The Carly show hits the road – to rave reviews – Politico

GREENVILLE, SC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to voters at the Heritage Action Presidential Candidate Forum September 18, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. Ten republican candidates were each given 25 minutes to talk to the crowd at the Bons Secours Wellness Arena in the upstate of South Carolina.

GREENVILLE, SC – SEPTEMBER 18: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to voters at the Heritage Action Presidential Candidate Forum September 18, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Fiorina is a crowd favorite at the Heritage Action forum, her first stop since GOP debate.

GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Carly Fiorina didn’t need to say a word to get her first standing ovation.

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard arrived to an arena full of conservative activists and thunderous applause in her first public appearance since a breakout debate performance this week. As she did at Wednesday’s Republican debate, Fiorina cast herself as a political outsider with the chops to actually change Washington.

“President Fiorina will call on you, citizens of this great nation, to take our government back,” she declared at the Heritage Action presidential forum Friday.
For the first time in her campaign, Fiorina was the headliner. Even more so after Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his appearance at the event. Everyone rushed to their seats to hear her. The corridors outside the arena were nearly empty as she spoke, and when she finished many got up to leave.

Fiorina knows she is riding high. She skipped the post-debate spin room on Wednesday night — she’d made all the points she wanted to make on stage. Instead, she and top advisors decamped to their hotel, the Courtyard Marriott in Simi Valley, where they popped a late-night bottle of champagne in a third-floor room to celebrate. It didn’t matter that the candidate would have to be awake in just a few hours to tape six morning shows the next day. She paused for what could charitably be called a brief nap.

More television is in Fiorina’s future: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has booked as a guest for Monday night.

“It feels different because the phone’s ringing off the hook,” said Donna Hicks, a state legislator and co-chair of Fiorina’s South Carolina campaign, said of the post-debate energy. “Everybody wants to talk with her, ask her a question, know where she is already, can she come here.”

Fiorina events already on the calendar are bursting at the seams. A town hall in Rock Hill, South Carolina next Wednesday was slated to be held in a space for 350 people; RSVPs have surged past 700 in the last 48 hours. “We’ve exploded since Wednesday,” Hicks said. “We’re scrambling to find venues.”

A town hall with Sen. Tim Scott scheduled for early October was just moved from a 700-person space to a 2,000-person convocation hall.

At the Heritage forum, pro-Fiorina swag were among the day’s hottest items.
Allen Cushman, a 77-year old who made a 2.5 hour drive from Blairsville, Georgia, whistled to grab a Fiorina volunteer’s attention. He wanted to make sure he snagged a sticker and a pamphlet.

“If I had a vote today, I would vote for her,” Cushman said. He had been a longtime Florida resident – and supporter of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio – but Fiorina won him over at the debates.

“I think she’s brilliant,” he said.

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