Political Correction

After Groveling To Hannity, Fiorina Says She's Too Focused "On Issues" To Apologize To Boxer

June 14, 2010 1:14 pm ET - by Matt Finkelstein

RNC Carly Fiorina (R-CA)

Last week, while preparing for an interview on a Sacramento television station, newly minted Senate nominee Carly Fiorina (R-CA) was caught on tape mocking Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-CA) hairdo.  The camera was also rolling as Fiorina wondered aloud why gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (R-CA) agreed to an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.  "I think it's a very bad choice" she said, adding, "You know how he is."

Fiorina rushed to beg for Hannity's mercy.  Just hours after the flap, Fiorina appeared on Fox News, announcing that she had called Hannity to apologize.  The next day, she went on Hannity's show to grovel.  "You're a tough interview, and that's your job." said Fiorina. "This was not an insult to you at all.  In fact, it was a compliment."

It appears, though, that Fiorina is not so remorseful about making fun of her opponent's hair.  On Fox News Sunday yesterday, host Chris Wallace asked Fiorina whether she had called Boxer to apologize.  Fiorina punted, saying that the voters want her to focus "on issues and on the things that really matter."     

WALLACE: Have you called Senator Boxer to apologize and say, "Let's not talk about petty and superficial things?"

FIORINA: You know, what I think I owe the voters is a commitment to stay focused on facts, on issues and on the things that really matter, and I will keep that commitment to voters.

Her response shows just how much Republican candidates — especially in states like California and Massachusetts — rely on Fox News to support their campaigns.  Fiorina appeared on the network multiple times to explain her comments about Hannity.  Yet, she claims to be too focused on "things that really matter" to call Boxer.    

In any case, Fiorina's stated commitment to "facts" and "issues" is disingenuous.  For instance, while Fiorina used to take climate change seriously, her most recent campaign ad ridicules Boxer for being worried about the "weather."

(H/T: News Hounds)

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