ABC News' Matt Loffman reports:
California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina had tough words today for her Democratic opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer.
The former Hewlett Packard CEO said that President Obama’s trip to California to raise money for Boxer and the DNC is a sign that Boxer is “vulnerable,” and she described Democratic efforts to help Boxer as a “rescue mission in action.”
The president is scheduled to take part in two events this evening – one at the California Science Center and one at the Natural History Museum. According to an informed Democratic source, tickets range from $100 to $17,600. The events are expected to raise between $3 – $3.5 million total for both events (that money will then be split between Boxer and DNC).
The former HP exec attributed Boxer’s struggles to President Obama’s health care bill, the growing budget deficit, and high unemployment.
Boxer was re-elected in 2004 by 20 points but this time finds herself in a potentially competitive race. According to a non-partisan Field Poll conducted last month, Boxer was running even with Campbell and Fiorina: (Campbell 44, Boxer 43) (Boxer 45, Fiorina 44).
Fiorina said Californians don’t want to extend Boxer’s “contract” when her first 28 years in Washington were a “total failure.”
She also said that voters in California are “angry and frustrated” and that Boxer is trying to pull an “election year conversion” by talking about issues she’s ignored for 28 years.
Fiorina added that voters in California “smell a rat.”
Fiorina sought to contrast Obama campaigning for Boxer with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., campaigning for her because the president’s time is “quite different” from a senator’s. She said that it’s early for the president to be helping an incumbent senator.
Asked about her two Republican primary rivals – former Congressman Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore – Fiorina suggested that she had the upper-hand, in part, due to her fundraising and personal resources.
In “political campaigns, money matters,” said Fiorina.
Asked if she would spend the $2.5 million she leant her campaign, she said “money is meant to be spent.”