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. I Dream of Jeannie

    The genie is out of the bottle Mitt ... let it go.

    Mitt Romney , Rudy Guiliani both are kissing up .... we all know they both have ZERO credibility.

    John McCain is not the sharpest tack in the box .... let's just be blunt about it.

    And I"m so glad a big mouth female .... Fiorini .... let her personal pride and EGO get in the way and allowed her to trash Ms. Palin's capabilities. Let's hear this be called SEXISM ... Fiorini tried to clean it up after the 1st sentence came out of her mouth by lumping John McCain and then Obama into her critique but it was too late.

    She's correct though, Palin couldn't run HP or even a $10M business. She is not qualified to be Vice Principal let alone Vice President

    September 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. rea

    romney will say anything to help oldman mccain, the truth is well like the rest of the republicans they never tell the truth.

    September 17, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Mikey

    Really? Romney would hire her to run a business larger that the local 7-11? She has no business degree. She dropped out of four colleges just trying to get her bachelors. Her business experience is limited to a "commercial fishing" operation that consisted of one 20' vessel that looks more like a row boat and she sold a few snowmobiles on the side. She was part time mayor of a tiny town and even had to hire a city administrator at almost the same salary as the mayor just to run that town. She has been governor of Alaska for 20 months, but spent 312 days at home plus vacations means she only was in the state capital a few weeks per year, prompting many state legislators to wear yellow "where's Sarah" buttons.

    Romney would hire her to run a large company? I wouldn't want to be and investor in that company. These pundits have to feel REALLY silly serving up this crap to the electorate.

    September 17, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Baze

    A rift in the G.O.P. Just goes to show how concerned they've become.


    September 17, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Vincent

    If you vote for McCain because he has a woman on the ticket this year remember, it is going to bite you in the end in 2012 and that is a promise that will be kept. I was for Hillary but I am not a fool to switch to the Republican candidate. My future and the future my children's hang in the balance and I refuse to throw away my vote because things didn't go my way.

    Wake up people

    September 17, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Dave

    CNN – Fiorina also stated Obama and Biden were not qualified to run a corporation. How about including all the facts in your second paragraph?

    September 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |

    »Next US President=John McCain . Next Vice-President=the WONDERFUL,CAPABLE Sarah Palin.No doubts about it. Of course.

    September 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |

    »WELL SAID Mitt Romney.John McCain is

    September 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. katiec

    Thought Fionira got fired from her job for incompetence??

    September 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. mollygonz

    Romney? Wow, you're still around.

    September 17, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Billy

    Interesting to see surrogates fighting each other.

    Wonder what Fiorina's response will be?

    I'm surprised McCain hasn't put out an ad ("to be viewed around the battleground states") stating how she is a deeply partisan person and ardent supporter of the liberals.

    September 17, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. We love Sarah

    This from the guy who McCain accused of NOT having enough experience because he was a governor for ONLY 4 years.

    Now he defends McSlime.

    September 17, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. SoCal

    All this abstract talk about experience and ability to run a complex organization doesn't make much sense.

    Look at how effective a campaign Obama has run, starting as a complete unknown underdog, taking on the Clintons' machine, and getting the nomination. Then tell me that he doesn't have the ability to inspire and to lead a complex organization to success.

    September 17, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. JohnBoy




    How stupid the Democrats think Americans are.

    No one will vote for the largest tax increase in history Obama.

    McCain 08

    September 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Never let them see you sweat....

    Nothing new....

    September 17, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Eleanor

    what are you looking for Romney
    a place in his cabinet IF he gets in
    thats all America needs.....a pack of elitists running the country
    vote wisely
    Obama and Biden 08....

    September 17, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Holly

    Somehow, I don't think Romney would have said that back in the spring, when he was running against McCain and pounding him about his lack of economic savvy. I wonder what deal McCain had to make with him to result in this change of tone?

    September 17, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. S. Boatman

    Hey Mitt. . . Help America With Our Energy Crisis And Wring The Oil Out Of You Hair!

    September 17, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Rodger

    Don't blame Carly for telling the truth....It's hard to say what the Republian line zig zags more than a lightning!

    September 17, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Al, NY NY

    Well Mitt. What is it? Is he ready or not? Make sure you don't text message or e-mail him since he doesn't have a clue as to how those technologies work

    September 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. MikeH

    It's Mitt in his Magic Underwear spewing incomprehensible jibberish again. Everyone move along, don't stare at the patient, the ward will be along to collect him soon enough.

    September 17, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    I think Governor Romney is just being the good Republican because during the primaries, didn’t he grill McCain for his lack of economic/executive experience? He is just playing ball and hedging on 2012 for another run. At least Governor Romney is a true Republican as opposed to Senator McCain, who is a Republican running against the Republicans.

    September 17, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. father

    I saw your appearance on Morning Joe this morning. When Joe asked you (Mitt Romney) about McCain's Sex Education Ad being a LIE...Your response was pure EVIL. You, McCain and the rest of the campaign are disgusting. Besides the LIE, the perversion is absolutely disgusting. You freaks should be ashamed of yourself. You are the lowest of low!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Olivia

    I saw both interviews. I agree with Romney.

    McCain/Palin. I really like the dynamics.

    September 17, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. B

    Give me a break. McCain: "Quick, get Romney on the phone to say he'd hire me and Sarah, that'll fix it" No thank you.

    September 17, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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