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. beevee

    Is'nt he same guy with greasy hair who talked bad about McCain during the primaries. Later he tried to suck up to McCain hoping to get VP nomination. Too bad. Your own party can see through you.

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Lou Smith

    Well Carlie – we sure know you can't run a big corporation like HP or you would still be there.

    September 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Jeff

    Not that you will post this, as you have "moderated" every comment I have made over the last 2 months, but:

    This story is bogus. Fiorina also in the same quote stated that Neither Sen. Obama nor Sen. Biden was qualified to run a company either. Reporting that information, however, would ruin your story.

    By the Fiorina also later stated that she felt the Obama ad clipping the quote was "decitful" and Sne. Obama is the least qualified candidate of the four for President.

    September 17, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Rodham Democrat

    Anyone feel that Romney (and Huckabee) are secretly rooting for McCain to lose so that they can run in 2012?

    September 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Scott NYC Independent

    Republicans see how you fight amongst yourselves with no one around to instigate the situation. But you all will give anything, your honor, integrity, trustworthiness and sell your very souls and all you stand for to win an election. Way to go – just don't take the rest of us down with you.

    September 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Palin 2012

    No more kissing up to Pumas. McCain will win this without your help.

    Palin 2012

    September 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Pam

    Mittens,
    Your nose is such a pretty shade of brown. It must be killing you to have to say what you did but we all know you'll say anything in the hopes it will get you near the White House. You always have been and always will be the slick "used car salesman". Never can trust you, never will.

    Get used to it Republicants, we are taking back the White House. You have messed things up for far too long!!

    Obama / Biden 2008

    September 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Ricky in Dallas

    Ignorance is bliss, and it is running rampant on this forum. What CNN fails to include in the particular article is that Fiorina in the full interview also stated that Oboma and Biden could not run a corporation either. Why are people so blind. Think for yourselves and do a little research, and stop believing everything that you see on TV.

    This is clearly reckless reporting on behalf of CNN and it is very disappointing as I have been a fan of this network for years. And why cant women vote for the McCain-Palin ticket because there is a woman on it? I have many friends of ethnicity that will be voting for Oboma due to his skin color.

    CNN- If you are going to report things, be fair and biased, and not just pick out what benefits one side. Pathetic!

    September 17, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Brian Rich

    lol, McCain's own advisers can't even decide if he's qualified to run a company, let alone the country.

    As a total side note, I find it really interesting that McCain is surrounded by all of these egocentric former CEOs who think they're jobs are so incredibly difficult that the four people running for the White House are all underqualified to run a company. Sure they can be the overseer of a $13 trillion economy, but they can't handle a $10 billion corporation? These people around McCain must think they're pretty amazing for being able to perform a function that even the next president can't perform!

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. One more for McCain

    The econonomy is in crisis, no one can deny. But economics will not be of concern, when we are under nuclear attack, and Obama as president, has canceled our missile defense systems. We will be sitting ducks, undefendable with a weakened military. We will be
    proud that America elected a black man to the Presidency, but we
    be wiped off the planet by Iran, so no-one will remember that Barak made history. God forbid that he should be elected in 2008.

    September 17, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Russell, NC

    Carly couldn't run a company either. Hewlett Packard fired her.

    September 17, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Will

    I just don't understand why Fiorina is being taken seriously at all. Does nobody remember her track record? Oh she's speaking for the McCain Campaign...... Well that makes sense

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. no trickle down...

    Go ahead then Mitt.
    Give them control of one of your companies and lets see how it does between now and November. LOL!

    I'm sure these are comforting words for both McCain and Palin, as they now have a firm job commitment on offer, for after their loss in November.

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Jojn, NC

    HP let Carly go. Looks like she should not be talking.

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Tony

    Carly Fiorina said that neither McCain, Palin, OBAMA, or BIDEN were qualified to run a major corporation. The main stream media here has been just as bad as the Obama campaign, only reporting half the truth and making this into a much much bigger issue than it needs to be. And considering how sexist the media is, I'm surprised they're not pointing out that Fiorina was fired for nearly running HP into the ground

    September 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. RoFL

    Can't stop laughing....quick, send in Mittens...Fiorina has turned cold.

    Who would vote for the McCain camp when a leading surrogate has no confidence in their abilites?

    September 17, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Dave in Houston

    Fiorina was right. She knows incompetence from personal experience. Why is it that she is no longer the CEO of HP? Ooooohhh.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    No matter how much you spin this Mr.Romney mcFAILURE the truth is uncircumventable.You said this very thing on the campaign trail.This honest woman is merely re-echoeing you.

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. hrsc

    This is what happens when you live by the lie you lose by a lie.
    If McCain creditials were legitimate there would be no need for all this spin. Once again his campaign has proven quite well.

    McCAIN is not ready to lead...

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. idependent

    Uh-bama isn't qualified to serve burgers at Mcdonalds

    September 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. TxSaintFan

    Too bad the Obama ad didn't play the whole statement by Fiorina – she went on to say that neither Obama or Biden would be able to be a CEO, either...of course, that doesn't matter since it doesn't slam McCain/Palin.

    Doesn't change anyone's mind, on either side – can we please talk about something that is actually relevant?

    How about Senator Obama's attempt to convince Iraqi officials to wait to negotiate an status of forces agreement until after the election. This is not only not the role of the Legislative branch, but is technically in violation of Federal law (Logan Act).

    Senator Obama's spokesperson may call this a lie, but Senator Obama has been previously quoted as having done so.

    Senator Obama is entitled to his opinion, but he is not authorized to negotiate, nor influence ongoing negotiations on behalf of the United States.

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Powell

    I wish people would read the facts for themselves and not listen to the news media who cut out portions and distort. Fiorina said, quote, that neither McCain or Palin or Obama or Biden could run a big business. She went on to say it wasn't that important because big business and government are not the same skill set.

    September 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Emma

    I guess Romney is now looking for a job in McCain's cabinet. A leopard can't change its spots!

    September 17, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Romney is a team player. One of the best around.

    September 17, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. WS

    How can McCain run a corporation? He's always worked for the government which is kind of scary if you tell me? A Public Service lifer is supposed to understand about layoffs and private sector cost cutting? I don't know...

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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