California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina (R) launched her fifth TV ad of the primary campaign Wednesday. The new spot, titled "Safe," argues that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is focused on climate change as opposed to terrorism.
The ad features footage of Boxer talking about how climate change is "one of the very important national security issues we face."
Fiorina: "Terrorism kills and Barbara Boxer's worried about the weather. I'm Carly Fiorina. I ran Hewlett-Packard. I chaired the external advisory board for the CIA. We’ve had enough of her politics. I’ll work to keep you safe."
The 30-second ad marks an early pivot away from her primary opponents and toward the general election against Boxer. But to get there, she still has to beat former Rep. Tom Campbell (R) and state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R) in the June 8 primary.
Strategic Perception's Fred Davis is the "creative" force behind Fiorina's ads.
In response to the ad, the Boxer camp tried to turn the tables on the Republican.
"Fiorina has a troubling record on protecting Americans from terrorism," Rose Kapolczynski, Boxer's campaign manager, said in a statement. "During her tenure at HP the company was trading with Iran, a state sponsor of terror."
The California Democratic Party also piled on.
"Fiorina is in no position to assail Senator Boxer's record. After all we're talking about someone who is so far out of the mainstream that she believes it's ok to let people on the no-fly list walk into a gun show and purchase an assault rifle," Tenoch Flores, a party spokesman, said in a statement.
Updated at 11:05 p.m.