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. ChuckinCT

    how far is his nose up there? jeez, let it go Mitt, you ain't getting nothing in the future...pathetic

    September 17, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Fed Up


    Doesn't that describe EVERYONE on McSame's derailed "Straight Talk Express?" These morons are running around spreading misinformation and outright lies. When you're not telling the truth, it's not surprising that these contradictions are going to start showing up.

    Romney, Giualiani, Fiorina, and company, are all sickening with how they've all jumped on the party line with all the BS to support McSame and Caribou Barbie.

    I just hope and pray that the American public will open their eyes and recognize this joke for what it is. People do NOT want Bush 44 and those who do need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

    September 17, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. John in Ohio

    Boy I can see now why Romney lost.

    September 17, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Bulldog

    Romney is just another two faced LIAR and is trying to cover for his dear friend Carly who for the first time actually told the truth.

    September 17, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. John in Ohio

    Palin let Wasilla $27 million in debt. I wouldn't hire her to run a PTA bake sale.

    September 17, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. e.j.mohammed

    Why was Romney so hateful towards Barack Obama at the convention it certainly wasn't very Christian like. None of them were and they profess Christian values! I'm so glad I'm not a part of the Republican party!

    September 17, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Joe Reg

    Mitt Romney would have been a better vp pick.

    And as a business man myself, I know Mitt would not have hired McCain or Palin to head his investments companies- what possible return could there be? None!

    Thanks repubs, but no thanks!

    September 17, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. La Raza

    Oh Mittens you're still around? I thought McCain threw you under the bus with Lieberman?

    September 17, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Carly Fiorina is a clown who gotten canned from her CEO gig at HP for spying on her own people. McSame probably promised her a position at the NSA so she could do it to the whole country as Czarina of Domestic Surveillance...

    September 17, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. jimmy


    September 17, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Len in Washington

    More lies and cover-up. The same Republican Party we've all come to know.

    September 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Will in Richmond, VA

    Are you on crack? Quit toeing the party line. Where has either one of them shown that they have what it takes to run a fortune 500 company? That is a very specific skill and experience set. It requires a great deal of focus (that McCain surely hasn't shown). Palin could barely manage a small town, actually having very few legitimate responsibilities as the town manager of Wasilla does most of the work.

    I think you're mistaken.

    September 17, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    Romney, Rothchild, Mrs. McSame the Millionieress, WHO'S THE ELITIST????????

    September 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. bob in LA

    If Mitt believes Sarah is qualified to run Hewlett Packard then I'm glad to see he's on the sidelines.
    His comment cannot possibly be based on anything but political bias.
    Wasilla has 5500 peple and 42 meth labs. Why would a town that small need so many drugs? Adn, why as mayor and now govenor hasn't Sarah Barracuda done anything about it?Sounds fishy to me!

    September 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Tim

    Does anyone find it ironic that Fiorina, the former CEO of H-P, is saying that none of the candidates can be a CEO, when H-P is now shedding thousands and thousands of jobs? Sounds like she isn't up to the task of being a CEO either!

    September 17, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Tess, Dallas

    How about Obama's running mate Joe Biden? Is this the same guy who sticks to his own words that Obama doesn't have enough experience to be a leader of the United States?

    Obama, don't even try to compare yourself with Palin let along John McCain. To me you have nothing to prove but words blah blah blah.....

    September 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. James

    LMAO! I love how they send Romney up to say he would hire both, LMAO! What a joke! I wouldn't hire either of them. Palin isn't even qualified to work at Burger King, LMAO!

    September 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    And YES Romney IS irrelevant. What an ELITIST!!

    September 17, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Republican for Obama

    Hey Mitt, how's the smell down there behind McCain?

    It amazes me when party talking heads on both sides repeat the same lines over and over. Carly has been the sexist attack dog because being a woman they think gives her more credibility on the issue. But then she spoke the truth (gasp!). Now they are running crazy trying to find out why she didn't get the cue cards.

    September 17, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Lamps

    Mitt knows what he is talking about.

    McCain*Palin 08

    September 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. M.Serafin

    ENE M DIAZ, please, so with McCains many many years of office, why did he not do anything ?? and come on, the republicans have had the office many times in hi lifetime .... All he is going to bring is Bush 3 and 4th term...

    September 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Britt

    It should be noted that she said that neither Palin, McCain, Obama or Biden could run the business. In reporting, please use ALL important information. News should be objective.

    September 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Luke - FL

    Rodger – "Obama has proved himself by running a complex successfull campaign. He stays on line and tells the truth…it'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!!!!"

    Oh PLEASE....just admit you're a life-long Democrat who would vote for Pee Wee Herman if he was the Democratic Nominee. Who cares about this article? It's the Independents like me that will decide this election, on who we feel will be best as President, not you hard-core Dems spouting the same old crap.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 17, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. GOBAMA!!

    In other words the GOP is saying "Oh crap, she messed up, let's send a former business owner to help patch up the already busted dam" GOP is losing ground fast. McCain and Palin are both full of lies and excuses. Typical politician. Cindy McCain....the TRUE elitest.

    September 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. matt

    you people are idiots. the same thing happens to democrats after they lose – remember everything hillary said about obama? open your eyes and look at both sides. Holding on to this double standard only shows your lack of intelligence.

    September 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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