Neither John McCain nor his running mate Sarah Palin is capable of running a large business, one of the Republican presidential candidate’s top economic advisors said Tuesday.

Carly Fiorina, the former chairman of Hewlett Packard, and a senior economics advisor to McCain was asked by a local Missouri radio: "Do you think (Palin) has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett Packard?"

"No, I don’t," Fiorina replied, before adding. "But you know what? That’s not what she’s running for."

Palin, the governor of Alaska, was McCain’s surprise pick for the party’s vice presidential nominee and was endorsed by the Republican convention earlier this month.

Fiorina said she believed that Palin "has more experience" than McCain’s Democratic rival Barack Obama has in the executive branch of government.

Asked later by the MSNBC news channel if she regretted what she had said about Palin’s business acumen, Fiorina replied: "Well, I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation."

Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor wondered why, if McCain’s advisor did not think he was capable of running a business, she thought he could run the world’s biggest economy in the midst of a financial crisis.

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