The two women who are each seeking their respective party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential nomination both went on the offensive Thursday, as a new national poll was released that has significant implications for both candidates. Hillary Clinton, using some of her strongest rhetoric yet, attacked the entire 17-candidate Republican field over its collective position on women’s issues, likening them to terrorists. “Extreme views about women? We expect that from some of the terrorist groups,” Clinton said during a campaign stop in Cleveland. “We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be president of the United States.”
Earlier in the day, though, The Washington Free Beacon published a story claiming that, at least on the issue of equal pay, Carly Fiorina is outperforming Clinton. According to the report, women working on the Clinton campaign earn an average of $7,000 less than male campaign staffers. Meanwhile, Fiorina, who cooperated with the newspaper on the story, pays women staffers an average of $69,724, while male employees earn an average of $54,829.
All of this comes as a new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Fiorina is making marginal gains among national GOP voters. She’s now pacing at seventh place among the Republican field, tied with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and is only two percentage points behind one-time GOP leader Jeb Bush. Meanwhile, the poll showed that if Joe Biden jumps into the race, a possibility he’s been strongly considering, the vice president would fare better than Clinton would against a host of GOP rivals in a general election scenario — but Clinton still holds an overall lead for the nomination. Fiorina, despite her sharp rise in the polls, is still in danger of being shut out of the second GOP debate airing on CNN next month.