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. Foreign observer

    To rely on advisers who have bad judgement is the worst thing to do. It tells a lot about the jugdement skills of McCain who has chosen them.

    September 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Colo Sprgs, CO

    Caught in their own web of lies. Conservatives.

    September 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. David, Silver Spring, MD

    The McCain camp is eating itself, like the snake devouring its tail.

    In other news, Bill Gates announced a new Windows operating system, while Steve Ballmer told reporters that Microsoft was getting out of the computer business.

    September 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. bumblebe

    How about including the full quote CNN where she states none of the people in this race Obama and Biden included could run HP. How about some transparency and fair reporting CNN instead of the shallowness of your bias. Your doing no service to the American people in reporting in this matter. If you truly believe your candidate which we all have figured out is Obama is the best to run this country then why hide all the pertinent facts and why slant everything out of context?

    September 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Credit Card Republicans

    Your so clever Mitt.

    September 17, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Tony

    Carly Fiorina said that neither McCain, Palin, OBAMA, or BIDEN were qualified to run a major corporation. The main stream media here has been just as bad as the Obama campaign, only reporting half the truth and making this into a much much bigger issue than it needs to be. And considering how sexist the media is, I'm surprised they're not pointing out that Fiorina was fired for nearly running HP into the ground.

    September 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Let's remember all of the executives at Lehman, AIG–were educated and trained to lead corporations–they haven't done so wel..

    Perhaps we shouldn't put such emphasis on the MBA-look where it's gotten us. A lot of highly credentialed, over paid–crooks and idiots.

    September 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Sarah

    Please hire McCain to run your business. I want some of your money to go down in drains.

    September 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Shannon WA.ST. Hillary Supporter

    I hope Romney hires then both maybe he'll do it before the election..Wouldn't that be nice... I just heard Mccain say on GMA if Obama only went to townhall meetings this race wouldn't be so negatvie. Why dont the reporters tell him thats rediculous thing to say.Its like a older brother punching you and saying well if you only did what I ttold you. Come on get over it man... What an idiot..

    September 17, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. AA

    The running jokes just keep on coming.

    Fliona ran HP into the ground and sent a large portion of american jobs to Asia. Then after their stock tanked, she was dismissed and left with a nice multi-million dollar package for her troubles.

    Romney believes in magic underwear, was not able to manage a campaign, receiving about as many votes as Stephen Colbert, .

    I'll say it again...

    Just because someone DID something does not mean that they were GOOD at it. I know a president, a mayor, a fighter pilot, a FEMA head etc. that held positions that they were not good at.

    George Bush went to university... he was a C student, can you tell?

    I can and have cooked, and I actually like my food, but I am no chef.


    September 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Pat from Cali

    google keating 5

    McCain can't fix the economy. He and his advisers are responsible for the problems.

    September 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    It doesn't matter WHAT Romney or anybody else says. Folly is folly. In 2001 Bush and his free market liars told us huge tax cuts for the rich and giant corporations would create millions of new, good paying jobs here at home and make our economy strong. They told us that again with the next round of tax cuts for the rich. And they told us that exporting American jobs and allowing a flood of immigrants was good for our economy. Well, if all those things are "good" I sure don't know what is BAD! Bankruptcies and unemployment are way up; wages are all but frozen; CEO pay and prices for fuel, pharmaceuticals, groceries, and health care are skyrocketing, and we have a record trade deficit and ferderal deficit too. Yet McCain, Romney, and the rest of these free trade moron Republicans want us to vote for more of the same. Unbelievable!!! It would be like burning your hand on the stove and then pressing your face down on the burner too. If the American people vote for McCain/Palin, they will deserve their fate. For me, it's:
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Jim

    Ok, Fiorina's explanation of what she really meant in 3...2...1...

    September 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Alabama Dem

    Mccain knows nothing about the economy crisis. He panders to us and some people are hook line and sinker. With poverty and unemployment building I can not understand why this election is close. People wake up!!! wedge issues are not what is hurting this country. Take it from me the GOP has hijacked the south using wedge issues to get people to vote against their self interest. People believe the lies of the GOP and poverty continues to grow down south, education continues to get cut, and the prisons continue to fill up. Cnn I do not care if you post this you never do, but people are suffering down south, and it is time for a new deal that new deal is OBAMA!

    September 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Romney: “I’d be happy to hire John McCain and Sarah Palin to run a business that I’m an investor in.”

    Well, speaking as someone who's been invested in America all 55 years of my life, I don't want either of these buffoons running my country.

    September 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Helen

    Please Fiorina – If you were a good CEO, you shoul know that your remarks would not be effective in the normal flow of things re the Campaign!

    Come on .... are you for Real?

    Go Mitt Rommey – tell her as it is.!!!!


    September 17, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. First time floridian voter

    Fiorina misinformed? How Sexist!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Did John McCain give any specifics about how he'll fix this country today?

    I was afraid I might have missed something.

    September 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. A, T.

    A looser still making so much noise!
    He could have won the nomination but he was a bad as CEO of his own campaign and subsequently bad decision maker. He doesn't have to be the person to responding anyway!

    September 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. karen-phoenix

    He contradicts McCain-Pelin!!!! I wish he would come out and say what he REALLY thinks!!!! McCain will destroy this country as we know it!!!! And Pelin will blow us up in a war with Russia to get "Jesus back"!! God help us!!!!

    September 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. John

    who cares what this republican thinks....

    or any republican for that matter.

    September 17, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Mitt I Have a Bridge I Can Sell You In Alaska

    Gosh oh golly. No one saw this coming did they?

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Why is it when a poll suggests that 90% of the African Americans are voting for the black candidate - that is not racism.

    But if 90% of the females would vote for the woman candidate than that would be insulting, since they were voting because she was a woman.

    And if 90% of the whites voted for the white candidate, they would be labelled racists.

    Seems a little mixed up don't you think?

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Republicans Hate America

    I guess the dow plunging 700 points in 2 days is a good thing for the fundamentally strong economy.

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Missy

    Thank God Romney didn't get the presidential nomination. He is more confused than McCain, well almost.

    September 17, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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