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Carly Fiorina Speaks at California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Annual Convention, Discusses Importance of Hispanic-Owned Businesses in Economic Recovery

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today spoke at the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) 31st Annual Statewide Convention in Los Angeles, where she discussed the important role Hispanic-owned businesses play in creating jobs and helping our economy recover.

“California is home to the most Hispanic-owned businesses in the nation, and when these companies succeed in growing and hiring, California’s economy benefits,” said Fiorina. “That’s why it’s critically important that our representatives in Washington help support these job creators by cutting taxes, reducing regulations and minimizing the uncertainty that inhibits them from growing, succeeding and hiring our fellow Americans.”

Fiorina has consistently emphasized the importance of supporting our state’s job creators: small businesses, family-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Her economic growth plan focuses on getting government out of the way and reducing the uncertainty businesses face so that they can do what they do best – create jobs. Specifically, Fiorina’s plan calls for policies that will lower taxes, help our nation fight for every job and incentivize innovation.

“For nearly three decades, Barbara Boxer has championed big-government policies that have made it harder and more expensive for job creators to stay in business. She has voted for higher taxes and thicker regulations on the very companies that hire our fellow Americans and that will lead us out of this economic downturn,” Fiorina continued. “As a career politician, Barbara Boxer has no idea what it will take to get our economy moving again. It’s time we have a senator in Washington who comes from the real world and who will fight for our job creators. That’s why I am running to replace her this November.”

CHCC is a premier ethnic business organization promoting the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs across California. CHCC was formed in 1978 to represent the growing number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the state and to provide them a voice in state government. Today, CHCC boasts a network of more than 65 Hispanic chambers and business associations throughout the state representing the interests of some 720,000 Hispanic business owners in California. Fiorina has earned the support of several other business organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, New Majority California and the Hispanic 100.

SurveyUSA Poll: Carly Leads Boxer By Five Points, Californians Rejecting Boxer’s 28 Years of Failure in Washington

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA - Carly for California Deputy Campaign Manager for Communications Julie Soderlund today issued the following statement regarding the SurveyUSA poll released this morning showing U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina leading Barbara Boxer 47 percent to 42 percent among likely voters:

“This poll underscores just how unsatisfied Californians are with Barbara Boxer’s 28 years in Washington, where she has earned herself the distinction of being one of the most bitterly partisan members of Congress and one of the most antagonistic toward our state’s job creators. Despite her high name recognition and clear advantage when it comes to party registration in California, she is seeing her support shrink just 82 days from Election Day, and that’s a trend we anticipate will continue.

“Carly, on the other hand, is a political outsider who has created jobs and will bring to Washington the real-world experience required to bring people together to make the tough choices necessary to get through these tough times. It’s clear voters are looking for someone with those qualities to replace Barbara Boxer this November, and Carly Fiorina is that person. Over the next 82 days, as voters become more familiar with Carly, we expect to see the support and enthusiasm behind her candidacy continue to grow.”

The results of this poll represent a three-point growth in Fiorina’s lead over Barbara Boxer from the SurveyUSA poll taken last month. The poll also shows Barbara Boxer’s support among independent voters slipping, while Carly has picked up an additional 14 points of support in the Central Valley. Read more about the poll and download the full results here.

Job Creators Say “Enough is Enough” to Barbara Boxer’s Job-Killing Policies

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, California Manufacturers and Technology Association and Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Endorse Carly Fiorina

BAKERSFIELD, CA - During a press conference at ARRC Technology in Bakersfield, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) and the California Chamber of Commerce today continued their two-day statewide tour rejecting Barbara Boxer’s 28-year record of failed leadership and urging Californians to instead support Carly Fiorina, a proven, tested leader with a clear plan to create jobs and grow the economy. Fiorina today also earned the endorsement of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce (GBCC).

“Carly Fiorina knows firsthand the challenges facing companies across the nation that are struggling in this difficult economy, and she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to advancing policies that support the interests of businesses large and small,” said Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Debra Moreno. “As a U.S. senator, Carly will help produce sustained economic growth and create more jobs, and we are pleased to endorse her candidacy for U.S. Senate.”

The GBCC is a nonprofit association of business people committed to improving the economic climate and quality of life in the greater Bakersfield area. The Chamber represents businesses of all sizes and types and serves its membership of nearly 1,400 members, which together employ some 50,000 employees, by advocating for legislation that supports job creators, providing education opportunities for member companies and promoting the local community and local businesses.

