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. Independent Dave, Iowa

    “I’d be happy to hire John McCain and Sarah Palin to run a business that I’m an investor in.”

    I'd bet in reality you wouldn't!

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Obama approves this comment

    She said none of the candidates could run a corporation including Hussain Obama and Joe Biden. The Obama campaign clipped her comment cutting Obama and Biden out. Typical.

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    soooo... it seem that Mitt is a liar too.

    Either Mitt was lying when he attacked McCain on his lack of economic knowledge & experience or he is lying now when he praises McCain.

    Flip-flop .... just like the GOP in 2000 – whispering about how mentally stable McCain was after being a POW for all those years .... now was the GOP lying then or is the GOP lying now??

    Inquiring minds want to know!

    September 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Angie

    Just look at what McCain and the republicans are doing to our economy. How much more has to happen before we get these clown out of office!

    September 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Erik

    Read the original AP article. They mislead with their headline, but while she said that McCain and Palin are not qualified to run a corporation, but neither are the democrats. Clearly they want you to think that somehow she implied that the democrats were more qualified to run a corp., but that's just not the truth

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Loud & Proud Leftie

    Uh-oh, there must have been an emergency call last night with new talking points for Mitt and his ilk.

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Franky

    "I guess the dow plunging 700 points in 2 days is a good thing for the fundamentally strong economy."

    LOL!!! That's pretty funny! Guess what? Another game of OVERUNDER, this time for the markets! OVER/UNDER 200 points tomorrow...I'm gonna go UNDER. I'll say it'll be about 150-175 or so tomorrow. But the OVER is getting warm!! LOL!!

    September 17, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Beverly, NYC

    Now the matinee idol Mr. Big Love speaks. Carly for once in the campaign told the truth and now she is being punished. For one I agreed with you Carly neither McCain/Palin is fit to run a company. If they can't handle a million dollar company, surely a nation trillions in debt will be above their pay grade also. Time to stop rewarding C student swith the hardest jobs America.

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. CJ

    Mitt Romney is a retard!!! He is such a liar to indicate that McCain/Palin can run a business. He should know better than to say something ridiculous when he criticized McCain not knowing about the economy. He is just a hypocrite and will say anything. He is such a flip-flop and only says what people like to hear. He is just a power hungry REPUBLICAN!!

    September 17, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. sw

    Hope John and Sarah lose and available for Romney's company.

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Trent

    Isnt this the same guy that said we have to get rid of "liberal washington" even though the GOP has been in charge of congress for 12 of the last 14 years??? What a JOKE he is!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. MP

    How does Romney-Fiorina ticket sound like?

    Strong comments or judgment from Fiorina, hardly a successful CEO/Top Executive, in running large Corporation – being the top economic spokesperson does follow the earlier fiasco by yet another expert, Phil Gramm, the economic advisers for the misguided.

    Go back to Basics, folks: Ask, What are their intentions and aims, really? Forget the party affiliation nonsense, just be Americans. We have a task TO HIRE the most capable and effective persons to put the country back together, and not get tangled in silly rhetoric. What are the vision, capability to bring people together, elevate mutual respect and instill confidence? This is all about future, even with the tempting conditions that can raise anger and disgust over the abuses by last 8 years and more.

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. faye, NV

    In one breath McCain can not a big office, now he can. These people are STUPID.

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Patty

    Fiorina also said that Obama was not competent to run a company. Is that a lie??????? This si a done subject CNN – why do you keep it going????

    September 17, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Why won't Mitt Romney leave and go away. His speech at the RNC
    was pathetic. He is a loser.

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Someone in Sen Obama camp should find the clip of Romney criticizing McCain for his lack of economic knowledge. Now flip flop criticism ended with the demise of his presidential bid, and change his mind. Now! Romney has argued that McCain has more knowledge and experience to handle the economy. Go Obama/Biden

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Bill

    Is this the same Mitt Romney who, earlier this year, said this of John McCain:

    "...he does not understand the economy, has no experience in the private economy and right now, that’s the biggest issue people are facing."

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. The Watcher

    How much would he invest?? That's the real question!

    September 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Tony

    Funny that Dumbacrats would point out that Fiorina was fired from HP. Obama's lead in finding his vice president was fired from Fannie Mae, and last time I checked HP didn't need government funds to avoid bankruptcy. And they found a great vice president; one who hires lobbyists and makes Obama's attacks on McCain for using lobbyists in his campaign all the more comical. Is there anything about Obama that isn't utterly hypocritical?

    September 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. TAYO, NY

    Damage control....sort of

    hun....are the republican just spinning the truth?

    If lies goes around for hudred years... the truth we catch up with it.

    Obama 08

    September 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Mike Hughes

    Carly proved that she has no idea how to run a company. However, McCain proved Carly right on this particular point when he hired her as an economic adviser.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Anonymous

    The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square September 17th, 2008 10:55 am ET

    Why is it when a poll suggests that 90% of the African Americans are voting for the black candidate — that is not racism.
    ------

    Because African Americans always vote at around 90% for Democrats. They voted in those same numbers for Kerry, Gore, and Clinton.

    They know that the Democratic Party has their interests at heart, and that the GOP hates them.

    I'm willing to concede that racism is not the only reason some people are voting for McCain, but conversely you have to be willing to admit that it is the reason for other people and that it IS an issue.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. John in Ohio

    "Carly Fiorina said that neither McCain, Palin, OBAMA, or BIDEN were qualified to run a major corporation. "

    That's a reason to vote for Barr, not a reason to vote for McCain.

    September 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Real Real Change

    As with all thing Romney, this appears to be really really sincere and unscripted.

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Amy

    The guy who is credited for making the case against McCain that he did not know ANYTHING about the economy now says he would hire him, better yet that he could lead a corporation? That goes on to say, that Republicans would do anything to win these elections, even if they have to lie about each others, even if that means...putting COUNTRY LAST.

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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