Carly Fiorina

Senate hopeful meets veterans at Balboa Park

By Michele Clock, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 9:26 p.m.

In a San Diego campaign stop to showcase her support for veterans, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina again criticized Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer for backing the federal economic stimulus act and questioned her support for the military.

Surrounded by about 60 people, many of them veterans, at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park on Tuesday, Fiorina said the stimulus act has actually cost jobs rather than helping create them. Boxer says just the opposite.

“Barbara Boxer will claim that things are getting better because of that $862 billion stimulus package,” Fiorina said. “She will claim that things are getting better, but in fact things have gotten worse since that stimulus bill passed.”

She said unemployment rates among California veterans were high and charged that Boxer has voted against the interests of the military by opposing spending for body armor and extended family leave for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Unbelievable,” Fiorina said.

Boxer’s campaign responded by pointing to a vote the three-term senator made for an amendment to fund body armor and other safety equipment in 2003. Campaign officials said Boxer voted against the overall bill, a supplemental funding bill for Iraq and Afghanistan in part because she sought a new strategy in Iraq.

Locally, the package also included multimillion-dollar infusions of funding for a new naval hospital and new child development center at Camp Pendleton, as well as $600 million for a military homeowner’s assistance program.

“If Carly Fiorina had been in the Senate, she would have turned her back on veterans and military families,” Rose Kapolczynski, Boxer’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “Fiorina opposed billions in funding to help our veterans get the care and services that they need and deserve.”

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