September 16th, 2008
07:18 PM ET
5 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.

Filed under: Carly Fiorina • John McCain
soundoff (711 Responses)
  1. McCain Invented the Blackberry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    It's okay. Carly couldn't run HP either.

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. gene

    Between McCain's and Palin's lies, Palin's ignorace, Fiorina's retarded comments, Tucker Bounds' even more retarded comments... I don't know who they have left to have any media contact with. This campaign is going to turn into a video campaign for McCain at this rate.

    But hey.. McCain's judgment is great... surrounding himself with people to make him look and sound even worse.

    But as the media says.. the "republican base" will accept outrageous ads no matter what. And you guys call Obama followers lemmings?

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Sarah- ARIZONA

    Republicans are insane.

    This has nothing to do with Joe Biden and having a foot stuck in his mouth.

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Holy Crap

    McCain Invented the Blackberry, didn't you hear?

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Pam

    uh CNN, your ticker says "...Ticker: Palin, McCain can't be a CEO, says aide"....why didn't it state "...Obama, Biden can't be a CEO says aide"? I watched her interview and it she did not only say that about McCain, she also included Obama and Biden, but I forgot, this is CNN, in the tank for Obama. The unbiased media in this country is DEAD.

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |

    Ya just gotta love the irony.

    An ex-ceo that was fired and now is a talking head for McCrypt, bashes the boss and makes it obvious she is not qualifed to determine who can or cannot run a corporation since she was fired, all in one sentence.

    So much stupidity, hopefully, so little time.

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Cam

    Does anyone else wonder about the comment that McCain was furious and now she would disappear. Is this shades of how he would govern as President. I mean, she makes a serious mistake but he blows his stack about it. What about the first time an enemy leader goads him......will he blow his stack then too and push the BIG RED BUTTON

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Mack

    Obama has lied to us all...he broke his promise to be a new kind of politician....he is becoming the worse.

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Lesley

    Of course the Repubs would like to smear the Obama camp using any tactic they can think of. Biden has been very on target during this campaign and is not making gaffes, in case they didn't notice. The smears continue but will not get McCain into the WH.

    September 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. So she does know other words beside "sexism"

    Finally she said something worth hearing besides "sexism" that couldn't sit will with the GOP. I disagree with what she said she should have said McCain, Pain or I can't run a major corporation given what she did the HP.

    September 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Yinka

    No doubt that the McCain-Palin team would be a disaster for America and the entire world given the interconnection of the econmies of all nations. They have built for themselves a reputation for packs of lies

    September 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Mike

    LOL nice try. Biden had nothing to do with it. This one is all yours GOP.

    September 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Go Fiorina! You have gained my respect, but you are only partly right. You have been around Palin and McCain long enough to see and speak the real truth.I understand that you had to include the others to make it look good.Don't do like McCain and try to clean it up now. It's out there now, girfriend.At least you are more honest than those you have supported.

    September 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Evangelical for OBAMA

    Truth must be told.

    McCain said himself that he does not understand much about economy.
    His adviser Phi Gramm says that the USA is a Nation of Whiners and that the USA is facing a mental recession.

    How in the world can the McCain team even approach the US economy?

    Vote for OBAMA/BIDEN for a better America.

    September 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. M.Serafin

    some one smearing the lipstick on the pigs ??

    September 16, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Ram

    I think everyone is jumping up and reading too much in to what she said. I tend to agree with her .. none of the candidates are capable of "running" a business of the size of HP. Its operationally intensive with one goal : Make Money!!

    I'm am registered democrat, but give Carly a break. If Obama campaign reads too much into this, its just for political reasons.

    September 16, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Joe Beggs

    Yeah, well Fiorella can't run a company, either. HP is still trying to recover.

    September 16, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. the other jd

    OH PUHLEASE! They steal the best from the Obama campaign, and then call this job killing moron's double-foot-in-the-mouth disease "Bidenlike". ARRRRGHHHHH!

    September 16, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    What they going to do if they take her out of interview heck Mc Cain don't have to many other women that are willing to stand up there and look the American people in the eyes and lie lie lie!!!

    Women are smarter than Mc Cain gave them credit for they will not vote for Palin based on what is between her legs

    September 16, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    Give it up McCain! You are a loser! "Biden-like" you're so funny!!! Hahahaha, what is also funny is how we are about to show you how sick we are of the GOP.

    September 16, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. ket

    WHAT THA!!!!!!!!!!!
    CNN and the rest of theMSM and McCain should be sued for political malpractice for not confronting this farce of a campaign and what media worth its salt would put up with a campaign that will not allow acess to the VP nominee and now the Presidential nominee? I am done with CNN!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I agree with her comment that Gov. Palin is not ready but for heaven sakes, she was was dismissed as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard. Of course, that makes her comment even more interesting!

    September 16, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Susan

    Hey now, we dems love our Joe Biden, gaffes and all.

    September 16, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Nick - Arlington, VA

    biden like...nice try to take the heat off of her asinine comments.

    September 16, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. james

    ""the truth shall set you free

    September 16, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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