January 17th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
8 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

soundoff (689 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Why would anyone put anything out that this criminal has said? I wonder if they will be printing his statements when he is in jail... no wait...I forgot who is still the president.

    January 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Concerned Citizen, IN

    Again the Hillary supporters have no concept of reality. We have NO IDEA how many people just did not vote at all. Think about it. You are going to get off your couch, or take time off work to go intentionally not vote for Hillary?

    What is the point when no delegates are being handed out. I would be more interested in some polling to indicate how many people didn't vote because their person wasn't on the ballot.

    January 16, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. constant

    The village idiot has spoken!!
    shhhhh...if we ignore him he might go away.

    January 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. jp/michigan

    Karl you need to get a hobby. Who cares what you have to say. I see the GOP doesn't even want you and your reputation GO HILLARY!

    January 16, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Niko

    Suzy, you're right. Congratulations to Hillary on her 0 delegates won.

    January 16, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    Who cares about Rove? I thought he was dead.

    January 16, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. aware

    Just ignore Rove CNN. It makes you look bad to give him credibility with an article!

    January 16, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    I think we have had enough of Rove's opinions in the last 20 years.
    If he is not careful he will end up like OJ.

    OJ could have walked into the sunset a free man (he is guilty by the way), but no, OJ just had to keep coming back.

    Now he's going to end up in jail, not for murder, but intimidation.

    Same with Rove, he got away with treason, but he better not even get a traffic ticket after Gerorge W is out of the whithouse.

    He should just walk into the sunset.

    January 16, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. SM, Michigan

    OK Karl,
    The House is FINALLY taking action against your bud Cheney. Get ready for a subpoena with your name on it!

    January 16, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Amused, Las Vegas

    January 16, 2008 4:38 pm ET

    Go Karl……. You thought Hillary cried when asked about her hair, wait untill Karl gets a hold of her. She has more skeletons in her closet then a morg. I will admit Bush was a bad President yet he manged to get him re elected.

    You think after how hard the Republicans and the Clinton-haters have tried to get both Hillary and Bill to leave the public stage, there is a closet that hasn't been opened?

    Karls been after them for years. There's no "there" there, that hasn't already been tried and failed. Bill was re-elected president, Hillary re-elected as senator.

    January 16, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. Anonymous


    January 16, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Ed winter park fl

    karl is lovesick someone by him a ticket to the GOP office in the minneapolis airport bathroom where he can again join in some GOP type solutions.

    January 16, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Duop Chak, Colorado

    Do you think your attacks to Democratic candidates will benefit Republicans candidates? I don’t think so—this is all about what the public will decide on November 6, 08.

    January 16, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Sean McM

    Once a nerd, always a nerd! He keeps getting press coverage when he, Rumsfeld, Chaney and Bush should be held accountable for their actions and neglect .....he is not the only voter in this country, so please know that his disruptive opinions are NOT appreciated.

    January 16, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. ScaredforFuture

    If Karl Rove isn't the devin incarnate then I don't know who is...

    January 16, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Honorable Kansas Vet

    The only place I want to hear from Rove is at his Treason trial.

    January 16, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. anewdaypost.com

    Nobody’s second place finish in Michigan

    On Tuesday, With no other major candidates names on the ballot, Hillary Clinton was able to get 55% of the vote in the Michigan Democratic primary, but the real story on Wednesday should be the 225,506 + who left their house and went down to their precinct, knowing their state had been striped of its delegates, and voted uncommitted.

    When “nobody” runs against her, “nobody” starts with 40%. And “nobody” didn’t even have to campaign. “Nobody” spent no money in this race. “Nobody” didn’t even run one add. What happens when you add John McCain or Rudy Giuliani in place of “nobody”?

    As democrats we have to think long and hard about nominating a candidate who is so divisive. We shouldn’t spend these preciously important years ahead re-fighting old fights or addressing political grudges. If we are what we say we are than we must love our country more than this, and choose a leader who can bring Americans together. Our society’s needs are too great, the time to pivotal, for anything but fundamental change backed by broad-based support from the American people. Senator Obama proved in Iowa he can do this, and nobody proved it on Tuesday.

    January 16, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    R etarded O oblivious V icious E gotastical moron

    I gnorant n arcissistic

    0 votes from me 8 votes from the Bush cabinet

    January 16, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Shirley

    Why doesn't he sit down and shut up? I have had all I can stand from this devious manipulator that ruined our country. I thought we were rid of him. I am always amazed that he has the guts to cricize ANY of the candidates. What arrogance!!!!

    January 16, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Sandy, St. Paul, MN

    If Rove says it, then it must be a lie, a fabrication, a corruption, or gosh, maybe just a stupid comment. Love him or hate him, at least he's consistently a moron.

    January 16, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    Truly words from the Master.

    He was able to convince millions of gullible Americans to vote for the worse president ever created so he knows how the game is played.

    January 16, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Norman

    The best part of any thing that Mr. Rove has to say is not to listen.

    Just look at what his party has accomplished here in the United States.

    Thanks for nothing.

    Norman (Maryland Voter)

    January 16, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Susan

    Who cares what Karl Rove thinks (except Karl Rove and CNN)?

    January 16, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Buster, San Diego

    The slimy attack machine is starting its engines. It is the same Karl Rove who almost got indicted in Valerie Plame leak case. That slime ball is at it again even before there the nominations are over. Everybody knows his dirty tactics and who cares about his "advice", just ask McCain in South Carolina in 2000. He needs to count his last days in solitary confinement for all the murder and mayhem he has caused in Iraq. I hope the Democrats when they take the helm in 2009 will prosecute this criminal and make him pay for the all the crimes committed against this great nation.

    January 16, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. Mike Orlando, FL

    Who cares what he has to say. The root of all evil.

    January 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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