Jim LaCampPortfolio Manager, Portfolio Focus, RBC Wealth Management
Co-Host, Opening Bell Radio Show, Biz Radio Network
As the news flow continues to highlight the ill effects of tax and spend, which is most pronounced in California, voters will want to affect change.
Art LafferFmr. Reagan Economic Advisor
Chief Investment Officer, Laffer Investments
She is the better candidate, and Californians, while not overly bright, aren’t stupid.
Donald L. LuskinChief Investment Officer, Trend Macrolytics LLC
Carly has an upbeat pro-growth message and is a social liberal.
Daniel J. Mitchell
Yes, but knocking off Sen. Boxer will be an uphill battle. The good news for Republicans is that the incumbent is widely seen as a show horse and a lightweight. The bad news is that California over the years has become a reliably left-wing state. The wild card is that voters are in a surly mood and it is increasingly clear that Boxer's tax-and-spend agenda is precisely what has turned California's economy into a basket case. The unanswered question is whether Golden State voters will draw the obvious conclusion.
Steve MooreSr. Economics Writer, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
Yes, it’s the year of the non-incumbent woman.
University of California, Irvine
Republicans and Independents hate Boxer. Many Democrats also hate Boxer’s personality and hold their noses when they vote for her because they like her policies. Fiorina will trump Boxer on the gender card and be much more likable – she’ll win by 5 to 8 points. Let the fur fly.
Money & Politics Columnist
This is the first time Boxer has run against a woman, a well-financed woman, a well-financed woman who is a super tough campaigner. Plus the GOP in general will have a strong wind at its back thanks to the economy, healthcare and the BP oil spill. And if you look at Boxer's historical poll numbers, voters have never completely warmed to her.
Political Strategist and Campaign Innovator
Incumbency still matters and Carly’s business expertise is not strong enough.