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September 16th, 2008
03:09 PM ET

Palin doesn't have the experience to run HP

Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO turned John McCain Victory chair, said Tuesday that Sarah Palin isn’t qualified to run her old company.

Appearing on a KTRS Radio show in St. Louis, Fiorina was asked by the host, “Do you think she has the experience to run a major company like Hewlett Packard?”

“No, I don’t,” Fiorina answered. “But that’s not what she’s running for. Running a corporation is a different set of things."

"I would just remind you that it is Barack Obama who is running for president," she continued. "John McCain who is running for president.”

Fiorina contended that while Palin may not be up the task of running a multi-billion dollar IT company, she does have more relevant governing experience than Obama does.

“I find it quite stunning actually that the Barack Obama campaign is questioning Sarah Palin's experience,” Fiorina said. “She’s got more executive experience than he does and she is the vice presidential nominee, Barack Obama is the presidential nominee.”

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  1. Mac

    Carly F. didn't have the know how to run H.P.! In fact, her comments today are a great snapshot of her genuine reasoning/interpersonal skills! She was effectively canned from HP though still got her golden parachute to coast on.

    By the way, could someone please bring to the table a conversation about "KEATING FIVE" ?? John McCain, Arizona, and Keating Five, seems to have been brushed under the carpet. McCain should be pressed on this event, particularly in light of the economy & the market today.

    September 16, 2008 at 11:12 pm |
  2. tom cassidy-florida

    Listen, its a lot harder being the c.e.o. of hp, than being the second most powerful person on the planet!

    September 16, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  3. a davy

    The Clinton years...After 8 years of Bush the media is looking to blame the Clinton for the failures in our investment sector today. Were we better off 8 years ago than we are today? The media and Clinton haters did everything they could to keep Hillary off the ticket. You won. I just wish you were the only ones paying the price for gas and the woes of the economy today. I can't support the Demo ticket, for the 1st time in my life I'm voting Republican.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  4. tillet

    I find it appalling that the news media in America have not demanded a no holds bar interview with Sarah Pailin. Anderson, its your duty to inform Americans and you guys at cnn are not doing your job.
    Demand an interview and if the Mccain people refuse then aggressively pursue it until they give in.

    Tillet
    Canada

    September 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  5. Cory

    As a young woman, I am honestly very frightened about where this country is headed if these two "mavericks" are elected. McCain will do anything in his power to try to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania to the point where he will choose a VP candidate to benefit himself...forget choosing a running mate that will actually benefit the citizens of this great nation. Palin is a religious fanatic who believes the Iraq war is "God's Will"....as a Christian, I am SHOCKED that another "proclaimed Christian" would EVER declare the death of our brothers and sisters is GOD's WILL. A wise man once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." And this election day I will be doing the ABSOLUTE BEST thing for this nation by voting Obama/Biden '08!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    With the problems we have right now, especially the economic ones, are any of these people qualified to be President? Obama has no experience; McCain and Biden have long term Senate experience but that isn't exactly executive experience; Palin who has executive experience looks good on the surface but only at the surface. It may be that one side is no better than the other and we won't be able to tell much difference from the past 8 years no matter who we elect. I hope not but it is a possibility.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 16, 2008 at 9:56 pm |
  7. David

    Well, the media really is not doing its job to go more in-depth about issues and character related to Palin and the process of choosing her by the so-called maverick. I have come to realize that the media has been captured by republicans, inlcuding CNN. It would be the only sensible explanation of why even Anderson have not press for accountability of why this unqualified woman was chosen for VP. Just imagine if Obama would have commited the same mistake that so -called country first did. Just imagine, even Anderson and CNN would be having a field day. Yet, McCain gets as free pass. Unforgiven!

    September 16, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  8. Daniel va

    Well john I think you are as idiot as McCain, Palin. No wander why you are on their side....

    September 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm |
  9. Lisa

    I am so sick of hearing about Palin I could puke. Has the media completely forgotten who the candidates are running for President.?Obama and McCain are the people running and they couldn't buy media coverage since the GOP convention.The women I know are proud that Hillary and Sara have reached sucess but we have to ask...
    What self respecting woman, who has just received nomination for the second highest office in the land, introduces herself to millions by stating "I'm just a hockey mom but really I'm a pitbull with lipstick". All we ask is that the media cover the candidates fairly and equally. PLEASE ask tough questions on the issues; we only have six weeks left.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:07 pm |
  10. john

    I'll take Sarah's " inexperience" over Obama's shady pass and lack of executive decisions. If he becomes president, this country will have a recession worst then what we are in now.

    September 16, 2008 at 8:59 pm |
  11. Daniel va

    Understand that ,she is having right now many problems with her lies on every corner of her 'supposedly' leadership as mayor, or governor.Now McCain and her have been labelled has not enough competent to lead a small company. The government have 1.8 millions employees to manage, how they gone do it. If you take 5 years in 5 different colleges to achieve a BA in journalism for Palin and McCain the 5 th below of his class, because ....blablabla.. Tell me if a guy from Harvard with a law degree and president of the university is more truthful

    September 16, 2008 at 8:58 pm |
  12. bdm

    i'm sorry but if miss palin intends to be the vp of the united states, will someone explain to me how she's ready to lead our nation but not ready to hold her own in a room full of journalists? good grief...

    September 16, 2008 at 8:52 pm |
  13. Shane

    Guess what folks, I am sure she thinks neither Obama and Biden can't be CEO either? why? Because presidents and vice presidents DONT run the economy, people do ! Yes they can help alieviate the economy with alot of ways but running a CEO you need an economic degree and be able to balance economic sheets and so on ???????

    September 16, 2008 at 8:40 pm |
  14. DB

    Melissa,
    You are not and never were a Republican.

    September 16, 2008 at 8:37 pm |
  15. Peter

    WOW! It's really sad that all the other good candidates with possibly the right experience and record, have been passed over. Has our parties selected the best; to represent America's interests, here and abroad. Quite frankly, I think McCain kept his choice of Palin a secret so he could broadside Obama. An Obama-Clinton ticket would have been a whole lot stronger. But we're talking gender now and Palin has some kind of magnetic attraction that's seems to be fueling the McCain ticket. Obviously, McCain is cashing in on the female factor. I think Palin's cards are beginning to run out. She is over her head and sounds like an echo in McCain's shadow. Listen to what she's saying, no real substance other than just everyday talk. I'm tired of listening to Palin and McCain repeat the same comments over and over at every rally. Obama speaks from the heart, not reading his cue cards. Let's talk about the real problems and offer real solutions. Stop lying! One more thing, why are the Republican's protecting her from resolving "Troopergate?" It's too familiar.... who's above the law?

    September 16, 2008 at 8:21 pm |
  16. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Look folks enough already ! What we need is a president who care about the People of America and the fundamental principals of our Constitution. Not all this non sense.
    For God’s sake and for OUR sake do we really need Four more years of the last Eight. Put all the Red Neck Hee Haw Kill all them thar Rag Heads and Religious Right nonsense behind. Throw it in the Trash for that is where it belongs. Of course Palin couldn’t come close to running HP but Carly Fiorina did nothing but outsource more HIGH Paying Professional jobs overseas during her reign. She did little or nothing to strengthen this nation economically or in any other way. She is hardly beyond reproach in this regard. She actually if I remember correctly chastise Americans for not being as capable as foreign workers due to education.
    Just what has she done to improve her percieved views and is she really one of those so consumed wih Greed that she only REALLY cares about corporate Profits at the expense of our Nation and it’s Security ? I THINK LITTLE OR NOTHING ! HPis nothing more than a store front for Asain Manfacturing Facilities ! … and in the past it’s been the money from Home Equity loans that has provided the capital for HP’s COMMUNIST Chinese Manufacturers to reap the ‘rewards’.
    I can certainly see where she could support Palin. Palin’s the perfect example of everything that those who seek power and wealth seek to manipulate . Hell G W Bush did it in the last election and it gave him another four years to help his already very wealthy friends and power seekers. Why not prey on the ignorance of certain segments of the masses yet again ?

    September 16, 2008 at 8:09 pm |
  17. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    I bet Sarah Palin has enough experience to be a VP at Hewlett Packard.

    To Julie Roads - Obama's state senate congressional district was only a population of approximately 250,000. 750,000 is the estimate for the entire U.S. Congressional 13th District in IL which was not represented by Obama. In order to hire Obama as a community organizer, an initial grant of $25,000 was given by the Woods Fund (which Obama later served on its board with Bill Ayers). From that, Obama received a salary of approximately $10,000 – $12,000 plus auto expenses. Obama only had a staff of 13, and the rest were volunteers. If as a community organizer Obama ended up with a budget of $400,000 I wonder where that money was spent since it wasn't spent on the people who lived in the Projects that Obama was working with.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:52 pm |
  18. Frank

    IF The American people wants McCain and Palin in Office,then they better prepare for the consequences, they don't know what they are doing,they are Lying way too much,we can not afford to put them in office ,they said they want to get rid of corruption in politics while they themselves are corruption,shame on them!

