March 10th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Rove taunted at University of Iowa

Rove spoke at the University of Iowa Sunday.

Rove spoke at the University of Iowa Sunday.

(CNN) - Former top Bush aide Karl Rove didn't get the friendliest of receptions at the University of Iowa Sunday, CNN affiliate KCRG reports.

Rove, who was paid $40,000 to speak at the University, was confronted with an at-times hostile crowd of 1,000, and was interrupted on several occasions.

At one point during the speech, Rove reportedly lashed out at some of the students, saying, "You got a chance to ask your questions later and make your stupid statements, let me make mine."

Police also were forced to remove two people after they tried to perform a citizen’s arrest on Rove for what they said were his crimes while a member of the Bush Administration.

At one point, a person asked Rove if he has ever shed a tear over the war in Iraq.

"I shed a lot of tears and I have been inspired by many of the people who feel their son or daughter should not have to die in vain," he replied.

Toward the end of the speech a member of the crowd yelled, "Can we have our $40,000 back?"

Rove replied, “No, you can't.”

Radio Iowa also reports one audience member told Rove that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named him the "worst person ever."

"Ever?" Rove joked. "Yea, worse than Hitler, worse than Stalin, worse than Mao and worse than the person who introduced aluminum baseball bats."

Cameras were only allowed to film the beginning of the speech.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Karl Rove
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. amk

    "You got a chance to ask your questions later and make your stupid statements, let me make mine."

    What an idiot.

    March 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Obama4President

    LoL, I can't believe they tried to do a citizens arrest....too funny!

    March 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. TN_Dave

    Way to go U of IA. He is a criminal, like the rest of the Bushies, and add Hillary and McCain to that list too. Time to take our country back.

    March 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Black Man in Dixie

    Tie him to Howard Dean. Put them in a sack. Tie a rope to it, and throw them in the river.

    March 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Angela Robinson

    I think that Rove's "I'm just here for the money"- attitude doesn't go over well with most people.
    Why was he there, again?

    March 10, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. TheRightNut

    To "to the left nut". It's the "TheLeftNut" if you please.

    I quote you :
    a fascist is a person that ridicules everyone who doens't follow what the perceive as the normal path...

    I make fun of Rove and his ilk (you) because I'm smart enough to know I will never change your mind no matter how solid the logic or how overwhelming the evidence, people like you don't use your brain, you use Limbaugh's or Coulters or O'Reilly's brain. You have the inability to reason for yourself.

    So what's left? I'll just have fun by making fun (of YOU)!

    March 10, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. plain jane

    These must be the kids voting for Obama....see what a uniter Obama is.....!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. marcia

    NOT SURPRISED, SAME STUDENTS VOTED FOR OBAMA. WONDER WHAT THEY ARE IN SCHOOL FOR- JUST CURIOUS

    March 10, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. ssssss

    This country is done dealing with ediots and criminals like Karl Rov who are out there to destroy this planet. My delema is why does God allow this kind of people to be born. Then may be it is the satan who is sending people like karl Rov to test us like he did to Jesus. People Say No to people like Karl Rov, Hillary Clinton, Bush alike.

    March 10, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. thomas a rogers

    appropriate comment....rove belongs in a prison cell and if you don't see that you're an idiot.........

    March 10, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Paul

    In my day free speech was something we believed in. If I didn't want to hear a guest speaker – I didn't go. Makes me sad to read all the hate in these responces. My fear is that soon shouting will be replaced by shooting.

    March 10, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. thomas a rogers

    karl rove should experience all the pain and suffering and damage he has caused by being a real bloody monster.....covered in d.c. slime and mideastern blood. dripping....belongs in jail if this country had half a brain....enjoy the mission accomplished halliburton recession all you good ol'boys. gas up those cowboy trucks and head over to the wide world wrestling match with a quarter pounder....... duh duh duh puke

    March 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Franky

    "Rove reportedly lashed out at some of the students, saying, "You got a chance to ask your questions later and make your stupid statements, let me make mine."

    LOL!!!! That's funny. Yep, it's a tough world out there......LOL!!!

