On the Republican front another GOP debate; another Donald Trump show. However, this time around, businesswoman Carly Fiorina stormed the stage and stopped Trump in his tracks.
Despite not being a politician she was able to deftly handle Trump’s attacks. Most pundits agree she won the debate and the post debate polls reflect that. The latest CNN poll has her surging to second place with 15 percent, while Trump has fallen from 32 percent to 24. Before the debate Fiorina was at a paltry 3 percent.
But with Fiorina now in second place her career as the CEO of Hewlett Packard is coming under renewed scrutiny. Her business experience is an integral part of her campaign. Trump focused his attacks of her on her career at the debate. And the media is turning their attention to it as well.
Third place goes to Dr. Ben Carson who has taken some heat this week for saying he’d never vote for a Muslim for president. After the backlash ensued, he later clarified his remarks by saying he would vote for a Muslim if they denounced Sharia law.
"I could never support a candidate for President of the United States that was Muslim and had not renounced the central tenant of Islam: Sharia Law," he wrote on Facebook. "I know that there are many peaceful Muslims who do not adhere to these beliefs. But until these tenants are fully renounced...I cannot advocate any Muslim candidate for President.
As for the rest of the field former Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his campaign before the debate and Scott Walker literally bottomed out after the debate. CNN’s post debate poll had him at zero percent. He dropped out of the race the next day.
On the Democratic front Vice President Joe Biden has no officially missed his end of summer deadline of deciding whether or not to run for president. Hillary Clinton has rebounded CNN’s latest poll. Most polls over the last month have shown her steadily declining. Clinton is on top with 42 percent compared to independent-turned-democrat Bernie Sanders’ 24 percent. Biden is at 22 percent and former Gov. Martin O’Malley barely registers at 1 percent. The last poll at Sander closing in on Clinton with 27 percent compared to Clinton’s 37 percent.
Taking Biden out of the latest poll gives Clinton even better numbers. In that scenario she tops the field with 57 percent to Sanders’ 28 percent and O’Malley’s 2 percent.