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.


Filed under: Carly Fiorina • John McCain
soundoff (711 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Wow. Took the title from a quote by an anonymous McCain official. Shouldn't the headline be about Fiorina saying McCain and Palin can't be a CEO, according to a failed CEO, let alone POTUS?

    September 16, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. FoxViewer

    Why don't you biased idiots use her quote in the entirety. In the same sentance she stated Obama and Biden weren't fit either. But no..... you lead with your agenda showing!

    September 16, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Just like the Obama workers (I do not believe he knows about every soundbite that is attributed to himself) CNN took her words out of context. What she said is John McCain is not qualifed to run a corporation and neither is Obama and Biden.

    September 16, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Come on CNN

    The title to the article is VERY misleading. She has clearly said that NONE of the candidates could run a major corporation. Why does the headline only mention mccain and palin?

    Shouldn't the best political team also be home to a website that presents things fairly without these intended slants to the story?

    September 16, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Its Time

    "What a Difference a Day Makes" , huh John... :) Love Ya Fiorina!

    September 16, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Woman voter from VA

    This woman is nuts!

    She is one of these woman that try to be tougher than men, louder than men, and just plain get on your nerves.

    Hillary is a woman but does act like a man. We woman are proud of who we are but don't need to be loud mouths and argumentative to get our point across.

    During this election she always cuts her opponents off. She tries to out scream them; as if that will make her point valid.

    I hope she disappears for a very long time.

    Obama/Biden

    September 16, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Killbucket

    I would like to say this is shocking. But, it isn't. I've come to expect a bonehead mistake each day. I used to be amused. Now I'm just disgusted.
    Maybe Sarah should have done THIS interview. Couldn't have been worse!

    September 16, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Monica, Texas

    Yea but Biden did not say it.....she did!!!

    September 16, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Ken

    Ah, Carly. First you take umbridge with SNL, then you pull this and likely have given Obama his ad material for tomorrow. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey...goodbye!

    September 16, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. The Point Man

    The GOP should have put a net on Ms Fiorina just like the one they have on Palin.The Republicans are going to keep the reins on this woman just they are with Palin.

    September 16, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    funny .. she didn't have the right stuff to run a corp either...

    September 16, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  12. Anita from Arizona

    Would you like some "WHINE" with your "FOOT" this everning?. HAHAHA!!!

    September 16, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Joe Regis

    What happen to '"Straight Talk Express"? She should be allowed to speak her mind. The truth hurts.

    September 16, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Sexism at It's Best

    What a sexist thing for the McCain camp to do ;-)

    September 16, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. rob

    she tells the truth and she get kick off the team

    September 16, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. William E. Gordon, Sr.

    This lady did not say these comments, on Fox.com the story is right and your station has changed to comments to meet your needs. I think you also should look into the comments by Mr Gibson about mr Obama and the Freddie Mae contributions that where made to him to chnge items in the system-The contributions to Obama are over $120000, for his involment in less then four years in office and he is number two after The Senator from Conn. The democratic have received ,ore money from Freddie and its counterpart from them -which by the way is US funds-and not wages, and according to what I heard the funds that have been given to the members of the democratic party counld have kept them fom having finanical problems recently. In other words the demos are more responsible for the current financial problems them the Rep party. Check it out.

    September 16, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. FoxViewer

    Your caption should read "Fiorina said neither McCain, Palin, Obama and Biden are qualified to run a company." Guess you figure sound bytes sell. Shame on you!

    September 16, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Josh

    McCain's own aides are bashing him and his running mate, and somehow this race is close?! Anyone remember the "hot mic" incident like a week and a half ago?

    Between this, and "Troopergate" taking a turn for the "blame someone else" tactic you'd think people would wise up to these two. Wake up people, even RNC members don't have faith in these empty shells of human beings!

    September 16, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. gloria

    I saw the entire clip. She went on to say that Obama and Biden couldn't either.

    September 16, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. brooklyn

    SHE IS RIGHT!!!
    Why pound her for stating a fact... NONE of the candidates for either party could run a major corporation... NONE of them... Most have never even owned a small business!!!

    September 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. newt

    George W Bush was not qualified to run a company, as his record shows,
    yet look what he's to, I mean, for our country.

    September 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. BOOTSTOMPER

    The Republican party and John McCain are scary period. Palin is a complete joke. But i sense that a lot of people in this country think a Presidential election is like voting on american idol. Once again the american people will vote against there own self interests.

    September 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Steve

    Wow! These guys are really on the attack aren't they? They're attacking their own, now. This morning they called Tina Fey sexist for the way she portrayed Palin on SNL. How much sillier can they get?
    I used to get angry with the lies and distortions, but this has gotten so crazy I just find myself chuckling and shaking my head. If McCain and Palin get elected, it sure will be entertaining, if nothing else.

    September 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    actually it sounds more like the usual GOP smear tactic

    September 16, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. DEMnNC

    Too Funny!!!

    September 16, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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