How Carly Fiorina may change the 2nd GOP debate

Raising Eyebrows in Political Debates
Raising Eyebrows in Political Debates

CNN drew much attention last week when network officials announced they would slightly alter the previously-outlined debate rules to allow an 11th candidate onto the main debate stage Wednesday night.

Tweaking the rules expanded the list to include Carly Fiorina, the lone woman in the GOP race who shined in the "second-tier" debate for lower polling candidates in early August.


While she'll likely change the tone of the debate from a policy perspective -- and as a likely critic of Donald Trump -- history has often shown that the mere introduction of a woman into a political debate changes how the usual barbs and jabs are received.

From when Geraldine Ferraro faced off against George H.W. Bush in the 1980s to when Sarah Palin and Joe Biden went head-to-head in 2008, check out the video above to see some of the many ways women hold their own and stand their ground on the debate stage.

See Fiorina on the campaign trail: