“None of these liberal women scare me,” Fiorina this morning told Fox News Channel, beating The View to the punch with news she’d been booked on the ABC News program.
“My message to the ladies of The View is ‘Man up’,” Fiorina told Fox News. “If you want to debate me on policies…man up and debate me on them. But don’t sink to talking about my face.”
“Here’ the deal. Carly will be here on Friday,” Whoopi Goldberg said, somewhat anticlimactically, at the top of today’s The View. Addressing Fiorina, in absentia Goldberg continued: “I do want to point out, Carly, last time you were here, we welcomed you to our table. We helped raise your profile, so you would be included in the sea of men. You weren’t worried about any kind of Republican backlash. Nobody was backlashing. We were respectful and gave you your due. So, just so we’re all clear, you have to know the difference between when somebody is coming for you, and when somebody is paying you a compliment, and when somebody is saying, ‘Here’s my observation.’ If you can get that together maybe you can be president.”
After last week’s controversial CNBC debate, The View’s Michelle Collins said Fiorina had “looked demented” when, answering what is her greatest weakness and how is it being addressed, Fiorina had responded by saying she’d been told she did not smile enough during the previous debate — and then flashed a sucking-on-a-lemon grin.
“I wish it was a Halloween mask,” Joy Behar said of the face made by Fiorina.
“I think ‘demented’ is a strong word,” jumped in Paula Faris, who is an ABC News correspondent, co-anchor of Good Morning America Weekend, and joined The View this season to play the role of Actual Journalist on the show. Faris preferred to describe Fiorina’s smile as looking “like she had been practicing that for a long time.” But Goldberg stood with Collins: “As a comic, she means ‘demented’. I think as a comic we have to stand up for the words we use.”