June 9th, 2010
04:57 PM ET
13 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 bizarreā€¦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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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    I want to see Fiorina her called Ma'am in a debate.

    June 9, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Patriot

    Nothing new here.......just another worthless Repuke talking trash.

    June 9, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Donnatella

    It's real good to know that even the republicans are aware of what a idiot Hannity is, he is nothing but a closet queen.

    June 9, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. MikeB59

    Who is she to criticize someone else's hair style?

    June 9, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Funny she is one to talk about hair...has she looked at her own self in the mirror lately? Good luck with those Demon Sheep ads.

    June 9, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. J

    My God these people are all such small time idiots. I don't care what companies they ran or how big their bonuses were, they can't find their bu t t s with both hands.

    We need to start looking around for some people who don't want the job, but can REALLY do the job. Those are the leaders.

    These people, reality TV politics. Hilarious if it weren't so serious.

    June 9, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Steve R

    Wow Carly, NICE HAIR AND PERSONALITY YOURSELF.. kettle calling itself black syndrome...We are sooooo glad you left HP, look at how better we've done since you left. And so much happier That should tell the voters all they need to know

    June 9, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. bill

    barbra boxer will chew this woman up and spit her out.caint wait till november.tea party is toast just like sister palin. JUST A BUNCH OF RIGHT WING FOOLS THAT NEED CALLED FOR THE TRUTH.REMBER THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.

    June 9, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. MikeB59

    But she is right about Hannity. The man is an idiot.

    June 9, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. david from CA

    Although Fiorina's comments cannot be defended, those of you that are taking shots at HER hair might want to recall that she is/was fighting breast cancer.

    June 9, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. James

    Someone need's to find her a mirror ASAP....Her boy haircut is so "1970's lesbian looking!"

    June 9, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Liberal4Obama

    Looks like Carly has a personality problem, when cameras are rolling she loves the Tea Party, when cameras are off she hates the Tea Party.


    June 9, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Bill from SoCal

    I'm no fan of Boxer, but will NOT be casting my vote for Fiorina. While it's nice that these businessmen and women try to join politics as "outsiders" and tout their business credentials instead of any relevant experience, Fiorina has horrible business credentials. She was a horrible CEO as HP, got canned, and laid of tens of thousands of people. That's not quite what I want out of my senator.

    June 9, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Donnatella

    Talking about looks that Governor from Arizona, she is frightening, talking about somebody needing plastic surgery.

    June 9, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    The big question is why would anyone want to go on a Sean Hannity show?

    June 9, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Tom in Millstadt

    Carly. what is with your hair. It is so butch!

    June 9, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Dave

    Let's see here. Fiorina failed as a CEO, doesn't seem overly bright, and makes childish comments about her opponent's hair. She sounds like a typical Republican and someone that Sarah Palin would endorse.

    June 9, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. How's That Dopey, Mangey Thing Workin' For Ya Sarah?

    Excuse me!!! Didn't the McCain campaign have to put this woman in hiding after other controversial remarks she made during the primaries and general election of 2008? But of course, that would mean a little research on CNN's part and reporting of accurate facts in history which accounts for their plummeting ratings and lack of credibilty.

    Yep, that's CNN for ya! Light on facts, heavy on the sniping and trivialities.

    June 9, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. slappy white

    Everything this woman touches turns to crap.

    It's like she's George W Bush in drag.

    June 9, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Wisconsinite

    Fiorina seems as mature as . . . oh, I don't know . . . . Palin! Seems like the GOP is being taken over by the cast of "Mean Girls"!

    June 9, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Roscoe

    Sean Hannity is not an easy interview? He's not if you've got Sarah Palin's brain power. If you're a republican and afraid to go on his show, you better bow out of the election now. It won't get easier!!!!

    June 9, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. Robert

    That's it? Hot mic burns Republican? Where's the burn? Come on, CNN. You can come up with better slander than that! No wonder your ratings are so low.

    June 9, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. sssimon

    As much as I despise Republicans, as silly as this one sounds (like a cheerleader gossiping in the change room) and as ugly as her hair is, (though I do agree with her dismisal of Sean Hannity – perhaps there is hope for her) CNN has no business broadcasting this. She is a TV studio being made up for an appearance. She is probably aware that she could be recorded but assumes in good faith that she wouldn't be or if she was, that it would not be used to make her look foolish. Every politician should boycott CNN interviews for a month, see if CNN can learn some repect for privacy.

    June 9, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Go USA!

    I will vote for any Democrat who runs for office. They are stuck cleaning up the mess the GOP created over the last 8 years. They are also trying to help the middle class, but it will take years to fix what the GOP broke – and maybe even longer to put our middle class back on the map.

    The problem we have now is the GOP, we need to vote them out of office, and vote their party and out of existence. The GOP and their Tea Party supporters have been worse than useless for the last year. In their quest to regain power, they have sabotaged any and all forward movement for our country and all attempts to help the middle class.

    I pray to God everyday that America wakes up soon, because(God help us all) if the GOP gets into power again, there will be nothing left to the United States or the middle class.

    June 9, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Brad

    Of course Carly could not get on Faux News as she has neither the cleavage nor the peroxide that their viewers demand.

    June 9, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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