June 9th, 2010
04:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Open mic catches Fiorina dig at Boxer


(CNN) – Newly-minted U.S. Senate Republican nominee Carly Fiorina added her name Wednesday to the annals of unfortunate politicians caught by an open mic.

Waiting to be interviewed by affiliate KXTV Wednesday morning, Fiorina is clearly heard taking a dig at her rival for the California Senate seat, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California.

"God, what is that hair?" a laughing Fiorina said, while quoting a friend who had recently seen Boxer on television. "So yesterday."

Fiorina also questioned why Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman had decided to go on Sean Hannity's show the day after winning her party's primary.

"It's really surprising that on the first day of the general [election], Meg Whitman is going on Sean Hannity," she said. "I think it's bizarre…I think it's a very bad choice actually. You know how he is."

Contacted by CNN about the comments, a spokesperson for Fiorina downplayed the remarks. "This was nothing but early morning small talk," Fiorina campaign press secretary Amy Thoma said in an e-mail to CNN.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart contributed to this report.


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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. deb

    I would NEVER vote for Carly Fiorina! Before she was FIRED as CEO of Hewlett Packard she laid off 30,000 people. Most of those jobs were outsourced overseas. Then she gets MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars in her "package deal' when they FIRED her. What a joke! And, please, Barbara Boxer's haircut is WAAAAYY better than hers! Carly looks like some kind of woodpecker with that tuft of hair she has! Barbara Boxer has been a wonder senator all these years. Boxwer all the way! She has compassion for her fellow humans!

    June 9, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. jacko

    Boxer's hair IS awful! old as the hills–she has been establishment too long.....

    June 9, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. get real

    Those darn mics with get ya every time. Ms. Fiorina seems so very mature doesn't she?!?!

    And yes, we do know "how he is". Oh, this is way too funny!

    June 9, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. hobart

    Wow, a Republican who dislikes Sean Hannity. How refreshing. Let's see if she's got the courage to stick by her guns and not apologize for the comment, or whether pressure will force her to kiss up to SH, Faux News, and all the rest.

    June 9, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    "God, what is that hair?" a laughing Fiorina said, while quoting a friend who had recently seen Boxer on television. "So yesterday."
    ____________________________________________________
    The real problem is that Barbara Boxer's ideas are so yesterday also, and that was not a good day. She chose to support Obama's agenda blindly from day 1 and look where it got us. It didn't work. What are her new ideas? More of the same. No thanks.

    June 9, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    It looks better than her sheman look,hahaha

    June 9, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Mickey, NY

    All that coming from a skank that looks like Cruella DeVille. Fiorina is nothng but a corporate hack that should not be let within 100 miles of a poliotical seat.

    June 9, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. key

    She obviously thinks being a senator of a state is a joke. You have to govern peoples lives not be an entertainer like she want to believe.

    June 9, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Future expat

    I'm looking forward to her concession speech.

    June 9, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Stacie

    Ooooooooh, Seany baby isn't going to take very kindly to that comment. We all know he's got an ego the size of the oil spill, and he'll trash you to his sheep – you know the tea partiers who are the only people planning to vote for you. I can't wait to hear your public apology. Now, that's entertainment!

    June 9, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    For a woman that got canned from Hewlett Packard for lack-luster results and a hair cut that could get her on a girls softball team, this woman sure has a lot to say with nothing to back it up.
    Carly is hardly the choice for California.

    June 9, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Steph

    Way to act like a teenage girl Carly! By the way, I HATE your hair!

    June 9, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. norma

    I thought this was politics, not a juvenile beauty contest. Now I know why Carribou Barbie likes her so much.

    June 9, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Jesse

    Fiorina is ripping on somebody's else's hairstyle.
    Dude should keep his mouth shut!

    June 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Juanita

    ".... a spokesperson for Fiorina downplayed the remarks. "This was nothing but early morning small talk," Yes, small, like Fiorina's political thinking and ability at HP. Oh right, she got fired from HP.

    June 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Mark

    I hope Carly does a better job for California than she did for HP.

    June 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. "God, what is that hair?"

    too funny that someone with as bad hair as Carly is throwing rocks from her glass house

    Carly is one ugly woman

    June 9, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. stevegee

    Leave it to the liberal left to try and paint a winner in a bad light. Wait till November you libs, you're gonna lose big time!

    We're taking back our government from progressives like Obama, Reid and Pelosi who are trying to enslave us with socialism - the conservative movement is growing stronger every day and will put our country back on the "right" track.

    June 9, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. markiejoe

    From out here in California, I can tell you all that both Fiorina and Whitman will lose in November by at least 55% to 45%, maybe more.

    Take it to the bank. Fiorina's first-day gaffe is only the beginning for this duo of mega-millionaire ex-CEOs.

    June 9, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Marty, FL

    "You know how he is."
    And of course, that all-important issue of hair...LOL, really? What is this, high school? Then again, Fiorina has been known for the foot-in-mouth syndrome.

    June 9, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Rani McBride

    Just like the woman who indorsed her, childish and imature. We need thoughtful people running this country.

    June 9, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. bettie

    God I hope that put that hair comment in a political commercial against Carly. Please, please.

    June 9, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. norma

    You cannot be serious stevegee! She did this to herself. No one forced a mic on her. No one forced the words out of her mouth. We liberals are not responsible for her immature behavior, though we are enjoying the show!

    June 9, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Jack

    All of these right wingers are nut cases.

    The fact is that we have made serious progress since Obama got in, but we're all too interested in the wrestling like atmosphere the media has spun to figure it out.

    Want to put the final nail in...elect these idiot rightwingers who have are unknowingly carrying the corporate message.

    Obama is the only one in Washington who is really trying to make things better. We're just too stupid to figure it out.

    June 9, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. D.

    Nice and truthful comments, maybe she left the mic open so we hear her nice correct opinions?

    June 9, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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