From The Telegraph:
Carly Fiorina, who rose from a secretarial position to become chief executive of the technology giant Hewlett-Packard, made the gaffes in two separate interviews.
First she was asked by a radio host – who had just praised her own business record – that since Mr McCain “thinks Mrs Palin has the experience to be president … do you think she has the experience to run a major company like Hewlett-Packard?”
Miss Fiorina replied: “No, I don’t. That’s not what she is running for.”
Asked later in a television interview about her remark, Ms Fiorina said: “Well, I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation.”
Miss Fiorina has since had planned television appearances cancelled.
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So, Carly is off the campaign circuit for the time being. I wonder if she will continue as one of Captain Underpants’s economic advisers. You know, Captain Underpants, the guy who is totally for deregulation before he is against it. From Politico:
In the swing state of New Mexico on Thursday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) plans to argue that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hurt everyday workers with his longtime support for deregulation.
In March, McCain told The Wall Street Journal: “I’m always for less regulation.”
Yesterday, McCain complained on CNN about regulators who were “asleep at the switch for the last couple of years.”
McCain added on CNBC: “We need to catch up with oversight and regulation and transparency, but, obviously, we don’t want to burden average citizens with overregulation and government bureaucracy. And I’m proud to be a Teddy Roosevelt Republican, who said unfettered capitalism leads to corruption. And we’ve got to fix this.”
Obama aides say he will say that when regular folks needed someone to protect them, “John McCain wasn’t there. The life savings of working people are now at risk because he didn’t do it.”
Which brings us back to Carly. What did she, Captain Underpants economic adviser, say about regulation/deregulation?
Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) [McCain] has criticized Wall Street chief executive officers as “disgraceful” for “making off with tens of millions in severance.”
Last year, though, he opposed a measure passed by the U.S. House that would have allowed shareholders to hold nonbinding votes on executive pay.
McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb said yesterday that any “legislative solution will quickly be circumvented” by companies, so McCain “has sought to use the bully pulpit to encourage shareholders to take control of the situation.”
Obama introduced a similar bill in the Senate that never came to a vote.
Carly Fiorina, another McCain economic adviser, said in a 2006 interview that government shouldn’t interfere in executive compensation. “I certainly don’t think regulation is the way to go,” she said. When Fiorina was ousted as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. in 2005 the company reported paying her a severance package of more than $21 million.
Anyone else feeling a little dizzy?