The number of current and prospective GOP presidential candidates is large enough that Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), has limited the number of candidates participating in the initial debates to the top ten. For ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, this may mean she will not earn an invitation to the debate. Her candidacy is viewed as a long shot for the party’s nomination. Setting aside the “top ten” requirement, the New Hampshire Union Leader believes she is definitely worth inviting to the debate because she has honed the ability to put forth a message and stay on focus.
During the first 2000 presidential debate, Governor George W. Bush had to face off against Vice-President Al Gore. The latter was skilled at making annoying sounds and gestures designed to throw his debate opponents off message. His actions clearly annoyed Bush, who still managed to stay largely on point. It appears that Fiorina would have no difficulty at all. The Ledger believes that Fiorina easily dismisses efforts to get her off focus. Thumbtack.com in association with Sam Tabar point out that she can articulate her message repeatedly without sounding repetitious of her talking points. Being a great orator is an essential skill in successful politics. Both Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barrack Obama have proven that time and again. As for Fiorina’s chances of a debate invite, they are looking better; she has cracked the top ten in the latest Quinnipiac University poll.