In their first political debate Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and her challenger, GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, sparred over who would best represent the economic interest of the country.
Fiorina called for smaller government and accused Boxer of supporting policies that strangle America's entrepreneurial spirit.
"If you look at Sen. Boxer's long track record of 28 years in Washington, D.C., you will see this -- She is for more taxes. She is for more spending. She is for more regulation, and she is also for big government and elite extreme environmental groups," Fiorina said.
Boxer said she's fighting for American jobs and accused Fiorina of shipping jobs overseas.
"This election is between someone who's fighting for jobs day in, day out - jobs right here in America, versus someone when she had the chance laid off 30,000 workers and shipped jobs to China," Boxer said.
"This election is about someone who's working hard so that we can see the words 'Made in America' again and someone who is proud of her time at HP when she stamped 'Made in China, Made in India' on their products," the California Democrat said.
The candidates also tackled controversial socials issues like stem cell research.
"It is when embryos are produced for the purposes of destruction, for the purposes of stem cell research, that I have a great deal of difficulty," Fiorina said. "Senator Boxer voted against a ban on human cloning. So, we know where she stands on this issue."
Polls show the two candidates are presently in a virtual tie.