Fiorina calls Boxer hypocrite on outsourcing issue

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Carly Fiorina speaks during a news conference after participating in a debate with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in a radio debate hosted by La Opinion and public radio station KPCC on Sept. 29, 2010 at the KPCC studios in Pasadena, Calif.

HUNTINGTON BEACH — GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is calling Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer a hypocrite for attacking Fiorina over her record of outsourcing jobs while chief executive of Hewlett-Packard.

Fiorina also challenged Boxer to return campaign contributions she has received from companies that outsourced jobs.

Boxer has pulled ahead in their race after running ads attacking Fiorina for outsourcing jobs while she was in charge of HP.

Fiorina held a town hall with Orange County business leaders Wednesday to respond to the allegations.

She said Boxer's policies have stifled business and forced her and other executives to outsource to survive.

Boxer said Wednesday she is "focused like a laser beam" on jobs and supports a bill to help small businesses by improving access to credit.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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