May 25th, 2010
12:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to give Boxer a big bucks boost, again

President Obama will travel to California Tuesday to headline three fundraisers for Sen. Barbara Boxer.
President Obama will travel to California Tuesday to headline three fundraisers for Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama heads west Tuesday afternoon to lend Sen. Barbara Boxer a hand. It's the president's second trip to California in a month to help the fellow Democrat raise campaign cash for her re-election battle.

Obama will headline three fundraisers in San Francisco for Boxer and for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The events are scheduled to be held at the Fairmont Hotel, in the city's affluent Nob Hill district, and at the home of Ann and Gordon Getty, wealthy philanthropists who head their family's billion dollar trust.

Last month the president was the main attraction at two fundraisers in Los Angeles for the three-term senator and for the Democratic National Committee. A Democratic source confirmed to CNN that those two events raised at least $3 million in campaign cash.

Boxer faces what's expected to be a tough bid this year for a fourth term in office. A poll released last Friday by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) indicates that 50-percent of Golden state voters approve of the job Boxer is doing as senator, with 38-percent saying they disapprove.

In the November election, Boxer will face-off against the winner of the June 8 Republican senate primary.

According to the PPIC survey, Boxer leads former Rep. Tom Campbell by six points, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina by nine points, and state assemblyman Chuck Devore, a favorite of the Tea Party movement by 11 points, in possible general election showdowns.

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Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • President Obama
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Naqib

    Yes... California is the icon of well run government...
    I hope she wins by a landslide...
    That way we will continue to have a leading example of what you don't want in your State...

    May 25, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Nathaniel

    Steve, some factual errors to point out:

    1. Spector did not lose to a republican so that takes you to 3 – 0
    2. The democrats won the congress races in PA and NY so that's 3 – 2.

    Now still there have been more R wins than D wins but wecan't truly tally scores till Nov.

    May 25, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Joe

    Barbara, please please don't let Obama to put you in a BOX! You are toasted if you invite Obama to CA to support you.You are an idiot if you don't learn any lessons from those DemocRAT candidates from Virginia, NJ, PA and MA.

    May 25, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. gary

    barbara boxer is the most self centered person in all of the senate i have disliked her since she denounced that general who the hell does she thinks she is she works for the people we do not work for her sometimes i think of what general patton would have said to her geton your broom barbara you are about to pass nancy

    May 25, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. hp

    Vote OUT the incumbents, all of them.
    They are the reason we are in such bad shape as a country.

    May 25, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. j russ

    California's doing so good I guess that the people who got it there should stay on the job and continue the good work.....................or has Boxer already gotten Barry to promise the big bail out?

    May 25, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. SFCMike

    Boxer makes me cringe. I'd love to see her gone from California politics, but the Republican party puts up such pathetic idiots to run against her that they give her an easy reelection every time.

    Makes me wonder if they don't really want her to stick around for soundbite and propaganda value in other arenas, because they sure don't make any serious attempt to defeat one of the weakest senators in the country.

    May 25, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. t22

    Remember, it's not "Barbara" or "Boxer", it's Senator Boxer! But, seriously, if she can't win re-election then the Republicans will have a rout.

    May 25, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Mark

    This liberal California bankrupt troll needs to go!

    May 25, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Mark Hudson

    Time for Barbara to go. The big fund raisers will not help her.

    May 25, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    If you really take a close look at Boxer – it seems as if she was doing that all of her life – BOXING!!! @GT – I agree – out with the old and in with the new!!

    May 25, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Lou

    Boxer is the exact problem with everything in DC. She claims to be pro-middle and working class yet votes for TARP.

    Did you know that the majority of subprime lenders were based here in CA? Where was Sen Boxer when middle class people were being duped into all these loans making Wall St rich? Oh yeah, getting money from Wall St and then voting for TARP!

    12.6% unemployment in CA, what has Boxer done?

    May 25, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. bcrunner

    I don't believe that Carly thinks she can win here in California with her record at HP... Ain't going to happen Carly.

    May 25, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. SuperD

    California,

    If you keep electing these Communist Dems to office, then when you go bankrupt literally and ethically, we are not going to bail you out.

    What you are doing is unsustainable, and Boxer is the posterchild for that.

    May 25, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. silverlaker1

    Go Barbara Go!

    May 25, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. worriedmom

    See your concern Boxer for the oil. Just go on and party like nothing is happening. And Obama is right there with you.
    Time to move on and get some fresh ideas.

    boxer needs to move on!

    May 25, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    So hopeful that the Obozo kiss of death for candidates continues for this wastoid. The worst president in history campaigning for the worst senator. What a slimy, corrupt duo.

    May 25, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Independent One

    I really hope Sen Boxer win...I will give to her campaign

    May 25, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Lori

    Hi Steve (the Real One)...NY-20, Mark Critz, and Cuomo will definately win. Let's not pretend that the Democrats have had no victories this year. Boxer has 50% approval ratings which typically means that she has a great chance of winning. If she had less that 50%, I may start to wonder. Plus, let's not forget President Obama (who's approval still hovers around 50% which is higher than 2 term President Clinton's which is a good sign) is still popular in many states that voted for a Republican (New Jersey for example). There are still huge populations in America that turn out for Presidential elections that are willing to go and vote for President Obama and not so much members of Congress... That said, Boxer will win...

    May 25, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Big Al In SC

    Californians deserve Boxer. After the state declares bankruptcy, she can be a party to the same fate for the US.

    May 25, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Sgt. USMC

    Sounds like you repubs were under a rock from 2000 – 2008.

    I don't care who wins as long as it's not a lying repub.

    Repubs are like dogs, you have to love them because they don't know any better. Even when they crap all over the place, getting rid of them just won't be the same.

    May 25, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. JP

    We are all very much aware of many others who were helped by Obama.
    Republicans tried for years to get Specter out, and one endorsement from Obama did the trick.

    May 25, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Mike D

    It hilarious that democrats demonize anyone that has ever worked in the private sector.

    Question for democrats, do you not realize that your social programs and welfare handouts depend solely on private business? Without hardworking republicans you have no money to spend!

    May 25, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Greg Pottstown PA

    Whenever I think of boxer I think of her telling a general he will call her senator.

    I love how an article about boxer gets turned into a repub bash session.

    May 25, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Native Californian

    California is a lightly left of center state, generally electing the most moderate candidate. That makes Dianne Feinstein very popular here, as she is slightly left of center. Boxer is quite liberal, but all the Republican nominees are fighting for the title of "most conservative" which in California means "least electable". I expect Boxer to be re-elected easily.

    May 25, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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