Carly Fiorina Flubs Way Through Stump Speech

We receive emails daily from Republican Carly Fiorina's campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) this November. The underlying spin in 99 percent of these messages is this: liberal Boxer has failed the Golden State miserably when it has come to creating and retaining jobs. Fiorina hammered that home again while visiting a custom fiberglass truck-top manufacturer in Long Beach Monday morning.

But what failed the former Hewlitt-Packard CEO miserably was her own advance team.

Joanne Tucker gets the scoop in the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Fiorina began by telling the small crowd at SnugTop, which employs 170 people, "It's sobering to realize SnugTop is the last manufacturer in Long Beach."

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She went on to lament that Boeing, the maker of C-17 cargo planes and best known manufacturer in town, is leaving Long Beach.

Two problems there, Car: SnugTop is not the last manufacturer in Long Beach.

And while Boeing did recently announce the layoff and transfer of 800 engineering positions in Long Beach, C-17 production is scheduled to continue there through at least 2012.* (*now likely 2013 thanks to a just-announced order from India's air force).

Andrea Saul, Fiorina's campaign press secretary, issued one of those oopsie explanation statements that blamed a business organization she declined to name for the bad info.

Then Saul got all pissy:

"The fact of the matter and the premise remains, manufacturing is declining in the state because of the failed policies supported by people like Barbara Boxer."

Ah, that's more like it.

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