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Fiorina: Race is about jobs, not hairstyles

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Former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, who won the California GOP Senate primary Tuesday, said Sunday she regretted her off-the-cuff remarks about the hairstyle worn by her opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer.

"I regret this whole situation. I gave people the opportunity to talk about something petty and superficial," she told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "This is a very serious election year about serious issues."

The Republican candidate didn't apologize for the remark, captured off the air during a television interview and posted on YouTube, in which she disparaged her opponents hairstyle as outdated.

Mrs. Fiorina said the contest with Mrs. Boxer, California Democrat, will be decided on the issue of jobs.

Asked whether she intended to soften for the general election the conservative positions that she rode to the Republican primary win, Mrs. Fiorina stood firm, restating her pro-life views and her support for Arizona's tough immigration law.

She defended her record at H-P, including her role in the California-based firm's outsourcing of 30,000 jobs.

"You know, every family and every business in California knows what it means to go through tough times. And every family is cutting back, and every business is laying off right now. I don't say that with delight -- I say that with sorrow. But yes, it is true that jobs are being taken out of California.

"By the way, China fights harder for our jobs than we do. Texas fights for our jobs; Nevada fights for our jobs; North Carolina fights for our jobs. We have to start fighting for our jobs in this nation and in our state."

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