On the Heels of Debate, Boxer Talks Jobs and Economy

Sen. Barbara Boxer

By Steven Tavares

SAN FRANCISCO – On the eve of Sen. Barbara Boxer’s anticipated first debate with Republican nominee Carly Fiorina, the three-term senator spoke extensively about jobs–namely the ones she says her challenger sent overseas as CEO of HP.

Boxer made numerous references Tuesday afternoon at the Commonwealth Club of California to Fiorina’s tumultuous tenure at the legendary Silicon Valley company where critics charge she shipped thousands of jobs overseas during the early part of the decade.

With the state economy reeling and unemployment steady at over 11 percent in some Bay Area counties, Boxer is hoping to turn the conversation to the job market in advance of Wednesday night’s televised debate. With the election season nearing Labor Day, recent polls show very little distance between the two candidates.

In her opening remarks, though, Boxer conceded the economy is not growing as quickly as she would like. “The pace is too slow,” said Boxer, “I acknowledge that, but we simply cannot go back to the policies that got us into this mess.” She drew a distinction between her time in the senate under the administrations of Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, a trick many Democrats up for re-election this fall have failed to successful link in the mind of voters. “We know the policies that created a surplus and we know the policies that created deficits,” she said.

Boxer’s way out of the Great Recession lies within technology and infrastructure, she says. Included in her five-point plan is an emphasis on clean energy technologies which have sprouted in and around Silicon Valley and up north along the East Bay. Boxer also believes U.S. companies must take the lead in green tech before Asia and Europe pass us up. “Clean energy technology should be made in America.” she said, while also criticizing Proposition 23, which she says will send the message California is turning its back on the potentially game changing green tech industry.

During a wide-ranging question and answer period Boxer was asked her opinions on national issues such as immigration reform, the Islamic center and mosque in Manhattan, the rise of the Tea Party and the state’s proposition to legalize marijuana, but failed illuminate any of the subjects.

Boxer said most agree immigration reform is needed, but an answer for amnesty of over 11 million aliens must be addressed along with the role of employers. “We need to come to the center and write a bill that’s smart,” she said.

The rise of the sometimes discombobulated Tea Party movement is a welcomed voice in the political conversation, Boxer said, but called out some of the more angry aspects of the group that have become infamous. “I like when people get involved,” she said. “I don’t like people getting together with a divisive message.” A native New Yorker, Boxer said the issue of building a Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero is not for her to decide. “I’m not going to put my nose in it–it doesn’t belong there,” she said. On moral grounds, Boxer says she will not support California’s proposition to legalize marijuana and believes the state would not be better off if children have easier access to marijuana.

When a question of whether Boxer was worried about her chances for re-election was posed, she smiled and said, “I’m not worried; I’m excited.” and returned to Fiorina’s comments earlier in the campaign regarding her hairdo. “It’s not about the hair, it’s about real issues that matter.”

Categories: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, economy, green, immigration, Prop 19, Prop 23, U.S. Senate

10 replies

  1. If I was considering voting for that gas bag, I would change my vote based simply on her attack of calling out her opponent shipping jobs overseas. I mean really…compared to what she and her fellow criminals in the Senate do, that's nothing.

    This lady is overcooked…same old boring talking points that do nothing. Why are we so blind?

    Shes running scared. Good.


  2. I agree, talking about her opponent sending jobs overseas over and over again says toe that maybe she doesn't have anything else of substance to go on? I graduated with a degree in poli sci and I don't even know what Boxer has done over the last 20 years.


  3. I read this story on sfgate. It was good, but way didferent than yours, buts yours is still good, maybe better. Did you guys go to the same Boxer? Besides the sfgate one is about the war. Eff that!!!


  4. Kinda neat…I asked a few Democrats if they were going to vote for her. Four out of six said no; those four people, three women and one man, reminded me of how serious they take their service to the country and note her arrogance towards the General that told her to call her Senator.

    I respect that. Time for Babs to do some work in the private sector, maybe remember what its like.


  5. The jobs are long gone. Conservative corporate CEO's have a manufacturing mistress in China but want to still come home and slap working people around. They also pay very little in taxes, some pay no taxes but they enjoy back handing people politically in a country they have abandoned and betrayed long ago.


  6. Boxer is a loud mouthed idiot who makes no sense. It's time this Yenta was sent packing. But then she never should have been elected in the first place.


  7. Manuel, bedtime, mom is calling you


  8. Yes, I was at the event at the Commonwealth Club. It's a good point about the differences in the articles. I read five different articles covering the Boxer speech and they ALL have differnet angles.

    I must say the war angle is probably the weakest. It was hardly the most important issue in her speech–almost throwaway, but I suppose the brief comment on the same day Obama made his Iraq announcement made it newsworthy, if not, for two hours. I choose jobs because, well, it was the theme of the speech!


  9. I doubt that Boxer has the faintest idea how many jobs have been lost due to all the regulations and mandates that she and Democrats have placed on businesses. All she does is carp and bark, but never has any accomplishments.


  10. Sometimes I wonder who preps this woman. It's like a broken record playing the same line over and over again. She has no record. At least Fiorina was out there in the world doing something, while Boxer was complaining that nothing was being done.


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