“For 28 long years, Barbara Boxer has failed to fight for jobs, failed to fight for policies that spur economic growth and failed to fight for American companies. Today we are rejecting Boxer’s nearly three decades of failed leadership and antagonism toward California’s businesses,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and National Political Director Bill Miller. “Carly Fiorina, on the other hand, understands firsthand the challenges companies face every day and will fight for the policies in Washington we need so our companies can compete in the global marketplace and so our economy can recover, grow and flourish. That’s the reason we are endorsing Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate.”

CMTA President Jack Stewart added, “During her nearly three decades in Washington, Barbara Boxer has made it increasingly difficult for manufacturers to do business in the United States by championing higher and higher taxes and stiffer and stiffer regulations. The path down which Boxer has driven our nation is littered with companies that have suffered as a result of these job-killing policies; that’s the reason we’re today charting a new course by endorsing Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate. As a U.S. senator, Carly will advance policies that encourage economic growth, job creation and a less intrusive federal government in order to foster a business environment in which manufacturers and all California companies can thrive.”

“Carly Fiorina is the pro-business candidate for U.S. Senate. When jobs and the economy are the primary focus of all Californians, we would be well served to have a U.S. senator who has created private-sector jobs, has had to balance budgets and knows how unnecessary government regulation can stifle investment. Carly is a proven leader who will bring common-sense solutions to an out-of-touch political process in Washington,” continued California Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Allan Zaremberg."

“During Barbara Boxer’s 28 years in Washington, our nation’s job creators have suffered under the weight of sky-high taxes and burdensome regulations that make it harder to keep companies here in the United States and employ our fellow Americans. Today, I am standing with these job creators in rejecting Barbara Boxer’s failed leadership and her decades-long record of pressing for job-killing policies,” said Fiorina. “I come from the real world, and I know creating jobs and stimulating economic growth in the real world requires unleashing the talents and energies of California’s workers, small-business owners, innovators and entrepreneurs. If our economy is going to experience a real recovery, then we must send new leaders to Washington who will put job creation and economic growth first; that begins by defeating Barbara Boxer this November.”

Fiorina’s economic growth plan focuses on the principle that lower taxes, fewer burdensome regulations and more innovation will drive our nation’s recovery and growth. Specifically, she is advocating for policy changes that lower taxes, incentivize innovation and allow our nation to fight for every job. Fiorina also today hosted press conferences at Blue Diamond Growers in Sacramento and Renewable Power Solutions in San Jose. Yesterday, the first day of her two-day tour, Fiorina earned the endorsements of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.

Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on First Scheduled Senate Debate

Friday, August 6th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA - U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement on the announcement that KTVU, the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED will host the first U.S. Senate debate on September 1, 2010:

“I am pleased that Barbara Boxer has accepted one of the many opportunities we have to debate before the people of California. I also want to thank KTVU, the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED for the time, resources and energy they are all investing to make this important debate possible.

“There is much at stake in this election, and the people of California should have multiple opportunities in all parts of the state to see the two of us together, debating our very different approaches to addressing job creation, economic growth and the role of government in our lives, along with many other important issues. That is why I have accepted more than a dozen other debate invitations. To date, Barbara Boxer has accepted only one. With more than 2.2 million unemployed Californians, a record national debt and the largest tax increase in American history slated to go into effect soon, there is much to discuss. I certainly hope she’ll agree that the people of this state deserve to see us debate many times between now and November 2.”

Debate Fact Check #9: No Fly List

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…The No Fly List.

CLAIM:
The No Fly List works.

FACT:
Ted Kennedy was on the list. So was seven-year-old Michael Martin. So was the Times Square bomber – except he was allowed to board an international flight.

7-Year Old Florida Boy On No-Fly List. “Michael Martin had a problem when he tried to fly out of Fort Lauderdale recently: He’s on the no-fly list. The thing is, he’s 7.” (“What’s In A Name? For This Boy, It’s A Flying Problem,” St. Petersburg Times, 7/25/07)

“Little Michael” Was “Eventually” Allowed To Board The Plane For His Family Vacation. “Another Michael Martin was accused of trying to ship bomb detonators to the Irish Republican Army in 1995, the newspaper reported. As for little Michael, he was eventually allowed to board the plane to Baltimore to vacation with his family.” (“What’s In A Name? For This Boy, It’s A Flying Problem,” St. Petersburg Times, 7/25/07)

