Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton will cross paths Wednesday in South Carolina. And the Republican -- the only woman among the vast GOP field -- will try to show up Clinton by holding a regular old press conference.
Clinton has been under fire of late for avoiding reporters' questions at her campaign events. She did take questions last week in Iowa and New Hampshire, but has often walked away from the shouting throng penned behind the ropes.
"Carly Fiorina is speaking in downtown Columbia, SC on Wednesday. And guess what? So is Hillary Clinton," Fiorina spokeswoman Sarah I. Flores wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.
"We know it must be hard covering the Hillary for America But Against Transparency campaign," Flores said. "Leading by example, Carly will host a media availability outside the Columbia Marriott at 12:00pm on Wednesday."
Clinton will be inside the Columbia hotel shortly thereafter, holding another in her series of campaign roundtables.
"Our events tomorrow are all open to the press. And by open press, we mean we'll actually take questions," Flores wrote.
Clinton campaign spokesmen have bristled at criticism of Clinton's press engagement so far, pointing out that she has taken scores of questions from participants in her campaign events and elsewhere. But it had been weeks since Clinton took questions from the press, and it was becoming a thing, when she entertained questions last week. She teased reporters first, saying she would think about taking questions, and put the request on her list.