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Fiorina disses Boxer's hair during open mic gaffe

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Newly minted Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina wants to talk about creating jobs in California, but during a round of satellite interviews with reporters Wednesday morning she forgot her microphone was hot.

Waiting to be interviewed by the ABC station in Sacramento, Fiorina took at dig at incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, but not on the issues.

"...Saw Barbara Boxer briefly on television this morning and said what everyone says, 'God what is that hair?' So yesterday," Fiorina said, laughing.

Fiorina also called Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's decision to go on Sean Hannity's show bizarre.

"Why after saying no to all these people would you go on Sean Hannity," she said.

The comments were small gaffes in the annals of political open mic moments. During the interviews, Fiorina never wandered from her message of jobs and the economy.

"What I'm going to do is continue to talk to the voters about who I am and what I believe and more importantly, what I think needs to be done to create jobs in this state and to get out of control spending under control," she said.

In her primary race against a more moderate Tom Campbell, Fiorina courted the tea party and won the endorsement of Sarah Palin. But Wednesday, she dismissed the suggestion that she had moved to the right.

"And what I think is most important is that I continue to go out there and talk with the voters of California, wherever they are and whatever their political persuasion is, about the issues that are on their minds -- jobs and out of control government spending," she said.

In her satellite interview, Boxer sought to undercut Fiorina on the jobs issue and portray her as a right wing conservative.

"When she had a chance, she killed the jobs, shipped them overseas and I hope the people of California take a stand just on that issue, not to mention the fact that she thinks that people who are on the no-fly terror watch list should be able to buy guns," Boxer said.

ABC7's political analyst says Boxer's goal is to define Fiorina as conservative.

"Having gone through a primary where Carly Fiorina went out of her way to define herself as a Sarah Palin conservative, Barbara Boxer wants to make sure that image stays in the voters' minds throughout the whole summer," Bruce Cain said.

Cain says Fiorina's challenge will be to stay up in the early polls this June and July.

"If people give up on Carly Fiorina then the money is going to go elsewhere; it's going to go to other states where Republicans have a better chance of winning Senate seats, so she's got to convince people that she really has a chance to win or she could be left out in the cold in September," Cain said.

Fiorina scoffed at the importance of the early polls, saying the only polls she is interested in are the ones that show what concerns voters.

Both camps had the checkbook out early in this race, shopping around the candidates for satellite interviews, provided and paid for by their campaigns.

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