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Carly Fiorina Draws Big Crowd in Hernando County

Carly Fiorina took full advantage of the public spotlight during the last Republican presidential debate, when she sparred with frontrunner Donald Trump and then surged in the polls. Her support has leveled off in recent polls, but the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard drew a big crowd Wednesday night at the Hernando County GOP's Reagan Day Dinner.

Fiorina spoke for 35 minutes to several hundred people at the Palace Grand catering hall in Spring Hill. There, she took on her favorite target, Hillary Clinton, saying she'd never ask the public to vote for her because she's a woman.

"I'm very proud of being a woman," she said, "but I'm going to ask for your support because I believe I'm the most qualified candidate to win this job and the most qualified candidate to do this job."

But Fiorina also said the problems facing the country are greater than any one person can fix.

"I am not content to manage the decline of a great nation," she said. "Ladies and gentlemen, I think we've been doing that far too long. I am prepared with your votes, with your prayers and with your support - press one for yes - to lead the resurgence of this great nation."

She said her job is to put America "back in the leadership business."

"I think we have reached a pivotal point, where the possibilities for too many Americans - indeed, the potential of this great nation - is being crushed by a government that has become so big, so powerful, so costly, so complicated, so inept and yes, so corrupt - and a professional political class that refuses to do anything about it," she says.

The latest polls have Fiorina coming in fifth in Florida, behind Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.