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Fiorina Has the Momentum

By Stacy Drake

News today that Carly Fiorina is up in the polls and is currently riding the tide of momentum. Reuters reports:

Democratic candidates are clinging to narrow leads over their Republican rivals in two key California races with less than three weeks to go until November 2 elections, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Friday.

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer’s lead over Republican Carly Fiorina among likely voters in California is only one point, 46 percent to 45 percent, down from a four-point advantage early this month.

Neil Stevens over at Redstate weighs in:

It’s no wonder that the Chamber of Commerce, feared by Barack Obama, is ready to spend another $1.25 million educating Americans about the dismal failure that Babs Boxer’s 28 years in DC have been. Since Carly Fiorina started her ad offensive and kept piling on, the polls have been moving.

The television barrage has come just at the right time. While a month ago it looked like Boxer was threatening to take a double digit lead and make the race far less competitive, the newest poll has it a virtual tie.

Yes, the poll by Ipsos for Reuters gives Boxer that tiny 46-45 (MoE 4) lead, which is as close to a coin flip as you can get without managing to register an exact tie in the poll. 55/45 by the math, you can probably find ordinary quarters on the street that are biased that much.

The ads are working. Carly seems to be using the same strategy she did last time: Keep it close, keep it close, and then once it’s almost over, just start hitting, and hitting, and hitting, until the opponent just can’t keep up.

No Ma’am Babs has more money than Carly’s primary opponents did, so she’s not quite going down as easily, but the polling trend is undeniable. Five polls in a row at 4 points or less. I just might have to call it a five seat battleground instead of four, adding CA to my previous list of WA, NV, WV, and IL. The race is getting that close.

This is happening. This is real. We can beat Barbara Boxer.

¡Si Se Puede!

What better time then now? If you would like to get Barbara Boxer out of the Senate, and replace her with a commonsense Conservative, please visit Carly Fiorina’s campaign website and do what you can, today.

 

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Boxer Outsourcing Blame for Failed Policies

By Stacy Drake

Living in California and having to endure the non-stop political ads of the season, one cannot help but notice that Barbara Boxer seems to be putting all of her political eggs into one basket. Her entire campaign seems to be composed of talking about Carly Fiorina’s former job as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the subsequent outsourcing of jobs that happened during that time.

In the last few days, there have been a couple of articles coming to Fiorina’s defense on the matter. When given the facts, Californians would be making a big mistake to buy into this campaign spin from Boxer. Craig Bartlett and James P. Moore JR. published a piece in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Outsourcing and the 21st-Century Economy.” They wrote:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) has slammed her opponent, Carly Fiorina, for outsourcing jobs when she served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has attacked his Republican opponent, John Kasich, for serving on the board of a company that outsources. And other politicians from Pennsylvania to Oregon have tried to use the issue to stir up voter dissatisfaction with the economy.

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Companies outsource for two reasons. The first centers on the nature of the global economy. In today’s world, outsourcing can save companies money, reduce the time it takes to deliver products and services to customers, and provide access to skilled employees unavailable in the U.S. Outsourcing also allows companies to capitalize on incentives offered by foreign governments to attract investment. Outsourcing is here to stay for companies hoping to remain internationally competitive.

The second reason U.S. companies outsource is that our own government pursues policies that drive investment and job creation offshore: excessive taxes, needless regulations, lengthy permit processes, a decreasing supply of U.S. citizens with technical and engineering degrees, and a general governmental misunderstanding of how to support private-sector jobs. For example, taxing new U.S. corporate investment at 35%—when the world average is just over 18%—pushes U.S. companies to invest offshore to increase return to shareholders.

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Politicians who accuse the business community of being solely responsible for the loss of U.S. jobs are disingenuous at best. They need to look at their own contributions to U.S. joblessness—and recognize the competitive nature of the 21st-century world economy.

Stating the obvious here… Carly Fiorina made the decisions she made as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard and not as an elected official. It was her job to make the best decisions for her company, given the business climate at the time and considering all of the conditions created by government intervention.

Speaking of which, Investor’s Business Daily wrote another piece called, “Golden State ‘Outsourced’ By Boxer.” In in, they describe Boxer’s role in promoting policies that have actually created the current economic climate our country finds itself in today. The editorial says:

Sen. Barbara Boxer thinks she’s struck election gold in California by charging her rival, ex-CEO Carly Fiorina, with outsourcing. The real story is how Boxer has chased millions of jobs out of state with her politics.

Last Wednesday’s radio debate between California’s two senatorial candidates repeatedly circled the issue of jobs in a state with 12.4% unemployment, second highest in the nation.

Incumbent Boxer’s trump card was that her opponent, while chief of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2006, outsourced jobs. “She laid off 30,000 workers, shipped jobs overseas and says she’s proud of her record — well, that’s her record,” said Boxer.

Problem is, Boxer is a far bigger outsourcer. The unemployment rate in her state is 25% higher than the national average of 9.4%, and the number of jobless Californians is 66% higher than when she took office 17 years ago. Her 90% liberal voting record based on National Journal data has much to do with it. Some of her biggest job-killing votes include:

• The $787 billion stimulus package. Advertised in 2009 as necessary to “create or save” jobs and cap the national jobless rate at 8%, California unemployment soared to 12.4% by 2010 from 7.8% in 2008, as California posted its biggest job losses since 1940. That’s a million jobs lost in this recession, according to the University of the Pacific, even as states like Texas with free-market policies gain jobs and draw investment. It’s outsourcing on a grand scale.

