Fiorina's Lesson in Live TV

Open Mic, Insert Foot

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 12:05 PM PDT
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Carly Fiorina apparently has a few lessons to learn about appearing on live TV satellite interviews as she begins her media tour as a candidate for U.S. Senate.

Fiorina was prepping for an interview with Sacramento's KXTV on Wednesday morning when she was caught on an open microphone making fun of her opponent's hairstyle, just hours after clinching the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

The former HP CEO was recorded laughing loudly while describing Barbara Boxer's hair as a bit outdated. But on Thursday, she said she was quoting a friend when she took the jab at Boxer's 'do.

"Laura saw Barbara Boxer briefly on television today, and said what everyone says, 'God, what is that hair?'" Fiorina chuckled, then added, "Sooooo yesterday."

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During an interview Wednesday night on the Fox News Channel with Greta Van Susteren, Fiorina said the words she used to characterize the three-term senator's hair were not her own.

Fiorina, a cancer survivor, added that her own hair has been "talked about by a million people."

But the "oops" moment didn't stop there. The microphone also captured Fiorina questioning Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman's decision to be interviewed Wednesday by Fox's Sean Hannity. Fiorina said, while scrolling through her Blackberry, "I think it's bizarre. I mean she's never been on Sean Hannity." She called it a "bad choice" and said "You know how he is." But the critique didn't stop there. Fiorina kept on about her surprise about Whitman's decision to appear on Hannity, questioning her reasons.

Fiorina told Van Susteren that she has apologized to Hannity and will appear on his show Friday.
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