November 17th, 2007
10:12 AM ET
11 years ago

Rove: Obama missing opportunities to knock Clinton

Rove says Obama is missing chances to knock Clinton off stride.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former top Bush aide Karl Rove said Thursday he thinks Sen. Barack Obama has missed key opportunities to knock rival Hillary Clinton off track.

In an interview with CSPAN, the man behind President Bush's two White House wins cited a recent debate in Philadelphia when Clinton was asked why more of her records as first lady have not yet been made public.

"He missed the opportunity," Rove explained. "If he had stood there and said, 'Senator, with all due respect, it is entirely within the power of you and your husband to immediately order the release of those documents. And your failure to do so reveals legitimate questions in the minds of the American people about what you might be hiding and it's not going to be good for the Democratic party or for you if you allow those questions to persist,' it would have been a moment, it would have been a big moment."

"Instead it was a vague and wandering around, and weak, and insipid," Rove continued. "There have been a number of occasions like that where a sharp and clear and respectful contrast would have created a moment."

Rove also said the Republicans will lose in 2008 unless they "articulate a positive agenda and a positive vision."

"Otherwise," Rove said, "The American people will say, 'You know what? I have got my doubts I have got my concerns and you haven't given me the confidence that I will do better with you.'"

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. Judy, San Francisco CA

    Der Furher comes out of the shadows. Rot in hell, Rove. Everything you say is from the mouth of Satan.

    November 16, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Ben

    Karl Rove needs to go back under his rock.

    Barack Obama is the anti-Karl Rove, and does not need his advice.

    November 16, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Lucian Bourne/Kilgore,TX

    Why would any one care what Karl Rove thinks?

    November 16, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. James, Phoenix AZ

    Mr Rove – SHhhhhhhhhhhh.

    Better to have Hillary cakewalk into her nomination without much REAL challenges to her record, her flip-flops, or baggage.

    Once in the general election – THEN the floodgates should open. If Hillary thinks the "boys are piling on" now... she'll think she's at the bottom of a rugby scrum during the general election!

    Go Hillary!!!!

    November 16, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Manq, Los Angeles, CA

    I knew this devil would come crawling back out from under the rock. He even sounds lucid.

    November 16, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Amy, D.C.

    Ha! Oh the irony of hearing that statement coming from the mouth of a snarling sneak like Rove - its too much to bear...

    November 16, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Jeremy

    What does this guy know but, divisive politics.

    November 16, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Blue in a Red State - Phoenix, AZ

    Go back to your cave Karl. No one wants to hear your empty opinions and faux political babble.

    This wasn't about slamming Clinton or Obama – this was about forcing a question out into the media that he feels the Republicans should latch onto. Given where Bush is sitting right now, the Republicans can't run fast enough to get away from Rove and Bush.

    November 16, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    Is Karl Roves kidding or what? We all know that Obama would love to use some of Roves’ tactics to try and take down the sure fire winner Hillary, but seriously. Anyone who is trying to hear what that natural born hater, Karl Roves, has to say is a hater themselves. Roves’ bars are washed up like old soap.

    Obama should just join the Hillary team because Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate, the most experienced candidate and she’s READY TO LEAD.

    November 16, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Jeremy, Columbus OH

    Thanks Karl for your wonderful insight. However, I'm sure Obama would not prefer to stoop to the level that you and Bush sunk to in order to get elected. And yes your right, the Republicans will loose in 2008 because this country has finally woke up to realize what Republicans are truely like.

    November 16, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Tell Karl Rove Obama does not need any of his retarded political tactics to win the white house. Curropt negative attacks is not what Obama is about. Just go home and shut up!

    November 16, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Corbett, Seattle WA

    Obama, you will submit to the awesome power of Rove! Only HE can give you a permanent majority! Resistance is futile! Resistance is futile! Resistance is futile!

    November 16, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Dan, Woodbury, MN

    Hey CNN, why not let Turdblossom answer whether he had any role in US prosecutors charging Democrats to influence elections, or purging those who didn't? So instead he gets to pontificate on the Obama vs. Hillary question in this article? Doesn't the messed-up war and utter mediocrity of the Bush administration make him lose some credibility? Oh wait, I forgot I was on one of many news outlets to lose their way the past 6 years.

    November 16, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Alec, Miami Florida

    Coming for somebody who kept documents hidden when asked by the Subcomittee to render them.... Big sense of humor!!

    November 16, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Steve Strange, Mountain View, CA

    Oh please. Obama should take advice from Rove? Rove wants nothing more than for both Clinton and Obama to look bad. The Republicans are shaking in their boots because they don't have a candidate than can beat Hillary, and the only hope they have is that the Democratic candidates descend into epic mudslinging. Rove has done enough damage - recede into the shadows once and for all, please!

    November 16, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Grandpa Jim St Louis, Mo

    Just what the Democrats are looking for, advice from the man most responsible for the current divisions in our government and the nation. If anyone is looking for good advice in this presidential race, the best advice would be ignore whatever this man says! It just amazes me that he's not in prison along with his cohorts Cheney and Bush. Shows how far we are from a real democratic government and a functional justice system.

    November 16, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Kalli, Orlando, FL.

    I can't believe Karl Rove is actually accusing anyone of not turning over documents and hiding truths. He and Dick Cheney are the most shady and criminal figures in American political history.

    November 16, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Rigo, Somerviile MA

    Rove is an awful man, and him talking about 'positive vision' is possibly the height of hypocrisy. What a joke.

    November 16, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Jon G. Paris, TX

    Do we really want to take advise from this man? Don't worry Barack, just keep doing what you do best, bring hope and chang3 the way of politics! We've seen what this man's politics can do, it's time for an Obama administration!

    November 16, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Jed in Texas

    The biggest lying slanderer in recent history knows how to sling mud and more venom than anyone. He just cant stay under his rock.Hes afraid of Clinton getting elected and thats that.Im not voting for her, buts lets hope we have learned the lesson this K-street crook has given us!

    November 16, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Tanya, Manhattan Beach CA

    Uh, Rove, with all due respect, uh it's about all those missing e-mails, records the White House has refused to turnover, etc. It's entirely within the power of you and your bosses (former bosses) to immediately order the release of those documents. How about it??

    November 16, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Steve, Portland, OR

    Let's just hope if/when Obama does get the nomination then get elected one of his first priorities is getting some of the numerous committees to start looking into all the crooked politics you and the Bush brought on to the American people. We all know Clinton won't, cause she has lots to answer to as well.

    November 16, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Bob Grzesiak DeWitt, Michigan

    Why would anyone listen to Karl, "beezlebub" Rove about anything. At least Lee Atwater apologized for all his dirty tricks.

    People of this nature should recieve NO press. He is a scourge on the political landscape of this country.

    November 16, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. John, Euless, TX

    I guess Rove is an Obama advisor now? Watch out!!! I wonder why Rove wants to give Obama tips on how to beat Cinton?

    November 16, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Karen Vancouver, Canada

    Whatever Karl Rove has to say is not to be trusted.
    I like all the Democratic Candidates, but I believe Hillary is the strongest and Karl Rove knows it and Karl Rove doesn't do anything that would be to hurt the Repugs.
    Karl Rove should just go away, I think he caused enough damage.

    November 16, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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