October 14th, 2010
05:18 PM ET
4 years ago

NRSC to give another $1.8 million to Fiorina

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee is committing an additional $1.8 million to Carly Fiorina's bid to unseat Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, according to two Republican sources.

This will bring the committee to $4.8 million invested which is the total amount allowed by federal election law in a coordinated campaign. The money is being shifted from Florida, where Republican candidate Marco Rubio seems to have solidified a strong lead.

In California, Boxer is consistently polling ahead of Fiorina. But NRSC spokeswoman Amber Marchand tells CNN the committee believes, "thanks to Carly Fiorina's candidacy, this seat represents a very competitive pick-up opportunity for Republicans in November."

National Republicans believe Boxer remains vulnerable in part because her negatives are high and her years in Washington could be a liability in an anti-incumbent year. Says Marchand, "with state unemployment above 12 percent and voters struggling to make ends meet, Californians are tired of millionaire Senator Barbara Boxer's reckless spending agenda and record debt in Washington."

Boxers campaign didn't reply to a request for comment on the NRSC spending, but in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Boxer took on Fiorina directly. Repeating one of the central messages of her campaign – that Fiorina supported outsourcing while CEO of Hewlett Packard – she told CNN, "[Fiorina] created jobs in India instead of Indio, California. She created jobs, but not in America. And she said she would do it all over again. And she said there's no God-given right to a job in America anymore. And she doesn't have the heart for these times we are going through."

In the latest CNN/Time/Opinion Research Poll of likely voters, 52 percent of respondents said they would back Boxer and 43 percent said they would back Fiorina. The survey had a sampling error of 2.5 percentage points. But a more recent Reuters poll conducted October 2-5 shows Boxer with just a four-point advantage over Fiorina.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Sue

    Why? No one wants someone who ran their company into the ground representing them. I'm voting Boxer.

    October 14, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Augsbee

    It's beyond me why any person would want to keep Sen. Boxer, she doesn't do much for California but I do give her that she is a great salesperson and people do buy the same sales pitch she's been giving them for years in hopes that she'll come through someday so there is hope for Boxer to win again.

    October 14, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    It is great to see their support. Carly Fiorina is absolutely a great choice to represent CA in the Senate. If we can get intelligent, free thinking Senators in Washington we will benefit in so many ways. For one, it will be less of this political gamesmanship we have seen in the last 18 months and more decision making and voting based on expected results.
    We need intelligent, experienced people like Carly Fiorina working for us in the Federal Government.

    October 14, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    Why would anyone give any money to elect this crook? She drove HP into the ground, and now we want her to do the same for the rest of the country? She has demonstrated two things consistently in her career: 1. Really REALLY bad decision making ability, and 2. Complete self-disillusionment. She has NO grasp on reality at all. Severe delusions of adaquecy.

    My pity to the people of CA who know what this person did to HP, and have to watch this train wreck happen. To the rest: Go do a little digging and see how bad a CEO she really was.

    October 14, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    What a WASTE of MONEY!!!! The ONLY thing that comes out of this as far as JOBS if for the advertisers and TV networks – PERIOD!!! That alone should have LOWERED the unemployment to 7.0 – Jeez!!!

    Money SHOULD NOT buy an election. Americans – WAKE UP and SMELL the CORRUPTION!! Just on GP (not GoP) – DO NOT vote for a RepubliCAN'T.

    Americans – the RepubliCAN'T's elections are not BY THE PEOPLE and their candidates are not running FOR THE PEOPLE – they're running for RICH, Special/Foreign Interest!s and BIG CORPs – BIG/small business/CORPs!!!

    This is T'SAH and I approve this message!!!

    October 14, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. vic nashville tn

    As a Conservative I say this republicans they don’t know what they are doing and they are confusing us also

    Example in California Boxer lead Fiorina by 6 to 8 points we know Fiorina can’t win but GOP ignore all the polls except Rasmussen and pouring money their

    GOP not good in money

    October 14, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    This nut has no business being a lawmaker! She barely managed to get accepted into law school, then bailed after only the first semester! Like another "Bailin Palin" ! She didnt get into the tech industry by being knowledgeable – she started as the receptionist, and wormed her way to the top... Put this lady in with the Cathy Hapka's of the world... Riding a delusional type-A personality, with an ego writing checks that her intellect cannot cash.

    She sent jobs overseas without apology, concocted the fiasco merger with Compaq, and then when the board finally forced her out, she wouldnt leave without her $20Million golden parachute.

    Disgusting!

    October 14, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    She was called by InfoWorld (one of the biggest tech business magazines being published today) as "The anti-Steve Jobs" for the horrible job she did on HP. In April 1009, she was listed as one of the "Top 20 worst CEOs of all time" !! She also initiated the coporate mole-hunt spying policies at HP that led them into HUGE trouble with the justice department. This lady embodies everything that is WRONG with corporate America, and with Morals like this – WHY the HECK would anyone send her to Congress??!

    October 14, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Carly Fiorina was a lousy businesswoman, with a track record of proven failure, and nothing to offer except the same-old Republican "tax cuts for the wealthy" blah blah blah.

    Why would California want her representing them at the national level?

    She's proven she's unqualified for the job, folks!

    October 14, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Augsbee says that Senator Boxer hasn't "done much for California."

    Please site some examples ...

    Fiorina, meanwhile, has a track record of running a company into the ground and shipping jobs overseas.

    Vote for California's future; vote for Barbara Boxer!

    October 14, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    A commentator on Fox news. Rang the bell on Wall Street. Now earning kickbacks as a director at Taiwan Semiconductor. She was the Fundraising Chairman for the RNC during the McCain election. This lady is up for sale and in big business's pocket ALL THE WAY.

    October 14, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    That $1.8 million is to make sure Fiorina continues to ship jobs abroad if elected.

    October 14, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Jule in CA

    Does anyone else see the insanity of trying to elect a failed CEO....one who was fired no less? Worse yet, one who is responsible for some of the largest off-shoring of CA jobs ever? What have we been reduced to? NO on Fiorina and NO on Whitman! Both think they can rely on money only to win; let's hope our voters are smarter than that.

    October 14, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. barry

    Great! I was skeptical about Republicans taking the Senate but looking at the latest polls it's looking promising. It could be as many as a 100 seat pick up in the House. It's looking good for the majority of Americans!

    October 14, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Mikey

    The U.S. Congress being sold to the highest bidder thanks to a right-wing activist Supreme Court. Great! Unless that tragic ruling is reversed or corrected by legislation, kiss democracy good-bye. Welcome to the Corporatocracy.

    October 14, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Larson

    Money well spent if they can get rid of the pompous loon Boxer.

    October 14, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. NameTyron

    Retire Boxer. She's old & bitter.

    October 14, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Keep on spending that $. We don't want that fired HP CEO and her selfish ideology of outsourcing jobs to Commie China slave labor camps or 3rd world banana republics.

    October 14, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Not fooled

    People of California---Lean Forward –not backward. This lady could not get along with her employees or her management. She sent the jobs overseas. She is part of them trying to sell out America. The new contribution proves it.
    She is part of the machine that wants to lower the minimum wage. As if California needs this with 12% unemployment.

    October 14, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. billy

    Plus she knows how to create jobs in India ,China,etc.at the expense of American workers. She outsourced all she could while at HP a really lousy CEO by all standards!.

    October 14, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Disturbed

    $1.8 million dollar on a bid when what they should do is donate that money to people in need.
    This is why the economy will never recover. So long as these rich right-wing clowns spend more and more on elections, ....all we'll ever get is "Thanks for paying, now pay more."

    Seriously people, you complain about President Obama spending money to help create jobs when Republicans are spending millions of dollar just to win elections...and of course on themselves. I will say this. If citizens do vote Republican and they win the majority, don't expect anything from them. They'll block any bill that's good just as they do now. And once you realize that you get absolutely nothing in return, don't be complaining later on saying they tricked us. You brought this among everything. And we'll probably face another hell thanks to voters like you.

    October 14, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    Boxer has a very succesful career. Fiorina never did – she clawed her way up the corporate ladder throwing bodies to the side as she did. Then at the top without anyone to support her she was fired and given a golden parachute. All at the cost to the many share holders. At the very least a "re-distribution of wealth" that sounds a lot like a perverse form socialism.
    Boxer is and will kick her fascist butt. Just like the rest of the feared liberals are across this proud nation.
    Be afraid Republican mobs ..... very afraid.
    Is there anything they aren't afraid of? LOL!!

    October 14, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Samie

    As the Beatles sang, "Can't buy me love..." Neither can it buy a Senate seat or governorship in CA.

    October 14, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. they call me "tater salad"

    That's what I would call a total waste of 1.8 million dollars!

    October 14, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Ron Gentry

    She ran several companies plus HP in thre ground, so now she wants to live on my dime I dont think so

    October 14, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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