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No Wonder Presidents Get Paid Less

Posted by: Theo Francis on September 16

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has been ubiquitous campaigning for John McCain, making the simultaneous point that business leaders and women can support him and running-mate Sarah Palin.

Yet she says neither Palin nor McCain has the experience to hold down her old job.

When she was asked on KTRS radio's The McGraw Show show whether she thought Palin "has the experience to run a major company like Hewlett-Packard" she said no.

"No, I don’t," Fiorina said. "But you know what, that’s not what she’s running for." Running a corporation, she went on to explain, is different than running the country, and she compared Palin's experience favorably to Barack Obama's. (Hear a snippet of the broadcast or a longer version on YouTube. Or get it from KTRS.)

Later, asked on MSNBC about the comment, she elaborated: "Well, I don't think John McCain could run a major corporation." (Neithercould Obama or Biden, she added. "A major corporation is not the same as being the president or the vice-president of the United States," Fiorina continued. "It is a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company."

Reader Comments


September 22, 2008 03:11 PM

if one could not manage a firm properly, which focused on the people and the product,then, how could she manage the government. l think if a manager fails accomplish the organisational , he or she has failed. Palin is not capable neither Mcain.
From Austria


September 23, 2008 04:05 PM

Some people (the board) would say Ms. Fiorina couldn't run HP either.

Comparing the numbers ...

revenue : 113B
employees : 172,000
CEO Salary : 14M

tax rev. : 14B
population : 670,000
Gov Salary : $83,280

Gov. Palin may not be able to run HP, but she is doing a good job running Alaska which has 3 times the population for 1/15 the salary.


October 13, 2008 01:29 PM

To Cliff: If Palin or McCain isn't cable to run this country, then we are in big trouble because Obama and Biden sure don't have the capacity! McCain/Palin is much much better than the other.


October 14, 2008 02:32 AM

let's stop you mcsame mclin acting like they're innocent enough not to know what is happenings in our country the # 1 AND THE BIG PROBLEM IS OUR ECONOMY,IMMIGRATION REFORM????????? AND PLUS OUR HEALTH INSURANCE AS WELL SO LET'S VOTE FOR OBAMA AND BIDEN.

Erik Meyer

October 14, 2008 04:13 PM

Why is it that the media reported from coast to coast that Fiorina said McCain and Palin are not able to run a company, but ommitt that Fiorina made exactly the same comments about Obama and Biden. There is no headlines anywhere that Obama and Biden are unable to run a company.

Of course, Fiorina was right, none of the 4 candidates does have the capability to run a company. All 4 will probably have the capability to run a country (in to the ground), as all their presecessors have proven.

Nelson Helm

October 18, 2008 03:52 AM

"Why is it that the media reported…"

Because it was an admission against interest. Calling your opponent incompetent is not news. Calling your candidate incompetent is news.


October 20, 2008 06:08 PM

I personally don't believe that Sarah Palin is competent enough to run a coorperation, so how can she run a country? I agree that Obama is focused on the economy, and that is wear we are hurting.

dandak golgak

October 23, 2008 04:37 AM

I wish Americans will see that by electing Barack,they would have led in the revolution that is sweeping the World where race,religion,or region will not dictate the decisions of men but quality and integrity of the human mind.


October 24, 2008 10:36 AM

The last time we had no checks and balances in govt.? JIMMY CARTER. Any Questions?


October 25, 2008 06:11 PM

I personally believe that of all four candidates the record of successful administrative experience small or big belongs to Governor Palin.if you have the skills necessary you will do a good job.the combination of Mccain with his extraordinary giving for his country,his position as a more moderate republican,his skill and experience of so many years in the senate along with the passion and ambition to prove herself as a leader electrifies their ticket and many feel confident the two working together will do a great job if they get elected.The media selling of candidates in this election has become almost boring and annoying.Tina Fey has become boring and repetitive!It is a pity that in this country the average media does not stay neutral in reporting.


November 8, 2008 02:23 PM

Bush was given control of an oil company and promptly ran it into the ground. Apparently his management strategy didn't change much.Now you can't get a Republican to be seen in public with him. Let's remember O'bama took himself from working middle-class to top of his law-school class,and beyond,quite the self-made man.And you..?

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