September 17th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney contradicts Fiorina

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addressed the recent Republican convention.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addressed the recent Republican convention.

(CNN) – Mitt Romney and Carly Fiorina, two high-profile supporters of Sen. John McCain, may just have to agree to disagree.

Watch: Romney on the economy

On Tuesday, Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said that neither McCain nor his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is capable of running a large corporation like the one she used to head. But Romney, who was a successful businessman before entering politics, has a different opinion.

“I think she’s just misinformed in that regard,” Romney told CNN’s John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday when asked about Fiorina’s comments. “I’d be happy to hire John McCain and Sarah Palin to run a business that I’m an investor in.”

Romney was one of McCain’s fiercest foes during the Republican primaries and often criticized McCain for his lack of economic knowledge. But that criticism ended with the demise of his presidential bid, and Romney has argued for months now that McCain has more knowledge and experience to handle the economy than Sen. Barack Obama.

As the U.S. economy has come under additional stress in recent days with the bankruptcy of Lehman Bros., the quick acquisition of Merrill Lynch, and the federal government’s intervention to prevent the collapse of the nation’s largest insurance company, both McCain and Obama have tried to convince voters that they are best suited to steer the troubled economy. For the second time in as many days, the two campaigns released dueling advertisements about the economy on Wednesday.


Filed under: Carly Fiorina • Mitt Romney
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Sue

    Romney who again?

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Bruce

    Romney can aford it..he is a wealthy man...but the country cannot afford to ahve to teach someone about economics as the president.

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Heather

    Good for you, Mitt. You learnt from Fiorina's example and managed to keep from getting rolled under the bus...

    ...for now.

    O'Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. East Coast Bum

    It will only get worse if these repukes are allowed to stay in power!!! And they are trying every trick in the book. I dont think they are going to win, but just the thought of it scares the hell out of me. yikes!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Candy West Virginia

    Miss you Mitt (not), all that sucking up you did for nothing. What a shame. Haven't heard too much from you since Palin entered the scene. How interesting. Alan Greenspan said on monday that Mccain's economic plan would spell disaster for the economy and would destroy it. From an article at MSNBC – "A decade ago, John McCain embraced legislation to broadly deregulate banking and insurance industries. Now the GOP nominee is scrambling to recast himself as a champion of regulation. "

    September 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. John in Ohio

    I'd be happy to have Lehman Brothers hire McCain and Palin, especially if it gets them off the campaign trail.

    September 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Give it up, Mitt. You're not getting the VP slot.

    September 17, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Lisa T

    Wow, Romney has more confidence in McCain's understanding of the economy than McCain does! Enough of the pandering and the lies. Enough of the evasiveness regarding policy/position. Enough of McCain and Palin ineptitude!

    Lisa T. Lake Wales, Fl.

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. RDS

    They don't contradict each other Fiorina was telling the truth and Mitt is doing damage control. He doesn't seem the same when he talks about McCain now...I sense a little bitterness in him for not being picked. Might not have been a bad choice to have a billionaire business man as your VP in the countries worst economic times....opps to bad!

    September 17, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Convicted felon who can't vote

    And your business will go out of business Romney. What a doe-doe.

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Sue in MI

    "I'd be happy to hire John McCain and Sarah Palin to run a business." Really? Truly? And how would you ever get accurate information from either one of them about anything? I doubt she knows what AIG stands for, and he wants to form a commission to study things. I wouldn't hire them to mow my lawn.

    September 17, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Tony

    It's called SPIN people!

    Wake up!

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Convicted felon who can't vote

    It's too late to do damage control. That's two days in a row the McCain camp has said stupid things and then try to justify them.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Sylvia

    This is news on CNN? I don't think so.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Help we are sinking....

    The GOP implossion is the result of the weight of their lies,greed,smears and hate!

    They are scrambling now. The Palin "surge" is over and now they have to come to the table with REAL solutions and not just disgusting lies and smears.

    Obama-Biden -For ALL Americans(even you racist ones too!)

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. JusLaugh

    Romney should have been McCain's VP pick if he wanted any credibility on the economy.

    Instead, he picked someone with no extensive credentials on anything.

    Mind boggling and obviously just a political ploy.

    September 17, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Abby

    Yeah right…But I bet you’d hire Ivy league educated (like your self) Barack Obama! I bet you would.

    Obama-Biden 08! Because Knowledge Is Power!

    September 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. THE VOICE OF COMMON SENSE (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC)

    Sounds like Mitt Romney is looking for a job in the McCain Administration instead of telling the truth!

    September 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. disrespect

    mitt rommey stop lying.

    September 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Wayne. Ca

    hate beeng lied too and if they are polititions then i call them crooks.

    McCain sourrounds himself with lobbyists, these are crooks too.

    Washington is full of crooks.

    Foks we don't want any more crooks in the white house. McCain and Palin are just the same.

    September 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Vic

    You go, Mitt!

    September 17, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Helen

    He contradicts McCain also, only now he won't say it out loud due to RNC rules.

    September 17, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Filipina

    McSame or Failin is not qualified to run this country period.

    Obama/Biden

    September 17, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. welches, oregon

    GOP exploding when they can't even agree amongst themselves.

    LOL!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. CINCINNATI OHIO FOR OBAMA

    too late, dont try to clean it up. Your first thought is usually the correct one. THEY ARE BOTH NOT FIT TO RUN A LARGE CORP.

    September 17, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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