Senate candidates Boxer, Fiorina debate tonight

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Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina

Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina face off in their first debate Wednesday.

Boxer and Fiorina debate at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, just east of Oakland.

With unemployment topping 12 percent in California, look for both candidates to talk a lot about job creation. Yesterday, Boxer said she wants to revive the “Made in America” slogan and focus on investing in clean energy and transportation projects. Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, has said she wants to reduce business taxes and regulation to create jobs.

Voters are in an anti-incumbent mood, and analysts say Boxer faces a tough race. Polls indicate that she’s tied with Fiorina, who’s been promised $2 million in help from a national Republican Party that’s looking to gain a seat in the Senate.

Both candidates have spent a lot of time bashing each other. Boxer warns that Fiorina favors a return to failed Bush-era policies. Fiorina calls Boxer a big government spender.

The debate’s tonight at 7. KPCC will carry that debate live.

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