June 3rd, 2010
09:38 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP Senate candidate Campbell back on the air

California Republican Senate candidate Tom Campbell is back on the air with campaign ads.
California Republican Senate candidate Tom Campbell is back on the air with campaign ads.

Los Angeles (CNN) – After being dark for two days in the crucial home stretch of the primary campaign because of a shortage of cash, Republican Senatorial Candidate Tom Campbell is back on the air Thursday with a new television ad touting his electability.

"I do have something neither of my opponents can offer. The Los Angeles Times announced a poll that shows me beating Sen. Barbara Boxer by 7 points. Carly Fiorina loses to Barbara Boxer by 6 points. Let's not lose this historic opportunity to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer," says Campbell in his new ad.

However, that Los Angeles Times/USC survey, which was released this past weekend, also indicates that Campbell, who led the field several months ago, now trailing Fiorina in the GOP primary contest 38 percent to 23 percent. Campbell, a social moderate who backs abortion rights, maintains he can attract the more moderate voters that are needed in order for Republicans to convert the seat come November.

Republicans sense this may be the best opportunity to knock off Boxer. Only 34 percent of those surveyed in the recent USC/LA Times poll said they would vote to re-elect the three-term incumbent, and almost half said they would vote for someone else.

"If the primary produces a social conservative that candidate will have a very hard time in November," Campbell told CNN in an interview Wednesday. "If you want to beat Boxer you have to nominate Campbell. The key to winning in November is to nominate someone who will not turn off the numbers of independents and fiscally conservative Democrats that a Republican needs. With 31 percent registration in California for Republicans you need to pick up that 19 plus from somewhere else," Campbell told CNN.

Key to winning any election in California is money and lots of it since television advertising is such a major part of running a successful campaign in the state.

Fiorina, who has never run for political office before, lent her campaign several million dollars in the last few months meaning she has personally contributed at least $5.5 million to her effort.

Campbell, a former congressman who switched from running in the gubernatorial contest to the senate one, said he has been hamstrung because he has lagged behind in fundraising and does not have the personal wealth that Fiorina does. A recent financial report showed Campbell with about $400,000 cash on hand while Fiorina had more than $2 million.

"I will certainly have preferred to have $5 million of my own money to put in the campaign as my opponent did," Campbell told CNN.

Fiorina's campaign is already looking ahead to the general election contest airing an ad beginning Wednesday which targets Boxer for comments she made saying climate change is one of the important national security issues facing the country. "Terrorism kills, and Barbara Boxer's worried about the weather?"

Boxer's campaign reacted to the ad saying "Senator Boxer has successfully advocated for tough measures to protect America – from sanctions on Iran to allowing specially-trained pilots to have guns in the cockpit.

Meanwhile, Fiorina has a troubling record on protecting Americans from terrorism," said its campaign manager Rose Kapolcynski pointing to in part allegations concerning Hewlett-Packard, where Fiorina was the one time CEO before she was fired. Boxer's camp raised previous accusations that H-P traded with Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism, through an intermediary in an effort to sidestep U.S. sanctions. Fiorina's campaign then countered that saying she did not have any knowledge of illegal sales while at the company, and the firm fired the subsidiary when it became aware of the sales.

While Fiorina has been stumping the state this week, Campbell mostly has been concentrating on media interviews and fundraising events to try to get his message out and to raise enough money to air some ads. He is hitting the stump Thursday in Northern California.

Also running in the GOP primary but lagging behind is state assemblyman Chuck Devore, who has been embraced by many Tea Party activists.

In a statement to CNN, Fiorina spokesperson Amy Thoma said that Campbell, "doesn't have millions to spend because he didn't raise enough money despite claims to the contrary. Two words describe this ad: desperate and sad."

Updated: 9:04 p.m.


Filed under: 2010 • California • Carly Fiorina • Tom Campbell
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. No GOP for Calif.

    We don't care who wins your GOP race...we'll have nothing to do with a Republican in Calif. Donate your campaign funds on something more worthwhile, like paying the Gulf Coast fisherman for your "drill baby drill" spill.

    June 3, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Jack J in CA

    Carly, we had enough of you at HP; not chance in heck you're going to win! Track records should speak to something; you don't care about people.

