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Posted on Oct 22, 2010
AP / Susan Walsh

President Barack Obama and Sen. Barbara Boxer greet supporters during a fundraiser at the University of Southern California’s Tutor Campus Center in Los Angeles on Friday.

The midterm elections are nearly upon us, and things are looking a little dicey for longtime California Sen. Barbara Boxer in her race for re-election against newcomer Carly Fiorina. That’s why President Obama happened to be at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on Friday, along with gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brown and actor Jamie Foxx.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

But with a booming “Hello L.A.!” the president leapt onto the stage here on Friday to make the case for Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat locked in what is clearly the toughest race of her career.

Ms. Boxer has been on the outer rim of Republican targets this year. For all her vulnerabilities, reflected in polls that show voters unhappy with the economy and with Ms. Boxer herself, her political views are roughly in line with this Democratic state, in contrast with her Republican opponent, Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard.

But Ms. Boxer is struggling right through these final days of her campaign for a fourth term in the Senate. Republicans — awash in money, emboldened by what they hope will be a national anti-Democratic surge, and sensing Ms. Boxer’s weaknesses — invested $4.8 million in a last-minute effort to pull this state into the Republican column, and said they were prepared to spend more.

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rico, suave's avatar

By rico, suave, October 23, 2010 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment

Re the photo:

Wow, Obama really is tall.

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By BarbieQue, October 23, 2010 at 3:47 am Link to this comment

What do you call people that bought into NAFTA? MORONS. That is what you call them. Maybe even traitors, since unless one went to Yale, a national manufacturing base is essential to national security.

What do you call a candidate-now-president that faked NAFTA reform- Brilliantly, I might add. When He and Chillery were done with the party faithful no one had any idea what either said or stood for. Exactly the plan.

Yes Carly is guilty of jumping through the loopholes provided by the (D)emocrats And the (R)epublicans. That is one reason she never should have been a contender. But no one that hasn’t drunk that koolaide will be allowed until the people somehow figure out how to limit corporate campaign funding.

BE that as it may: Which party ushered in the worst trade policy in the last 50 yrs? You can’t say Bush1 was controlling bubbas hand as he signed away our jobs and sovereignty. And if a (R)epublican did that, the fake (D)‘s would still be outraged.

Just proof that the Serfs are given a choice b/w a sh*t sandwich and another sh*t sandwich

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By Inherit The Wind, October 23, 2010 at 12:17 am Link to this comment

Carly Fiorino fired 30,000 employees at HP, nearly sank the company, was fired herself (with such a sweet Golden Parachute she can buy a Senate campaign) and thinks that qualifies her to “fix” Washington.

And morons buy into that crap.

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By Robespierre115, October 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm Link to this comment

California literally needs a popular revolution, not the Tea Party or Boxer who’s a useless dinosaur. Consider this excerpt from a recent Counterpunch article by Joe Paff, this is California the way it is NOW with Boxer:

“California has been depicted as a “failed state”: leading the nation in unemployment, adult illiteracy, lowest bond ratings, the near lowest school scores, people on welfare. With most of the rest of the nation, we share the increasing disparity between rich and poor, the loss of high paying jobs and their replacement with low paying/ no benefit jobs, the decaying infrastructure and the feeble half-hearted repairs.”

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