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. R

    Does anybody really care?

    June 9, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. kelly

    ah, yes, she and Sarah will get along just fine. Two middle school mean girl bullies backstabbing and stupid.

    June 9, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Dennis1020

    35,000,000 people in the state of California and the best we can come up with as candidates is the likes of Whitman, Fiorina, Jerry Brown, and worst, Barbara Boxer. Add to that the collection of dysfunctional do-nothing legislators we have in Sacramento, and we have nothing but troubles ahead. If I go through the 12-step program–"I'm from California and I have a problem"–are there any other states that will take me?

    June 9, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Chuck Anaheim, Ca.

    Just another filthy corporatist. What did you expect?

    June 9, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. William Jefferson

    First of, who does fiorina think she is criticizing anyone's hair? She looks like a dude.

    Second - what is relevant to this race is that Boxer has been a superb senator while fiorini was fired from HP because she drove the company into the ground while simultaneously getting caught in ascanbdal of wiretapping her own employees. In other words, a bush clone.

    June 9, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Brandon

    Florina is too easy a target. I am not a fan of Sen. Boxer, but there is NO WAY I AM VOTING FOR ANYONE ENDORSED BY THE TEA PARTY, CAN YOU SAY RAND PAUL. Sen Boxer will WIN BY DEFAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. andy

    The thing I don't understand about Fiorina and Meg using their business experience as a credential is the relevance. They both say they created jobs and built businesses, but they were in a position to do it unilaterally – they could just "do it". They didn't have to convince a legislature – of an opposing political party – to go along with their ideas. And since Republicans are supposed to be about making government smaller, how exactly are they going to create these jobs without hiring anyone themselves?

    June 9, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. A.B.

    I hope the people of California have the sense not to elect Carly Fiorina and retain Barbara Boxer as their U.S. Senator. Fiorina could not successfully run a major corporation and got fired!! She laid off 30,000 people and outsourced many jobs overseas. Hewlett Packard almost went bankrupt because of this woman's poor leadership. The people of California should have learned from their disasterous mistake of electing Arnold Schwartenegger as their governor. Today, California is in worst economic shape than it was under governor Grey Davis. The state is teetering on the brink of bankrupcy as a result of two terms of Arnold's failed leadership. Fiorina will only represent her interests and those of the corporations and not the people of California.

    June 9, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. not surprised

    Boxer will beat the last of this republican idiot's hair at the polls. Fiorina looks like ann coulter or some weird shemale.

    June 9, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. bruno

    That's what passes for a political attack in the "year of women" in politics, "OMG look at her hair."

    June 9, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Pam

    What a witch! She won't buy her way in and the hag is the last one to be talking about someones looks.
    Barbara Boxer probably has more important things to do than worry about her hair! So swallow Fiorinal.

    June 9, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. maria

    Amazing how stupid some of you are. She did not get fired from HP, she merged the company. She has been on the board of HP since 2000. Maybe you liberal idiots should get your facts straight, you are all becoming lemmings to the corrupt democrats. Why don't you ask yourself why California is going bankrupt, could it be because the dems don't know how to run anything except their mouths...

    June 9, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. George of the jungle

    Is is surprizing a repo candidate with no class? I would think she had more to worry about besides Barbs hair.

    June 9, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Mike Lunebach

    I don't care who the candidate is, this is scum sucking at best. That news show knew they were taping her and it was just wrong to suck her into comments off the record then release it for the sensationalism effect.

    June 9, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Are there any politicians who can just stick to the issues? They are few and far in between and that includes BOTH Parties.

    June 9, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. OPIE

    Cheeseburgers and hair. this is who you GOP's voted for GEEZ! at a time like this what's next? the budget........of each others wardrobe?
    she can not ever work her phone having CEO HP. this is scary.

    June 9, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. David Chapman

    I just love the third-grade mentality this woman seems to espouse. After her negligent supervision of H.P. I pray she does not become a senator.

    June 9, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Carmelle

    Can anyone tell me why those ladies are spending MILLIONS to get a job that pays less than $250K/ yr??? humm?

    WHY TEABAGGERS? ROI? (if you don't know, that means return on investment)

    Anyone but libs right? So much for your values. I really thought you were about something.

    June 9, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. GaryB

    I was watching the GOP debates last month (where Fiorina answered ever question with a rotating string of conservative buzz words, whether they made sense or not), and the look on DeVore's face said it all. Translated "how can I possibly be losing to this idiot?"
    After she nearly killed HP with her incompetence and practically sabotaged the McCain campaign with her bad advice, how on earth could Republicans have made this person their candidate?

    June 9, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. John

    You Stay Classy Fiorina

    June 9, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Dave

    I didn't know that you could call Barbara Boxer – Barbara Boxer. I thought could only refer to her as – Senator. Her arrogance is only surpas ed by her hair-do.

    June 9, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. td

    What a fool! While HP CEO she destroyed the company and many, many jobs! Now she claims she created jobs. The only job she created at HP was the one of Hair and Makeup assistant in an office next to hers. It looks like nothing has changed! What a self-absorbed bufoon!

    June 9, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    All is fair now.... with all the HATE from the left wing that's been spewed forth, this is nothing.

    Its not just Barbara Boxer's hair... its her "holier than thou" attitude in demanding a general to call her Senator rather than ma'am. She is clearly above the rest of us peions....

    June 9, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. FedUpRepublican

    Apparently Carly hasn’t downed the kool-aid yet. I wouldn’t vote for Fiorina, but I’m sure liking her more after the Hannity comment.

    June 9, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Scottie Ewing

    How can she comment on Barbara's hair as "Sooo yesterday" when she is wearing that god-awful blue thing? She looks like a Quaker (no offense to my Quaker peeps out there).

    Carly, forget the makeup artist, you need a fashion consultant.

    June 9, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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