October 17th, 2010
03:48 PM ET
10 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. Concerned Voter

    Ha! McCain, who brought the world Sarah Palin, is claiming Boxer is the too partisan? Boxer is head & shoulders above Carly, who would run our country into the ground like she did her company.

    October 17, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    Very low
    No more Maverick ok , he changed his policy this year its ok

    But this low attack Shame

    October 17, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Not fooled

    McCain will say anything to get himself or anyone else elected. He has lost all credibility with most Americans. He has flip -flopped on so many issues. If you want more jobs outsourced vote for Fiorina.

    October 17, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Nancy G

    Sen. McCain your are not one to talk about being "bitterly partisan".

    October 17, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Toschpdx

    Listen to the man carefully, he picked Palin as a running mate so he must be incredibly wise, thoughtful and worth listening to.

    October 17, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. CNN watcher

    Partisan? The man who brings Sarah Palin onto the national stage is claiming someone is too partisan? McCain has gone senile.

    October 17, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Don Beal

    We're in a fix, as George Clooney said in Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou. Republicans portray Democrats in the worst possible light, and Democrats follow suit. If one candidate stayed positive and the other went negative, the one who went negative would win. That's the lesson. So John Q. Public, regardless of which side he may be on, has been bombarded with portrayals of our elected officials as evildoers no matter who wins. And John Q. Public has been persuaded that that is the truth. The Tea Partiers certainly think so and consequently support unknowns and unprepareds for office. It's inevitable that they in turn will be seen as evildoers. It's the nature of the game.

    October 17, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. the real ib

    Boy is he right. I would love to see this woman defeated. She is the biggest snob in congress unless you count Pelosi; two peas in a pod; both need to go down to defeat.

    October 17, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. michaelam

    Sorry John, but choosing the half-term, half-wit governor as your Vice President demonstrates clearly your lack of good judgment and intelligence. Because of your stupid and I am sure by now , REGRETTABLE choice, everything you say lacks credibility and means NOTHING!

    Barbara Boxer....2010! A vote for any, every, and ALL Republicans (even those that once possessed sanity) is a vote for destruction, ruin, and third-world status! Ms. Fiorina is all about OUTSOURCING JOBS and ruining companies. I will not allow her to perpetuate her destruction on the residents of California and the rest of the country! I will not allow her to turn this once great nation into a third-world country! Say NO! to the Party of No come this NOvember!

    October 17, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Bob(Illinois)

    McCain, on the other hand, is know for his sound judgement (remember Sarah Palin?) and even temperament The list would be too long to print here)! Riiiight.

    Well, at least he never bends to the political winds...other that this year and a few others.

    October 17, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Stu

    John McCain has a lot of nerve saying that Barbara Boxer has not been a friend of the US military and veterans. Just prior to the 2008 election, the Disabled American Veterans issued their report card on how members of Congress had voted on bills related to veterans during the previous Congress. John McCain had the second lowest rating of any member of the Senate. On a 0 -100 scale, his rating was something like 18. At the same time, then Senator Obama and Hillary Clinton were both rated at 90. The Republicans in the House and Senate averaged about a 25, while Democrats average about 85. When Jim Webb's revamp of the GI Bill came up for a vote, McCain did not even have the balls to return to Washington and vote "no"; instead he used the excuse of "prior commitments" related to his presidential bid to explain why he didn't show up. There were three "no" votes to the bill and they were all Republicans. There were numerous Democrats rated at 100, while the highest score any Republican received was a 70. If veterans' issues are what matters to you, and you vote in California, there is no reason to believe that either Fiorina or Whitman will be our friend either as a US Senator, or as Governor.

    October 17, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Dale

    John McCain is a warmonger. If we had been foolish enough to elect him, we would have invaded Iran and possibly North Korea by now. I don't think McCain has ever seen a war he didn't like. He still says the Iraq war was the right thing to do, and ditto for VietNam.

