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. Not4MoreYears

    I say get John McGoo out of the picture, then you can have Matt Damon's perfect "bad Disney movie" ticket: Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.

    If that doesn't scare you, I can't imagine what will.

    September 17, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. EC

    Okay... whose on first base? The McCain-Palin Camp are so confused they don't even know who is qualified and who is NOT anymore. John McCain's surrogates continue to "contradict" themselves over and over.


    I mean John McCain has these surrogates talking for HIM and they are doing a TERRIBLE JOB AND they seem to do nothing but contradict John McCain's policies!!! Unbelievable.

    With FRIENDS like these, you certainly don't need any enemies!

    HA! HA! HA! Can you say "open mouth....insert foot".

    GEE, what a bunch of morons!!

    AND this is WHO the Republicans WANT as their leader, Bozo the Clown?

    September 17, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Fiorina is right..

    If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're NOT qualified to become the country's second highest ranking
    executive, a heartbeat away from the top job.

    September 17, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. AT in NJ

    Why do they keep posting ANYTHING by Romney? I bet some Republicans wish he would go away.

    September 17, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. MD woman

    I think they should all meet...get their stories straight...then appear on news channels.

    Well, at least they're appearing...where's PALIN?

    September 17, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Rodger

    Obama has proved himself by running a complex successfull campaign. He stays on line and tells the's constant! The Republicans "don't know what the truth is" they keep changing their policies and tell out and out lies...they can't help it....that their way!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Republi-Con

    I think they would make excellent CEO's...just like the CEOs of Enron, HP, Lehmann Bros etc.. Unscrupulous, unethical, shortsighted, greedy Liars and thieves who would run the company into the ground in a heartbeat. I wouldn't put them in charge of my company but I'd recommend them to my competitors...

    September 17, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Tired of W, OH

    Good boy, Romney! Here's a treat. Now, roll over, sit, beg. Your master, McCain, has trained you so well.

    September 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Amy

    And the face-saving begins...

    September 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Brian

    Obviously not content with just flip-flopping for his own political gain... Mitt Romney is flip-flopping for OTHER PEOPLE!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Dave

    Is there anyone left who cares what this moron thinks?

    September 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Jim,Atlanta

    See how I supported a man who I properly said had no economic credentials whatsoever.........yes I accept your nomination for 2012.

    September 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. L in Virginia

    I watched Romney this morning when John Roberts played a clip of Mitt back in April saying that McCain knows nothing about the economy and goes further to say he would be a disaster running it! Mitts response was" well, I was running against him, of course"

    Whatever Mitt – You clearly meant what you said.

    September 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Angus

    Fiorina DESTROYED HP. No way would I trust her business skills. Romney, on the other hand, has been financially successful in everything he has done. Too bad so many can't see past the religion issue...

    September 17, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    You wouldn't be looking for a political pay-back.......would you Rommey?

    September 17, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. We love Sarah

    Democrats for McCain

    If our economy is this strong, why is our government bailing out ALL these FAILING private companies?

    How did you get this stupid?

    September 17, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. georgia independent

    Romney – you are IRRELEVANT. Go away – you can't fix it.

    Keep Carly around!

    September 17, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. mary, colorado springs

    Kaatiec, you are right, Fiorina DID get fired by HP for incompetence and screw-ups. She will fit right in with McCan't and his staff of liars.

    September 17, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    18 MILLION PEOPLE VOTED FOR OBAMA to lead the country.

    NOT based on his experience but based on his VISION

    Sarah won't even meet with reporters on her plane...forget about even having a vision!


    It is the logical progression of credit failures.

    All because Republican leadership failed to protect taxpayers from greed.

    You'll see. Before the end of this year, maybe 1st quarter of next year.

    How does it effect you?…

    Your credit cards will be cancelled.
    Your credit line will be cut.
    You'll be forced to pay outstanding balance on your card.

    September 17, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. lindapuma

    That is sooooo shocking!

    September 17, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Des,Toronto

    This is the same guy who said McCain knew absolutely nothing about the economy a few short months ago. They are still missing the point,it's the republicans' trickle down economic policies of giving the most to the wealthiest every single time.Create jobs my FOOT! not everyone making over $250 K owns a business,chances are they will buy another yacht with their big tax breaks while you make $7 an hour...SINFUL.

    Obama – Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Dave September 17th, 2008 10:16 am ET

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

    But the issue is that she's a high-level Palin/McCain campaign advisor. We would expect her to say Obama and Biden can't run HP, but to say it about her own people is news.

    I apologize for trying to inject logic into the Ticker.

    September 17, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Gimmick FIRST

    <Can we go back and replay a few videos of Mitt stating McCain's lack of economic knowledge?


    Mitt, this is like Fiorina saying in a few weeks from now that McCain can run her former HP company.

    Forgive Mitt, he loves to Flip Flop!

    September 17, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Amy

    Hey Mitt, go ahead, hire Palin. Then watch as she fires everyone in the company and replaces them with her friends from high school. Watch as she and her husband make the big budget decisions, leaving just about everybody in the company out of the inner circle. She'll need a tanning bed in the company, and if you could move it closer to her home, like she wanted to move Alaska's state capital, that'd be swell. She'll also need private email accounts, so that company business won't show up on the official company transcripts. Are you getting all this, Mitt?
    No Way! No McCain! No Palin!

    September 17, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. paul oregon

    milt a repub.what more can you say,

    September 17, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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