By Susan Ferriss
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, under campaign fire for outsourcing jobs as a CEO, showcased an economic platform Tuesday that includes a tax break for businesses that bring jobs home.

Speaking to female business owners at a Sacramento-area restaurant, she called for a five-year tax holiday for startup businesses and a 10-year tax holiday for existing businesses that repatriate jobs that were exported.

Other states and other countries “are fighting harder for our jobs than we are fighting for our jobs,” Fiorina told the group at Cafe Vinoteca. “And that’s got to end.”

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, running for office for the first time, says she will use her knowledge of the private sector to push for job-creating policies in Washington, D.C.

Fiorina’s corporate background, however, has become a focus of fierce criticism by her incumbent opponent, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Boxer’s campaign ads are critical of Fiorina for outsourcing 30,000 jobs to other countries while she was an executive, and for taking $21 million in severance pay after she was fired by Hewlett-Packard’s board of directors when its stock price fell.

Outside the cafe’s windows, a small group of protesters held up signs echoing Boxer’s charges. Fiorina supporters blocked the restaurant’s windows, but some of the protesters knocked on windows briefly while calling out criticism.

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