SACRAMENTO (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Monday continued to attack Sen. Barbara Boxer for supporting the federal stimulus plan, calling it a failure.

Fiorina, the former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co., said the unemployment rate in San Bernardino County has risen from 11.7 percent to 14.2 percent since the stimulus package was passed in February 2009.

“This election is about her record. This election is about jobs,” Fiorina said, according to an online report by The Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside. “This election is about out-of-control government spending.”

She held her campaign event in the former showroom of a Mitsubishi dealership in San Bernardino that closed in July after 24 years in operation.

Boxer contends that had Congress and President Barack Obama not acted as they did, the nation would have fallen into a depression. She made a stop Monday at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to highlight her record on airline safety.

“Barbara Boxer’s top priority is creating jobs and turning our economy around,” Boxer campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski said in a statement. “Fiorina has opposed every major job creation bill, including those that have provided tax cuts to small businesses and the middle class.”

Many economists say job losses would have been deeper and unemployment higher without the $814 billion stimulus.

The stimulus act was passed in response to the economic crisis by providing tax cuts for families and businesses. It increased education, health care and entitlement programs such as unemployment benefits. And it provided federal funding for infrastructure projects and grants to improve energy efficiency.

Fiorina opposes the stimulus spending and has called for extending Bush-era tax cuts for everyone. Boxer, along with President Obama, supports extending the tax cuts only to Americans making less than $250,000.

During a Sunday interview on Fox News with Chris Wallace, Fiorina did not name the spending cuts she would be willing to make to pay for the tax cuts she supports. Wallace noted that cutting discretionary non-defense spending such as education and energy would not be enough to cover the revenues lost to those tax cuts.

“What I think we need to do to engage the American people in a conversation about entitlement reform is to have a bipartisan group of people who come together and put every solution on the table, every alternative on the table,” Fiorina said. “Then we ought to engage in a long conversation with the American people so they understand the choices.”

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Comments (8)
  1. Tom JOnes says:

    Rich Fiona and her yachts that made her money outsourcing jobs and was a failure at HP, now is supporting the Herbert Hoover approach to a economic disaster. It’s fine for her and her rich friends to be against the stimulus, but what does she offer other then cutting taxes for her rich friends. Fiona is the very definition of failure. The GOP created this mess, and now she is against the one thing that prevented the recession form getting worse. What a dilatant. Sorry, but the US Senate is not up for sale to the highest bidder. .

    1. td says:

      Hey Jonesie, Wake up dude!! What company has Boxer ever run successfully? How the stimulus package working out for you? How’s that promised changes working our for you except for increased size of government and aBIG tax increase coimng your way for Obamacare..
      Want to pay my share too?

  2. Barbie Dogdoll says:

    Fire RICH BOXER-she has pushed out dozens of companies and thousands of jobs overseas over the decades!!

    Currently she voted for more H1-B Visas!! So foreigners can TAKE OUR CA JOBS!

    Fire her in 3 weeks-enough is eonugh 50% of Californians despise this flaming liberal-we have good reasons-GET HER OUT!

  3. Mayber says:

    Fiona and Whitman both come from the same mold – can they buy your vote – I hope not – I think Californians are smarter than that – at least I pray they are.

    1. td says:

      Who cares were their honest money comes from, just means they are not beholding to anyone except their pocket book. At least they they had the courage to spend THEIR money.. Do you? Wake up!! You like paying for stuff that just doesn’t work?

      1. fred says:

        ahhhh. so under your logic, only the rich, because they won’t be beholden to anyone, should be elected to run/serve this country. is that the gist of it?

        only the rich can get educated, buy houses, take vacations, buy new cars, whatever. The rest of us just get to be beholden to our corporate overlords.

  4. Bye Bye Boxer says:

    As a Marin County Supervisor in the 1970s, Barbara Boxer voted AGAINST the county receiving Hamilton AFB from the federal govt. for ONE DOLLAR!

    She bashes her opponent for outsourcing. Yet, HOW MANY JOBS WERE LOST BECAUSE HAMILTON BECAME A SWAMP???

    Yes, she has flooded the runways and turned Hamilton into Boxer Swamp. It has cost over $200 million in taxdollars so far to make this happen.

    Also, how MUCH TRAFFIC does the North Bay add to SF Bay Area because they must use airports in Oakland or San Francisco?

  5. crazy says:

    Am I sicko… or do they both look like MILF’s or GILF’s? Don’t answer that… I’m sick but schwing… let them oil wrestle for the job….