September 16th, 2008
07:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Fiorina's comment called 'Biden-like'

Fiorina said neither McCain or Palin are qualified to run a company.
Fiorina said neither McCain or Palin are qualified to run a company.

(CNN) - Top McCain-Palin official Carly Fiorina is facing criticism from some within the campaign for a day of what they call "very Biden-like" comments, after the former Hewlett-Packard CEO told two separate interviewers that neither member of the Republican ticket would be capable of running a company.

Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden is noted for his off-the-cuff gaffes.

Asked by a St. Louis radio station whether she thought Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin could run a company like Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina responded: "No, I don't.

“But that's not what she's running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things."

Asked about that remark on MSNBC, she made the same unprompted assessment of the GOP presidential nominee. "I don't think John McCain could run a major corporation."

She also said she did not believe Democrats Barack Obama or Joe Biden had the right business background either.

But with the economy center stage in the campaign, the words that gave Democrats easy fodder to attack the Republican ticket.

A top McCain official contacted by CNN said, on condition on anonymity, "No big deal, but not how you get on the surrogate all-star team. Very Biden-like."

“This campaign source said Fiorina would be discouraged from additional media interviews.

Another top campaign adviser was far less diplomatic.

"Carly will now disappear," this source said. "Senator McCain was furious." Asked to define "disappear," this source said, adding that she would be off TV for a while – but remain at the Republican National Committee and keep her role as head of the party’s joint fundraising committee with the McCain campaign.

Fiorina was booked for several TV interviews over the next few days, including one on CNN. Those interviews have been canceled.

A third source said "it was another bad day for her, and important people are mad because the timing is horrible… But I would not necessarily buy the Siberia storyline."

Fiorina has forced the campaign off message before. In July, she told reporters women often express frustration over the fact many health insurance plans cover Viagra but not birth control medication.

"Let me give you a real, live example, which I've been hearing a lot about from women. There are many health insurance plans that will cover Viagra but won't cover birth control medication. Those women would like a choice," she said.

It was a topic McCain wasn’t as keen to talk about. "I certainly do not want to discuss that issue," he said, when reporters asked if he shared that view.” That comment, and the pause that preceded it, captured headlines for days.


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soundoff (711 Responses)
  1. Azeez, NJ

    Fiorina, Please keep talking......... Self destruction at its best..... Fiorina the new Palin...

    GO GO OBAMA!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  2. Isaac Bonewits

    We've seen an example for the last eight years of what happens when corporate types try to run the government.

    Anyone who's actually worked in a Fortune 500 corporation knows just what idiots senior management usually are. About the only thing most of them are good at is blaming their underlings for their own mistakes.

    In the Bush (Mis)administration we seen the ultimate example of the Peter Principle in all its glory. I don't think Bush deserves a third term.

    September 17, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  3. Lando

    The Mcains slogan "Country First" should have been "Country Last"
    Imagine picking a non qualified. came from nowhere, sweet talking,
    whose foreign policy experience has been as a regular customer of the International House of Pancake...becoming President....in the event that the old dude succumb to Alsheimers....or worst...cancer
    Can you trust this duo..I will choose someone physically fit , intelligent
    with sound judgement...who else OBAMA-BIDEN..

    September 17, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  4. uffty44

    there's no temper here..hahah

    September 17, 2008 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  5. uffty44

    there's no TEMPER here...haha...wait isn't this sexist of McCain??

    September 17, 2008 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  6. uffty44

    there is no temper here...haha...wait, McCain isn't this sexist??

    September 17, 2008 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  7. Dimocrats

    The comments here are pretty funny when Barack has to take his teleprompter into the rodeo with him. The only way he can have a thought is by being spoonfed....lollol

    September 17, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  8. choozie

    I notice complaints on the parsing of Fiorina's gaff yesterday by CNN. Yes, she included Obama and Biden, but the news is, duhhhhhh, she is spokesman for McCain. With friends like that who needs enemies?
    Hence, that's the news, crybabies.

    September 17, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  9. SpaceCat

    McCain's camp is a bunch of sexists for making her "disappear."

    September 17, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. jackdog

    To all you people complaining about the "slant" of the headline or story, please realize that Ms. Fiorini is a Republican and works with the campaign. For an insider to say something unflattering about her own candidates is a pretty big no-no. The story also mentions her comments a about Obama and Biden if you bother to read it.

    The economy is in the tank, thanks to McCain's pal Gramm among others. I would not trust him to govern his own holdings, since he obviously can't keep track of it.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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