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Calif. candidates flex political muscles

October 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Both the Democratic and Republican parties are flexing their political muscles on the campaign trail with big names like former President Bill Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.Clinton is expected to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown while Giuliani is campaigning for two candidates who are hoping to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Giuliani is joining campaign efforts for Assemblyman Van Tran who is trying to unseat Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. The former mayor is also supporting U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina who is running against Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Fiorina was on the campaign trail in Century City on Sunday and was scheduled to speak alongside Giuliani at a Monday press conference to discuss job creation, fiscal responsibility and what she believes is the "need for stronger leadership in Washington."

Meantime, Boxer was in Pasadena on Sunday, where she picked up the endorsement of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee. Boxer pledged her full support of West coast veteran facilities. However, Fiorina said the VFW PAC's endorsement of her opponent doesn't speak for all veterans.

"They've lost a great deal of credibility because they've demonstrated, once again, that all they ever do is endorse incumbent politicians," said Fiorina.

"We have to make sure that we have insurance for posttraumatic stress disorder. We've been able to do that and increase investments in research in PTSD and brain injuries," said Boxer on Sunday.

Boxer has accused Fiorina of sending jobs overseas as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, but Fiorina said jobs are leaving California because of Sen. Boxer's policies.

In the race for governor, Republican candidate Meg Whitman campaigned in Van Nuys on Sunday. She was joined by Giuliani, who has endorsed Whitman. He told the crowd that Whitman is the right person at the right time for the challenges California faces.

Brown was not campaigning on Sunday, but he and former President Clinton will be at UCLA for a rally on Friday. Clinton is also going to campaigning on behalf of Congresswoman Sanchez in Santa Ana on Friday.

Giuliani, Fiorina and Tran were scheduled to hold a news conference at the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster on Monday.


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