One is a career corporate executive with a successful yet controversial track record; the other is a career politician who has fostered diehard supporters and also cultivated dedicated enemies. One portrays herself as a small-government conservative, big on job creation and tough on illegal immigration. The other portrays herself as a champion of the people, standing up to big corporate interests while using the arms of government for extensive social assistance. The common thread: they’re both extremely powerful women, and they’re both running for California’s U.S. Senate seat. It didn’t take long for Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer to start attacking each other after the primary, and from each camp’s perspective there is plenty to attack: the liberal politics of Boxer and the corporate cronyism of Fiorina. The race is historic in pitting two strong women against each other and the outcome is sure to be close—which woman will be representing California in the Senate come November?
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard; Republican candidate for U.S. Senate