Carly Fiorina sang a tune she’d concocted for her dog, talked about the importance of faith and defended her track record at Hewlett-Packard to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. In 2015, displays of personality by presidential candidates still are considered so daring that her performance set off a flood of press reports comparing her performance to White House hopeful Bill Clinton playing the sax on Arsenio Hall’s late-night show nearly a quarter-century ago.
“I don’t want to put you on the spot,” Fallon said after bringing up the fact that he’d learned she sings to her grandkids and pets and presenting her with a microphone.”Wanna hear? You want me to hum a bar or two?” she suggested, of a song she’d written in her Yorkie Snickers’ voice, immediately securing the vote of conservatives with Yorkies who do not like to be leash-walked. A bigger voting bloc than you might think:
My name’s Snick, and I’m lazy.
Please don’t take a walk with me.
I’d rather stay right here at home instead.
I want to lie back down in my nice, warm bed.
Fallon also asked Fiorina about this presidential race’s debate as to whether religious tests should be applied to presidential candidates. These days it’s Muslims on the hot seat, and the issue has been well thrashed out by her GOP rivals Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Carson took the heat off Trump when he told NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
“I think that’s wrong,” Fiorina told Fallon, saying, “People of faith make better leaders.” She then turned the talk deftly to herself: “Whether they are Christians, as I am — my faith has sustained me through some very bad times. I’ve battled cancer, I’ve lost a child, I’ve been tested. But whether it’s a person of Christian faith or Jewish faith or Muslim faith or other faiths, I think faith gives us humility, and empathy and optimism. And I think those are important things.”
She told her story of meeting Vladimir Putin and got to repeat her “no talking” stance with regard to the Russian leader that she spelled out during the most recent GOP debate, which wowed the crowd and led most pundits to declare her the winner. On Fallon’s show, she went one step further and compared Putin to Trump:
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