(LOS ANGELES) -- In a pair of events – a fundraiser and a rally drawing out over 32,000 at the University of Southern California on Friday – President Obama stumped for incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.
Never mentioning Boxer’s Republican opponent – former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina – by name, President Obama argued for Boxer’s experience, noting the close race.
“Today Barbara is in a tough election,” he said, “even though the choice should be easy, because there’s only one candidate in this race who has spent her career fighting for California’s families, and that is Barbara Boxer.”
“We have to have Barbara back in the Senate,” Obama said.
Boxer took many swipes at her opponent, connecting her twice over the course of the event to Sarah Palin.
An exuberant Jamie Foxx served as the event’s unofficial MC, leading the crowd in chants of “we are not exhausted,” a reference to a woman at the CNBC town hall weeks ago who admitted to the president that she was “exhausted” in defending him.
“The most important thing is do not lose your enthusiasm. They are counting on us losing our enthusiasm,” Foxx told the young people in the crowd.
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