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GOP Debate: Fiorina’s Breakout Performance at Trump’s Expense

SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (L) looks on as Carly Fiorina speaks during the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California. Fifteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the second set of Republican presidential debates.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Fiorina followed a strong performance in the early debate last month with a stronger one on Wednesday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After bullying his way through the first Republican presidential debate a month ago, front-runner Donald Trump was clearly the target in Wednesday’s second debate, and most of his opponents tried to take shots at him.

By all accounts, Carly Fiorina followed a strong performance in last month’s undercard debate and made the most of her elevation to the prime-time stage, taking on Trump and scoring a couple mic-dropping moments.

One-time front-runner Jeb Bush was a bit more energetic, trading shots with Trump at the center of the stage and getting a laugh when he admitted to smoking marijuana 40 years ago but immediately apologizing to his mother. Where was that show of hands from the first debate when the subject of marijuana came up?

Home run

CNN’s Jake Tapper grooved a pitch to Fiorina, asking her to respond to Trump’s remarks in a Rolling Stone interview about her appearance. Fiorina blasted it out of the park, saying, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr.Trump said.”

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