All the presidential candidates post their news interviews online. That's not original, nor is it a media strategy. But I haven't seen any of the candidates do a compare-and-contrast video with their interviews. Imagine a 2-minute video where you see this exchange, comparing Fiorina versus one of her opponents.
Take Scott Walker's interview with NBC's Kasie Hunt:
- KASIE HUNT: Do you think that birthright citizenship should be ended?
- SCOTT WALKER: Well, like I said, Harry Reid said it's not right for this country — I think that's something we should, yeah, absolutely, going forward-
- HUNT: We should end birthright citizenship?
- WALKER: Yeah, to me it's about enforcing the laws in this country. And I've been very clear, I think you enforce the laws, and I think it's important to send a message that we're going to enforce the laws, no matter how people come here we're going to enforce the laws in this country.
And compare it with Carly Fiorina's exchange with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press":
- CHUCK TODD: I know you don't want to talk more about Donald Trump, but the issue of birthright citizenship came up. Can you explain where you are on this issue of birthright citizenship?
- CARLY FIORINA: Yeah, I don't agree that we should be trying to amend the constitution.
- TODD: You would not amend it? This is not a priority?
- FIORINA: I would not amend it.
Viewers will be able to watch these videos and see how Fiorina contrasts with the other candidates.
So, does she have a shot at winning the nomination? There are a couple of things working against her: Historically, the nomination comes after the second run for president, though President Obama broke those rules in 2008. And, the GOP has also historically gone with the establishment candidate. If she can't get on the next prime time debate, her ability to become the GOP nominee becomes even more challenging.
But, she is clawing ahead. And, even if she doesn't get the nomination, she will make a strong No. 2.
Commentary by Mark Macias, head of Macias PR, a global public-relations firm, that has run media and branding campaigns for politicians, tech start-ups, financial firms, nonprofits and companies. He's also author of the book, "Beat the Press: Your Guide to Managing the Media." Follow him on Twitter @markmacias.