August 20th, 2007
09:52 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton: Karl Rove 'obsessed with me'

Senator Hillary Clinton, D-New York

(CNN)Senator Hillary Clinton said she does not expect any support of her candidacy from outgoing White House political adviser Karl Rove, despite his recent public discussion of her campaign.

"Well, I don't think Karl Rove's going to endorse me," the Democrat from New York joked Sunday, during a debate with the other Democratic candidates in Des Moines. "That becomes more and more obvious. But I find it interesting he's so obsessed with me."

On Sunday, Rove expanded on his recent comments regarding Clinton's candidacy. He says voters' opinion of Senator Hillary Clinton are a problem for her.

"She enters the general election campaign with the highest negatives of any candidate in the history of the Gallup poll," Rove said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It just says people have made an opinion about her. It's hard to change opinions once you've been a high-profile person in the public eye, as she has for 16 or 17 years."

Rove would not say whether the GOP was hoping to ultimately face Clinton in the general election. "It's going to be what it's going to be," he said. "The Democrats are going to choose the Democratic nominee and the Republicans are going to choose the Republican nominee."

When asked for his opinions on Illinois Senator Barack Obama, another Democratic front runner for the nomination, Rove was less vocal, "I've said enough," he said.

Rove, President Bush's political strategist, adviser, and the man Bush called the architect of his 2004 re-election bid - announced his resignation from his White House position Monday and will leave his post at the end of August.

– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Race to '08
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Rove's fixation with Hillary Clinton is so obvious.

    Rove's value, legacy and worth is a direct reflection of how history will view George W. Bush.

    If Hillary becomes president and: balances the budget when "W" couldn't; gets Osama bin Laden when "W" couldn't; restores our stature in the world after "W" tore it down; enacts environmental responsibility without messing up the economy (as "W" says it would); gets American conservatives, liberals, Republicans and Democrats to work together instead of splitting them apart ... then George W. Bush's presidency will be viewed as a great lie and Rove will be discredited and relegated to the backwaters of history.

    No wonder Karl is concerned. He might never be regarded as a miracle worker again.

    August 19, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. xtina chicago IL

    Reply to Tulsa Bobby:

    Clinton's budget surplus had nothing to do with the Clinton himself - we can thank conservative Alan Greenspan for that.

    And, I keep repeating over and over, Hillary is not running against the "current administration!" Let's focus on the acccomplishments of the main contenders : Romney , Clinton, Obama, Giuliani and what successes and experience they have; comparing Mrs. Clinton to President Bush doesn't prove anything!

    August 19, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. kel --- n carolina

    "I'm also obsessed with her – and her defeat as the Democratic death wish nominee "

    WICKED GOOD !!

    August 19, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. dee, seattle, wa

    Rove's ONLY purpose in life is to bring HIllary down. Rove is a very very evil man...and IS NOT A GENIUS. His only genius is playing up lies and deceptions to gain his own way.

    August 19, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. David, Salinas, CA

    Lots of current polling numbers here for the hardcore political junkies:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/latestpolls/index.html

    August 19, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Allan Hanson 2623 Julie Court Cameron Park, Ca. 95682

    It means that the Republican party is scared to death that Hilary will be the Democratic cadidate and will tromp the Republican candidate. Name me one cadidate that has no " baggage ", and most if not all have more than Hillary.
    She will be the candidate and the next President. Better get used to it
    Go Hillary

    August 19, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. CJ, Catlettsburg, Ky.

    Let us see now. In the past seven years, we have all been LIED to, DECEIVED, watched as our country INVADED another, lost a countless number of our young men and women in Iraq, watched as our own people have been left to die in the aftermath of a hurricane, watched as our country has been taken toward bankruptcy, been sitting ducks as China imports deadly tainted products, and witnessed dishonest little weasels leave this current administration. Who cares what Rove has to say about anything? I do not believe that anyone tied to this administration would know what the TRUTH was if it fell out of heaven and hit them all on top of the head! Hillary exemplifies strength in the female gender, and she is not afraid to speak her mind. Perhaps she has made a few bad decisions, but who in Washington has not? We have all come to see a society who seems intent on dictating to women what they can and can not do. CHOICE remains imperative for women; no hospital has the right to dictate that women who deliver babies must breastfeed; and, GOD only knows what they are going to come up with next, barefoot, pregnant, no rights, and muzzle on mouth. EXCUSE ME, but if you are a woman, and you do not see this for what it is, we are all going to go hundreds of steps back. Currently, I like John Edwards, but if Hillary is the democratic candidate, I will support her. One thing is for sure, she could not do any worse than George Bush!

    August 19, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Russell, NC

    If Hillary wins the nomination, it will be a shoo in for the Republications.

