Carly Fiorina says fundraising efforts are looking up

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Posted: Aug 17, 2015 3:24 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest from the presidential candidates as they meet and greet voters at the Iowa State Fair (all times are local):

1:59 p.m.

Carly Fiorina says her fundraising has been looking up since the first Republican presidential debates when she got high marks for her performance.

"It's better," the former technology executive said at the Iowa State Fair on Monday, after a warmly received appearance. She spoke from a political soapbox hosted by the Des Moines Register.

Fiorina said many Republicans were introduced to her during the preliminary debate for candidates with lower poll numbers. When they see her, she says, "they understand what I will do and what I stand for."

Fiorina took questions from a crowd of hundreds, promising to support business innovation, invest in the military and defund Planned Parenthood. Fiorina said states should determine the minimum wage.

11 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is rallying hundreds of supporters in Iowa, despite protests of a vocal minority during his speech at the Iowa State Fair.

During his stop at The Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox, the Republican candidate for president said he is "frustrated with the Republican leadership in Washington." It was an indirect jab at some his rivals for the 2016 GOP nomination who are members of Congress.

Walker also tried to distinguish himself from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, referring to those who have "been out of the fight" for a while. Bush left the Florida governorship after two terms in 2007.

Walker, who beat a 2011 recall after signing legislation stripping public unions of some negotiating rights, said his detractors didn't intimidate him in his home state. He said, "the truth is things are better in Wisconsin."

-- Contributed by Associated Press writer Thomas Beumont.

10 a.m.

Iowa's Republican governor says don't read too much into August presidential polls.

Asked about billionaire Donald Trump's surge, Gov. Terry Branstad said four years ago, the leading position changed hands many times. February is a long time off, he said, a reference to the first in the nation caucuses in his state.

Branstad on Monday noted that nearly every 2016 presidential candidate is coming to the fair. Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are among those who have already visited. Scheduled to appear Monday were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former business executive Carly Fiorina and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Iowa's Republican governor walked the fairgrounds with Bush Friday. So far, he has not given the same attention to another candidate, but he said the face time with Bush happened simply because their schedules lined up.

Branstad said: "I'm trying to be truly a good host in welcoming all candidates. I do have a busy schedule and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

-- Contributed by Associated Press writer Catherine Lucey.