June 13th, 2010
06:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Fiorina expresses regret for hot mic comment

'I regret this whole situation. I gave people the opportunity to talk about something petty and superficial,' Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday.
'I regret this whole situation. I gave people the opportunity to talk about something petty and superficial,' Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday.

(CNN) – Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina expressed regret Sunday for a recent, unguarded comment about her rival's hair style that was caught on a live microphone as she prepped for a television interview last week.

"God, what is that hair?" Fiorina said of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California. "So yesterday."

Related: Open mic catches Fiorina dig at Boxer

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Fiorina tried to move past the embarrassing moment.

"Well, I was quoting a friend of mine," Fiorina said, according to a transcript. "But look, I regret this whole situation. I gave people the opportunity to talk about something petty and superficial. And this is a very serious election year about serious issues."

But Fiorina did not directly respond Sunday when asked whether she'd called Boxer to apologize.

"You know, what I think I owe the voters is a commitment to stay focused on facts, on issues and on the things that really matter, and I will keep that commitment to the voters," the California Republican said.

On the issues, Fiorina said that her race against Boxer is about the economy, the need for job creation, and the proper and reach of the federal government.

"We're not just going through tough economic times in California. We are destroying jobs. And we're destroying them because of a government that is too big, taxes that are too high, regulations that are too thick. So this election is about jobs, but it's also about out-of-control government.

"And the reason I am running for the Senate is because so much of the Senate's work impacts every family and every business in California."

In a separate appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Fiorina sought to play up her outsider credentials during a midterm election year that some political observers see as an anti-incumbent, anti-Washington election year.

"I've never been in politics before. I've never run for office. But I think our founding fathers intended this to be a citizen government. It's what of, by and for the people means."

Fiorina added, "If I am fortunate enough to win this seat in November, it will be because the people of California send me to Washington, not the Republican Party. I am my own person, and I will continue to be my own person."

Two recent nonpartisan polls conducted before Fiorina secured the GOP nomination both suggested that Boxer is leading Fiorina by single digits in a general election matchup.

Both polls also indicated that Fiorina is within striking distance of the Democratic incumbent, with roughly 13 percent of those surveyed in each poll saying they had not decided who they would support in November.


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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Carly Fiorina should be woman enough to take responsibility for her "hair" comment and not say "Well, I was quoting a friend of mine."

    June 13, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Look out California. When you got two women fighting for the same cair in a game of musical chairs, let the "Cat Fight" begin.

    If you people think men can "DUKE IT OUT", you ain't seen nothing yet. The last place to be is between two women in a "Cat Fight". You will suffer more than either of them.

    June 13, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    Headline should've read "Vincent Price look-alike regrets the mic was on during the gaffe".

    June 13, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Carol

    Cattiness at this stage doesn't bode well for the future,but rather speaks to who this woman really is. She is right in that the focus should be on the issues, but she doesn't seem to be able to do that.

    June 13, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    maybe she was talking about her own hair

    June 13, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. .

    this ugly women is complaining about someone else's hair

    what is that on her head

    June 13, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Frank Sellers'

    I'd rather have bad hair than be a fascist pig like Carly Fiorina.

    June 13, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. extreme middle

    Really? Another vacuous self-absorbed business person. Just what we need in the Senate!?!?!

    June 13, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Michael

    " I gave people the opportunity to talk about something petty and superficial,' Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday."

    That something petty and superficial is Carly Fiorina.

    June 13, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    People you got two women in a fight for the one seat in a game of musical chairs. That ain't good. You guys thought two men could Duke It Out, well when two women go at it you have an all out Cat Fight and the one place you don't want to be in a Cat Fight is between either of the women least you suffer more than either of them.

    June 13, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. brad1001

    Isn't this the same woman that as CEO ran one of the computer manufacturing companies into bankruptcy?

    June 13, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Gil

    I wonder if she regrets going on "Meet the Press" and sounding rather stupid about where were all the inspectors and the MMS people? She forgot due to the past 8 years of bush and republicans (Party of NO) controlling government, most of those people had been cut! Maud get with the program you're in politics now not just a CEO of a company!

    June 13, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Chris

    Talking crap about the other politicians hair is petty and it shows how you are probably too immature to run for office since you can't act older than a 15 year old girl. Wake up politicians, you can't talk nowadays without being recorded so don't say stupid things that you know could cause drama. Also, If you said it don't say the words "regret" or "misspoke" because we are sick of the lies. You said it, you meant it, don't take us for fools...and your hair looks like crap too lady.

    June 13, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Lobo

    I love when these gop hacks with big bucks have a gotcha moment. Its real look into their chracter or lack of it. Of course she regrets it,not good for election chances. Just antther rich beyatch who thinks she got what it takes to be in goverment. Her record shows she a lousy choice for senator and lousy human bieng. Being rich doenst make you a good human being just rich. But like all rethugs pols they have no feeling or regards for anyone but themselves.

    June 13, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. taylorsa

    What in the world does she have to apologize for? Now if she had said that about Moonbeam Polosi, I would cry foul myself - she has no brain, but great hair.

    June 13, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. An 8 year old elephant dung heap does not turn into compost in just 18 months!

    And speaking of "beauty tips" Carly, next time do not use a charcoal briquet to apply your eye makeup. Very, '70's.

    And stay away from the floating pearls, do NOT attract attention to the turkey waddle.

    June 13, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Oregon

    sorry for the comment or sorry she got caught?

    June 13, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. ania123

    This disgusting hag thought she had the right to comment on someone ELSE'S hair? Or to pretend she knows what trends are "so yesterday?" You have got to be kidding me.

    June 13, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Blazerred

    If CA elects Carly to office they get exactly what they deserve; someone who'll run their State into the ground, spend time jetsetting across the Globe and wasting taxpayers' time and money... Watched her drive HP, a great company, into deep trouble with no clue or leadership. Beware!

    June 13, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Larry

    Fiorina looked and sounded like an immature High School Girl ranking on the Prom Queen

    Fiorina sounded "So Yesterday"

    Taking woman back 50 years with her attitude

    And she thinks she has leadership qualities ... ?????

    If that two minute clip did not show people how petty and small thinking this woman is, than nothing will ...

    June 13, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. RB

    Obviously she has not looked in the mirror? What about her HAIR????

    June 13, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. JohninTampa

    Po;itical positions aside, one can only be disgusted at personal swipes about appearance. Fiorina owed an apology not to Boxer but to the voters. Glad she had the sense. Now show us more 'demon sheep!'

    June 13, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Texas Granny

    "Well, I was quoting a friend of mine," Fiorina said.

    Oh bull, Carly, step up & take responsibility. You know it was YOUR comment (not some anonymous friend). Just take responsibility for what you said.
    And then Carly, go look in a mirror at your own hairstyle.

    Bet you check your microphones in the future before you make childish petty superficial comments, huh?

    June 13, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Larry

    And regarding bad haircuts ....

    Ummmmmmmmm ...!!!

    June 13, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. David

    Yeah, she regrets she got caught..

    June 13, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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