Study Finds 24,000 People On No-Fly List Due To “Outdated Or Sometimes Irrelevant Information.” “The government’s consolidated watch list, used to identify people suspected of links to terrorists, has grown to more than one million names since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It also has drawn widespread criticism over the prevalence of mistaken identities and unclear links to terrorism. A report in May from the Justice Department inspector general found that the list kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation carried the names of 24,000 people included on the basis of outdated or sometimes irrelevant information.” (Eric Lichtblau, “On Terrorist Watch List, But Allowed To Buy Guns,” St. Petersburg Times, 7/25/07)

FBI Spokesman: “There’s No Cause To Deny Someone A Gun Just Because He Or She Is On The Watch List.”
“According to the News, FBI spokesman Carl Schlaff ‘said there’s no cause to deny someone a gun just because he or she is on the watch list. Some people are on the list simply because the FBI wants to interview them about someone else who may have a connection to terrorism. ‘You’re innocent until proven guilty,’ he said.’” (Dave Kopel, “On Balance, Post Has Less,” Rocky Mountain News, 3/26/05)

Debate Fact Check #10: Sanctions on Iran

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…the urgent need to impose crippling sanctions against the Iranian regime.

CLAIM:
Carly’s support for sanctions on Iran is hypocritical in light of her violations of U.S. trade laws while Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive officer.

FACT:
Carly is a strong supporter of implementing tough, crippling sanctions on Iran to compel it to roll back its dangerous nuclear weapons development plan, which currently poses the most serious threat to Israel and to the stability of the Middle East region.

Furthermore, accusations about the legality of HP’s printer sales have never been supported by any federal investigation or report. In fact, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquired about the matter, but the company has never been found in violation of U.S. trade embargoes. These are baseless political attacks that were first launched by Democrats in 2008 when Carly was rumored to be a potential candidate for vice president – they have no foundation in fact.

SEC Inquired And Found No Violation Of Trade Embargo. “DeVore pressed Fiorina, the former chief of Hewlett-Packard, for details about a subsidiary’s printer sales to Iran, which is subject to a trade embargo. The United Arab Emirates-based subsidiary, Redington Gulf, was honored by HP as wholesaler of the year in 2003, under Fiorina’s tenure. When reports of the Iranian sales came to light in 2008, three years after Fiorina was fired, Hewlett-Packard terminated its relations with the subsidiary…Fiorina has previously said she had no knowledge of illegal sales. The SEC has inquired about the matter, but the company has never been found to have violated the embargo.” (Seema Mehta, “Previews of upcoming GOP Senate debate?” Los Angeles Times, 3/3/10)

Carly Fiorina: “We Cannot Afford To Talk Any Longer.” “It is abundantly clear: engagement with Iran has failed. Negotiations have shown no progress. We cannot afford to talk any longer. We must act now to implement tough, crippling sanctions to persuade the Iranian regime to suspend its nuclear program and engage in serious negotiations. Both the Senate and the House have passed strong versions of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act. I urge our leaders in Congress to reconcile quickly their differences and present a bill to the President for his immediate signature and immediate implementation.” (Press release, 2/8/10)

Debate Fact Check #8: Cap-And-Trade

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…Carly’s opposition to Barbara Boxer’s cap-and-trade plan.

CLAIM:
Carly supports a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

FACT:
Carly has been clear about her opposition to Barbara Boxer’s cap-and-trade legislation, a job-killing bill that would cost American families $2,872 every year. Instead, Carly supports championing environmental policies that harness the power of innovation and build on advancements in clean, green technology and that promotes the development of all domestic forms of energy, thereby reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

Heritage Foundation: Boxer’s Bill Will Lead To “Lost income, Lost jobs, And Higher Energy Prices.” “Should S. 1733 become law, Americans can expect the following to occur between enactment and the year 2035 (all figures are adjusted for inflation): Inflation-adjusted losses to gross domestic product (GDP) of $9.9 trillion; more than $4.6 trillion in higher energy taxes; job losses exceeding 2.5 million for some years; annual family-of-four energy costs rising by $1,000, including a gasoline price increase of more than $1.20 per gallon; annual family-of-four energy costs plus increased cost of goods and services totaling more than $3,000; average GDP loss per family of four above $4,500 per year; family-of-four net worth dropping by more than $40,000; and the family of four’s share of the national debt rising by an additional $27,000.” (“What Boxer-Kerry Will Cost the Economy,” The Heritage Foundation, 1/26/10)

