(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.
So why does your headline not include that she said Obama couldn't be a CEO either? I guess you figure your readership is stupid, or so shallow as to only read headlines. Keep it up though. You're helping McCain win, and tarnishing your reputation, such as it is.
It's obvious that neither is capable of running anything other than their mouths.
If you were unbiased and had done your homework, she said the same thing for Obama and Biden. CNN is so lame.
That's the truth and the simple truth. McCain/Palin can embelish their credentials all they want. The simple truth remains – How can McCain/Palin run a country if they cannot be seen as capable to run a Company?
The reality is settling in, folks!
I think she sells McCain short.
After all, this is the man who invented the Blackberry.
No way don't discourage her from any further interviews!!!!
It would be, just, I mean that would be SEXISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a LOSER!!!! Keep her out there, it's only good news for Obama!
Ha,a,ha,ha! The gift that keeps on giving!
So now.... we won't see Fiorina on all the shows? GREAT!!!
well it's nice of her to say what everybody knows
what she didn't say is that she ran HP into the ground
and had to lay off thousands of employees because her controversial merger with Compaq was and is a disaster.
These so called late 90's rock star CEO's should just shut up
this isn't the first time her mouth has gotten her into trouble
oh is that sexist
Question McCain – I was a POW
Question Palin- your sexist
although Phil Graham calls us a nation of Whiners and he is still around
and now Carly is going to dissappear
i think that's yes say it with me "SEXIST"
This is one of McCain's Economy Adviser!
Go figure, she will be food for the fishes tonight.
Your own person says you are not fit to be President.
No wonder the HP board concluded she is not fit to be a CEO!
I am the CEO of a company I started in 2002. Can I be president... please?
Carly, you should have just followed the script, done exactly as you were told.
Just look at Sarah. She's willing to supress her pro-life stance to be on a pro-stem cell ticket. She's willing to be anti-earmarks even though she was very fond of them. She's willing to scorn a Bridge to Nowhere even though she supported it.
You're not being a team player, Carly, so now we have to tighten the leash and keep you tucked away back at campaign HP, I mean HQ. (Sorry, I didn't mean to mention that whole HP debacle).
Fiorina said neither McCain or Palin are qualified to run a company.
WHY DID YOU PUT THIS PHRASE UNDER THE PICTURE??? .. I SAW IT LIVE ...SHE SAID ALL CANDIDATES??? WHY??? dID OYU ONLY USE TWO NAMES.. whY????
YOU WILL NEVER POST THSIS CASUE YOU KNOW WHY OYU DID IT WHY OYU SLANTED THE WORDING
How can this race even be close? Are there that many racists in this country that McCain still looks like a better alternative to Obama?
Maybe she was comforted thinking that they couldn't run a company? We all know how well she did with HP, so its not like she has much room to criticize.
carly forgets that the 7-12 lobbiest working to get mc cain elected will be running the show, it's a lobbiest who will be in charge of the transition team for mc cain, and this from the man who almost swears t o force the lobbiest out of washington. yes an i have a bridge to nowhere to sell you.
Why don't you state the hole comment she said McCain, Palin, Biden, and Obama. Next you wll say CNN is not biased.
McCain Palin, the Humpty Dumpty ticket.
Falling apart before our very eyes, and no amount of lies will put it back together again.
You can only lie for so long. It is time to start telling the truth
Good for you.
"Senator McCain was furious" "Carly will now disappear". Oh the McCain camp, always good for a headache or a chuckle.
They're almost self sabotaging themselves over there, and i'm sort of wondering if the house of cards is going to fall since they've been doubling down on a lot of significant lies.
She also said that Obama and Biden could not run a corporation either. CNN is only reporting part of what she said.
McSHAME'S SENDING HIS FEMALE SUPPORTERS OUT TO PUSH AND PROMOTE PALIN, WELL THIS ONE DID GREAT SHE TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT HER, WAY TO GO, THERE'S HOPE FOR YOU AFTER ALL.
She can't be a CEO either...that's why she got the boot....abuse of power
She wasn't lying. However, she values what she did at HP more than the highest office in the land. What an idiot!!!!!!
And wait just a minute...the democratic nominee's have more than an bachelors degree in journalism. Give me a break!!!!!
Carly Fiorina went on to say to Shep Smith on FNC, who interviewed her to clarify her comments from earlier in the day, that (paraphrased) none of them were quailifed to run a corporation, BUT, McCain and Palin were "very fast learners" and she basically thought that they could do well if in that situation.
Now if that don't smack of some racism, I don't know what does....