    August 19, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I think Rove should put his money $$$$$$(American Made) where his mouth is. Take some of your easy earned dollars Karl and get in the race! Your chains have been cut, your free to roam and do as you please. Take on the Run for President! C'Mom Jump in!
    Let's see you face off with Hillary! And let's see then how much hatred there is in America for Hillary Clinton when you jump into the race!
    A Movie whose ratings would have all Networks in a sweat to monopolize! :-)

    Let's see if you can swallow it as well as you can dish it out!

    August 19, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. James, Los Angeles, CA.

    The Rove m.o. is to trash and attempt to annihilate his opponent no matter what. He is always up to some sort of evil and plots to steal elections as he has done with the past two. That will end this election and what a joy to hear Senator Clinton calling him and this wretched administration on their evil. He is obsessed with her because he knows she will win. The republicans have done so much damage to the country and halted all progress made-Rove, Bush and Cheney should be jailed for their crimes against America.

    August 19, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Gary Penley

    Some critics were obseessed with Adolph Hitler, too, and rigfhtfully so.

    August 19, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Hillary is by far the MOST unqualified candidate the Democrats could ever endorse. Can one even imagine a Female Hormonal, loud, crass President like her... battling Fundamentalist Islamic Extremists when Muslims don't even acknowlege 'the Female Gender?' Or, can one even imagine a Hillary Cabinet Meeting? Or, Hillary handling Iran's Radical Extremist Leader, or making International decisions with China? Why would ANY Democrat want a person other than a strong, experienced man such as Biden? Makes no sense.

    August 19, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Maria, Houston

    He just stated the obvious. Mrs. Clinton IS too polarizing. As for her experiences – she is a highly skilled political insider, but so is Nancy Pelosi and how much did that help us? Democratic Congress has ratings as low as George Bush...It is amusing that audiences get weepy watching "Dave" and Jimmy Stewart taking on Washington, but when there is a real opportunity to elect a thoughtful man of integrity,substance and fresh ideas – he is accused of "lack of experience". In what? Lying,cheating,pretending and spinning? And we call that "strong" or "though" ? People in this country and around the world need to be inspired, they need to look up to U.S. leader with respect and I am sorry, Mrs. Clinton with her high negative ratings after all these years in politics clearly is not that person. Mrs. Clinton's supporters should be careful assuming that Obama and Edwards base will support her if she is nominated...If majority of Democrats are so self destructive that they decide to eat their young,I don't want to be any part of that... I voted for Bill Clinton twice, but I won't do it again. Give Barack Obama a chance.

    August 19, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Gary Penley

    Go Hillary! Go girl! Become the Democratic nominee, then your own history will bring you down like the total phony that you are.
    A Republican.

    August 19, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Hillary is acctually flattered by Karl Rove's comments.... which are the only good and constructive comments she'll ever receive. Persons who believe in Hillary Clinton are also 'Fatally Flawed.' This will stick forever. Kudos, Karl Rove!

    August 19, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. David, Los Angeles, CA

    So Karl Rove has graduated from ruining the Bush Administration with his bad advice to ruining the 2008 election as well? The Clinton-hating Republicans are so transparent and phony it boggles the mind, planting doubts about Hillary now so they won't face a heavyweight in 2008. Not gonna happen, been there done that already. In 2004, when we should have nominated Dean, the GOP planted stories about how "electable" Kerry was and effectively used to MSM to destroy Howard's campaign. We all know how electable Kerry turned out to be.

    Now, they want us to believe Clinton, whom 60% of Americans don't hate and who is topping everybody in recent polling, is too divisive to win...oh, really? Hmmm, wonder why they weren't worried about divisiveness when they were busy nominating and electing Reagan and Bush? Oh, yes, because they know the only thing people understand and respect at the end of the day is strength. Mrs. Clinton has that in bucketloads, which is why they're terrified of her.

    The smear and scorch tactics that worked on Kerry won't fly with the Clintons. Hillary and Bill will destroy them. It drives them nuts that the Democratic frontrunner is a candidate who has the chops to beat them at their own game. And the more outlandish Republican attacks on Hillary become, the more people will sympathize and rally around her.
    Given that the best the GOP has to offer is an adulterous 9/11 opportunist who can't even run his own household properly, let alone the country; a pandering Iraq-loving has been from Arizona; a lazy wishy-washy actor; and a flip flopping Mormon, we'll take our chances with a strong, experienced woman with ten times more smarts, strength and experience than your twice elected Texas cowboy. Thanks for the advice though, Karl!

