October 11th, 2010
07:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Fiorina: Palin is qualified to be president

(CNN) – Carly Fiorina, the Republican Senate candidate in California gifted Sarah Palin a high compliment on Monday.

"I certainly think she's qualified to be president of the United States," Fiorina said in an interview on CNN's The Situation Room.

But when the former Alaska governor, who endorsed Fiorina in the primary race, visits California Saturday with Michael Steele, Fiorina won't be in attendance. Instead, she said, she will be campaigning with Republican Sen. John McCain at an event for veterans.

"Sarah Palin is here to endorse her book I believe and to raise money," Fiorina told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. "I am here running for office so we're all busy."

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, wouldn't say if she considers herself a member of the Tea Party movement.

"I see myself as a candidate running for public office for the very first time," Fiorina said. "I see myself as serving the voters of California."

During the 2008 presidential election, when Fiorina was an economic adviser McCain's presidential campaign, she said Palin didn't have the experience to run a major cooperation. And in subsequent interviews said John McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden didn't either.

Fiorina is in a tough race against three-term incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. In the latest CNN/Time/Opinion Research Poll of likely voters, 52 percent of respondents said they would back Boxer and 43 percent said they would back Fiorina. The survey had a sampling error of 2.5 percentage points.


Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Carly Fiorina • Sarah Palin • The Situation Room
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Kiss of death by Sarah Palin

    By Carly Fiorina endorsing Sarah Palin for President she just flunk her judgment test. California feel free to move on.

    October 12, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  2. Moosehead

    Fiorina dog chow, ,... a failed CEO, ...heaping praise on another colossal failure.

    October 12, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  3. Bill Peloquin

    Fiorina said. "I see myself as serving the voters of California." Are you kidding me? You just lost all credibility.

    October 12, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  4. Maryln

    Just like she thinks she is qualified to be in the Senate. Now that is laughable. If she cared about her country and California she would have kept jobs here instead of outsourcing them to make herself rich. Now she wants to endorse Sara Palin someone that couldn't even finish her term as governor of Alaska. Uneducated and making money just for being picked by an old man that wasn't qualified to become president. It was a desperate attempt and we never heard her name before that and now can't get rid of her or her family because people are stupid enough to pay money to her them, now that is a sad 50% of our citizens , but I now that can't be crazy enough to vote for her as president. That would be a tragedy.

    October 12, 2010 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  5. Anne in CA

    OK, people, if this doesn't give you a clue as to Carly's judgment, nothing will! I worked for HP under her reign; it was pretty ugly and that's why she got fired! Vote Boxer; she's our only sane choice.

    October 12, 2010 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  6. normajean

    Please someone tell me what iin Sarah Palins life is a qualification to be president. Seriously, this is a joke. She has no real education, she was Alaskas govenor for half a term, and has nothing else except she looks pretty good [even that is fading] and can talk up a storm which I'm sure would impress some foreign dignitary.? I can just see her trying to deal with the party leaders ,Congress,Senate, or what to do about home mortgages or the economic problems of the country.She talks in sound bites because she has little knowledge of the world an absolutely no interest in learning, no intellectual curiosity. She is a loser, not a president.It is hard to believe that any thinking person would see otherwise.

    October 12, 2010 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  7. KathyC in Minnesota

    If Carly Fiorina believes Sarah Palin is qualified to be POTUS, then I am the real Queen of England.

    Is this woman more than drinking shots of Tequila before a speech???

    October 12, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  8. megan

    please dem get out and vote. vote dem.

    October 12, 2010 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  9. Mike G.

    Well, I probably wasn't going to vote for Carly before this... But this absolutely cinches it.
    .
    No vote for you!

    October 12, 2010 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  10. Not fooled

    Seems to me like she can't get along with her employees or management. Out sourcing 30,000 American jobs to China won't help her either. Is this what she will do to California? They are already in massive debt and 12% unemployment. This is not what California needs. About her endorsement of Sarah Palin that just proves she will say anything to get elected.

