Oct. 06– Carly Fiorina, in calling for the resignation of Planned Parenthood’s president, is striking a familiar anti-abortion theme that is likely to boost her standing among the GOP’s conservative base, according to one Republican strategist.
“She’s forceful in her messaging with respect to Planned Parenthood, and I believe she’s more forceful than any of the other candidates,” said GOP New Hampshire strategist Mike Dennehy. “She’s a Republican woman and Republicans look down the road, they can envision a quality matchup for Hillary Clinton.”
Fiorina kept the heat on Planned Parenthood — an issue that helped her stand out in the second GOP debate — and demanded the group’s president quit.
” Cecile Richards could step down — she probably should step down,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said on Boston Herald Radio. “The problem is Cecile Richards stepping down won’t stop any of that because Planned Parenthood has been a political operation for a long time. This is an organization taxpayers should not be supporting.”
A Planned Parenthood spokesman did not return a request for comment.
Fiorina has taken flak since she described what she said she’d seen on an undercover video of Planned Parenthood as “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” Critics have charged that no such video exists, but Fiorina maintains she has seen it.
Bolstered by soaring new Granite State poll numbers that show her just five points behind Donald Trump — and the prospect of a lucrative, game-changing “godsend” from the billionaire Koch brothers — Fiorina is emerging as a prime outsider alternative to a plateauing Trump.
“Many of our members are interested in hearing more from Carly Fiorina,” said James Davis, spokesman for Freedom Partners, which is partly funded by the Kochs.
Dennehy said he’s long believed the outsider vote will coalesce around Fiorina over the next few months. “It appears to be happening a little sooner rather than later,” he said.
In a wide-ranging interview, Fiorina also told Herald Radio that Gov. Charlie Baker and former Bay State Sen. Scott Brown could have Cabinet posts in her administration. “Certainly Charlie Baker is someone that should be considered,” she said. “I am looking for people who are not afraid to go in and actually challenge the status quo.”
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