Carly Fiorina came blazing out of the gate during the GOP presidential undercard debate Thursday, delivering backhanded compliments to her two male rivals and a not-subtle swipe at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her husband's infidelities. She first said she is "honored" to be onstage with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, "two former Iowa caucus winners." The clear implication: Neither man's presidential ambitions have survived the nomination process, leaving them on the 2016 undercard stage in the lower tier of candidates. Then she took a shot at the only other woman in the race. Fiorina sniped, "Unlike another woman in this race, I actually love spending time with my husband."
The debate between three of the lowest-polling GOP presidential candidates took place at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina and featured Fiorina, Huckabee, and Santorum. As for Rand Paul? He skipped the forum after being barred from the prime-time debate. Instead, he's inviting viewers to watch his national town hall online. "The revolution will not be televised," he tweeted. "Turn off your TV, watch the real discussion."