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??," Fiorina said. "But you know what, that?? not what she?? 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."