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. Ron Nebraska

    Karl Roves' only genius is in manipulating the ignorant.......that does include the news media by the way!

    August 19, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Jim, Kansas City, MO

    Why can't we just get some good people to run the country?
    Not one is running at the moment.

    August 19, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Mark, Dunkirk, NY

    Hillary has a very high negative rating. If she earns the nomination and someone like Guliani wins the Republican nomination, I see her losing to Guliani. If I were the Republican party, I would want her as the nominee because what it forgot here is that since 1988, a Bush or a Clinton has been on the ticket as President, and since 1980, somewhere on the ticket. That friends is fatigue and can be used by the Republican candidate for leverage.

    August 19, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. HAWK,TEXAS

    THIS IS ALL THAT KARL ROVE AND THE REST OF THE REPUBLICAN POND SLIME HAS LEFT.TRY AND SMEAR AS MANY DEMOCRATS AS THEY CAN.THEY HAVE USED THESE TACTICS BEFORE. LOOK AT MCCAIN AND WHAT THEY DID TO ONE OF THEIR OWN.

    August 19, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Dear Marsha; You are right, Republican couldn't beat Hillary but they can beat Obama as a piece of cake. Everybody knew it, that's why Republicans keep attack Hillary, but most of people decided their mind, nobody can change them. Rove is jerk, if you agree with Rove, then you are a kind of jerk too. Hillary is brilliant, strong, experienced and powerful candidate, Republicans are scared to death because Hillary's popularity and supporters are growing up, Republicans knew Hillary very well, she is going to be the greatest President, she will change negative people to positive with her wisdom and make us to be proud everyday. Next year Bush's prestige will be gone completely, so they want Obama wins, Obama will be worse or same with Bush Administration, because his immature and lack of experience will cause the mistake from the first day in the Office(he made mistake a lot already). It is dangerous for our Country.

    August 19, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. ColoradoCarole, Boulder, CO

    Some have rued here that there are no really good candidates, but it mystifies that some two dozen people even want to try to muck out the stable that the Bushies, Rove included, have fouled since January 2001. Every candidate of both parties has some flaw or another, but none of them displays the combination of arrogance, imperiousness, cluelessness and general stupidity as the lying, Constitution-dismissing Chickenhawk-in-Chief who is now living in the White House. Or maybe I DO understand why so many people are racing to succeed him. Dubya makes anyone else look good.

    August 19, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. TONY - Austin, TX

    The Democrats can invent ways to lose national elections.

    Here when 2008 should be a "slam dunk", they have decided we need to have a referendum on our first female or first black President.

    You gotta love those zany Democrats!

    August 19, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. S Davies Fredericksburg Va

    The only person obsessed with Hillary is Hillary.

    August 19, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Adam, Boise, ID

    Maybe Senator Clinton is obsessed with herself? Rove is a shrewd political adviser that just stated an argument against Clinton. She no doubt talks about herself much more than Karl Rove or any other Bush politician.

    August 19, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. Thomas NY

    Clinton is naive, does she really believe the Republicans are obsessed with her? She's taken the bait. They know she is leading in the national polls, so their trying to mold her into this unstoppable front-runner. The Republicans know if Obama or Edward are the nominees, they would in a general election. Clinton, however, is divisive, and a divisive candidate cannot win in a general election. If we democrats had any sense, we would nominate someone other than Clinton.

    August 19, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Gerald Sasser, Hawkinsville, GA

    I doubt if anyone in this country is obsessed with her. Seems to me that she just can't handle criticism very well.

    August 19, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. R., Birmingham, MI

    Hint to Dems: Force the republi-authoritarians run away for Karl Rove. Take them on forcefully with phrases such as, "We are against the politics and policies of Karl Rove!" "____ [here insert name of right wing pol] is a Karl Rove republican." Rove's name gives new meaning to the word "slime".

    August 19, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Chelsea Anne Garen, Vista, CA

    I don't think that Rove's comments will change people's minds for voting Hillary 2008.
    He is not wise to make this kind of comments on media. For him, be better, keep mouth shut at this time.

    Hillary is the best, and she will win at this 2008 election !

    August 19, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Larry, Seattle, WA

    I had forgotten how easily liberal brush aside supporters of Bush as either stupid or ignorant. Surely people could not have a differing opinion after having all of the facts, right?! I mean, it HAS to be ignorance or stupidity. And if that doesn't win the argument, start throwing out names like pig fascist, Hitler, chickenhawk, etc. Some of you folks just migrate over from the dailyKOS?

    Seriously, I think most of these comments have Godwin'd this entire thread!

    August 19, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    " Name me one cadidate that has no " baggage ", and most if not all have more than Hillary."

    Excuse me??? Hillary Clinton has no baggage?? What kind of drugs does one need to do to become so DELUSIONAL??

    August 19, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Lee Crow Ada, Ok 74820

    To all you HRC supporters that claim she is by far the better candidate. Oh yeah she really has a firm grasp on things and has a lot of experience. She proved that by how well she has handled her husband the first rapist while he was in office. Lest we forget her healthcare debacle. Oh yeah and if she was so strong why didn't she run for the senate from her so called home state of Ark. Probably didn't want to represent a state that has disbarred her husband. Yeah the Clintons have it all over the Bushes, Huh?

    August 19, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Jonathan (Birmingham, AL)

    Rove is an evil little man. He is no idiot. He is in fact very very intelligent. Anyone who could convince the country to elect an absolute moron to be President is a pretty smart guy. Evil, but smart. I certainly hope that Rove never holds a powerful position in the government again.

    August 19, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Larry Romo, San Antonio, Texas

    Karl Rove knows that Hillary is the best qualified of all the Democratic candidates. This is why he is trying to influence the Democratic Primary because he knows when Hillary wins the Democratic nomination she will get the most Democrats, Independents and Republicans to support her and win the General Election.

    August 19, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Jack Lawson - Montezuma, IN

    Interesting how rove can harp on Hilary for some negative marks..(By the way Karl, she still leads any and ALL Republican candidates in the general poll!) when he just 'advised' Bush to some of the lowest approval ratings in history!
    Personally I am (as of now anyway) going to vote for Obama and am glad that the 'Reds' are focusing all their attention on Hilary. All it does is help Obama in his quest to be president.
    Stick a fork in Rove...he's done!

    August 19, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. tim buck, houston, tx

    Rove should be in jail for what he's done to this country.

    August 19, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Very interesting...UN, for a while "I am not American. I cannot vote." Then why do you care so much that Hillary wins the presidency? I've been following your thread.

    August 19, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Mike Gilmer Houma Louisiana

    Mr. Rove is criminally-insane. I feel sympathy for anyone who is the target of this person's "obsession".

    Rove should do all of America a favor now that he has stepped down – LEAVE US ALONE! He should go have a quiet life somewhere and build model trains in a basement.

    August 19, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Hillary is going to have an easier time bringing down her high negatives when Independents & people capable of reason realize that much of those negatives were driven by the Republican Noise Machine. It's credibility has taken a huge hit since Iraq/Democracy in the Mideast and just about all of their agenda has proven to be a pipe dream. When real math collides w/Karl Rove's math guess who wins?

    August 19, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. NML, Atlanta Georgia

    Yeah right Hillary.......your own husband isn't even obsessed with you!!

    August 19, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Angie Glendale AZ

    Mrs. Clinton has my vote.

    August 19, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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