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June 22, 2010
Sen. Boxer tries to cast foe Fiorina as Palin clone


Carly Fiorina received a well-timed endorsement from Sarah Palin, shoring up her right flank and helping her win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Now, Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer is doing her darndest to turn Palin's backing against Fiorina. Boxer is counting on the fact that Palin is far less popular among general election voters than among conservative Republicans.

A web video posted on Boxer's fund-raising website calls Fiorina and Palin "peas in a pod" who are "wrong for California."

The video shows the two Republicans talking against abortion ("They'd both make abortion a crime," it says on screen).

It also shows Fiorina supporting offshore oil drilling and Palin spouting her famous "drill, baby drill ("Even now" after the Gulf disaster).

And it shows them supporting gun rights, including Fiorina saying during a primary debate that people on the "no fly" list shouldn't lose their Second Amendment rights.

The video is timed partly to coincide with Palin's well-publicized speech on Friday at California State University, Stanislaus.

UPDATE: Fiorina's campaign called the video more evidence that Boxer is having to "shore up a base of voters that should already be supporting her," showing how vulnerable she is.

Fiorina's camp goes on to say that it much prefers the endorsement of a "fellow political outsider" like Palin than those of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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