    September 16, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Are you kidding me? You think she doesn't have the know how to run Hewlett Packard, but she does have the experience to be #2 in the land? What is wrong with this picture??

    September 16, 2008 at 7:38 pm |
  20. Rachelle

    This truly shows that Americans haven't learned a thing since 2000 and 2004. I know they would like to put the blame on Bush but the honest truth is they (not we) elected him because they wanted to have a beer with him and when he and Wall St were to drunk to manage the market they put US yes all of us in the whole. Now it appears they would like to go hunting with a lying, rooten tooten abstinence only but I had sex and got pregnant and rushed to the alter to elope before anyone would notice and to ignorant to teach preventative method now my daughter is pregnant and we are forcing her baby's dad to marry her which will not happen after the elections any way, fiscal leaving my town in red conservative who doesn't need to tell the truth because Americans would rather elect a dishonest white woman than a dignified black black man no matter how good he may be for the country, hockey mom who by the way doesn't have a clue about national security other than the fading crammed information Bush's staff provided for her!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  21. Kevin Lee

    I would have more respect for Mrs. Palin as VP. if she had half the experience as Joe, and was more in tune with the trouble Americans are facing, rather than her popularity.
    Maybe with all the media coverage and popularity she could get on AMERICAN IDOL and really make a difference, and leave the business of changing the government to the pros like Obama & Biden.
    This is not a beauty contest and we as Americans are facing hard times. Lets start talking issues and forget the lipstick.
    Yes Mrs. Palin you are somewhat pretty now lets move on.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm |
  22. Joe Ayala

    funny how they want the sarah palin probe "of abusing her powers" as governor for an illegal firing. sure it's just accusation but isnt that why there are investigations for? seeking the truth? finding the wrong doers and hopely to correct a wrong?

    if she's done no wrong then dont stop it only the guilty hides and tries to intervine or halt such things.

    suddenly the GOP's darling is not so glamorus as once they thought.
    the clock is nearly midnight. tic-toc, tic-toc.

    let the truth be known. we deserve the truth.

    tic-toc, tic-toc, tic-toc.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  23. Joe Dallas/Fort Worth

    We dems need not worry about Palin. I don't think this country will risk having a Sarah Palin as president. You see, the republicans will soon have to put her in the shadows and McCain back into the spotlight. When that happens it will be smooth sailing for Obama/Biden. Don't worry guys, we got this one!

    September 16, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  24. Paula Henry in Michigan

    I am ASHAMED to say that I have voted for the GOP since 1976. I was a FOX junkie, and as military, in the USANG, I was pro Bush and alienated many of my friends.

    For the first time, I am voting Democrat, and have re-registered her in MI as a Democrat (much to the dismay of my father). As an RN, I am appalled at John & Cindy McCains get out of federal prison card on her use of drugs. I am ashamed to vote for ANY man that has cheated on his wife (I did not vote for Clinton). And, I absolutely ABHOR Sarah Palin, and now with all the lies about the Bridge to Nowhere and Troopergate I hope that my vote, and my immediate family's 14 additional Democrat votes will help Obama/Biden win.

    Oh, and PS, I am 52, white, ex Military, in the medical profession and neither I or my 14 like female coworkers who all support Obama have ever been polled, and I have a landline.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:14 pm |
  25. Sandy, Arkansas

    Nor do any of the candidates! They probably do not qualify as plumbers, nurses, mechanics, economist, pilots,etc. but that does not mean they could not have enough common sense and intelligence to be our Commander in Chief. Perhaps the best qualification would be someone who can identify with some of the above professionals and the waitress, the mother, the father, the mailman, etc. George W. Bush has a MBA from Harvard but it didn't seem to help with the common sense end of making decisions. Barack Obama has a law degree from Harvard but does that really mean a lot? Former President Harry Truman didn't have a lot of education but most people give him credit for common sense and good judgment. Why doesn't the media get off the "gotcha" kick of disecting every interview that anyone gives and trying to spin it? I believe they will find this tactic will backfire. Personally, I don't have a lot that makes me idetify with Harvard graduates...nor do I think they can identify with my problems. Maybe that is why Sarah Palin has gotten the attention she has...she is one of the many who usually have no one to speak with them and for them.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
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