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Obama heads to California for Boxer

October 11, 2010 |  7:00 pm

Other Democrats may be keeping President Obama at arm’s length, but that is not the case for Barbara Boxer, who announced Monday evening that the commander-in-chief will head west to campaign with her Oct. 22 in the final stretch of her race against Carly Fiorina.

While other Democratic candidates have criticized some of the president’s legislative achievements like the healthcare bill and the economic stimulus package, Boxer has doggedly campaigned in support of them. And the president has returned the favor by visiting California twice this election cycle to raise money for Boxer’s campaign.

During a television appearance Monday, Fiorina announced that Obama's 2008 opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain, would visit California next weekend to campaign with her as part of her effort to mobilize veterans. McCain’s one-time running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will also be in Southern California rallying Republican supporters in Anaheim on behalf of GOP candidates. But Fiorina and Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman won’t be attending the Palin rally.

-- Maeve Reston