    March 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Rene, Lt Col, USAF

    Why do the media report such an immaterial article since 17 year olds are not able to vote? Who they support is nothing more than propaganda that can now be attributed to the American media and their support for Sen. Barack Obama. The medial should concentrate on the senator’s lack of experience but more importantly his lack of knowledge in countless areas that are important to America. Areas such as history, international politics, military, strategy, economy, and now we learn getting things done as a senator. His political record is marginal at best but his Harvard record reflects that same poor ethics of fellow alumni like the ENRON leadership.

    March 10, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    I'm amazed at the number of people here that think it's the liberal left wing's fault. You lot absolutely amaze me. I can't believe that you still have your heads buried in the sand. This country is going down the tubes because of people like Karl Rove, but you just can't see it. How many more American soldiers have to die before you finally realize that Bush, Rove, Rumsfeld, etc. etc. never did support the troops. They may wear flagpins that were made in China but as far as the troops go they just don't give a d...m. Wake up and smell the coffee. It's your so-called left-wing liberals that actually care about the troops. it was Obama that did something about the soldiers in Walter Reed. Listen to that O'Reilly smugbutt. he doesn't even beoieve that veterans are homeless. he would rahter not beoieve it than lift a finger to help.

    March 10, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Cami

    Righty Tighty said:
    The University of Iowa has never been known for producing Einstein’s.
    Political Science, Art and Theater, now those are the degree's of the mindless liberals. Just who I want answering the phone at 3 AM..
    ----------------------------
    Actually, if you were to do your homework, you would find many famous, relevent graduates from the University of Iowa. By the way, that thing you're typing on . . . . it was invented in Iowa, too.
    (See if we sell YOU any more corn for your SUVs!)

    March 10, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. P. D.

    Why does Rove, Gonzales go to these venues? The money. I believe it is shameless. Here we have two men who have totally destroyed our nations reputation. Just stay home

    March 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. jgarth

    Good for the students of Iowa for not cowering before this noxious 'turd blossom'!

    March 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. maya

    Obama supporters please take notice- focus your rage against men like Karl Rove- not Hillary! We HAVE to take back the White House in 2008!

    March 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. CHERYL

    THIS GUY IS YOUR TYPICAL REPUBLICAN!

    HEY, HE GOT BUSH ELECTED THOUGH DIDN'T HE!

    WE WILL HAVE JOHN McCAIN AGAIN IF WE VOTE FOR OBAMA !

    THE GOP WILL SWIFT BOAT HIM SO FAST!

    OBAMA HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE MILD ATTACKS FROM THE MEDIA!!!!!!!!!!

    HOW WILL HE HANDLE THE REPUBLICANS OR THE PRESIDENCY?

    SENATOR CLINTON IS MY CHOICE!

    A TOUGH INTELLIGENT FIGHTER IS WHAT WE NEED!!!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Ean

    It's too bad I didn't know he was going to be in Iowa City. I would have joined the crowd! Iowans are not as blind as many others in today's society. We don't forget easily...it's a Midwest trait. We call it as we see it, and were not afraid of overtly expressing ourselves when our principles and values have been undermined by those who consider themselves above the fray. In other words...pompous morons are not allowed to spin false rhetoric in Iowa. That's why HRC lost the caucus, and that's why Rove will never be welcome. As GW would say, "you fool me can't get fooled again."

    March 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. CHERYL

    WATCH HANNITYS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!

    INTERESTING!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. kelly WI

    you Rove haters are stupid. You don't know what you're talking about. Just trying to find an excuse for your candidates own failings.
    Don't be silly. The Flame incident was investigated by everyone and theres nothing there. Don't worry if the dems had found anything wrong they would have raised all kinds of hell. They tried but it didn't work out. It's Valerie that should be in prison for lying to the congress.
    You go Karl. Some people really can't stand the truth when it doesn't fit in with their fanatsies. The idiots are just jealous of your brilliance.

    March 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. anon

    Iowa students, freedom of speech means you ALLOW controversy, not try to drown it out!

    March 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Rebecca - CA

    Leave it to college students to have the nerve to stand up to the evil estabishment.! The got it right!! I am surpirsed he didn't try to pander to them by doing his lame rap performance.

    March 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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