August 20th, 2007
09:52 AM ET
11 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. richard, silver spring md

    Of course the Republicans want to run against Hillary. Any other Democrat, particularly Edwards or Obama would beat any of them hands down. Hillary's negatives are earned over a long term and are almost immutable. The right wing nuts would be mobilized and energetic too. The Democrats are foolish for nominating must be Edwards or Obama.

    August 19, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. John, Chicago, IL

    Karl Rove was asked to resign specifically for this purpose he is currently serving. It is a big smoke screen. We all see through it. Hiliary has nothing to worry about. We love her.

    August 19, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. A. Chico-Juarbe, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

    Years ago it was the "vast right-wing conspiracy". Now it is Karl Rove. Isn't it possible that the only person really obsessed with Hillary Clinton is...Hillary Clinton? Just wait until the summer of 2008. By that time she may say that the Mormons, Masons, Knights of Columbus,the Priory of Sion, Mary Poppins and the AARP are "obsessed" with her also. Her candidacy to the presidency is going to be a lot of fun.

    August 19, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. BA Nagadoches, TX

    UG. Hillary is so divisive. She accuses the present admin. of being divisive. She's dividing the people on this blog big time- can you imagine how she'll divide the country?!

    August 19, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Chip Celina OH

    Just a little analysis here ...please!

    The headline says "Rove is 'obsessed with me'"
    The text of the story says he 'expanded' recent comments.

    Where was he? Being interviewed on Meet the Press, right? What do they do on Meet the Press? The interviewee (Rove) is asked questions by the interviewer.

    A guy that just quit his job would be a fool to turn down a paid appearance on a national new show. He was asked a question, and it looks like he just regurgutated the stuff he said the other day, "negatives high, party split dah, dah, dah..."

    An expansion of his 'attacks' would be if he took it upon himself to hold a press conference then started levying accusations. But, in this case, he answers a question on a talk show and it is spun that poor old Hillary is being subjected to the vast right wing conspiracy again. I was watching various talk shows the other day on MSNBC,Fox,CNN, C-SPAN and saw several references to her high negative polling numbers, but you only see these stories when it comes from one of those dastardly Republicans.

    But, the flap this has caused on this board is amazing. We have everything from Rove and everyone he knows is a lying crook and if any of you agree with him or voted Republican in the last 12 years you're a bible-thumpin' neo-con that wants to take away my rights. The other end of the spectrum s the YOU GO GIRL!!! crowd singing the praises greater-than-steroid-enhanced strength of this noble visionary woman and calling each other names. Enough already, the story and headlines are a rehash of yesterday's news.

    Hope everyone's had a good weekend and will have an even better week!


    August 19, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Karl who and republicans worry that Hillary will be nominated and elected, and she will ruin the republican's fortunes of federal money.

    IF Giuliani will be the republican nominated candidate, Hillary beats him now accroding to the polls, and I predict Hillary's winning margin will be much more as the election days are near, when the american public knows more about Giuliani.

    Giulinani has lots of personal baggages already known, and more will surface. He is a one day (9/11) wonder, but he did nothing to prevent it or has done anything significant since. Giulian knows nothing about the federal and international politics. His new york city administration was not impressive at all, esp when he put the emergency command center and personnel in the twin tower. The new york firemen and police hate him.

    In Hillary's first senate race, Giuliani withdrew "for personal reasons", and he will be run over by Hillary's campaign machine in this election.

    Some people say the Hillary is polarizing, but these people are just republicans, or other dem candidates' supporters. Jealousy is the reason for these people saying that. If you ask the 45% dem voters who has given her the nomination votes, Hillary is the best since the slice bread.

    Hillary is winning and the republicans are whinning. Go Hillary go!

    August 19, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Len, Sparks, NV

    Clinton evaded answering the question about her negatives. She doesn't have a plan to win I guess. She is just going to hope people change their minds. That's not good enough for me.

    August 19, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. vijay

    wonder what Mr Rove has to say about the POLLS in regards to the current administration and the PREZ Mr Bush himself?Not to mention the POLLS about the war in Iraq?? just so they know howz lowest in the history of the nation? Not the poll company?
    Nevermind the POLLS for next year's presidential race?
    So true each party will have their best candidate going at it and the votes will be counted to determine the outcome?
    Americans from coast to coast are looking forward to have their VOTE counted ..good luck all..

