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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Guess who's coming to town

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is coming to Israel for the weekend.
Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina has maintained a vigorous pace on the campaign trail this summer, but at the traditional kickoff to the general election she is heading to Israel for what her aides describe as a "personal trip."

The Labor Day weekend tour is a surprising diversion for the first-time candidate, who weighed in on U.S.-Israeli relations during her primary campaign but has kept a laser-like focus on job losses and rising government spending while sparring with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer this summer.

Although Fiorina's campaign manager, Marty Wilson, said the trip is not intended to "drive any publicity" while she's in the country, it seems destined for maximum exposure.

It will serve to remind conservative evangelicals, a key Republican voter bloc that sympathizes with Israel, of Fiorina's candidacy, and could also capture the attention of Jewish voters, who usually side with Democrats.

The four-day trip is being arranged and paid for by the Republican Jewish Coalition. It begins a day after Israeli and Palestinian leaders are scheduled to resume direct peace talks in Washington and right after Fiorina's first debate with Boxer, two events that could steer voters' attention back to foreign policy.

Wilson dismissed questions about the timing by saying that the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive has long wanted to visit Israel. "They are a vital link to that region of the world; they are a democracy and one that we have to support," Wilson said. "For Carly to be informed and updated on what's happening over there is a good thing."

Fiorina, however, suggested in an interview with an Israeli business publication earlier this month that she had more ambitious designs. Alluding to a possible trip, she said she hoped to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to "convey directly to the people of Israel that they will not have a stronger friend in the U.S. Senate than me."


At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I commented the following on INN the other day:

2. A facade

Electioneering politics, as usual.

Google the Internet to find Fiorina's speech years ago as CEO of HP, where she heaped mountains of praise on Islam and its supposed contributions to the benefit of the world.

The speech's claims were nothing but pandering babble. Assume the same now.

Yes, Fiorina is the lesser of evils compared to Boxer but that's all there is positive to say about her.

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Jesse Jackson's dhimmi friend is playing politics. I don't trust her Islamo-Pandering patterns.

read what she wrote after 911

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

"Yes, Fiorina is the lesser of evils compared to Boxer but that's all there is positive to say about her." -Shy Guy

I can tell you that out in the heartland, a slew of people sat out the last 2 elections because the less bad candidate wasn't just right. Given that we're going over the cliff, I would suggest we advocate for the less bad candidates this Nov. and then try to support the better candidates (or better yet, get people who are good enough to run) in each subsequent election. Unless you think Fiorina would be worse for the U.S. and Israel (not to mention the poor Afghan women)?

At 10:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Barbara Boxer has a good reputation standing up for Israel

At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a woman who cost california 30k jobs and then almost destroyed hp is not the lesser of two evils

boxers voting record on israel is good...if that is all you are worried about

im in the tech field...i watched what she did to hp

i do not want her as a senator



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