Will Barbara Boxer's role in climate change legislation influence the mid-term election?

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Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. presides on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, as the committee voted on the climate bill.

The Senate isn’t expected to take up the climate change bill until spring of next year – right before California’s June primary.

Barbara Boxer, who co-authored the bill, is up for re-election. Will the global warming debate heat up the her Senate race? One pollster doesn’t think so.

When the Senate finally does take up climate change, it will debate a bill co-authored by Democrat Barbara Boxer of California.

Republicans in Boxer’s Environment and Public Works Committee were so strongly opposed to the measure, they boycotted the debate and the vote.

But pollster Scott Rasmussen says it’s unlikely that many California voters paid attention to Boxer’s role in crafting the legislation or to the GOP reaction.

"It doesn’t register the way people in Washington think it does," he says. "What is going to matter more to voters is the overall attitude towards Democrats in Congress and the president."

Rasmussen says California is a solidly Democratic state where the overall attitude toward Democrats is still positive. And he says that’s good for Boxer’s chances of winning re-election next year.

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