"[Whether] or not you're ready to ... support me, in your heart of hearts every single one of you know you would love to see me debate Hillary Clinton," Fiorina has told audiences from the stump.
And while Fiorina is quick to tell voters she is not asking for their support on the basis of her gender but her qualifications, her gender identity serves as a contrast with the only other woman in the race.
Fiorina regularly lodges scathing attacks in Clinton’s direction, accusing the Democratic frontrunner of having “blood on her hands” over the attack in Benghazi and calling her a liar.
“Mrs. Clinton’s record is very clear, she has lied about Benghazi ... she’s lied about her emails, she’s lied about her server, and she does not have a track record of accomplishment,” Fiorina told reporters during a campaign stop in South Carolina. “Those are the facts, and I’m going to run this campaign on the facts.”
Her female identity doesn’t only draw contrasts with Clinton but the entire Democratic Party, allowing her to hit on hot-button, wedge issues in a way that no other GOP candidate can. She refers to the term “war on women” with disdain and has made her opposition to abortion a centerpiece of her campaign.Fiorina's gender appears problematic for Hillary.