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WASHINGTON --- Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer today released her first television advertisement, a 30-second spot that will run in the Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego media markets.

The ad is called "Made in America." It features Boxer, saying she's "working to make California the leader in clean energy... to jump-start our small businesses with tax credits and loans to create thousands more California jobs."

Rose Kapolczynski
, Boxer campaign manager, said it's also an attempt to highlight the senator's efforts to improve health care for veterans and support for after-school programs.

The campaign said the ad highlights two of the more than 1,000 Boxer provisions that have been enacted.

The first is the creation of a comprehensive combat casualty care center at the San Diego Naval Hospital. The second is a law Boxer wrote with Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada that authorized funding for after-school programs.

Polls show Boxer in a tight race with her opponent, Republican Carly Fiorina.

The Fiorina campaign was quick to criticize the ad.

"The truth is that there is only one job Barbara Boxer is interested in saving and that's her own," said Julie Soderlund, deputy campaign manager for communications for the Fiorina campaign.



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