    October 17, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. g

    Its funny how middle class americans who live where the cost of living is cheap vote republican. I can tell you a new success is not at the hands of a republican, but the hands of a democrat. the problem with america is the stupid can speak and vote. A majority of polls coming out are lame and one sided thanks to republican money. a new poll every week. why? am I suppose to vote off of what a poll says or is it suppose too lite a spark, or give hope to republicans. don't forget the republicans dug us into this mess and loss in 2009 to have a scape goat, and blame dems. i see its all the republicans fault and will vote democratic even though im a non partisan.
    Mc. cain get ur stiff but out of my state and take your little dog too(palin).

    October 17, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    The bigger they are (or in McCains case, were) the lower they fall. Poor, disillusioned John McCain crying a river of crocodile tears for the vets of America whom he has all but snubbed over the years, yet continues cuddling up to them for his photo ops and own political gain. Rather reminds me of his 2008 running mate, who this week herself brought up our finest in a attempt to mock our First Lady. Thank God for the the Webbs, the Clintons, and the Obamas. It is they who *truly* care, John.

    October 17, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Bob Ramos

    If Boxer is reelected and McCain ever needs her vote/help on any issue, just forget it. He burned that bridge behind himself.

    October 17, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I guess old John McCain forgot about all his tamtrums and cursing he perform on the senate floor when someone disagreed with him. In fact, Barbara Boxer would have been a better choice as McCain's running mate than Palin who caused his demise. John McCain is a coward and stands behind all the obstruction in Washington today because he didn't win the presidency, he's done and over with.

    October 17, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. HeyMcCain

    Isn't it rare for a sitting senator to go after their own during a campaign? I don't mind McCain doing a rally for Fiorina, it is what you expect, but going after a fellow senator like that during an election is something beyond tacky.

    October 17, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. foxsmartchicago

    what a mean, bitter old man...you lost all credibility after choosing sarah palin as your running mate . show some respect and keep your yap shut and try to remember who you once were

    October 17, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Shirley

    Not as "unpleasant" as McCain picking an incompetent person (Palin) for his VP. If he loves this country so much, why did he do such an idiotic thing?

    October 17, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. marty

    John McCain's true character is coming out....he's a little weasel who has flip flopped, pandered and has become a member of the NO NO's. He's not a maverick, he's a goof off who never did like to follow protocol pretending to be something he is not.
    Yes, he was imprisoned, but had he followed orders, he wouldn't have been in that predicament. I'll take the paraplegic former Senator McClellan as a real, true hero over bad tempered McCain any day.

    October 17, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. jrfjsr

    I actually thought mccain was ok until 2008. He seemed to lose his mind picking palin and then slipped further and further into craziness becomin an agry old man. Not a good way to end a career and be remembered in history. Good job john.

    October 17, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    McFlippity-Flop should tend to his own business. Last time I checked he barely survived the primary against that Tea-Nut man that spouted wasteful govt spending while getting paid to act in informercials teaching people how to rip-off the govt.

    October 17, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. they call me "tater salad"

    John McCain proving once again that voting for Obama was the right thing to do. Can you imagine how much worse off we would be right now had this pandering old elitist and his brain frozen side-kick in the church lady costume won the White House?............Scary thought!!!!

    October 17, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Whatever

    John Mccain should be embarrased, but of course he isn't. This is a man that has had government insurance his entire life. After bringing the plague called Sarah Palin to the nation, Mccain owes the country a huge apology and he needs to retire. He is useless and serves no useful purpose to the nation. He is a war monger and basically a mean old man.

    October 17, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Judas

    Does anybody still listen to John McCain? Whether you agreed or disagreed with his views, I believe many respected him for his sense of fairness and independence. However, in the last 2 ½ years he’s taken a 180 degree turn and turned into the type of politician he would have formerly railed against. He’s sold his soul and become one of the pandering droids, who will say and do anything to remain in office. His daughter displays more courage, conviction and integrity than he does these days.

    October 17, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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