    August 19, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. John Round Rock, Texas

    OMIGOSH! Someone said something less than adulatory about Hillary Rodham Clinton. It's unthinkable. What a monster, with no heart! No soul! NO shame! Who does he think he is, answering the press' questions! He is no one. Do you hear me? No one. We don't know who he is. Queen Hillary must reign and THAT's what Everyone KNows! Do you understand? Now, on with the show.... muttonheads.

    August 19, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. David, Salinas, CA

    E. C. of Houston, Texas writes:

    “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?'”

    So let me get this straight, E.C., you’re going to let the opinions of fundamentalist Islamic extremists dictate who we can elect as President of the United States?

    August 19, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Christina, West Haven CT

    If Karl Rove believes Hillary and Barack are bad...then it can only mean that they are probably possessed of integrity, good decision-making abilities, and all that is positive.

    Having served under one of the most corrupt (if not THE most corrupt) administration's in this nation's history, he has zero ground to speak.

    Really...think of it:
    a) Patriot Act? Equals Alien and Sedition Acts
    b)Grant's Whiskey Ring? Equals oil companies exploiting middle America with exorbiant prices.
    c) The Spoils of Andrew Jackson? Equals incompetant leaders such as Rove and Attorney General Gonzalez.

    August 19, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. milwaukee wisconsin

    Rove, like his president, exists in an insulated fantasy world with no concept of reality.....On the other hand, maybe he does have some sense of reality and the fact that Hillary is one of the most intelligent, knowleageable candidates ever!He is obviously threatened by her expertise, experience, and political acumen.

    August 19, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Don, San Francisco, CA

    She's just distracting facing comparison to her conservative counterparts. Why not talk about your accomplishments Mrs. Clinton?

    For example what have you done to show us financial responsibility with public money?

    Let's compare and contrast with Mitt Romney. He successfully closed a $3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. Hillary simply took more and more from the people in order to tax and spend. So we'll conclude that not only does she not have success and financial responsibility, but she has no experience budgeting to avoid a deficit.

    Posted By xtina chicago IL : August 19, 2007 12:37 pm
    Mitt Romney?, Come on, if you are going to pick a GOP candidate to compare with Hillary you should at least pick one that's not a joke. Mitt has flipped on just about every issue there is – I don't think this guy could get elected as dog catcher.

    August 19, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  14. Andrew, Jakarta, Indonesia

    "A woman who doesn't take crap from men" Excuse me? Have a cigar whoever wrote that.

    August 19, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. B price

    Well we now know what family Rove is going to spend time with, the republican family. Its obvious the white house is secure in thier hands for the next year and a half, so what else is there to do but send out your top strategist without morals to knock down the top opponent who might kick you and your cronies off penn. ave. .

    After you get away with Libby tried, convicted, and pardoned, and this no end in sight murderous war gets worse and worse, then all your staff can ignore federal summons that question your policies and actions, its clear there's not much more you really need a strategist to help keep you in office any longer.

    What better to do than send him out to tear down your opponents and make sure you passover to your fellow republicans. We wouldn't want anyone else getting into office so soon and showing america what you really have been up to.

    I bet we see alot more of Rove In the coming year, especially his mouth! I'm sure it will not be from his home or anywhere near his family.

    Tear it up Hillary, stand strong
    show these boys how a LADY has shown up at the dance.

    August 19, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Rebecca Gomez

    Its very simple, the country is tired of the gop failed policies and we are ready for a change with Hillary Clinton in the Whitehouse as President because this is the only choice americans have.

    August 19, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. Jimmy, Cherokee Oklahoma

    If they can destroy Senator Clinton because they know they can beat Barack Obama or John Edwards in the General
    Election. The Republicans are scared of The strength of an Clinton administration. And they know she can beat them.

    August 19, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. Buster NH

    Rove must be ROFL'ing at Hillary's "Rove is obsessed with me" remark. Look, if the Dem's didn't have a Rove to hate, they would create one. Directed hatred is a time tested propaganda technique used to control the thoughts and behavior of a group. Interesting that this approach gives Rove an enormous amount of power over democrat politics. He really IS a genius!! It's fun to watch, just the same.

