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Boxer, Fiorina Face Off In US Senate Debate

The only scheduled debate in California’s U.S. Senate race saw Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina spend as much time attacking each other as talking about their own accomplishments.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (L) (D-CA) and republican candidate for U.S. Senate C...
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Above: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (L) (D-CA) and republican candidate for U.S. Senate Carly Fiorina participate in a debate on the campus of Saint Mary's College September 1, 2010 in Moraga, California.

From their opening statements to their final words, the three-term senator and former Hewlett-Packard CEO went on offense. Fiorina said Boxer hasn’t helped California’s economy bounce back from the recession.

“Barbara Boxer is promising numbers and jobs now. When she voted for that stimulus bill that has manifestly failed, she said that it would bring help and hope and 400,000 jobs to this state. And we now have 2.3 million people out of work," said Fiorina.

And Boxer told voters they get to decide if they want her back. "Or if they want to elect someone who made her name as a CEO in Hewlett-Packard laying thousands and thousands of workers off, shipping their jobs overseas, making no sacrifice while she was doing it, taking $100 million," said boxer.

Each candidate claimed to have better ideas for creating jobs: Boxer pointed to Democratic bills in Congress to keep teachers employed and help small businesses. Fiorina called for tax cuts and less government regulation. The race is expected to be tight. Polls suggest Boxer currently has a narrow lead.

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gljohns2000 | October 1, 2010 at 11:19 a.m. ― 6 years, 5 months ago

Why is it that Californians just don't get it.

California is declining not because of too little government involvement, but because of an eroding tax base. Businesses are leaving California in droves. Why? Regulations are too tough and taxes are too high. Without a healthy business environment, employment goes down, tax revenues go down and we can't afford even basic needs like education, law enforcement and disaster relief, much less luxuries like environmental protection and stem cell research.

Over the past 30 years our politicians and the unions that control them have chipped away at the once healthy business environment in California until today it is next to impossible to grow a small business into a medium sized one, and a medium sized one to a large one. Today the only business that make it in California are those that benefit from a unique innovation like E-bay and become huge overnight. Quit trying to demonize the entrepreneurs and innovators in the business world who manage to benefit from their hard work and instincts. Fix the business environment first and everything else will fall into line.

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