January 17th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
4 years ago

Rove targets Clinton, Obama

Karl Rove took aim at Clinton and Obama Wednesday.
Karl Rove took aim at Clinton and Obama Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Karl Rove dismissed Hillary Clinton’s Michigan primary win Wednesday, telling a group of Republican party leaders that her victory showed signs of weakness.

Clinton, the only major candidate to appear on the Democratic presidential primary ballot, received roughly 55 percent of the vote. About 40 percent of those voting in the primary opted for the “uncommitted” option, and 5 percent of the vote went to other candidates, including Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd and Mike Gravel.

“Think about that. She’s running against ‘nobody’ and ‘nobody’ gets 40 percent of the vote,” said Rove. “The other 5 percent of the vote went to three other people: 27,924 votes went to the guy who believes in UFOs, the guy who dropped out and the guy who last held public office somewhere around 1855.”

He also said the New York senator should release documents in the Clinton presidential library that relate to her time in the White House during the administration of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

But the former adviser to President Bush didn’t reserve all his criticism for Hillary Clinton, taking aim at her chief Democratic rival, Barack Obama, as well. He echoed recent Clinton campaign criticism of the Illinois senator’s “present” votes as a state representative and doubts about his relative lack of national experience. He also blasted him for a voting record that he described as “more liberal” than Clinton’s – “and that’s hard to do.”

The political strategist also had some advice for the Republicans in the race. As soon as the party has a nominee, said Rove, the candidate will have to “introduce themselves to the American people,” focus on “kitchen table” domestic issues like jobs and healthcare, “campaign aggressively in places where Republicans don't usually campaign” (including efforts to reach black, Latino and union voters), and present a positive vision on Iraq and the surge.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

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  1. Willy

    I love Rove. He makes the dumbest democrat look dumber.

    January 17, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Melanie White

    Anything Rove says is poison. I can't believe the news would even print something this crook says.

    January 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Lloyd Creech

    As a Canadian I have never understood why so many Americans would believe Mr. Rove.
    He seems to have been responsible for so many digusting things in American politics.
    Wasn't he behind the lies about Senator McCain during Bushes first primary campaign?
    Was he not involved in the, again, disgusting lies about Senator Kerry?
    It is really difficult for this Canadian to understand the sleazy type of campaign advertising disputing the events of a military person winning medals fighting for the US. But then this doesn't seem to be too uncommon. Some Republicans are not questing Senator McCain and his being a prisoner of war in Vietnam? Could Rove be involved in this dispicable activity?
    Was he not responsible for the outing of a CIA agent. (Bush was going to fire anyone in his administration that would do that) but Scooter Libby took the fall and received an immediat "pardon".

    What amazes me is that the American people could elect another Republican?
    This administration is responsible for more young American men and women dying that the terrorists of 9/11

    Keep up the good work Mr Cafferty.

    Lloyd Creech
    Oliver, Canada

    January 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. fedup

    Rove is partisan to the point of being a traitor. He's still mad about Watergate because they got caught. Try him and put him in jail where he belongs. Enough of this creep!

    January 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Seyi

    Has Rove considered comedy? N ot to say it will work, but that's an industry where he just might get the general populace to laugh at him and not with him

    January 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Analyst

    I was going to post a comment but saw that " W M Los Angeles" pretty much did that already.

    Therefore, I won't be redundant. I will however say, as a former Republican leaning conservative who was disgusted by the GOP's hypocrisy (wasting millions of tax dollars trying to indict Bill Clinton), that Rove is the epitome of what's wrong with GOP & NeoCONS.

    Rove really should have been Scooter's cellmate, if not Scooter's "Mary" in jail.

    January 17, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Ryan

    I just love seeing all of you pissed off Liberals on this board. Common guys, I know Rove totally picked apart your party TWICE but get over it already lol

    January 17, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Question for everyone...Please name 1 major accomplishment Hillary Clinton has done politically. She is running on the "Im more experienced" card. More experienced doing what? Her and Obama are mid lever Senators at best.

    So, does she think being the 1st lady once upon a time makes her more "experienced"? Does she think married to the Beyond Crooked Bill Clinton makes her more "experienced"? She is the absolute laughing stock of both parties.

    The state of Michigan shunned her the same way the rest of the country will. It's too bad too because I know there are Republican's everywhere that would love for her to win the nomination.

    January 17, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Peaches

    Rove? PeeU.

    January 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. Pendragon

    Wheres Ron Paul?

    January 17, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Alex from IL

    Given this man made George W. Bush one of the most unpopular presidents ever (by running his presidency), it's shocking he has enough credibility left that news outlets still report what he says.

    January 18, 2008 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  12. mark wilkes barre pa

    Richard west palm beach,, I'll bet those e-mails could be found sitting to the "RIGHT" of the missing documents of hillary we all want to see !!! Lloyd Creech,,,, find the video of the USS Foresster disaster during the viet nam war and watch it closely . You will see a missle eject and shoot across the deck hitting a jet and exploding watch closely as the pilot bails out on to the fiery deck and narrowly excapes death,,,,Guess who that pilot was ? There is nothing to "QUESTION about most veterans bravery or sense of duty . Its when a combat veteran testifies at a grand jury investigation as to horrible atrosities that were committed by the US military during the war and then many years later runs for president that people cant help but have a few questions. In John Kerry's case I believe it was the swift boat veterans who were questioning Kery's service,, What amazes me is a outsider of the USA commenting so harshly as to how we deal with our election process in the first place, and then worse than that, bashing a particular party. some of the 9-11 bombers got into our country through your borders , so before you tell americans how we should think, mabey you should look into your own countries affairs first. your own national security, your own lacking and pouris border control, your own failing health care system ( you know the one hillary tried to model ours after in the past), and many othr problems your country will face going into the future and stay out of ours untill you have mastered your own

    January 18, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  13. mike

    Why wasn't my comment added to the comments. I read the comment policy and don't know where or how I violated the policy. I made an observation to the overwelming viewpoint shared in the comments. It was not to offend anyone at CNN. I go to their website for news and opinion.

    January 18, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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    I am curious exactly what Kelly will say about that :)

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