    August 20, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  19. Masha, Portland, OR

    Reply to Greg,

    I already read that story and commented on it, and I've read many of your comments from the other stories on this ticker too. I pretty much think most of the nonsense you post is ill-based and to scare people away from voting for Clinton in the primaries. No offense to you personally.

    I've been keeping up with the polls, and probably know a bit more about how to interpret them then you might think. (Though, thanks to the person that posted the link to the website with all the polls, this is an invaluable resource and save me a lot of time!) This is what I think: it is very early in the campaign; in fact, it is actually too early to see how a democratic candidate would do in a match up with a republican because they haven't even started campaigning against each other because they are too busy campaigning against each other.

    I think your forget that this race started much earlier and that we're still in the primaries. However, based on the comments I've been reading from you. I doubt I'm likely to persuade you otherwise – again no offense meant.

    However, my original post about this article still stands. I believe this is a scare tactic used by the Republicans, i.e. reverse psychology, and that they are scared to death that Clinton will win the Primary and take the White House. The sure way to assure that doesn't happen, is to convince democrats to not vote for her in the primaries – thus making sure she is not in the general election. I mean come on this is basic high school politics. Surely dems are smart enough to see this is what they are doing.

    August 20, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  20. Yvan,Indio,CA

    Rove the architect of 6 years of political failure is back to tell us how the country should be run! This Guy got the nerves to stand on national TV ,and try to gain some credibility on politics. Please Mr Rove goes home, and reflect on the result of your last 6 years of lies and deceiviness to the American Poeple.We deserve better than to listen to your sorry, pathetic lessons about political future of this country. Because of your mis-managment of State's affairs about 4000 American Soldiers, and 1/2 million Irakis have died in the past 6 years. How can you be so wrong Mr Rove. What of a Legacy you left us!!! Nothing to be proud of!!At least give Hillary a break, I do not believe she is capable of making a mess as you did..

    August 20, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  21. Shawnie omaha neb

    Go Hillary GO!!! you bet time for a lady and a first lady as President,she has got baggage bucketloads of it EXPIERENCE I lived well when bill was in there..there terrified because when she gets in there , rove, tony snow all of them are getting out she just might find something interesting,i bet dick cheney steps down and out soon.

    August 20, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  22. Linda, Chandler AZ

    The only people who seem to be obsessed with Hillary, are Hillary herself and the main stream media. Especially CNN.

    August 20, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  23. Tim Grant, Los Angeles, CA

    Who cares what Rove thinks. His only success was in winning elections. If he sacrificed his party or his country in the process, he could care less.

    He also thought the Repubs would win in '06. This man should be in jail.

    August 20, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  24. Carl, Reno, Nv

    Does anyone really care what Mr. Rove has to say? In my view he has at no point been of any service to the people of the US. He is just an overinflated (in a couple of aspects) mouthpiece.

    August 20, 2007 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  25. AB Midland, N.C.

    The Republican'ts are scared silly of Hillary because they know that she is VERY INTELLIGENT and can beat them. The main thing that we as Americans need to keep in mind is this. Keep a watch on Republicans rigging elections and committing voter fraud and trying to keep the people's voices from being heard. I am a Democratic caucasian male and it sickened me the way the Republicans discriminated against everyone and got their votes not counted in 2000 and 2004. The Republicans are a racist party and can not stand African Americans ,Hispanics,poor whites, etc. How any African Americans, Hispanics, poor whites, etc. could ever vote Republican boggles the mind. The Democrats have actually won the last 4 elections and were cheated out of the last 2 with Florida being stolen from Al Gore in 2000 and Ohio being stolen from John Kerry in 2004. If America wants to see progress in this country and in the world then I strongly suggest they vote for the Democratic party in 2008 no matter who the candidate is. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would knock the pants off the Republicans by running together. That would be the racist Republicans worst nightmare by seeing two bright individuals that they hate the most (African Americans and Women) win the White House. We can get the Democrats in the White House America, but we have to stand up against these racist neocons and nutcases to get it accomplished. We are all people and we all deserve a chance in life. This racism and ignorance way of life has got to go and that is exactly what the Repubican'ts want to continue with. Think about it!!!!!

    August 20, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
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