Carly Fiorina, Barbara Boxer Radio Debate in Pasadena, California

by the Left Coast Rebel

The senate race here in California will feature it's likely last debate tonight. The debate takes place in Pasadena, California at the Southern California Public Radio building and will go live via video and radio - but there's a catch.

Only Republican challenger Carly Fiorina will actually be present at the event - Barbara Boxer will be piped in via a live feed from Washington.

Symbolic and ironic, no?

Updated 9/30/2010: Full audio of the radio debate can be found here.

A highlight from the debate took place when Fiorina was questioned over her recent comment about Boxer being aligned with extremist environmental groups. Here is the transcript:

Morrison: Senator, thank you very much. Another question, this one for Ms. Fiorina, about the environment. In the first debate, Ms. Fiorina, you said Senator Boxer supports extreme environmental groups. What groups are those?

Fiorina: All I can tell you is that it is the only explanation I can come up with for–

Morrison (crosstalk): No, what are the names of these groups?

Fiorina: (laughs, pause) The only explanation that I can come up with for Senator Boxer's refusal to step forward and help tens of thousands of people who are standing in food lines in the middle of the most productive farmland in the world and being handed canned goods from China is that she must feel that she is beholden to a set of contributions coming from a variety of organizations.

I think, if you will look, you will find that Barbara Boxer is perhaps the largest recipient of money from environmental interests. Now I'm not saying every one of those interests is extreme, but I can only–

Morrison (crosstalk): So, but please, if you're going to name, you have to single them out as to which are extreme and which are not, because to say "extreme" without singling them out, that raises the question that they may all be. So are there some that you were thinking of when you said this?

Fiorina: I think the point here is not what various organizations have in their charters, I think the point here is, what is it that Senator Boxer believes she is supposed to be doing in Washington, D.C.? Is she supposed to be serving the interests of the people of California, tens of thousands of whom were thrown out of work, or is she supposed to be representing the interest of those special interests like big labor leadership, or like a set of environmental groups. Who is it that she’s representing – the special interests, or the interests of the people of California?

Lerner: Ms. Fiorina, excuse me. Let's go more specific. You opposed– I think you opposed Proposition 23, and that will stop AB 32 from starting in California, and from addressing our nation's climate and energy challenges. Why is that, when this law can develop a new industry, a new industry dedicated to green energy and put California back in the front of the country?

Fiorina: Well first, we are falling behind in innovation and we are falling behind in energy innovation. All of these thousands of clean green jobs that Senator Boxer keeps promising, the reality is that we spend less on energy [research and development] than many other nations in the world.

We must be the leader in innovation, and we must be the leader in clean green technologies. And we are not on a path to do so, because we don’t spend as much, our federal government doesn't spend as much on federally-funded energy R & D. We have great research research institutions here who could use the support, and because our R & D tax credit is now 17th in the world, not first in the world. However, the reason I believe AB 32 is a bad idea is because to deal with global warming requires a serious global solution. AB 32–

Morrison: So Ms. Fiorina, that being the case, if AB 32 is a state issue and you talk about this needing a national, global solution, so would you oppose cap-and-trade? What is a competent national solution, and how does it address states' rights issues, like California, to set its own policy?

Fiorina: So, scientists agree that a single sate, or a single nation acting alone can have no impact on global warming. I would immediately engage in serious bilateral discussions with China, a nation that uses more coal than we do, but also that researches more into clean coal.

I oppose Barbara Boxer's cap-and-trade bill. It has been called the most expensive piece of legislation in U.S. history. Economists agree it would cost this nation millions of jobs. Economists agree it would cause us trillions of dollars of lost economic output.

The left considered this a 'gotcha' moment in the debate. Here is video of advisors from both campaigns responding:

Campaigns react to Second Fiorina/ Boxer debate from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.

KPCC has the full transcript of the debate. The Los Angeles Times wrote about it here. Also from September 29, Carly Fiorina's post debate discussion:

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