GOP Fox News debate: Carly Fiorina, the woman behind Hewlett Packard, leaves notes a printer

Ms Fiorina, the CEO of HP between 1999 and 2005, was the standout candidate in the earlier GOP debate

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You could call it the US version of the Ed Miliband "Happy Warrior" moment.

Just like how the former Labour leader left his debate notes in his dressing room during the UK election campaign, one of the Republican presidential nominee hopefuls, Carly Fiorina, left a stray page of debate prep behind in a printer. The notes were picked up and shared on Twitter by Sergio Gor, a member of rival Senator Rand Paul's team.

There was something quite ironic that Ms Fiorina, the woman who made her name and money by heading up Hewlett Packard, the home of printers, left her notes behind in one. Ms Fiorina was the CEO of HP between 1999 and 2005, becoming the first woman to lead one of the US' top twenty companies.

The page read: "Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lies about emails. She is still defending Planned Parenthood, and she is still her party’s frontrunner — 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."

These words almost exactly matched Ms Fiorina's closing statements in the Fox News GOP debate that the candidate appeared in alongside Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and others who appeared in an early show for "second-tier" candidates. A later evening debate featured ten individuals who were polling best in early Republican polls. Ms Fiorina is the only female running among the GOP. Hillary Clinton is the current favourite to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Despite the slight mishap, the former HP CEO, who has between one and two per cent of support in national polls, was seen as the clear winner of her earlier debate and was even favourably compared to the later debate between the main front-runners, including Donald Trump.