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Fiorina Gains Popularity in Iowa as Presidential Bid Nears

By    |   Wednesday, 29 April 2015 06:53 PM

A growing number of Iowa Republicans are expressing interest in a presidential bid by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, The Des Moines Register reports.

Last week, Fiorina — who is expected to make her candidacy official on Monday — attracted the second-largest audience that Urbandale's Westside Conservative  Club had seen during the past two election cycles.

Nearly 300 people came to the Clinton County GOP's spring dinner last Thursday night to listen to Fiorina's keynote address. For the Johnson County GOP's Friday night spaghetti dinner, organizers had to bring out more tables for a larger-than-expected audience of 260 people.

More than 100 Iowans showed up Saturday for a Webster County Republican Women event.

"Everyone I spoke to left inspired by what Ms. Fiorina had to say," said Webster County Republican Party co-chair Karen Glaser.

Glaser said that in her view, Fiorina "is picking up speed, and the more people that hear her, the better it will get."

Steve DeMaura, executive director of a pro-Fiorina super-PAC, said she was benefiting from the fact that she "has been spending a lot of time on the phone talking with people, doing lots of national press, spending lots of time in Iowa, doing one-on-one meetings."

At the end of five days' worth of barnstorming the Hawkeye State last week, Fiorina said she had  traveled 1,222 miles and had spoken with 2,400 Iowans in 15 towns.   

Fiorina wins plaudits from many in Iowa's conservative GOP for her strong pro-life views, her emphasis on the importance of her Christian faith, and her blistering criticism of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

"Like all of you, I have gone through hard times," Fiorina said. "When I battled cancer six years ago, it was the strength of my family and the power of my faith that saw me through."

Fiorina added that shortly after she battled cancer, her stepdaughter succumbed "to the demons of addiction." (When Lori Ann Fiorina died in October 2009 at age 35, public reports did not disclose her official cause of death.) 

Fiorina said that in the wake of her daughter's death, she and her husband forged a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" that "saved us from a desperate sadness."

Fiorina never shies away from talking about her pro-life position.

"People would challenge me, 'How can you support extreme positions in the Republican Party?' What I'd always say is, 'Have you read the Democratic position? ... Any abortion at any time for any reason at any point in a woman's pregnancy right up until the last minute to be paid for by taxpayers.' ...

"I might go further and say, 'How do you feel about the fact that a 13-year-old girl needs their mother's permission to go to a tanning salon, but not to get an abortion?' Hillary Clinton lobbied against parental notification," Fiorina said. "Most people are horrified by that."

The polls, however, still suggest Fiorina faces an uphill battle in Iowa. According to the latest Real Clear Politics average, Fiorina is in 11th place among Republicans, with 2 percent of the vote — 14.3 percentage points behind GOP frontrunner Scott Walker

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