Some Republicans think Fiorina should be the aggressor and pick a fight with the front-runner.
“She’s the single biggest threat to him on the debate stage and should go after him,” said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak “She’s confident and willing to say what needs to be said.
It could get into his head. Plus, it will put her squarely in the middle of the conversation and get replayed for hours on end. The upside to her winning that exchange could be tremendous.”
Trump will be sitting on his own potent line of attack should Fiorina engage. At a New Hampshire campaign rally last month,
Trump went on an extended riff about how he would go after Fiorina if he were inclined to do so.
“I promised I wouldn’t say that she ran Hewlett-Packard into the ground,” Trump said. “I said I would not say it. That her stock value tanked. That she laid off tens of thousands of people and she got viciously fired.
I said I would not say it. And that she then went out and ran against Barbara Boxer for senator of California, and it’s a race that should have been won, and she lost in a landslide, and I said, I will not say that, OK? So I’m not going to say it.”
Republicans believe Fiorina will be ready to answer those critiques.