Map of the Day: Maybe Boxer Forgot California Is a Pacific State

Barbara Boxer's favorite line of attack in the first California Senate debate was pretty much that Carly Fiorina exported jobs to China during her tenure as HP chief executive and can't be trusted to protect America from China.

"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," Boxer fumed.

It was classic protectionist garbage. What Boxer failed to recognize -- or at least appreciate -- was that over a quarter of Californians were born in a foreign country, many of them in the Pacific Rim. California has more foreign-born residents than any other state and is perhaps the most international state. California wouldn't be California without its international character.

Boxer is talking as if she wants to limit trade with China. But what would the ports in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Francisco do without trade with China? How would jobs in California fare?

In California, of all places, Boxer should know that American jobs are buoyed on international trade. This map from Visual Economics about exports to China says it all:

China Exports by State

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Patrick Ottenhoff has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. A former staff writer for National Journal Group and project manager at New Media Strategies, he now attends Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. More

Patrick Ottenhoff attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York. You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.

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