    August 19, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. VanReuter NY NY

    Hillary is by far the MOST unqualified candidate the Democrats could ever endorse. Can one even imagine a Female Hormonal, loud, crass President like her… battling Fundamentalist Islamic Extremists when Muslims don't even acknowlege 'the Female Gender?' Or, can one even imagine a Hillary Cabinet Meeting? Or, Hillary handling Iran's Radical Extremist Leader, or making International decisions with China? Why would ANY Democrat want a person other than a strong, experienced man such as Biden? Makes no sense.
    Posted By E. C., Houston, Texas : August 19, 2007 2:33 pm"

    Did you know that Pakistan, a MUSLIM country ELECTED a woman president TWENTY YEARS AGO! Did you know that Benazir Bhutto will soon be the president of Pakistan again, at our urging?
    How could you know? Information like that is hidden in BOOKS.
    An intelligent person would be ashamed, so in a way, you are a lucky man.

    Van

    August 19, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Ronny T., Modesto, CA

    Whoever the democrats give the nod to, they stand no chance against Ron Paul.

    For example:

    1. FOREIGN POLICY- The Dems say get out of Iraq, but what about the other issues regarding policing the world.

    2. Illegal Immigration- Its hard to imagine any U.S. citizen for this, but its hard to argue that the main reason why some immigrants come here illegally is because of the fact a person born in the U.S. is an automatic citizen...and its very hard to break up a family of two illegal parents and a legal U.S. citizen child.

    3. Big Government- I am sure most people want to live their lives and have the Federal government stay out.
    When the government gets involved, things do not run as efficiently as they should. Who wants the IRS, federal income tax (which is only 42% of the federal budget) and being force to pay into Social Security without any options otherwise...

    I can go on for days...we as americans need to look at all the issues not just 2 or 3. Forget party loyalty and focus on what you would think America should be.

    Ron Paul 2008

    August 19, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Michel, Santa Monica, CA.

    Senator Clinton is by far the best candidate we've had in a long time.
    Rove has been a polarizing, destructive figure ever since he entered politics. The republicans dislike Hillary because they know she won't be stopped or manipulated like previous dems. GO HILLARY!!! MADAME PRESIDENT...!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. eye sixty five - Ind, IN

    This is actually really funny. It's like: don't flatter youself. Is anyone really obsessed with Hillary Clinton ?

    August 19, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Mark, Philadelphia, PA

    Ok, Hillary may have negative opinions from a large group. How many of those with the negative opinion are against Hillary because she is 1) a Democrat; 2) a woman; 3) a successful woman; 4) a woman who doesn't take crap from men; 5) Clinton's forgiving wife (let's not forget all the evangelist preachers and their sins, the male Senators and their call girls, etc, etc, etc). Let's keep to the issues – do you agree with what Hillary is promoting (not much different than the other Democratic candidates; and sometimes not that different than some Republican candidates – including Mr. Bush).

    Shouldn't the media be a bit more responsible in ensuring a healthy political debate rather than giving air time to a Machiavellian, reprehensible, small man such as Rove.

    Let's compare Huckabee, Romney, Guiliani with Hillary, Edwards, Obama, Biden... and their records.

    August 19, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Don Axt, Peoria IL

    In his recent appearence on Meet the Press I found Karl Rove's comments so far from my thinking it was scary.

    Don Axt
    Peoria IL

    August 19, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Moe, Liverpool NY

    If Rove is against Senator Clinton then, in my opinion, she must be doing something right. Can there actually be anyone left in America who would believe Rove?

    August 19, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Malcolm Jareau, Orlando, FL

    Rove is too SMART for the leftist fools!!! If anybody is obsessed with anyone, it's the DEMS obsessed with the REP. Rove has been part of an administration who GREAT leadership. The reality is that true leadership doesn't always center around doing what's popular, BUT rather what's RIGHT!!! BOTTOM LINE: You believe everything you read and hear from media outlets and the Dems. It's all BS.

    Why don't you talk to my brother who is an Army Ranger in Baghdad for the 4th time since the start of the war? Why don't you ask him if strides are being made there? Why don't you ask him what his friends who have died thought about the war? Why doesn't CNN show pictures of kids going to school? or men and women working? Why don't they interview Iraqis who have made a 180 since destruction of Sadam's regime? Why do you continue to believe the BS presented by Anderson Cooper? Why do you believe some goofball reporter "embedded" with military units saying nothing has changed? Why can't you understand this takes time.

    Why doesn't CNN and others stop "cherry picking" stories and talk to the real people involved? They always show the negative and you fools think that is what's going on.... heck, you can go to any major city and see people living in poverty and getting killed every single day... War takes time....have some patience and stop being so easily influenced by Anderson Cooper & Friends... Clearly mistakes have been made, BUT please continue to support the cause. We need to win this war to protect our country.

    August 19, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Jon, Tulsa, OK

    I couldn't agree more, Karl – you HAVE said enough... and good for you, Hillary. While Rove talks about Hillary's poll problems, look at what Rove has done to the GOP: A Wall Street Journal/MBC News June poll reported that Republican approval numbers are lower than any in that poll's two decades of existence. See what you did, Karl?

    August 19, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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