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California Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina is currently the front runner for securing the GOP nomination in the state primary. The former head of Hewlett-Packard is hoping to bolster her conservative cred by attacking longtime incumbent and Democrat Barbara Boxer -- for acknowledging that climate change is a national security threat. According to Fiorina's latest ad, recognizing that global warming is a security issue somehow means that Boxer is soft on terrorism. The ad also displays how poorly Fiorina understands climate change. Watch:
Let's start with the obvious. Anyone with even a marginal, passing understanding of climate change knows that climate and weather are not nearly synonymous. Even educated climate skeptics know this. To frame Boxer's concern for a major global-scale phenomenon as a feeble fear of the weather is both dishonest, and well, stupid.
Here's Politics Daily's David Corn:
It only took half a minute for Fiorina to demonstrate she is not a responsible adult. First, she brazenly misrepresented Boxer's remark. The senator noted that climate change is one national security challenge; Boxer did not indicate it was more worrisome than terrorism. Second, to dismiss concern about climate change as nothing but fretting about the weather is, to put it mildly, dumb.Furthermore, in the clip, Fiorina touts her past leadership roles in the CIA as part of her national security cred. Then, as Corn points out, she may be interested to learn that the CIA considers climate change a serious national security threat. And so does the Pentagon. And the US Army. The list goes on.
Interestingly, Fiorina has previously supported climate change in the political arena, like when she advised John McCain's 2008 campaign. The issue seems to be a flexible one for her, and one that she's willing to exploit for political gain. Hopefully, California voters will see through stupid, manipulative ads like this one.
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