Fresh off Wednesday's combative debate, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer continued her criticism of Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in a meeting Thursday with The Bee's editorial board, taking aim at Fiorina's environmental positions and her record as a Hewlett-Packard CEO.
The Democratic incumbent pointed out that Fiorina would not take a stand during last night's debate on Proposition 23, which would suspend California's law requiring a reduction of greenhouse gases. Boxer said the state and nation need to make a stronger push for alternative energy and not let China dominate the green technology industry.
"Her position will result in jobs created in China, in jobs created in India, in jobs created in Europe, because they get it and they're moving to produce these clean energy technologies that we should be producing," Boxer said. "But the venture capitalists are sitting off to the side. They want to make sure we're serious about it."
Boxer noted Fiorina has what she called a "non-position on 23."
"She doesn't know where she stands, but she's taken money from the very same oil and coal companies that are funding overturning AB 32."
Boxer also sought to defend her record in the Senate. Fiorina has painted Boxer as an ineffective, three-term member of the Senate, saying Wednesday that "her record is long on talk and short on achievement." Fiorina previously said Boxer had passed only a few bills during her time in office.
Boxer said she's responsible for 1,000 provisions that "became law, that became enacted either directly or because they were included in other bigger laws or because they were adopted by executive order or they were adopted as authorizations."
"So that's a bogus argument," Boxer said, pointing to a PolitiFact assessment that criticized Fiorina's method for determining productivity.
PHOTO CAPTION: Sen. Barbara Boxer meets with the Sacramento Bee's editorial board on Thursday morning in Sacramento, Sept. 2, 2010. José Luis Villegas/ Sacramento Bee