June 9th, 2010
04:57 PM ET
5 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. Josh

    Umm.... who the hell is Fiorina to criticize anyone else's hairdo? She reminds me of Cruella DeVille.

    June 9, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Dian5

    Oh 4the love of Pete! All she said was she didn't like her hair. Are we all 12 again? Grow up!!!

    June 9, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. cole

    can you say catty!

    June 9, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Mike from Seattle

    Great! A candidate more interested in an opponent's hair than their positions. I would call Carly one who B.elieves I.n M.aking B.izarre O.pinions.

    June 9, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Since when does a hair style define a person's competence?

    No wonder Fiorina took HP down the tubes!

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

    The bigger question is why anyone would vote for Fiorina after she illegally bugged employees phones in a fit of paranoia and drove Hewlet Packard into the ground.
    Yet one more disgraced GOP Stooge hoping her idiot constituants have really short memories.

    June 9, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. PJ in NJ

    There is oil spewing in the gulf of Mexico, Iran almost has nukes, North Korea is threatening South Korea, Europe is going bankrupt and the U.S. is up to its neck in debt, yet this is a story that CNN Political Ticker chooses to run? Even worse, it is getting the most comments today. Its sad for America. No wonder our politicians are idiots. There are a whole lot of other idiots voting for them and covering them.

    June 9, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. victim of the GOP politic

    Fiorina, we all know that Sean infanity is a trpple scumbag.

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

    The worst CEO in the history of HP is a joke to run California. She lost 20 billion and thousands of jobs as a CEO. Is the GOP trying to shoot its self in the face? The Peter Principle lives.

    June 9, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Lori in St Pete

    She, of all people, has NO business dissing anyone else's do. She looks like the joker from the Batman comics of the 60s & 70s.

    June 9, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Ken

    Carly Fiorina could not get off her cell phone the whole time. Was the morning news show not important enough for her? Do you honestly think that either Fiorina or Whitman are in it for the average person? Vote with your head people!

    June 9, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Luke Brown

    Whimpering. Peevish. Whiny. She might just fit in in Washington.

    Personally, I think Boxer is annoying and really does have bad hair. She is also tough, smart, and a great senator. This other lady has a long way to go to convince me we should change course.

    June 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Shannon

    oh good, another mean spirited nasty republican. What's with the family values crowd, why are they so hate filled.

    June 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. Jay

    I live in California and I will NOT vote for this woman! She ran a very negative campaign and she bragged about getting Sarah Palin's endorsement. What is that about? Also, i would think that someone who is just growing their hair back from fighting cancer would be a little more humble about someone else's hair. This woman is wrong for politics and she is wrong for California. I will definitely cast my vote for Boxer! Besides, she was a horrible CEO why would I think that she would be a better politician?

    June 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    That's the beauty of more women in politics, the cattiness. Does a woman proud – not. And this from a woman who is toxic in the business world due to her ineptness. Oh well. I guess I'd rather this than the testosterone enhanced "blow 'em up" crowd we have now.

    June 9, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. AndyBlue

    Thats funny. Republican politicians talking trash about Hannity.

    Maybe there is hope. If republicans turned on the Fox news propaganda channel I would actually consider voting for them again.

    Of course then I would wake up and remeber the Bush years and disgrace, torture, tax cuts for the rich, no bid contracts, Cheney deregulating the Oil companies giving them free reign, giving 700 Billion taxpayer dollars to the banks with no terms whatsoever, The Iraq war based on lies killing 5000 Soldiers and Marines. Causing the deaths or dissapearance of over a million Iraqis who were no threat to America and the disgrace all this brought on America.

    Yeah, I will probably never vote for a Republican again in my life. : )

    June 9, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. keeth in California

    This was nothing but early morning petty small talk from a petty woman who wants everyone to forget how disastrous her tenure was at HP.

    June 9, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. jtsilver2th

    Cat Fight!

    Carly's a great one to talk about hair!

    June 9, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. MikinAZ

    "early morning smalltalk" – but is shows childish attitude...is that who we want representing us? Childish politicians? Good luck getting on Hannity herself...I think our politicians should be on open mic more often – now thats transparency.

    June 9, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. RanDe

    The reason to go on Hanity is to get exposure, You would have to appear twice on CNN and twice on MSNBC to get as much coverage as once on Hanity, And for Boxer her hair as well as rest of her is so yesterday.

    June 9, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Frank

    Can't believed people actually voted for her. LOL! She nearly ran HP into the ground and to save themselves HP fired her (as they should have). She was pathetic as a CEO and now some people want her to have an government office running the country?!

    LOL!!!

    June 9, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Liberals are scum

    She has a butch haircut because it finally grew back after chemotherapy treatment for her cancer. If you followed her campaign
    you might have seen her without any hair. You can't compare this gotcha moment to the Breck Girl, John Edwards constantly combing his hair while admiring herself in the mirror.

    June 9, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Mesa Mick

    Hair Styles on our politicians – Now that's a burning issue we Americans can get behind!

    Wake up Cali! Elect this hag and then you'll just get 6 years of the fashion police and not much more.

    We don't need fashion Nazis, we need problems solvers with a spine. "Hip" hair styles and short shorts are not the issue...Unless of course you're Sister Sarah posing for "Runners World"...

    June 9, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. AndyBlue

    Isnt it strange how the republican commenters attack one republican or another? Its just a hair comment. Chill out!

    People need to pull back their Fox, Palin, Beck Limbaugh Hannity, O'Reilly instilled hatred and nastyness.

    Actually nevermind.

    June 9, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Austin

    YES, we need a Senator who is more concerned with body hair than political issues. Good job!

    June 9, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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