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. Morals and Values for sale!

    Mitt,

    You're lying..... you wouldn't hire McCain to park your car. You are like the guy opposite of Michael Douglas in Wall Street. McCain is Bud Fox.

    His money is as green as yours, but you have a lot more. You hate McCain and you know it.

    It has to pain you to go out there every day and swallow your pride and say what you say about McCain.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Joe Regis

    Mitt Romney would lose his investments capital if he would have done that.

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. DB - Colorado

    I would never, ever let the McPain twins run my company. They would rob it blind and run it into the ground,, much like they plan to do to the country. say NO to four more years of Bush dictatorship!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Vannucchi

    In one thing we all agree: neither Palin nor McCain know anything about economy.

    September 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Kay

    And that's why, you, Mr. Romney, had your campaign fail if you would trust people like Palin to run your show.

    September 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. ENE M DIAZ

    THE NATION IS CONVINCED THAT ,MC CAIN – PALIN TICKET ARE THE BEST. THEY KNOW VERY WELL HOW IS THE WAY IN WHICH INDUSTRIES AND COMMERCE ARE ORGANIZED. THEY KNOW HOW TO FACE GOVERNMENT FINANCIALS DISASTER AND ACHIEVE THEINDUSTRY AND TRADE SUCCESS.,WITH TRUE AND REAL IMPROVEMENTS. THEY WILL OVERHAUL THE LEGAL SYSTEM, FACING THE ORGANIZED CRIME, CORRUPTION,ILLEGAL DRUGS, SCHOOL PROBLEMS AT ALL LEVEL EXAMINE IT VERY CAREFUL,WITH REAL IMPROVEMENTS., . NOW IS TIME TO SUPPORT MC CAIN -PALIN TICKET, PLACING THE COUNTRY FIRST. LET BE LOYAL TO OUR COUNTRY WITH MORE SENSE OF

    September 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. TheShade

    While Palin is an interesting choice and has certainly scared the Deomcrats (judging by their low attacks against her) I am surprised McCain did not pick Romney. Would have really hurt Obama on the economy issue.

    September 17, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. LifeLongDemocrat

    Flip-flp, flip-flop!!

    September 17, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. mitchell

    we should believe him? why? he and his religion follow false prophets,that were warned about ,in the book of Revelations: there will be many false profits in the times leading up to end of times.

    September 17, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. WhoIsPalin?

    Pathetic, they can't event agree on this Silly issue, but want to be placed in command of this Country. In my opinion an eventual McCain Administration will be paralized by in-fighting and wrong decision making. The only safe choice this year is OBAMA-BIDEN. This Great Nation deserves much better than McCaIN-Palin!!

    September 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. J. Dean

    GIVEN THE CURRENT CRISIS CREATED BY GEORGE BUSH AND COMPANY, I BELIEVE THAT NEITHER MITT ROMNEY NOR OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN ARE CAPABLE TO MANAGE AND SOLVE SUCH CURRENT CRISIS.
    MITT ROMNEY DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT. MOST PROBABLY PEOPLE LIKE HIM ARE THE MAIN CAUSE OF OUR CURRENT CRISIS.

    September 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. PalinLiesTooMuch

    Mitt Romney and Carly Fiorina are idiots. Fiorina told the truth by mistake the stupit mormon was hammering Mccain for his lack of knwledge in the primaries now say Mccain is knowledgeable what a lying mormon he will go to hell.

    September 17, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. WannaFAl

    Im amazed that CNN has not reported that the WHOLE Fiorina video says that Biden and Obama are also NOT qualified to run a large corp.
    Truly polictics (media) of change.

    September 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Democrats for McCain

    Johh McCain said this week in the face of economic uncertainty that the fundamentals of the US economy are strong, Barack Obama immediately seized on this and used it to try to show McCain was wrong. It turns out that Obama is all wet and all wrong on this one as well. It was a cheap political shot by Obama, and it was shallow.

    Barack Obama and all Americans should heed the words of Oscar Wilde – "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."

    John McCain has served this country with distinction; he is loyal; he is honest; he is strong in the face of the enemy; he will protect us and our families; and he will work with both sides of the aisle on the pressing agenda items of our day. This man will likley run a single term, and as God is my witness, I believe he will do absolutley the best for our country without regard to race, gender, or politics.

    September 17, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Tony

    To all of those out there who are able to think for themselves, did you expect anything less from Romney or the Republicans?

    He is trying to clean up Fiorina's mess.

    September 17, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Lee

    Romney's just cleaning up the mess that Fiorina left behind on Tuesday. Politics as usual.

    September 17, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Ron

    Interesting, Fiorina is the poster child for a CEO that got canned and waltzed away with a $42M golden parachute. Why would anyone listen to her?? Except more CEOs that screwed the pooch and got fired too.

    September 17, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Jerry Ohio

    This what you call 2 confuse Republicans who dont have a idea who can run a company...Fiorina was right Palin could not run a Ceo Company then she said McCain, Obama, Biden and she also a republican how dumb can you be on this...

    September 17, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    MItt, yer just lookin' fer a cabinet post. So, give us yer ideas on rescuing the economy or shut the heck up!

    September 17, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. nathan

    SUUUUUUUUURE!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Mike

    LOL Of course Romney would hire McBush. Romney and the other Corporate Billionaire Crooks are in fact trying to hire McBush right now.
    Not because McBush has a clue about the economy. He already has admitted that he does not understand the economy. The Romneyesque Corporate Carpet Baggers just want to pull McBush's strings like the puppet he is.

    September 17, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. SoCal

    Oh yes... McCain doesn't even know how many houses he's got, LOL.
    The perfect person to run a business, huh?

    September 17, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. American View

    CNN Please post this! Or are you afraid of the message?

    You I am really tired of all the hate that is coming from everyone. No wonder we are a joke to the world. If you read the blogs, we hate each other because our political views are different. For TWO people who claim to want to CHANGE Washington DC and politics, they both seem to be falling into the same "old" mold. Whoever wins will have a greatly fractured and divided country to try to bring together because of OUR HATE! Please stop the hate!

    September 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. mbw

    Can you really trust a word Mitt Romney says? The level of shameless amibition in this man is just jaw-dropping.

    September 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Vincent

    If you vote for McCain because he has a woman on the ticket this year remember, it is going to bite you in the end in 2012 and that is a promise that will be kept. I was for Hillary but I am not a fool to switch to the Replican candidate. My future and the future my children's hang in the balance and I refuse to throw away my vote because things didn't go my way.

    Wake up people

    September 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9