September 17th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Romney contradicts Fiorina

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Carl Justus

    In the last year Mitt Romney has changed his position on just about everything he has talked about, campaign in past on and worked for all his life.

    If you believe what he is saying now, then there is a bridge in Alaska you should buy and make it a toll road. Romney is like most of those in Whitehouse. he has lied so much lately that he even believest them himself or does not understand the difference.

    September 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Cronies

    Of course he would hire them... that what Republicans do... hire other incompetent former GOP politicians and use their government influence to help the company do things like avoid paying taxes.

    September 17, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. olah

    GOP is a fraud, but it is a pity that Americans are blind. One thing i know for sure is that if Mclow and the young witch win this election, America should never claim to be the most respected country in the world. Never Again. In fact they will lose every little respect that is left.
    The only single problem that i know obama has is that he is BLACK, PERIOD. If he were white, this election would have been concluded long time ago. Mccain has provided the racists an opportunity to hate Obama even more by his choice of an inexperience VP. Anyway, i still believe that OBAMA will win.

    September 17, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Eileen from Maine

    Romney was one of McCain’s fiercest foes during the Republican primaries and often criticized McCain for his lack of economic knowledge.......................................................................................

    Just one more of those trustworthy Republican I guess.
    Gee why wouldn't you believe anything they say?

    September 17, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Nerds Unite

    Spin this Obama supporters –

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

    Hillary Clinton said that OBAMA in not qualified to run the country.

    Joe Biden said that OBAMA in not qualified to run the country.

    Guess what ... All 3 agree that OBAMA is not qualified.!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Morals and Values for sale!

    Because that 90 % of African American vote, up until February was 61% behind HILLARY CLINTON. It wasn't until the Jesse Jackson quote in South Carolina that blacks shifted. OBAMA was powered to victory in Iowa and would have been New Hampshire if not for the tears, by WHITE AMERICANS.

    Now, blacks voted for John Kerry over Bush 43 by a 91 to 9 percent margin.

    There was NO uproar then. But because blacks are voting for Obama at the SAME percentages, now, they are voting because he's black.

    Seems there is a problem with someone's logic. Blacks tend to vote Democratic, 85-90 percent of the time, regardless of who's running.

    September 17, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Fair and Balanced

    Medai bias again, only telling the half truths and you on the left believe it all, in her next breath she said neither is Biden or Obama.. At least Sarah has run a business, has Obama? NO. What has he really done, community organizer with a slum lord.. oh wait, most of those projects are abandoned. Get your facts straight and educate yourslef on what is real and what are lies.

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Emeka


    lol. have you been living in a cave? NBC CNN, ABC have all been in the tank for Obama. CNN hires hard left yellow journalists like Wolf Blitzer, Anderlib Cooper...etc

    watch FOX!!

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Carl from MI

    Nice SMACKDOWN of Carly, Mitt!!! Between the two of you... it's hard to know which one of you to believe because you're both such talented liars and blowhards!!

    And besides... Mitt is plenty wealthy!!! So even if he let McCain or Palin run his business and it SERIOUSLY TANKS... he can afford to take the hit.

    Unfortunately for the rest of us... we don't have that financial cushion of millions of dollars!! We can't afford to have McCain/Palin run our nation FURTHER into the ground than what the irresponsible policies of Bush Administration has already done. As my good blogger friend Nightingale always says: McCain/Palin are too risky!!! TOO RISKY!!


    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Debby

    Good for Mitt. This woman got fired from H/P so she hasn't any room to talk about who can and can't run a corporation.

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Emeka

    McPalin 08!!

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. milo

    Hey, if anyone knows how to fail at running a company, it's Fiorina. I definitely believe her on this one.

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Nancy

    And yet the latest Rasmussen poll results show that 49% trust McCain more than Obama on economic issues while 45% trust Obama...

    September 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. CC

    There is waaaaaaaaaaay too much hate and viciousness from too many Dems on this blog! And I'm sure the Reps can have their vicious moments at the right spot. WHY DON'T WE STOP the UGLINESS??? The personal attacks are extremely spiteful and will that be following Obama's message??

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Jinny

    CNN-So, so very much in the tank for Obama. Fiorina said NONE of the four candidates could run a corporation. She said that because she, herself was having trouble running HP. So now, Mitt Romney says only the two republicans can. (mearning gee, neither Obama nor Biden are able according to both speakers capable of running a corporation.) When will CNN quit clipping interviews to promote THEIR candidate.? How about some FAIR reporting. CNN what a joke! What does CNN stand for Cocky Neanderthal Nutcases or worse. How about some actual truth once in a GREAT while. Report the facts–I don't want your opionated slants as part of my news. I will pick my candidate. It is not your job to feed me propaganda. Or is your opinion brokered to the highest bidder?

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. 45 year old white lady for Obama

    He's such a kiss up

    September 17, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Do I have foresight or what? I had blogged 7 days ago that we haven't heard much from Romney on TV. Prior to the Palin pick, Romney was one of the most ardent TV supporters of McCain and against Obama. Carly Fiorina seemed to fill in that role the Romney lost after Aug. 29th. Now that Fiorina has made a major gaffe for the McCain campaign, she has been thrown under the bus and replaced with Romney.

    p.s. WRONG TONY! Carly Fiorina had first said that Palin and McCain were not capable of running a corporation when asked about it in St. Louis. Later that day when the mainstream news media got a hold of the Fiorina gaffe, Carly Fiorina then added in the Obama/Biden ticket to try balance her comments. Too Late! Damage done.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Katie10

    CNN needs to play the WHOLE clip and apologize to the country. Fiorina said none of the candidates could be a CEO. Also if you read the ENTIRE
    sex education bill it did say K through 8th grade should be taught sex education. McCain did not lie.
    Obama is the one running a sleazy, dishonest campaign and the media is losing what little credibility it had and Obama is in trouble. The American public is not stupid.

    September 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Robert

    I'll take capitalism over socialism any time I get the chance. The problem with liberals is they love to whine about what is wrong but offer no practical solutions. What kind of change is Obama offering? I have not heard anything specific. Biden is another washed up Washington lifer. Come on people – get over yourself and vote McCain/Palin!!!

    September 17, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. leapfrog

    Anyone who votes republican (unless you're making over $250,000 a year), is a fool. The GOP has shown time and time again that "less government" really means less worries from corporations who rape anyone who is not wealthy. The GOP has advocated "trickle down economics" since the beginning of the 20th century, and it ALWAYS kills the market whenever the GOP is in control and preventing market regulation. Who benefits? The rich cats in the GOP and their corporate allies. Who loses? Everyone else, including those poor deluded evangelical conservatives who believe that because the GOP whispers all the right buzzwords about abortion and school prayer, that the GOP is looking out for their best interests. Look at the billions of dollars taxpayers are having to dish out to corporate bankers so that the CEOs can attend GOP functions in style. A vote for McCain is a vote for your own personal poverty. Think about it.

    September 17, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Sen. John McCain

    I don't know how they can trust someone who doesn't know what is talking about unless people are going to race.

    September 17, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. zakk

    When you tell a lie, you have to remember the lie so as not to contradict it. When you campaign tell lies, you have to remember all the lies.

    Good luck GOP, you have a next to impossible task to remember all the lies told you the McCain-Palin campaign.

    September 17, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. La Raza

    And to think I used to like Mittens?

    September 17, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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