August 16th, 2007
08:52 AM ET
7 years ago

Rove slams 'fatally flawed' Clinton

Rove sharply criticized Clinton Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – He may plan to take a break from presidential politics, but soon-to-be ex-White House aide Karl Rove isn't holding back when it comes to his critique of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

On conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh's show Wednesday, Rove predicted the New York Democrat would win her party's nomination but said she was "fatally flawed" and would ultimately lose the race for the White House.

"There is no frontrunner who has entered the primary season with negatives as high as she has in the history of modern polling," said Rove, who announced Tuesday he was resigning his White House post. (Listen to Rove's comments on Bush, Clinton)

"She is going into the general election, depending on what poll you look at, with high forties on the negative side and just below that on the positive side. There is nobody who has ever won the presidency who has started out in that position," the man also known as "Bush's brain" added. (Related: Clinton happy to give Rove 'heartburn')

Rove also fired back at Clinton's recent campaign ad in which the former First Lady states, "If you're a family that is struggling and you don't have health care, you are invisible to this president."

"I am a little surprised she jumped out there and made such an accusation when she has a record so spotty and poor on health care issues," he said.

Phil Singer, a Clinton spokesman, brushed aside Rove's critique of her favorability numbers, saying, "It sounds like Karl Rove is writing Sen. Obama's talking points."

"The reality is that as the campaign now gets under way, Sen. Clinton's ratings are improving because Americans are seeing that she has the strength and experience to deliver change," he added.

TIME.com: Rove's final retreat 

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. Scott M., MI

    You people are being duped. The Clintons have been buddies with the Bush family for a long time. Karl Rove was a close personal friend of Bush Sr. and was chosen by him to run GWBs campaign. Rove left to privately consult Hillary's campaign.

    This whole Democrat/Republican hatefest is just a show. The same puppet masters are pulling the strings for both top-tier candidates. Both sides will win their nominations to the anger of the left/right bases. And America loses.

    You will get nothing Hillary has promised, but you will get more war, more taxes, less freedom, and less privacy. In other words, it will be business as usual.

    The democrats need to mount an insurrection within their party to prevent this. We republicans are working on our side. If we do not, no matter which party wins, we the people will lose. Stop being partisan and make neighbors with each other. We are all Americans and our country is at risk of being destroyed. It is time to come together people.

    August 20, 2007 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
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