A political ad featuring Carly Fiorina has been stirring up a whirlwind of controversy. Fiorina plays up Senatorial opponent Barbara Boxer’s focus on climate change as opposed to, say, terrorism.
Carly Fiorini’s new ad, in which she mocks Barbara Boxer’s concern for climate change as a national security issue, is either a sign that global warming is no longer taken seriously even in California or a very odd political calculation.
“Terrorism kills — and Barbara Boxer’s worried about the weather,” Fiorina says scornfully.
Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard, has become something of a rising star in the Republican party. With her executive experience at HP and AT&T and degrees from Stanford and MIT, she is definitely cut from a different cloth than, you know, Sarah Palin, who she famously (and humorously) dissed.
Fiorina jumped into the political scene with significant roles in John McCain’s presidential campaign (rumor has it that she was a contender for the veep spot). Anyway, after trying really hard to defend Palin following her mouth opening Tina Fey’s spot-on SNL spoofs, Fiorina stated that Palin did not have the qualifications to run a major corporation. Although she tried to backpedal a bit by saying, “That’s not what she’s running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things,” damage was surely done.
Anyway, Boxer responded via her blog:
Fiorina’s latest negative attack ad once again gets it wrong. There is a clear choice in this race when it comes to strengthening national security and fighting terrorism. Senator Boxer has successfully advocated for tough measures to protect America – from sanctions on Iran to allowing specially-trained pilots to have guns in the cockpit. Meanwhile, Fiorina has a troubling record on protecting Americans from terrorism. She supports allowing people on the no-fly list to buy guns and during her tenure at HP the company was trading with Iran, a State Sponsor of Terror,” said Rose Kapolczynski, Boxer campaign manager.
Senator Boxer has a strong record on protecting Americans from terrorism, including authoring legislation to reduce the threat of shoulder-fired missiles to commercial airline flights, to require air marshals aboard high-risk flights, and to allow specially-trained pilots to carry guns in the cockpit. She also supported President Obama’s economic recovery act, which included more than $300 million to strengthen port security, public transportation security, and railroad security. It also included $680 million for strengthening border security and expediting development and deployment of border technology and $1 billion for airport security.
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