Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, August 29, 2010

As she fired up volunteers who were going door to door in search of votes Saturday in Oakland, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer previewed the tack she may take against Republican Carly Fiorina in their first U.S. Senate debate Wednesday at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.

And it has something to do with her hair.

Days after Fiorina won the Republican primary in June, she was caught sniping about Boxer’s hair before a TV interview, her comments captured by a microphone she didn’t know was on. As she was having her makeup applied, Fiorina said a friend had just told her “What everyone says: ‘God, what is that hair?’ ” then laughed. “So yesterday.”

“I admit, I’ve had my share of bad hair days,” Boxer said Saturday. “I’m not going to argue it. Well, let’s just say it is. (But) my policies are for today and tomorrow. And her policies are sooo yesterday. Going back to (former President) George (W.) Bush.”

Boxer will probably paint Fiorina – through the Republican’s plan to continue the Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans; her opposition to abortion rights; and her support for offshore drilling in California – as a return to yesterday. It’s a tactic other Democrats across the country are trying.

“That’s the George Bush plan,” Boxer told 60 volunteers in Oakland as they prepared to canvass door-to-door.

Organizing for America, the grassroots Democratic Party organization that grew out of President Obama’s campaign, coordinated similar outreach efforts across the country to bolster the ground operation of Democratic candidates. Several labor unions also participated in the nationwide effort.

Boxer and Fiorina are in a dead heat, according to most polls. Boxer, the three-term incumbent, has a considerable advantage in the amount of cash her campaign has to spend, compared with Fiorina, a first-time candidate.

“We couldn’t agree more that Carly, a proven business leader, has a very different view on jobs than career politician Barbara Boxer,” said Fiorina spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

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