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Carly Fiorina Returns To Campaign Trail, Feels 'Fantastic'

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Re-emerging on the campaign trail after being hospitalized over two days, Republican Senate challenger Carly Fiorina on Thursday declared she is "completely cancer free" and feels "fantastic."

The former Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive was greeted by about 50 supporters at McClellan Business Park in suburban Sacramento and thanked people for their well wishes. She dismissed any concerns that her health would be a factor in her close race against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

"There certainly are no health concerns in the coming days," Fiorina said. "It's fairly common, unfortunately, for women who have been through the kind of breast cancer and reconstructive surgery that I went through to sometimes get infections. They need to be treated aggressively and quickly. And this one was. I feel fantastic."

Fiorina, 56, was admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning and released Wednesday after being treated for an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery she had over the summer after breast cancer.

She resumed her busy schedule Thursday and was expected to appear in Orange County in the afternoon before hop-scotching throughout the state during the final weekend before Election Day.

Boxer also was in the Sacramento area, greeting Democratic supporters at Clean Energy Systems Inc., a firm that makes zero-emission power generators. She cast her opponent as someone who would roll back California's environmental efforts.

"She's standing with Texas oil companies against California innovators like these," Boxer said of Fiorina's support for Proposition 23, a ballot measure that seeks to suspend California's greenhouse gas emissions law.

Brian Griffin, board chairman of Clean Energy Systems, said the firm recently received $30 million in federal stimulus money, which will let the company expand while creating or retaining more than 150 jobs.

Participants in California have suggested the program has fallen short of expectations to create long-term jobs. However, thousands of teachers, construction workers, police officers and firefighters throughout the state have been able to keep working as a result of the billions of dollars that flowed to school districts and local governments over the past two years.

Fiorina on Thursday continued to oppose federal stimulus spending, which Boxer supports, and said it failed to create jobs or improve the state's 12.4 percent unemployment rate. She said any unspent money should be used to put down the deficit.

"The stimulus package was designed to create jobs, specifically construction jobs and shovel-ready projects, and in that regard it failed by most every measure," Fiorina said.

A University of Southern California-Los Angeles Times poll released Sunday showed Boxer maintaining a narrow advantage, 47 percent to 41 percent, against Fiorina.

Fiorina said she will continue to fight up to Tuesday.

"With five days left all the polls basically show the same thing, which is this is a very tight race," Fiorina said. "And what we're going to do is continue to talk to voters of California about the issues they tell us matter to them. And what voters all across the state tell us matter is jobs."


Associated Press writer Don Thompson contributed to this report.

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