Carly Fiorina, who has been surging in recent polls, drew wild applause at the second Republican presidential debate for her response to a Donald Trump remark that seemed to undercut her physical appearance.
“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” Fiorina said.
Trump told Rolling Stone magazine, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?"
The real estate mogul later said his comments were in reference to Fiorina’s persona, not her attractiveness.
“I think she's got a beautiful face and I think she's a beautiful woman,” Trump said after Fiorina’s response Wednesday.
The former Hewlett-Packard executive seized on the comments to contrast with Trump and a superPAC supporting Fiorina released a video this week titled “Faces” to appeal to female voters.
Fiorina has indirectly knocked Trump throughout the contest. When asked whether she would support Trump having access to the country’s nuclear codes, she cited the reality TV star’s history as a showman.
“I think Mr. Trump is a wonderful entertainer, he’s been terrific at that business...I have a lot of faith in the common sense and good judgement of the voters of the United States of America,” she said.