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Boxer takes swipe at three Republican rivals

April 17, 2010 | 11:15 am

Sen. Barbara Boxer rallied the Democratic faithful in Los Angeles as she fights to hold on to her seat in the United States Senate this fall.

Facing what is shaping up to be a hotly contested reelection battle, Boxer said a vote for a Republican candidate for Senate in November would be a vote to "go back to the policies that got us into this mess. We want to forget those eight years that the last administration left us."

Boxer implored Democrats to be "as excited as the tea party people are" while pleading for support. She pointed the finger at the Bush administration for the current economic strife and blamed "Wall St. deregulation on steroids" for the nation's economic woes.

Boxer referenced all three of her potential GOP opponents in the fall, but none by name. She referred to Tom Campbell as "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top economic adviser during the state's economic crisis." Campbell served as Schwarzenegger's director of finance during the governor's first term in office.

Boxer evoked former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina, again not by name, as a candidate who "had a well-crafted and perfectly executed jobs plan for India, for China, for Europe -- outsourcing California jobs."

Boxer also alluded to Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) as a lawmaker who believes "doing nothing is a plan."

-- Anthony York