    October 12, 2010 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  11. Alan

    On Carly Fiorina's departure from Hewlett Packard, "The stock is up a bit on the fact that nobody liked Carly's leadership all that much," said Robert Cihra, an analyst with Fulcrum Global Partners. "The Street had lost all faith in her and the market's hope is that anyone will be better." On Ms Palin's character Michael Joseph's Gross in Vanity Fair depicts Palin "as a figure who is extremely abusive, strongly minded towards revenge, and a liar about nearly everything". Carly Fiorina endorse Sarah Palin as qualified to be President of the United States. We will hear the last of Ms Fiorina's ridiculous endorsements on November 2nd.

    October 12, 2010 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  12. Rick

    How would this idiot know? Fiorina isnt qualified to be a senator either!

    October 12, 2010 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  13. J.V.Hodgson

    Thanks Carla you just proved that you are in a very small portion of the whole of America who agrees with you. It may get you Republican votes but overall This really damages your credibility with Independents who you need to win a Senate seat.
    I have several so called Independent voter friends in California who told me you just lost thier vote!!
    Best of luck.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    October 12, 2010 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  14. Dale

    Now we know that not only is Palin not qualified to be president, but Fiorina is not qualified to be a senator.

    October 12, 2010 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  15. Marry

    "I certainly think she's (Ms Palin) qualified to be president of the United States,"
    Dear Ms Fiorina, alone this statement disqualifies you for any position in Government!
    There are unending reasons why Ms Palin is not qualified for anything and your close connection with Mr. McCain shows how backwards – maverick you must be. It is with “you all” (Angle, O’Donnall, Paul, Paladino, Iott, Boehner, Bachmann, Haley, Whitman, Miller, and many more) a real sad story. They do not want to work for you, dear friends, – they take orders from the 2% of the rich they really represent! Please people, go out and vote. But vote informed, responsible and smart! Vote for your interest; don’t be fooled by the GOP/TP – again.

    October 12, 2010 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  16. Larry

    Another UNQUALIFIED woman, backing an UNQUALIFIED woman ... how novel

    I as well am sure you would both endorse Christine O'Donnell

    Get real jobs

    October 12, 2010 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Sure she is:). Now the wingnuts want Christie instead of her though. Pleas run Sarah run!

    October 12, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  18. ramtruck2500

    OK OK so what else would she say. Of course palin is not qualified. Anyone leaving with brain activity knows that one! What an idiot!

    October 12, 2010 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Talk about a little ho talking for a bigger ho for "votes". Not that fiorina will get any because she is the only one who endorses the half term governor. It does say that fiorina can be bought though. In 2008 the quitter was not good enough but now she is?
    Nice. Somebody who can't make up her mind. No wonder she almost tanked HP!!! She did get all those millions though. She IS ready to sell it.

    October 12, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  20. Nighthhaaawk

    If Palin is qualified to be president, then BP oil is a friend to Louisiana!

    October 12, 2010 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  21. Ron

    Well, there you have it California! Sounds senatorial to me (if you're delusional)... What a moron this "lady" is!

    October 12, 2010 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  22. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    If she thinks that Sarah Palin is qualified to be President, we know for a fact she is NOT qualified to be a Senator. Wake up Dems and get out there and vote. It is the only way we can ensure that crack pots that support Sarah Palin don't take over our Government and take us backwards instead of FORWARD.

    October 12, 2010 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  23. Motive

    As a resident of California I don't like my goverment officials to be crazy. a little out there ( Governator) I don't have much problems with, but this women is crazy.

    October 12, 2010 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  24. Robert in NYC

    LMAO! She thinks Palin is qualified?! FAILURE!!! Bye Carly!

    October 12, 2010 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  25. Just_Me

    And in other news ... this just in ... Fiorina is officially labeled as a nutcase.

    October 12, 2010 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
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