October 17th, 2010
03:48 PM ET
9 years ago

McCain goes after Boxer

(CNN) - Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain dealt some harsh criticism to California's Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer on Saturday.

“Barbara Boxer is the most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the United States Senate today,” McCain said. “I know that because I’ve had the unpleasant experience of having to serve with her.”

McCain spoke at a rally for veterans and supporters in San Diego for Republican Senate candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

Fiorina served as an economic adviser on McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and is currently is embroiled in a bitter campaign against Boxer, the three-term incumbent.

“This is not a senator who is a friend of America’s heroes and it is something we must hold her accountable for on November 2nd,” Fiorina told the crowd.

The San Diego rally was held the same day that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at a Tea Party event with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

Boxer’s campaign sought to ensure that Fiorina wasn’t able to distance herself from Palin, who endorsed Fiorina during the primary season.

Boxer’s campaign released a web video Saturday that shows clips of Fiorina and Palin complimenting each other. The reel includes Fiorina saying on CNN that she thinks Palin is “qualified to be president,” and Palin calling Fiorina a “common-sense conservative.”

“Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin have so much in common: they are anti-choice, oppose sensible gun control, and want more offshore oil drilling off California’s coast,” a release from Boxer’s campaign said.

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 shows Boxer with a four-point advantage over Fiorina.

Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Carly Fiorina • John McCain
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. they call me "tater salad"

    ............And failed know nothing CEO's in skunk skin caps running for public office is just as scary.........

    October 17, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Ron

    John McCain is an embarrassment. Time to retire and move on, John. YOU WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! I know....it hurts.

    October 17, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Stan

    boxer is a disaster.

    October 17, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Sarah Palin does not speak for me in Ohio

    How unSenatorial, Mr. McCain. She has been your colleague for years. I don't believe I have ever heard of one Senator being so disrespectful of another,. Just who is the partisan politician? Retire, please, before you embarrass yourself any further.

    October 17, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. The Unsub

    poor mccain is a shell of himself

    October 17, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. annie s

    John Mccain is a total slime. And Carly Fiorina is a failed CEO who outsourced American jobs to India, then nearly spent her company into oblivion. Funny that she was his economic advisor during the Presidential campaign – and we all know how well that went!

    October 17, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Mathew

    And Palin (whom McCain picked as his running mate) isn't partisan? I guess it's alright to be overly-partisan as long as it's YOUR party.

    October 17, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Clint, Wa.

    Oh yea, and your some kind of angel.

    October 17, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Peter Zheutlin

    McCain is a shell of the man he used to be. He's a bitter man now and we can all thank him for dumping Sarah Palin on us. Is there a more divisive, partisan politician in the country than Palin?

    October 17, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. patnamm

    After giving us Palin, why should we trust Mccain's judgment?

    October 17, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Julie C in CA

    No kidding this guy has a lot of nerve! If he think Fiorina is more suited to this office than Boxer does anyone remember his airhead running mate? Give us a break, John, you have crappy judgement and need to hang up your spurs. We'll never forgive you for launching Palin on us, let alone take your advice. Fiorina was fired from HP; get it? Do you think they didn't have a reason to fire this piece of work who sent our jobs overseas? Calif. does not need washed up CEO's, including Whitman.

    October 17, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. macguysea

    Fiorina as you may recall was FIRED as CEO. She's a power hungry person. Nothing more.

    October 17, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Ed Fl

    So Mccain is chasing another woman. One day America will find out what that old senile coot really does or doesn't or has done over his lifetime. The only Job he has kept longest is a political position that he obtained through a military mishap. When will America be able to turn on their PC or TV without seeing or hearing about this old man. JOHN learn how to spell Bingo and head home to Arizona where old coots like you live and play.

    October 17, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. La Piovra

    He really oughtn't try to box with Boxer or anyone else; senile folks who get in scuffles are likely to slip, fall, and get a broken coccyx.

    October 17, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Boxer never nearly sunk a US Navy Carrier like John McCain did in Vietnam. Hot shot aviator killed a lot of his shipmates then cowered in his cockpit.

    October 17, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. carlos

    what an idiot he is.......balloon head is just that, BALLOON.

    And the odone woman in Delaware said that there are mice with human brains........well, the reverse can also be said abouthe republiCONServatives, HUMANS WITH MICE BRAINS, even though the mice are smarter

    October 17, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    I remember how McCain treated the MIA groups when there was a hearing in the 80s. There might have been somebody alive back then, now they're all gone, but he was scummy. Backed the there are no POWs even though Henry the K wrote everybody off in the Paris accords who were NOT in NVN. So all those in Laos were toast. Granted a lot of MIA reports were to make the families get benefits and feel better, but some were guys on the ground we talked to before capture. McCain will burn in shame for that one.

    October 17, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Patriot

    Way to "reach across the aisle" John...I'd love to be in the room when John has to "serve alongside her" again...

    October 17, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Debbie from Arizona

    Here in Arizona, a lot of folks still buy McCain's lies. He says he's for the vets – he is not. He say's he supports our soldiers – he does not, he didn't even vote on the GI Bill. I do not buy prior commitments – what commitments? – It's his job to be there to vote, that's what he was elected to do. I voted for him twice, that was pre-Palin. I am a US Army Vet and this man will never get my vote again.

    October 17, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. normajean

    John Mccain is not one to be casting aspersions on anyone after bringing Sarah Palin into the picture. I WILL VOTE FOR BOXER, I WILL NOT VOTE FOR FIORINA. I'm a Californian and Fiorina scares me silly.One good reason, she believes in outsourcing and we are a. state with massive unemployment.She and her friend WHITMAN BOTH HAVE VERY POOR BUSINESS BACKGROUNDS ,SO WHY WOULD ANY ONE VOTE FOR THEM? I don't trust either of them...!!!

    October 17, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. John

    You're wrong Mr. McCain,you're the most bitterly partisan Senator in the Senate.All you do is say NO to prevent Democrats to Succeed.I'am so glad that your Ass got whipped in 2008 by 8 million votes.You can go ahead and whine because Barbara is going to win anyway.

    October 17, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Keith

    Republicans advocate sending our nation’s best and bravest off to fight wars in order to keep their military industrial lobbyist buddies bathing in our taxpayer money. Republicans then short-change veterans’ services and benefits so they can invent propaganda about how they’re the ones saving the taxpayers money.

    Democrats have consistently shown strong support for the programs that support America’s best and bravest who return from these wars. Does this get any patriotic flag waving from Republicans? No. They use it as an excuse to blame Democrats for spending, when the Republicans should have taken returning veteran support into account while they were sending these Americans off to war.

    Republicans “patriotically” pump taxpayer dollars to war profiteers, while Democrats patriotically support the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our country.

    October 17, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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