Carly’s Focus: “Find Efficiencies In The Energy Production Sector, Invest In Innovation And Infrastructure, Grow The Economy And Restore Jobs.” “Boxer’s misguided cap-and-trade legislation will lead to 2.5 million additional jobs lost, more onerous regulation on California companies, and higher energy costs for families and businesses. Instead, our focus must be to find efficiencies in the energy production sector, invest in innovation and infrastructure, grow the economy and restore jobs.” (“Carly Fiorina Calls For Balanced U.S. Energy Policy,” 2/23/10)

Fiorina Takes Climate Change Seriously; Calls For More Study, More Innovation. “Ms. Fiorina makes clear she takes the issue of climate change seriously. But she argues that global warming is best addressed through more innovation, new technology and energy efficiency, areas in which California has excelled. The scientific debate on the extent of global warming should continue, she says. Meanwhile, cleaner technologies such as nuclear power should be encouraged.” (The Wall Street Journal, 11/27/09)

Debate Fact Check #7: Cap-and-Trade

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…Tom Campbell’s flip flop on cap-and-trade.

CLAIM:
Tom Campbell has never supported a cap-and-trade system.

FACT:
Tom Campbell has consistently supported job-killing environmental legislation. While serving in Congress in 1997, Tom Campbell co-sponsored federal legislation that would have established a cap-and-trade system for emissions. He also supports AB 32, California’s climate change law, which creates a cap-and-trade system.

Campbell Claims To Have Never Supported A Cap-And-Trade System. “One proposal to reduce CO2 generation is imposition of a ‘cap and trade’ system such as the one advocated by Sen. Barbara Boxer. I have NEVER supported cap and trade, and the reasons are clear. Cap and trade would create the greatest degree of intrusion by government into the management of US farms and factories that we have ever seen if a comprehensive program were instituted. The government would have to monitor every source of CO2 in the US in perpetuity.” (www.campbell.org/ideas/environment, Accessed 4/29/10)

But In November 1997, Congressman Tom Campbell Co-Sponsored H.R. 2909, Which Called For A Federal Cap-And-Trade System For Emissions. (107th Congress, H.R. 2909, Introduced 11/7/97, Tom Campbell: Co-Sponsor)

Earlier In 1997, Congressman Tom Campbell Co-Sponsored A Resolution Calling On The U.S. To “Take A Leadership Role In Negotiating An International Climate Change Agreement.” (107th Congress, H. CON. RES. 106, Introduced 6/25/97, Tom Campbell: Co-Sponsor)

Campbell Supports California’s Job-Killing Global Warming Solutions Act. “It is difficult to see the environment as a determining issue in the GOP primary, where Poizner more quietly takes the same position as Whitman while Campbell favors AB 32. Republicans historically have not picked candidates according to their positions on the environment.” (Phil Trounstine and Jerry Roberts, “Whitman’s Environmental Gamble,” Los Angeles Times, 1/11/10)

Campbell On AB 32: “You Can Make It Work Without Hurting The Economy.” “‘If you are inclined to make it work, you can make it work without hurting the economy,’ said candidate Tom Campbell, a former dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. Campbell, a former member of Congress, touts lowering business taxes and then imposing a carbon fee to encourage industry to slow its use of fossil fuels. The result would be less reliance on foreign oil, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a neutral tax structure that would benefit the economy and environment, he said.” (Michael Gardner, “Emissions Initiative In Whitman’s Cross Hairs,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/5/09)

Campbell Believes AB 32 Can Work “Without Hurting The Economy.” “‘If you are inclined to make it [AB 32] work, you can make it work without hurting the economy,’ said candidate Tom Campbell, a former dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. Campbell, a former member of Congress, touts lowering business taxes and then imposing a carbon fee to encourage industry to slow its use of fossil fuels. The result would be less reliance on foreign oil, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a neutral tax structure that would benefit the economy and environment, he said.” (Michael Gardner, “Emissions Initiative In Whitman’s Cross Hairs,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/5/09)

September 2009, Campbell Keeps Door Open For Federal Climate Change Legislation By Saying He Believes California “Should Not Act Alone In Setting Regulations.” “Issue: Climate change; Tom Campbell: Supports mandates to reduce emissions that cause global warming that have minimal effect on the state’s economy. Believes California should not act alone in setting regulations.” (“Where Candidates Stand On Key Issues,” San Francisco Chronicle, 9/13/09)

Debate Fact Check #6: Bank Bailouts

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…Carly’s views on the Wall Street bailouts.

CLAIM:
Carly supported bailing out Wall Street.

FACT:
Had she been in the U.S. Senate when the bailout was being debated, Carly would have voted against it. Carly recognizes the importance of ensuring our nation did not have a massive bank failure, which would have cut off the blood supply to our country’s economy. However, there were serious problems with the TARP program, not the least of which was its failure to get capital flowing again.

Bailouts Didn’t Tackle The Root Causes Of The Financial Crisis And Another Bailout Won’t Save The Auto Industry. “When credit isn’t available, consumers don’t have the money they need to spend. So I think we have to go back to the root of this problem, ultimately, which is credit is still unavailable. And that is despite massive bailouts of big financial institutions who are still not lending. And I think we also have to remember in this debate about the automakers, whether it’s a $15 billion bailout or a $30 billion bailout that won’t save the auto industry.” (Carly Fiorina, NBC, 12/14/08)

“A Big Government Bailout Won’t Fix The Fundamental Problem.” (Carly Fiorina, Fox News, January 21, 2009)

Fiorina, January 2009: “The Bailout Hasn’t Worked.” “The bailouts thus far have not worked. The original purpose behind the TARP and the bailouts was to get the credit markets unfrozen, and to stop the crisis in the financial system. And, of course, that hasn’t happened yet. And so, credit isn’t flowing to small businesses. Credit isn’t flowing even to big businesses. Remember that the federal government had to bail out General Motors and Chrysler because they couldn’t get a bridge loan from the banks. And small businesses can’t get credit right now. So, the bailout hasn’t worked.” (Carly Fiorina, Fox News, January 21, 2009)

Fiorina On The Bailout: “What We’ve Done Is We’ve Helped The Banks, But We Haven’t Helped America.” “Specifically, with regard to the Wall Street bail-out, what I have said for some time is that if we were going to bail out Wall Street, we needed to make sure that taxpayer money was used to actually solve the credit crisis. And to date, it has not been. So we have all this taxpayer money tied up in making Wall Street’s balance sheet stronger, and yet still, access to credit is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for small businesses who are the life blood of the economy. Access to credit for consumers is still incredibly tight. There is a looming problem with commercial real estate that will come onto the table probably next year. So what we’ve done is we’ve helped the banks, but we haven’t helped America.” (“Interview With Carly Fiorina,” The Flash Report, 11/4/09)

Debate Fact Check #5: Amnesty

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…Carly’s opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants.

CLAIM:
Carly supports giving illegal immigrants amnesty.

FACT:
Carly does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. The fact that amnesty is even part of the discussion at this point demonstrates that our nation’s immigration system is broken. Illegal immigration is wrong, and it has eroded our trust in government, threatened our national security and harmed some of our most economically vulnerable citizens.

Carly believes our nation has an illegal immigration problem that must be solved by first securing the border. The federal government’s failure to fulfill its most basic duty – securing the safety of its citizens – has led to an illegal immigration problem that costs our nation billions of dollars and erodes our trust in government. But debating comprehensive immigration reform is unproductive without first securing our borders – something President Obama, Barbara Boxer and their Democratic allies in Washington have thus far failed to do.

Fiorina Does Not Support Amnesty. “Fiorina also said she does not support a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 12 to 14 million illegal immigrants in the United States. ‘I do not support amnesty,’ she said.” (CNN Political Ticker, 4/30/10)

Fiorina Has An Enforcement-First Approach To Immigration. “Our borders aren’t secure, and we don’t have a temporary worker program that works. What I will argue for in the U.S. Senate is, let’s solve real problems by doing things we know how to get done and that we can get done. Let’s not boil the ocean on every issue.” (The Hill, 11/18/09)

Fiorina’s First Step On Immigration Reform Is To First Secure The Borders And Then Pursue A Sensible Temporary Worker Program. “On immigration, Fiorina wouldn’t say whether she would ever vote to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Instead she would want legislation that would first secure the borders and then create a new temporary worker program.” (OC Register, 11/18/09)

Fiorina Says Weak Border Security And Lack Of A Temporary Worker Program Are Among The Biggest Immigration Problems Facing California. “The two ‘biggest problems that Californians see’ on immigration, she said, are ‘that our borders aren’t secure and we don’t have a temporary worker program that works.’ Fiorina called it unproductive” to answer hypothetical questions when pushed on what she believes should happen to the illegal immigrants here now.” (OC Register, 11/18/09)



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