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Surprise caller interrupts Fiorina radio interview

February 4, 2010 |  5:55 pm

A routine interview on KFI-AM [640] with Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina turned tense this afternoon when hosts John and Ken announced they had a caller who wanted to ask Fiorina a question.

Guess who it was? Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, also a candidate for the GOP nomination to unseat incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer. John and Ken are known to be fans of DeVore, and said he could ask a clearly surprised Fiorina one question.

DeVore immediately accused her of flip-flopping on her positions.

“You’re saying good things now that you didn’t say in the past,” DeVore said. “How do you suppose we get on KFI and debate and let the voters decide?”

Fiorina bristled and accused DeVore of misrepresenting her record. 

“Anyone who has bothered to look at my record on those issues knows that’s just not factually correct,” she said. “It may be good if you want to be a U.S. Senator to quit attacking me and start talking to the voters of California.”

DeVore pressed on: “Is that yes or no?”

Fiorina declined to commit.

“Well, we’re certainly not going to debate right now,” she said. “I guess I would just ask you to refrain from misrepresenting my record.”

DeVore began questioning Fiorina about her position on the Wall Street bailout, at which point either John or Ken cut him off. The interview with Fiorina ended shortly thereafter.

DeVore spokesman Joshua Trevino said the campaign was approached by "The John and Ken Show" this afternoon, and the exchange marked the first time the two candidates had directly spoken to each other.

-- Seema Mehta