• The corporate tax. Boxer claimed in Wednesday’s debate that she wants to “incentivize” U.S. companies not to ship jobs overseas. Maybe she was referring to her yes vote on S. 3816, which ends the tax deferral for multinational firms. The idea was to hike taxes on companies’ overseas operations so they would hire more here. Instead, we’ve “incentivized” companies to move headquarters and jobs to low-tax countries. Even the Democrat-led Senate knew it was a job killer. Boxer didn’t.

• Free trade. In the debate, Boxer patronizingly said Mexico was important to California because it was a top trading partner. No kidding. California’s economy is steeped in foreign trade, accounting for 11.4% of U.S. exports, which underperforms its 14% slice of the economy.

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• Radical environmentalism. Boxer says her top priority is cap-and-trade legislation, an energy tax that would saddle California’s businesses with high costs based on questionable science. California will pay for this in thousands of lost jobs and billions of dollars of investment that will move to friendlier states and countries.

Boxer also opposes offshore drilling on environmental grounds — and the jobs it would create. Fiorina “stands with Big Oil; she doesn’t stand with the people of California,” Boxer declared, not getting that Big Oil and its suppliers could provide 70,000 new and well-paid jobs for her state if it could drill from the vast 10.5 billion barrels of oil reserves sitting idle off California’s coast.

Worst of all, Boxer has declined to waive the Endangered Species Act against California’s own breadbasket, the Central Valley. She approved a waiver for a similar case in New Mexico, but denied it to California. Fiorina condemned Boxer’s callous indifference, pointing out that “a nameless, faceless bureaucrat decided the smelt was endangered” and 90,000 jobs were lost.

As water was cut to the southwest Central Valley in 2007, unemployment rates rose above 16% in Fresno and as high as 40% in Mendota; agricultural operations fled to Mexico. Mendota’s jobless farmworkers were reduced to accepting charity food from China — outsourcing that came because of Boxer’s vote.

With a record like hers, is it any wonder that Boxer’s hometown newspaper refused to endorse her?

The senator’s long, inept and counterproductive record in politics has left California poorer, less competitive and less employed than ever. If anyone should avoid throwing around charges like outsourcing, it’s Barbara Boxer.

Also of interest, during a press conference on October 1st, Carly Fiorina called on Boxer to return donations given to her by contributors who sent jobs overseas. From the Fiorina campaign website:

During a press conference this afternoon, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today called on Barbara Boxer to return the tens of thousands of dollars in donations she has received from campaign contributors that, like Hewlett Packard, have been forced to send jobs overseas because of the policies she has championed during her 28 years in Washington.

“It is hypocritical for Barbara Boxer to put up attack ads on me about outsourcing when she has taken tens of thousands of dollars in donations from campaign contributors that have outsourced for years.

“Barbara Boxer can’t have it both ways. If she thinks outsourcing is an evil, then she ought to give the campaign money back.”

I think if Barbara Boxer honestly cared about outsourcing, not only would she return those donations, but she wouldn’t support legislation that has helped contribute the loss of jobs in California. Beating the public over the head with relentless campaign ads that only talk about one decision Fiorina made as a CEO, in the best interest of her company, is designed to distract voters from the issues that actually affect them. Seventeen years is long enough to see that Boxer doesn’t understand what it takes to create jobs for Californians, much less keep the one’s that we already have.

You can check out Carly Fiorina’s page over at Organize4Palin here

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Carly Fiorina Surges To Commanding Lead In California Senate Race Polling

Carly Fiorina has surged to a commanding lead in the latest polling from SurveyUSA that was released May 24.

Support for former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is up sharply in the past 2 weeks, from 24% on 05/10/10 to 46% today 05/24/10. Fiorina’s support has more than doubled among women, seniors, Hispanics, and in the Inland Empire. During these 2 weeks, Former Congressman Tom Campbell’s support dropped 12 points, from 35% on 05/10/10 to 23% today 05/24/10.

Carly has basically seen support for her almost double in the past two weeks from 24% to 46% while the bottom has fallen out for Tom Campbell. Chuck DeVore, despite the whining and the mud slinging languishes in last place. Unchanged and uncompetitive.

There are likely many reasons for this incredible turn around. Obviously, Californians are learning more about Tom Campbell and realizing he is not their guy. The leftist views and ties to radical Islam have got to be of grave concern to voters.

Also, while DeVore has been out there smearing Fiorina, and crying foul that Sarah Palin passed him over for the endorsement, Carly has been out there running positive ads and giving speeches extolling the virtues of real, common sense conservatism.

Of course, one can’t discount Sarah Palin herself. It’s a wild phenomenon, something I have never seen before. Anytime Sarah endorses someone, those who didn’t get her gold-plated nod lose their mind and start attacking not only Sarah, but the candidate that receives the much desired endorsement.It’s incredibly childish and unprofessional.

For her part, Sarah has been solidly behind Carly, and talks about her unwavering conservative stances at every opportunity. Sarah knew she made the right choice backing Carly, and is not shy in telling people so!

With early voting underway, we certainly anticipate a huge win for Carly Fiorina, California, and the Nation. We look forward to being able to say Senator Fiorina come November. 

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