U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lead a roundtable discussion at L.A. City Hall August 23, 2010 about getting more federal help with local transportation projects.
Facing a tough re-election battle, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer sought Monday to bolster her image on job creation during an event at Los Angeles City Hall.
Senator Boxer joined fellow Democrat L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for what was billed as a roundtable discussion on getting more federal money for transportation projects — and the jobs that come with them.
“Smart investments in transportation are an important part of the solution to the economic challenges that we are facing," Boxer said.
Boxer promised to work on changing federal rules so that Los Angeles County could get more loans to complete a dozen major transportation projects, including a subway that runs to the Pacific Ocean.
At this weekend’s state GOP convention, Boxer’s Republican challenger Carly Fiorina called the three-term Democrat a big-spending government liberal who’s done little to create jobs.
Boxer hit back at the former head of Hewlett Packard.
“My opponent represents yesterday," Boxer said. "And that is the economic policies of George W. Bush. She wants to go back to deregulation, tax breaks for the folks who don’t need it.”
Polls show Boxer and Fiorina running even in the race. The election is November 2.