The controversy over Carly Fiorina's comments at the last GOP debate about seeing a video of an aborted fetus with its legs kicking is still raging. Earlier today, David Daleiden, the journalist behind the Center for Medical Progress's undercover Planned Parenthood investigation that produced the video Fiorina was describing, went on CNN to discuss the matter.
Right off the bat, host Chris Cuomo is confrontational with Daleiden and accusing him of lying. Daleiden, understandably, seems momentarily confused by Cuomo's hostility and ignorance of the video in question before realizing what's going on. The full video of Cuomo and Daleiden's segment can be seen here, but here's a transcript of the first part of the exchange:
Cuomo: Carly Fiorina very passionately in the debate, very cogently, brings across this image of an aborted baby on the table, the heart beating, the legs kicking, the legs moving, look at that video and tell me what you think. Let me ask you about that image. Is that an aborted fetus that's in that image?
Daleiden: You know, I actually in the studio, don't have a visual of what you're showing me, so I'm not...
Cuomo: You know what I'm talking about, David. It's a miscarriage. The mother was interviewed, you know you didn't ask her for permission for it, but that's beside the point. It is not what Carly Fiorina describes it as.
Daleiden: That's not what Carly Fiorina was referencing. Carly Fiorina was referencing the sequence in our video that shows footage of a born alive infant from a late-term abortion actually moving in a specimen pan while Holly O'Donnell who used to work at StemExpress is talking about the harvesting of a brain of an infant of the exact same gestational age.
Cuomo: So you think it's a different image?
Because it is apparently too much to ask journalists to do some basic preparation involving one of the most discussed stories of the week, here's the explanation of what's going on. In the video that Fiorina is describing -- the same video that many supposed journalists described as "pure fiction," said "didn't exist," and claimed was "totally made up" -- there are two different babies. If you watch the video, and Cuomo clearly hasn't, about 5:56 in the gruesome scene is there just as Fiorina and Daleiden describe it. Later in the same video, there's a still picture of baby that died as a result of a miscarriage. These are two different babies, and you would know it if you simply watched the video, which is something that many journalists refuse to do even as they have no problem commenting on the veracity of the video and Fiorina's remarks about it.
A new CNN poll of the registered Republican and Republican-leaning voters finds Carly Fiorina taking second place in the GOP presidential primary, behind Donald Trump and just one point ahead of Ben Carson. The poll, taken over the course of the three days following CNN's September 16 debate, found Trump with 24 percent support, down 8 points from the same poll earlier this month and back to where he was in the CNN poll a month ago.
Top Chris Christie donor Ken Langone made the case this morning on CNBC that Carly Fiorina is only doing well in the presidential race because she's a woman. "She's done nothing of any consequence in business," said Langone, a founder of Home Depot.
Langone turned to Becky Quick, the only woman on set, and asked, "Becky, question for you. If the only reason you are sitting there and had this job is because you're a woman, how would you feel about that?"
We heard today from an experienced campaign hand whose judgment we at TWS have come very much to respect:
People I've talked to since the debate can't imagine Kasich, Walker, Huckabee, Carson or Paul getting the nomination. Kasich and Walker in particular were hurt badly if not fatally in the last 24 hours. And the same folks think neither Cruz nor Trump could win unless it were a year any Republican could win.
I'd expect Christie and Rubio to get a fresh look after last night, and Carly to vault in primary polls--maybe even to the lead.
This was a debate I thought would never end. It lasted for three hours and seemed like longer. We even learned from each of the eleven Republican presidential candidates whose face should be on the $10 bill. No blood was spilled, metaphorically speaking. There were no losers.
Over at the Free Beacon, our old colleague Matthew Continetti is already up with his thoughts about the debate. He's reached the conclusion that "debates basically serve to propel second-tier candidates to the top. That’s what happened with Ben Carson last time.
From the beginning of her campaign for president, Carly Fiorina has had to deal with lowered expectations, encapsulated in a frequent question: Aren’t you just running for vice president? “People ask that because I’m a woman and I’m not a politician,” she told me earlier this year. “I’m running to be president.”
The super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has a new 60-second ad that's a not-so-subtle response to her GOP rival Donald Trump. The ad, titled "Faces," features the former Hewlett-Packard CEO speaking about the important role of women in the Republican party.
New polls of likely Republican voters in two early primary states show Donald Trump maintaining a solid lead for the presidential nomination. The CBS News/YouGov tracking polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire show the real-estate magnate and reality TV star with big leads in those states.