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Carly Fiorina calls climate change 'the weather'

In a new ad, Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina mocks incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.) for calling climate change a national security issue. "Terrorism kills," says Fiorina, a candidate in the Republican primary, "and Barbara Boxer is worried about the weather."

Boxer's campaign responded quickly.

"Fiorina's latest negative attack ad once again gets it wrong," Boxer's campaign manager said in an email. "There is a clear choice in this race when it comes to strengthening national security
and fighting terrorism. Senator Boxer has successfully advocated for tough measures to protect America -- from sanctions on Iran to allowing specially-trained pilots to have guns in the cockpit.

"Meanwhile, Fiorina has a troubling record on protecting Americans from terrorism. She supports allowing people on the no-fly list to buy guns and during her tenure at HP the company was trading with Iran, a State Sponsor of Terror."

"Safe" is not Fiorina's first ad to focus on the general election over the upcoming primary. In an eight-minute ad earlier this year, she depicted the sitting senator as a giant blimp.

In the campaign for the June 8 Republican primary, Fiorina has pulled from behind in polls to lead the field. In the general, polls shows Boxer with a small lead.

For what it's worth, experts at the Pentagon and intelligence agencies say climate change is a threat to national security.

-- Rachel Weiner

By Rachel Weiner  |  June 2, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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