July 8th, 2010
07:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Boxer talks immigration, Fiorina's open mic moment

(CNN) – California Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday that voters in her state want to solve the problem of illegal immigration – but don't want to follow in Arizona's footsteps.

"They [voters] much prefer comprehensive immigration reform and they understand that if every state decides to do their own laws, we'll be in chaos," Boxer said in an interview that aired tonight on CNN's John King, USA.

A number of national polls suggest that a majority of Americans support Arizona's controversial immigration law.

Boxer also said she was "perplexed" and "stunned" when she saw her Republican senatorial opponent, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, discussing her [Boxer's] hair on an open microphone before a television interview.

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

Boxer said her first reaction was to call her campaign manager and ask how she should respond to inquiries from the press about Fiorina's dig.

"And she said: 'We're just going to say, let Carly Fiorina talk about hair, we're going to talk about jobs,'" Boxer told CNN's Jessica Yellin, who is filling in for John King. "And that's the way I've handled it, I've tried to have a sense of humor about it, frankly, because we've all had our bad hair days, that's for sure."


Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Carly Fiorina • JKUSA • John King USA
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    Man she just looks like a weasel, a slimy little liberal weasel at that.

    Vote her OUT California, do yourself a FAVOR!

    July 8, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Her Time Is Up

    Barack Obama said it best, "You can't expect CHANGE by sending these SAME people back to Washington".

    NO ON BOXER !!

    July 8, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Ben

    The Republicans will make the poor /middle class americans slave to big business. No sick leave, no paterntiy leave, no 15 min coffee breaks and the list goes on and on.....We need Democrats to stop Republicans or become a 3 world country. America the choice is yours.

    July 8, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. La Piovra

    I am reminded of when my balding brother-in-law commented, "You can always tell when you're approaching your destination, because the women start brushing their hair." To this, my sister replied, "That's because we have hair, dear."

    July 8, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    "The voters much prefer to have comprehensive immigration reform. "
    Blah, blah blah.... This woman is what, joined at the jaw with Barack Obama and Harry Reid?!?!

    Actually, California prefers a Senator to represent us, not to represent Obama and Reid. I'm sure she has Obama's vote, but last I checked he wasn't a California resident.

    Carly Fiorina is a brilliant leader, not a subserviant puppet.

    July 8, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. do

    The Polls do not reflect the majority citizens of the United States! only a hand picked, is not the Majority! and they are the Republicans selected few! The U.S is becoming the worst country on the globe for fairness! we have a great President, the best yet in the White House! and representative of all the people of the United States! He's got white blood and black blood in his body! which represents one mind of the people, by the people, and for the people!

    July 8, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Bill in California

    THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING, and one of the things that is changing is the ouster of all the backward thinking libs who ran the show for way too long. It's no wonder they don't get a blank check very often. The UNITED STATES of AMERICA has awoken from a deep sleep or hypnosis by the SNAKE OIL SHUCKSTER in EMPEROR'S clothing. Elected officials like this has been, turn their backs on what AMERICA is saying and do whatever is politically expedient for them to stay at the pig trough. RIP DIMRATS 2010, EMPEROR 2012.

    July 8, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. Albo58

    No ma'am, the American people want illegal immigration law ENFORCEMENT, not reform! And speaking of chaos, how many "non-prosecuting of illegal immigrants" cities are located within California? And of these, which one has a balanced budget?

    July 8, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Ruth

    I support Arizona and I hope every other state follows them. Go Arizona Go.Let's show the illegals they cannot do this great injustice to this country. If you are here illegally-you broke the law-you go to jail. It is high time we enforce the laws we passed.

    July 8, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Rob

    Good answer on the hair Babs... and I'm voting for you. Because you've worked hard and deserve it. And are properly coiffed in this gay man's respected opinion.

    July 8, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Remember the Alamo

    Well Mrs Boxer and I address you in that term for after Nov. 2010 that is what you will be. Arizon did the right thing for their state. As Texas should do but Perry all though no Mexican votes for him here thinks he will lose votes if he follows suit. He is definitely not a true Texas. Has no guts. Any way back to the subject of immirgration which states have to take control off. For there is no way that an OBAMA led Washington will make decisions that will stop illegals from entering this country. Especially if he has his way and grants citizanship to all the illegals already in this country like he desires to do. He knows without their votes no Democrat will ever hold that office again. COLOR ME A USED TO BE AFTER 50-YRS DEMOCRAT. BUT NEVER AGAIN.

    July 8, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. ib

    We need to solve the Boxer problem; vote her out. this woman thinks she is some kind of god the way she talked to the general. Disgusting

    July 8, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. southern cousin

    You have to wonder who supplies the reading material to this corrupt stooge. If that is what she believes, is it any wonder that she is such an idiot. Absolute proof of botox toxicity.

    July 8, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |