October 27th, 2010
02:29 PM ET
3 years ago

Fiorina blasts Boxer as 'hypocrite' on outsourcing

Denver (CNN) – Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina may have spent the night in the hospital, but her campaign didn't break stride launching a new attack Tuesday on opponent Barbara Boxer.

In a biting new Web video, the Fiorina campaign calls Boxer a "hypocrite" for holding a town hall event at Cisco Systems and accepting campaign contributions from its CEO. The spot alleges Cisco has outsourced jobs – something Boxer repeatedly attacks Fiorina for doing as CEO of Hewlett Packard.

"Barbara Boxer loves to complain about companies that ship jobs overseas. So why is she giving a speech at Cisco when they repeatedly outsourced jobs to countries like India?" intoned the female narrator on the new Fiorina campaign video. The spot lists campaign contributions Boxer accepted from the company, its PAC and employees, while the voiceover says, "Barbara Boxer is pandering to them, cashing in while criticizing them: typical lifelong politician."

This is a clear response to the Boxer campaign's relentless effort to tar Fiorina, who campaigns on her record as a businesswoman, by branding her an outsourcer. In Boxer's first attack ad she slammed Fiorina for "sending jobs overseas" while she was CEO of Hewlett Packard. The narration says "Fiorina shipped jobs to China" and concludes "Carly Fiorina: outsourcing jobs. Out for herself."

The Boxer campaign isn't apologizing for accepting Cisco's warm embrace. In fact, one Boxer aide suggests Cisco CEO John Chambers' endorsement is particularly meaningful since Fiorina was once a silicon-valley colleague. "We're proud that John Chambers and other Silicon Valley leaders took a close look at the candidates – and then they endorsed Barbara Boxer over Carly Fiorina," Boxer campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski says in a statement to CNN. She continues, "Support from John Chambers hasn't changed the fact that Barbara Boxer is focused on creating California jobs and wants to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. We were happy to have the opportunity to reach some of the thousands of Cisco employees based in California."

The website opensecrets.org, which tracks political contributions, lists Cisco as the 11th largest contributor to Boxer's campaigns since 1989. According to their analysis, the Senator received $73,450 over time from Cisco's staff and PAC.

Cisco affirms to CNN about half of the California-based company's employees work overseas. A spokesman explains about half of its revenue comes from outside the US, so it follows half its employees would be based overseas as well. According to the company's most recent annual report they had 70,700 employees, 38,350 inside the US, 32,350 outside the US as of this July. In that report, the company told the SEC: "We conduct significant sales and customer support operations in countries outside of the United States" and plan to "expand our level of business activity in two large emerging countries, India and China" but that's dependent "on increasing sales in these countries."

In a statement responding to the Fiorina attack Cisco spokesperson John Earnhardt writes, "Cisco is a proud California company and one of the very few companies hiring today. With over 37,000 U.S. employees, we've added over 6,000 U.S. jobs in the United States over the past four years despite the difficult economic times, and we continue to hire US positions today. Further, Cisco invited all four California candidates for Governor and US senator to speak to our 20,000 California-based employees, and Ms. Fiorina, a former member of our Board of Directors, declined the offer."

– CNN Money's Stacy Cowley and Drew Trachtenberg contributed to this report


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Bill R in Oakland

    There's a big difference between being CEO of the corporation (HP) who outsourced the jobs (Fiorina), and taking some campaign donations from a company who did some outsourcing. Cisco's response provides additional clarity on their workforce outside the US.

    October 27, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Monster Zero

    I cannot believe that California voters think that Boxer is a compliment to their State, 28 years of failed policies that have driven taxes sky high and businesses to neighboring States. Then I turn on the tube and watch some of what comes out of Hollyweird in the form of reality shows (who's reality) like LA INK and suddenly I get it... 20 Billion in the RED because of a bunch of REDS!

    Vote Fiorina and get rid of this shrew, else California has no one to blame save themselves!

    October 27, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Jacob

    Barbara Boxer is the CLEAR CHOICE for California! Go Barbara!

    October 27, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Harish

    Wow, like we didn't know SENATOR Boxer was a Hypocrite. She is worthless but they love all the retreads like Boxer and Jerry Brown in California. What can you expect from a State that leads the country in job losses and keeps doing the same thing over and over...

    October 27, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Sgt. Joe

    Sorry, don't see the connect, Carly. You are running for an office touting while touting "jobs" and last I checked, Chambers is not. Besides, you also got fired from HP which is an entirely different issue that should give any voter pause. Glad you're doing well healthwise, but we don't need you in politics.

    October 27, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Eric in RTP

    Wow this is desperate.. they are really reaching for this one...

    October 27, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. kenneth fusilier

    After barbara boxer put politics aside when florina went in the hospital. Florina has nerves she is the hypocrite nor barbara boxer!

    October 27, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. stevegee

    We The People have two choices on November 2nd:

    Vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote for a free market economy, vote for individual responsibility and opportunity - vote Republican.

    OR

    Vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtaxing, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    October 27, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Typical NObama lapdog. They lie through their teeth. On the one hand Ms. Boxer is very critical of the shipping of jobs overseas by American based companies. Then she turns around and accepts thousands of dollars from the same companies that she has been railing against. Hmm. Something does not pass the "smell test." Californians, is this the hypocrite you want as your representative? I hope not! Californians can and must do better.

    Yes! I am a life-long Democrat!

    October 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Funny how Boxer was quick to criticise her opponent when she turns around and accepts money from a CEO that out sources jobs? All this would be a comedy except the winner wil weld a whole lot of power over us! NAFTA was the dream of Bush 41 HOWEVER, it wa signed into law by Clinton! Dems like to ignore that little fact! That was pretty much the beginning of job outsourcement. The other was highly favorable corporate tax rates overseas as compared to the 35% HERE! Congress is complaining loud and clear by THEY are the roadblock. Lower corporate tax rates HERE means more jobs HERE! More jobs HERE means more revenue to the government HERE by way of income tax and sales taxes! Yes ladies and gentlemen is really is that simple! I should run for someting but I think not as somebody is going want to know what I did in the 4th grade (Sorry! Can't let that happen!)

    October 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Tony P. from oakland, Ca.

    I can't think of any company more in need of an appearnce by a candidate against outsourcing American jobs.....than a company with a history of outsourcing American jobs....it's a no brainer Fiorina.

    October 27, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Sunshine

    Wake-up Californians. Barbara Boxer is a crook and does not belond in the Senate. Oh! I should say Senator Boxer or she will be offended.

    October 27, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...Fiorina campaign calls Boxer a "hypocrite" for holding a town hall event at Cisco Systems and accepting campaign contributions from its CEO..."

    Well, after reading the explanation as to why there are some jobs overseas, I come away with the fact that "At least we know where the donations are coming from." As far as the GOPers – WE DON'T KNOW!!!

    DEMOCRATS – Don't pay any attention to the distractions – GET OUT AND VOTE as early as you can so then you see an AD you can LAUGH at it!!!

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

    October 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Voter from California

    I don't like Fiorina. I don't like Boxer. I voted for Obama. I am an independent who is highly disappointed and I do not look forward to nov 2, there are no good candidates.

    But I want to send a message to Washington, so I am voting a straight republican ticket (yes, that means Fiorina)

    October 27, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    Steve (the real one)
    "Funny how Boxer was quick to criticise her opponent when she turns around and accepts money from a CEO that out sources jobs? All this would be a comedy except the winner wil weld a whole lot of power over us! NAFTA was the dream of Bush 41 HOWEVER, it wa signed into law by Clinton! Dems like to ignore that little fact! That was pretty much the beginning of job outsourcement. The other was highly favorable corporate tax rates overseas as compared to the 35% HERE! Congress is complaining loud and clear by THEY are the roadblock. Lower corporate tax rates HERE means more jobs HERE! More jobs HERE means more revenue to the government HERE by way of income tax and sales taxes! Yes ladies and gentlemen is really is that simple! I should run for someting but I think not as somebody is going want to know what I did in the 4th grade (Sorry! Can't let that happen!)"
    October 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |

    Steve, you're a real idiot. You do realize that a large percentage of corporations like GE pay no corporate income tax in the US because of loopholes, right? I'm sure you're also aware that the effective income tax rate for the top 3% in this country is 17% or less because most of their income is capital gains, right? The problem, my friend, is not that taxes are too high, it's that everybody else's wages have stagnated for 30 years because of these greed-mongers keeping more of the pie for themselves. But idiots like you will continue to vote against their own best interest because you're ignorant and gullible. Have a nice day!

    October 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. The Unsub

    just vote!!

    October 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. randy

    Lets look at the big picture here. Why are jobs going overseas? Could it be the artificially inflated minimum wage pushed by Democrats? Could it be the influence of Organized Labor requiring companies to provide benefits, wages and pensions, that make the cost of employees in America, not competitive with the rest of the world, again supported by Democrats I dare anyone to show me a non-public sector industry that has a high percentage of organized labor, that has more people in that industry now, than that industry did 10 years ago. Look at the industries that have been exported (automobile, textile, manufacturing), then look at how many of them had to negotiate with Organized Labor. Look at all of this, and I think you will start to see why jobs have been sent overseas. Because of this, other companies have to start paying inflated salaries to hire the necessary worker to perform the job, to keep up with the union positions. It all came to a point where technology made it cheaper to hire service jobs overseas. Same can be said for manufacturing, it is cheaper to ship it than build it. All businesses in world have one goal, make money, the product they produce, the services they provide, the people they hire are all there to achieve that goal. Anybody who says their business (not charity) is different, is lying.

    October 27, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Voice of Reason

    That's the pot calling the kettle black. Fiorina's the biggest hypocrit on the planet. Her ego-fueled delusions of adaquecy know no bounds. Her asking the people o CA to vote for her is like asking someone if you can vomit on their shoes.

    October 27, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    So Randy, you're saying that we should all work for slave wages with no time off, retirement, benefits or safety or environmental regulations? Sounds great! Where do I sign up? Have a nice day!

    October 27, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    That's right, bash the unions. How's that whole wage stagnation thing working out for y'all in the scab ...oops, I mean right-to-work states? Have a nice day!

    October 27, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Hugo

    California's over reach in environmental regulations have basically destroyed manufacturing and industrial related businesses from being profitable. They have morphed into being transported to other States and as they have the small business and manufacturing have been slowly but surely eliminated. This has been one of Barbra Boxer's main career objectives, the Federal governments elimination of incandescent light bulbs has led to the closure of light bulb production plants within the US now replaced with bulbs from China's GE plant. People like Barbra Boxer are extremely dangerous when given power of such magnitude, they truly believe they know best, I'm sure you all know one.

    Vote Fiorina and do California a fiscal favor, the rest of America is not going to bail you out now because we are all broke too thanks to Obama's spending habits.

    October 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. keeth in cali

    Oh please, Fiorina. The last desperate act of a candidate is to blame their opponent for something they didn't do while you actually did it yourself.

    October 27, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. cjr

    you want your job to be outsourced – vote for Carly – she' is poised to do it if elected!

    October 27, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |