Calif. Senate candidates Boxer, Fiorina debate at KPCC

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Supporters of Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer square off in front of KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina met in their second debate on Wednesday, Sept. 29 , 2010. KPCC hosted the debate at its studios in Pasadena, co-hosted by La Opinión.

The debate follows a poll that shows Fiorina trails the three-term incumbent by 8 percentage points. Analysts say the anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat wave sweeping the country is more of a swell on the West Coast. Especially in California, where President Obama remains popular.

Still, Republicans see their best chance in years of ousting Boxer – long a favorite target of the GOP. If they do, it boosts the party’s chances of taking control of the U.S. Senate.

Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, opposes federal stimulus spending to boost the economy, and instead promises to cut business taxes and regulations to create jobs. Boxer backs some tax cuts, too – but she also strongly supports federal spending to create jobs. Today’s debate is the last one scheduled between the two candidates.

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