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Boxer blasts Fiorina's position on abortion

October 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer was joined in Hollywood by pro-choice women, including actresses, congresswomen and civic leaders, to attack Carly Fiorina's anti-abortion views. Fiorina accused Boxer of trying to distract voters from the most important issue, which is jobs.

"This is a typical divisive attempt to distract from the issues that are important in this race," said Fiorina.

But the incumbent senator says she knows the major issue is jobs. Boxer and her supporters say Fiorina wants to roll back time.

"Make no mistake about it a woman's right to choose is on the ballot in California this year," said Boxer.

Fiorina picked up the endorsement of the Hispanic Business Roundtable. It was quickly overshadowed by the attacks on her pro-life positions.

She has said she wants to overturn the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade.

"My opponent's position on Roe v. Wade is more extreme -- and this is important -- more extreme than any California senator or governor of either party in decades," said Boxer.

Fiorina tried to stay on her message about jobs and the federal budget as she spoke to the Latino Coalition breakfast.

But Boxer's scheduled pro-choice news conference stole much of the limelight.

"Wherever people stand on that issue, the most important issue that we have to deal with right now is jobs," said Fiorina.

Boxer says she's focused on jobs and keeping a woman's right to choose despite Fiorina.

"She is on the extreme of this issue and nothing she can say to backpedal it matters," said Boxer.

There's a new statewide Rasmussen Report poll that shows Fiorina is closing the gap with Boxer.

For Republicans nationwide this is a battle over who controls Congress.


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