September 16th, 2008
07:18 PM ET
2 years 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. Guwapo77

    It is pretty obvious Carly Fiorina doesn't either as she almost single-handedly bankrupted Hewlett Packard.

    September 16, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Please Listen

    Can some tell me how Palin can talk to Leaders at the UN but can not talk to the media and her supports???? Can someone tell me why? I just want to hear what she has to say not anyone else but her.

    September 16, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Ron, NOLA

    To Renee, "She also said she did not believe Democrats Barack Obama or Joe Biden had the right business background either." is actually in the article. It would not be in the headline because she does not support the Obama/Biden ticket, thus, it is something we would expect her to say. I see why you are voting republican. You have no common sense.

    Obama/Biden 08, 12!!!

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Paul

    Wait a minute, I saw this interview on MSNBC, this article doesn’t finish the quote. She also continued to say Obama and Biden can’t either, right after she said McCain. This article skews the interview in favor of Obama.

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Nick

    Carly knows what it takes to fail. Takes one to know one, hey?

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Dyan, MN

    Those poor Republicans. They keep tripping over a little thing called the truth.

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Nugget texas

    EDS just announced tonight HP (Carly's former "company" for what, 8 months?) is laying off hundreds.

    Tell me, please, all you in those toss up states, you'll vote for change–yes, I'd love it to be Hillary and Billl, but we've got Ombam and Biden; identical in ideology. Please, vote Obama 08. It's a lost cause here in Texas. We're counting on you!!!

    September 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. CAROLYN

    funny that carly is telling the truth about palin and mc cain after all she recieved a 75 million dollar payout from hp as ceo. while the real workers making the cumputer products made pennies. the truth is starting to hurt the mavericks.

    September 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. rayna

    Bwahaha, I was sick of hearing her views anyway. She can take her wild accusations about the Obama camp being sexist and stay out of the media for a while. Her ridiculous and completely inaccurate interpretations of what she percieves to be sexist have no place in the media. I think the people of America could do without this poor excuse of a woman for a long time.

    September 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. Brian

    More liberal media bias from CNN. Fiorina said all four candidates could not run a major corporation, not just McCain-Palin. Yet CNN cherry-picked the McCain-Palin half of the comment for the headline.

    You did the same thing when Karl Rove criticized the Obama campaign at some length for being untruthful in its television ads, then added that McCain had also gone too far in some of his ads. You cherry-picked that comment, too, making it look like Rove had made the comment primarily about McCain. That's called a lie, CNN.

    So STOP WITH THE BIAS! You're not fooling anyone.

    September 16, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. People make no sense

    Renee, I think you are missing the point.

    This woman is on McCain's team. We would expect her to say that Obama/Biden aren't ready to run a company. She comes out and disputes one of McCain's own talking points that Palin has executive experience over Obama. That's suppose to be her strong point, so for her to say that Palin and McCain can't run a company speaks volumes about the b.s. they are shoveling you and their supporters.

    September 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. McWhine

    What?? You're telling me no more outsourcing queen on TV shamelessly promoting McWhine/Pancake ticket?

    September 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. SDB

    Report that she also said that neither Obama nor Biden would be qualified either....be honest CNN..

    September 16, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. Brian MacDougall

    Uh... shouldn't that read "Former top McCain-Palin official Carly Fiorina..." With friends like these....

    September 16, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Stacey

    Thank you so very much Renee for your comment regarding CNN and everyone else leaving out the headline the fact that she also stated that Obama and Biden couldn't lead a large corporation either! CNN is just like all the other mainstream media, not telling the WHOLE story and shame on Campbell Brown only telling part of what this woman said, which was only the part regarding McCain and Palin. So keep your job Campbell Brown, I'm staying with FOX News, at least they tell the WHOLE story and both sides when it comes to the political garbage!

    September 16, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. Stephanie

    Holy Cow, have ANY of you (including CNN journalists?) actually looked at the quote? She said none of the 4 people on the tickets could run a corporation....yet somehow Obama managed to carve himself and biden out of that. Typical.

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. James

    Nightingale-

    You are such a racist. You label minorities who lost jobs because of plant closings "welfare queens"? You are a very base individual. Please continue to make those type of comments so that people can see the true make up of McCain's "base".

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. McWhine

    jross:

    Are you serious about the outsourcing queen as McWhine's VP pick. Do you know she ran Lucent & HP to the ground and still packed herself with hefty "Servence Pay"?? Wake up!!

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Supporting Obama in Georgia

    For those people who are upset that the media is focusing on Fiorina comment about Palin and McCain instead of Fiorina's comments on Obama and Biden, is because Fiorina is SUPPOSED to be a McCain/Palin supporter AND Fiorina's comment about Obama and Biden will ALWAYS be negative...that's her job.

    What is so unbelievable is that she think her own Pres/VP candidates aren't qualified. Anyone who is being unbiased and fairminded would have to admit that Obama has the intelligence, nuance, and judgment to run a corporation. He would do a much better job at HP than Fiorina did.

    September 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Happy in Oregon

    She couldn't run HP and now she's on McCain's campaign. Stupid is as stupid does!

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. Jim Peaco

    Quite a comment from the worst CEO in American history. How would she know how to run a company

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. JustinM

    By "Biden like" they must mean honest.

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. FrankSmith

    The RICH folks are really afraid of Obama– He will raise their taxes.

    Here, we see the poor fighting to keep the Rich in power (to get richer) by voting for McCain and Bush!!! How great it is to be educated, as well as have "common sense."

    To be a Republican, you only need to be Dumb!!

    September 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. Jason

    McCain run a business?

    He can even operate a computer..

    Even Steven Hawking can rub a computer

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. tomiwa

    She is just stating the obvious fact. I wonder how people find this ridiculous. it is an already known fact. All CEOs are smart, Mccain/Palin are not.

    How many CEOs would be lying on both national and World TV when the whole world knows the truth. The CEOs that are guily of this automatically loses their jobs but i guess this is different when it comes to Mccain, he lies and still wants to be President of USA.

    How would other world leaders truly want to deal with America when its president is known to be a cold faced liar without remorse.

    INTEGRITY and FIDELITY are two of what is required to be a CEO, Mccain has none of these.

    September 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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