Carly Gives McCain Eyes in His Business Blind Spot

Presumptive GOP nominee leans heavily on former HP chief Fiorina
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 7:35 PM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, is seated with former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is all John McCain could ever ask for in an ambassador to the business classes, Daniel Gross writes on Slate. For every bit of Mac’s personal discomfort talking about economic issues, Fiorina is pure ease—and might even be able to roll back the damage George Bush has done to the GOP’s Wall Street coalition.

Fiorina is “tailor-made for McCain”: A California moderate and a globalist, she penned a memoir called Tough Choices. An economic downturn typically means Americans don’t want to hear what CEOs have to say, but for the presumptive Republican nominee—who has described economics as “not something I’ve understood as well as I should”—the quick-witted Fiorina is an A+.