    June 3, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. GL

    If the primary produces a social conservative that candidate will have a very hard time in November," Campbell told CNN in an interview Wednesday. "If you want to beat Boxer you have to nominate Campbell. The key to winning in November is to nominate someone who will not turn off the numbers of independents and fiscally conservative Democrats that a Republican needs. With 31 percent registration in California for Republicans you need to pick up that 19 plus from somewhere else," Campbell told CNN.
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    Republicans will not get the votes they need to win in California and one of the reason is Arizonia RACIST LAW. Where are the Republicans going to get the voters other then from the far right? Arizonia Racist new laws is going to hunt the Republican in NOV. Sorry, but the Republicans have all turnoff a number of independents. They will not pick up 19 plus from somewhere – this is the problem with Republicans they feel they can continue with their racsit ways and still pick up voters other then white voters. SORRY THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

    June 3, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    While Campbell has a better chance of attracting voters in November, it is the party base that tends to vote in the primaries. Fiorina, despite being the author of the second worse merger in American Corporate history, plays better to her party base. Of course, as I would really like to see Senator Boxer reelected, I am hoping she goes up against Carly! Get the two of them in an open forum debate and you can see the support for Ms F drop like a rock!

    June 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. gt

    any body buts boxer,,, she is old ,, been there way to long,,,no ideas,,,new blood both parties...

    June 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. GL

    Fiorina's campaign then countered that saying she did not have any knowledge of illegal sales while at the company, and the firm fired the subsidiary when it became aware of the sales.
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    So why didn't Fiorina have any knowlege of illegal sales while at the company as the CEO? If you couldn't do your job as CEO, why do you think the American people need you running things in Congress. She is a loser just like her sister Sara Palin. Liars and crooks!

    June 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. patNY

    Yeah...right...moderate until he wins the seat then he becomes the GNoP lap dog and votes against raising the liability cap for BP, against anything that will deal with global warming, against gay rights, for more deep sea drilling, and for taking candy away from kids.

    June 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Anonymous

    What are the odds of a "moderate Republican" being nominated by a party from which all of the "moderate" voters have been purged? Even if he won the general election against the Democrat, the Republicans would still think that they lost, since he is just as much the enemy. The goal of the newly dumbed-down Republican party is a one-party state and big brother nanny government to impose its religion on the sinful population. They will accept nothing less.

    June 3, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Even though he has a better chance of winning the seat in politically moderate California, the zealots will still shun him and nominate the ditto head "purity test winner" and soon to be loser of the general election Fiorino. Go figure.....

    June 3, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Liz the First

    Barbara Boxer is one of the best senators we have. it would be a travesty if the people of California voted her out in favor of a rethugliklan who wants to drag their state and the country back to the 11th century. republicans don't want to participate in government, they want to destroy government. isn't california in enough of a mess?

    June 3, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. JohnRJ08

    I don't understand how anybody with half a brain could vote for ANY Republican candidate, much less this clown. Republicans will NEVER do the one thing that is necessary to pull this country out of debt– raise taxes. They won't even admit that's the only alternative we have to the deficit and our crumbling infrastructure. For the last 40 years, the GOP has convinced far too many voters that taxes are evil and unAmerican and that the only politicians who favor raising taxes are "socialists" and the minions of "big government". So we languish with crucial under-funded government services, deteriorating educational system, and Third World infrastructure, while the wealthy continue to enjoy the unfunded tax cuts that were handed to them TWICE by the Bush administration. California is in a deep crisis and no Republican politician has the brains and/or the courage to do what is necessary to save it.

    June 3, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. larry

    "The Los Angeles Times... shows me beating Sen. Barbara Boxer". That's terrible.

    June 3, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Charles W. Skinner

    In this election cycle, a social Conservative will draw a bigger Tea Party activist vote than a RINO. The Fiscally Conservative Democrats will either actually think and vote with their conscience and vote for the Conservative, or will pull the Democrat lever like a trained monkey by default. Republican voters saw what happened when they punished the party by not turning out in 2006 and 08. They got a Socially liberal Congress and a President who verges on Socialist policies, which have bankrupted the future of the nation. The ONE and ONLY chance of undoing the damage is for a truly Conservative congress to be elected, which will de-fund some of the social "change" that has been engineered in the past 3 years, and prepare for repeal in 2013.

    June 3, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Dano

    The fact that you are a social moderate explains why you will most likely lose the primary Mr. Campbell. Republicans are becoming so extreme in their views that moderates have no place in the party any longer. Maybe after a string of defeats and a shrinking number of GOP members of Congress the party will move back a little toward the center of the political sprectum if it wants to survive.

    June 3, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Bob of Lompoc

    He trails "The Lady With No Hair Who Was Fired As CEO By Hewlett Packard", 38% to 23% = 15%, and he states he can beat Ms. Boxer? Does the Republican Party issue mind altering drugs to EVERY candidate for EVERY office?

    June 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |