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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  1. Chris

    I wouldn't be trashing anyone's hair if I were Carly...

    June 9, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. dctwmt

    Miserable failure as a CEO......why would we want her in D.C.???

    June 9, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. frank

    What is she running for, she sound like, it's all about her,where do the republicans find these people. give it a rest please.

    June 9, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Jim in Idaho

    ...and so the inevitable downhill slide for Carly begins so early. You'd think she learned to keep her mouth shut after the McCain campaign fiasco.

    Course we all thought she learned to keep her mouth shut after the HP fiasco. Silly us

    June 9, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Liberal4Obama

    This reminds me of that John Edwards video when he was looking in the mirror combing his hair, so many good political attack ads can be made with this footage. If I was Barbara Boxer this would be my first ad of the general:

    - While californians are drowning in debt and have no jobs the best thing Carly can spend her time on is attacking my hair style, I would like to remind Carly that this election is not about me or her it's about the people of California. As far as my hair goes... it's whats UNDER it that counts.

    Vote Boxer 2010

    June 9, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Not Shirley Swift

    What planet are you from Shirley Swift? You consider what she did at HP a success? Wow, maybe you are just having a bad hair day Shirley?

    June 9, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Michelle

    Ok, why is this such a big deal? I didn't hear anything scandalous. Sounds like normal rich person ranting, to me.

    June 9, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Jim

    "This was nothing but early morning small talk" is absolutely correct.

    June 9, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Da Professor

    Republican - "Fiorina downplayed the remarks. "This was nothing but early morning small talk," Ah yes more small talk from a small person. As of late, the right-wing extremists seem to be playing an age old game of "foot in mouth".

    June 9, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Brian

    I get the impression that Republican women are superficial.

    June 9, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. blr

    I don't really see the big deal here... Boxer's hair is awful... and and it was a minor comment in response to something being said off camera. The comment on Sean I kinda get – she wasn't dissing him – she was identifying that he gives a hard interview, so why make that the first one out of the gate... I listened to the recording thinking I was going to hear some major big time dissing... what a disappointment...

    June 9, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. bobden

    So she thinks that people should vote for her because she has "business executive" experience? What does "business executive" experience have to do with being a representative of the people.

    Besides, she was no good at it and got fired.

    June 9, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. darke812

    really? You're commenting on hair? Have you not looked in the mirror lately? At least she looks like a woman.

    June 9, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Benny

    'I really hope the voters in CA see the truth and vote a real woman in who made it to the top by her hard work and intelligence.'

    Fiorina may have made it to the top, but failed miserably once she got there. I simply cannot understand the ignorance I see every day in the comments here. How can anyone post a comment without a clue as to the facts of the issue? This is true on both sides, people are getting more and more vocal without even bothering to back opinions up with actual facts. The dumbing down of our political discourse and degenerating ability to think critically and logically are becoming really ridiculous.

    June 9, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. judy

    She should look in the mirror at her own hairdo!!

    June 9, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Red by Choice

    I agree. What IS up with Boxer's hair?

    June 9, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Wildwood

    What a hoot it is to read all these California comments. The rest of the country has to bail out y'all because y'all don't know anything about running your own state. You bunch of spendthrift hypocrites don't believe in working anymore and then complain when you get laid off. I sure hope not one dime of the nation's money goes to bail your sorry you know what's out. And, btw, Fiorina said Hannity was a tough interview which was why she questioned Whitman going on. Interesting. Only conservatives and Republicans get tough interviews on the MSM. They don't grill their own.

    June 9, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Kyle, Indiana

    The woman who was bald for so long is taking digs about HAIR?

    June 9, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    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.

    No, this is how Carly Fiorina really feels. She sounds very immature and catty; commenting on her opponent's hairstyle?

    Like, that is so HIGH SCHOOL.

    June 9, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. john Smyth

    The worst part is after she ran HP into the dirt, costing thousands of high paying US jobs, she was fired with a huge bonus, and that wealth – the same wealth that cost so many jobs through her inept management of HP – are funding her run for office.

    June 9, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. krj.v

    Really nice comments about Fiorina's hair... Not sure people should be commenting about her and her politics if they don't even know she had cancer.

    June 9, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. GH

    Slow news day, CNN? 4 min. of this? What a scoop!!! Zzzzzzzzzz.

    June 9, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Angie

    Isn't Florina killed the HP, didn't they gave her millions of dollars just so she would live that position? What is wrong with the people in California?

    June 9, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Randy

    Fiorina laid off thousands of jobs at Hewlett Packard and then outsourced them overseas. I believe her words were something like this "Being American does not mean you have a God given right to a job." California...if you are stupid enough to elect her then you deserve what you get..

    June 9, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Fiorina's maturity level puts her right up there with all the other emotionally stunted Republicans running around:

    Palin, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, Beck, etc., etc., etc.

    Notice a pattern here, folks? All of these GOP hacks have serious mental and emotional issues.

    Must be the latest litmus test for party leadership ...

    June 9, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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