Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina met with San Diego's Latino business community in a town hall meeting Tuesday. With a month left before the November election, keeping and creating jobs in California remains a key issue.
Fiorina found a welcoming audience, "it's not just the recession hammering small businesses," she says, taking aim at the federal government and her opponent, incumbent Barbara Boxer.
Small business still continue to struggle and worry if they will be able to keep their doors open if the Bush tax cuts are not extended. Still, it won't be enough says Andres Restaurant co-owner Dan Mera, "we're not asking for a bailout, but we are asking for a little bit of a lifeline in relief of taxes."
Tuesday, Fiorina continued to characterize her democratic opponent, Barbara Boxer and the Federal government as one and the same.
Boxer, in turn, has hammered Fiorina for sending hundreds of thousands of jobs overseas when Fiorina was CEO of Hewlett Packard.
Fiorina said in a brief meeting with reporters after the town hall, "the truth is that companies are forced to move jobs out of state because of policies that Barbara Boxer has supported, if she believes that outsourcing jobs is bad then she needs to give back all those campaign contributions she's gotten from companies who have had to move jobs because of her, her hypocracy on this issue knows no bounds."
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which was going to spend 2-million dollars on an ad campaign for Fiorina in the week before the election, has moved up the timetable.
The most recent field poll shows Fiorina trailing Boxer by six points.
Fiorina says it's a reflection of Boxer's spending blitz in September and that the polls are tightening once again as we enter the last month of the campaign.
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