Carly Fiorina’s closing statement in the presidential debate on Thursday was leaked onto social media hours before she took the stage, after the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive–or her staff–left the text on a printer.
The consensus among social media, viewers and pundits was that she won anyway.
According to Business Insider, her remarks were found on a hotel printer and posted to Twitter by her rival Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s communications director Sergio Gor. He did not mention her name:
— Sergio Gor (@SergioGor) August 6, 2015
Fiorina’s closing statements mirrored the leaked document, confirming the paper belonged to her:
Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi. She lies about emails. She is still defending Planned Parenthood and she is still her party’s front-runner. 2016 is going to be a fight between conservatism and a Democrat Party that is undermining the very character of this nation. We need a nominee who is going to throw every punch, not pull punches, and someone who cannot stumble before he even gets into the ring. I am not a member of the political class. I am a conservative. I can win this job. I can do this job. I need your help. I need your support. I will, with your help and support, lead the resurgence of this great nation. Thank you.
During the debate, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) seemed to compliment Fiorina, saying he would have preferred to have her negotiating the Iran deal than Secretary of State John Kerry. “Maybe we wouldn’t have gotten a deal where we wouldn’t have given everything away,” Kerry said.