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. AEK

    Thanks Carly, but your now qualified to endorse anyone. Go back to the country club and leave the real politics up to real people!

    October 12, 2010 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  2. Just_Me

    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.

    And as it turns out Fiorina didn't have the experience either considering she ran HP into the ground.

    October 12, 2010 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  3. mike

    palin isn't qualified to run a major cooperation.

    October 12, 2010 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  4. GeorgeVT

    She is qualified to be president the same way I am qualified to be president... born in America and over 35 years old...

    October 12, 2010 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  5. Bill

    Fiorina isn't qualified to be anything. She sent the jobs of thousands of American HP employees overseas for the love of money. She's a snake.

    October 12, 2010 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  6. Boat

    "I certainly think she's qualified to be president of the United States,"

    Really? Call me a fool, but I just don't see it.

    October 12, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  7. L

    Sigh, technically she's correct in that Palin meets the Constitutional requirements which only require the person be over a specific age and born in the USA. The correct question should be is Palin COMPETENT to be president?

    Palin is the one person who would make all our other recent presidents seem like geniuses!

    October 12, 2010 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. independent

    If she believes this, she is as incompetent as some have suggested. No wonder she drove a company into the ground.

    October 12, 2010 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  9. Terry

    This is great, Fiorina, as CEO of HP shipped American Jobs overseas, spied and wire-tapped anyone at HP who might disagree with her, and now she has arrived at the conclusion that Sarah Palin, the quitter from Alaska, can serve as POTUS. If these two are the poster children for the Republican Party, please California Voters, vote this woman back to greedy Corporate America.

    October 12, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  10. mayr

    well then, if she's "qualified", then so am I!! maybe I should run, too!

    October 12, 2010 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  11. anon

    Of course she is qualified. Like all the presidents before her the current one included she would make a great puppet.

    October 12, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. Libby

    I guess we know why HP didn't do so hot under this woman's very poor judgment.

    October 12, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. Rich in NJ

    All you need to do is read about what Fiorina did as the head of Hewlett-Packard. It's factual, it's history, and if you read about it you will not possibly consider her fit to have a role in running the country.

    October 12, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  14. Larry

    I think what she meant was Sarah Palin is qualified to quit as president.

    October 12, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. Robert

    Fiorina, please ha,ha,ha, funny.

    October 12, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  16. a in austin

    That statement alone should be enough proof this lady doesn't have the intellect to serve in office. Have another shot...

    October 12, 2010 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  17. Peter

    Carly, while at HP you out sourced thousands of American jobs to China and India. Palin is a qualify candidate for US President? What rubbish.
    While you are scratching each others back, please dont forget to take your medications and continue with your daily psychiatric appointment.

    October 12, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  18. Shucks

    Another Delusional Republican. Do these people really think that she could ever get enough of the Electorate to vote her in to office of the President? Maybe if they drugged 3/4 of the populace. Even many fellow republicans think she is much less than qualified. Can't wait until the Republican primaries of 2012. It will be an inparty bloodbath.

    October 12, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  19. Riley

    Palin could surely do better than Obama has done.

    October 12, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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