Fiorina Doesn't Think McCain, Palin Could Be a CEO

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2008 8:38 PM CDT
Carly Fiorina listens as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters aboard the campaign airplane en route to Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, April 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and a top financial adviser of John McCain, found herself backtracking in a hurry today after stating flatly that Sarah Palin—and later, John McCain—could not run a big company, the Boston Globe reports. Asked on a radio station whether she thought Palin had CEO skills, Fiorina said, "No, I do not. But that's not what she's running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things."

Later, in an attempt to clarify, Fiorina said she also didn't think McCain "could run a major corporation." But neither, she added, could Barack Obama or Joe Biden. "It's a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company," she said. The Obama camp responded quickly: "If John McCain's top economic adviser doesn't think he can run a corporation, how on Earth can he run the largest economy in the world in the midst of a financial crisis?"