Carly Fiorina

June 29th, 2010, 3:19 pm · posted by Dena Bunis, Washington Bureau Chief

Republican Carly Fiorina is in Washington, D.C. this week doing what all candidates who come to the nation’s Capital do – she’s raising money.

With just a few days before the June 30 closing of this fundraising quarter, Fiorina is here helping to beef up her contribution totals.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who wants to unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer this fall, also had a roundtable with a group of California reporters Tuesday afternoon. And Fiorina hammered away at what she says are the failed Barbara Boxer policies.

And she also continued a tradition of past Boxer opponents – she talked about how great senior Sen. Dianne Feinstein is and attempted to drive a wedge between the two. By the way, Feinstein is Boxer’s campaign chairman.

“I think Dianne Feinstein has accomplished a great deal on behalf of the people of California and I admire and respect her for that,’’ Fiorina said. She called Feinstein “a pragmatic voice on issues that matter to the people of California.’’

In comparing California’s two senators, Fiorina said “if you look at her voting record verses Barbara Boxer’s you’ll see that they disagree on virtually everything.’’

When it was suggested to Fiorina that the two actually voted the same most of the time – Boxer says it’s 90 percent – Fiorina backed down a bit.

“Well virtually everything is an overstatement,’’ she said.

But Fiorina then continued on that theme, pointing particularly to a comment Feinstein made about the Gulf oil spill and the cap and trade bill. Feinstein said that legislation won’t plug the leak, a view Fiorina says she shares with her.

Fiorina also said she and Feinstein agree “that we need a temporary worker program that works.”

What Firoina didn’t say is that Feinstein still supports global warming legislation that includes cap and trade. And that Feinstein is a proponent of a comprehensive immigration reform, something Fiorina does not support.

Feinstein is not amused by these accolades from Fiorina.

“Senator Boxer and I have worked together for 18 years, as partners, in Washington — and there is no daylight between us on the issues that matter most to Californians,’’ Feinstein said in a statement released by her office. She then ticked off a number of issues where the two of them agree and where Fiorina takes the other side. Those include Feinstein and Boxer’s support for abortion rights, a bill to permanently ban oil drilling off the California coast, the need to keep guns out of the hands of those on terrorist watch lists.

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