Voinovich: McCain can't manage
George Voinovich, Ohio's senior senator, said Monday afternoon that John McCain, his Senate colleague and GOP presidential front-runner, is sorely lacking in management experience.
"McCain keeps saying, 'we need a leader; I can hire managers,' but we need a leader who understands management,'' Voinovich said in a meeting with the Enquirer editorial board Monday afternoon.''
"There are big differences between being a mayor or a governor and being a legislator,'' said Voinovich, a former Cleveland mayor and governor of Ohio. "We are facing some serious issues in this country. We need somebody who knows how to run things."
Voinovich has not formally endorsed anyone for the Republican presidential nomination, but he made it clear Monday he favors one his fellow former governors, Mitt Romney, over McCain.
"The person in this race who has the most management experience in the private and public sectors is Mitt Romney,'' said Voinovich.
A story in Monday's Washington Post said that some of McCain's Republican Senate colleagues may have difficulty in accepting McCain as their party's nominees because McCain has tangled with members of his own party over the years.
Asked if he has had any acrimonious disagreements with McCain in the Senate, Voinovich said he had, but wouldn't talk about them specifically.
"I'd rather concentrate on positive things,'' Voinovich said.
Voinovich is not impressed by the management skills of the Democratic contenders for president either.
"Hillary Clinton, she has vicariously managed, I guess,'' Voinovich said. "Barack Obama? Give me a break."