March 29th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Rove turns his attention to Obama

Rove spoke at the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee in January.
Rove spoke at the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee in January.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the sidelines during presidential campaign season for the first time this decade, former presidential adviser Karl Rove couldn't resist taking shots at Democratic frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama.

Rove focused his firepower on the Illinois senator at a speech to the Young America's Foundation in Washington, D.C. Friday night, barely mentioning his Democratic rival, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

President Bush's former chief strategist, who left the White House in 2007, pegged Obama as a do-nothing senator who talked big and achieved little. "What bills has he sponsored?" Rove asked.

The fact that some Democrats are still hoping that former Vice President Al Gore will bring the party together, said Rove, is a signal that the party is in disarray. "You know you got a problem if the answer is Al Gore," Rove said to laughter.

Rove expressed cautious optimism that a conservative would be in the White House come next January, telling the crowd "there's a long time until November."

–CNN's Jeff Simon and Jillian Harding


Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Karl Rove
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. SUE, Michigan

    Go Hillary! The fact that Rove didn't mention you tells me that the Republicans are a lot more afraid of your candidacy then Obama's. You would absolutely beat McCain in debates and the election. You go, girl!

    March 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Former Obama supporter

    Let the games begin. It’s sad how Obama supporters think that Obama is just going to win this election with ease. They are really underestimating the Republicans. The whole Wright and Obama controversy is going to come up even worse than before in the general election. Obama supporters really need to realize that the Republicans have something damaging to Obama under their sleeves.

    March 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Jake, California

    You know that Obama is the Washington fear factor if he's being attacked by crocked Washington insiders. Like Obama has often said, the voice of the cynics will only grow louder and more dissonant... Karl Rove is just a clear example of that.

    They know that with Hillary, they'll have a piece of cake to share!

    March 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. teresa

    First of all, why does the "righteous" republican party have Karl Rove addressing these "Young American's"? Rove is poison and a "false accuser" of the innocent (Alabama Gov, who has been released to defend his honor"; and a distorter of the truth. Rove is poison, and not qualified to "utter Obama's name". I am for obama, and know that he will be the nominee and win the general, while rove, hopefully is in police custody for his low down deeds.

    OBAMA '08

    March 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Janet

    For the first time Rove is making some since. Exactly what has Obama accomplished?????? Oh..I forgot, All of a sudden he is
    a professor because he gave a few lectures, he never voted on anything, oh, but he did vote present. That's really saying alot. If you watch the debates, his answer is usually I agree with everything Sen.
    Clinton is saying, because he dosen't have a clue of what the answer
    is.

    I suggest he goes back to the college and lecture,OH, SO SORRY<
    I MEANT TO SAY BEING A PROFESSOR.

    GO HILLARY...WE LOVE YOU

    March 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Mark Billingsley, Sacramento, Calif.

    Zeger, please list for me what Hillary Clinton has accomplished as a first lady and as a senator... I mean the things that haven't already been completely debunked like sChip, etc. You Hillary sock puppets are hilarious to try to tear down Obama's legislative accomplishments when they're much more than Hillary's. It's funny, because it seems like she wants to go toe-to-toe with Obama on scandals. She has Rezko and that's it. I can go back to Hillary and Bill in the early 80s and bury you guys with scandal if that's really what you want. Why can't we talk about the issues and what the candidates want to do in the future?

    March 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Other questions for Obama: what civil rights cases did he work on as a lawyer and what reuslts; did his constitutional law lectures include teaching by the Socratic method of questioning or just speaking; what community did he organize on the South Side and what was achieved; what is his attendance record in the Senate as a percentage of days on the floor or in his office versus days on the campaign trial?

    March 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. George

    When and where ever Rove speaks the place should be disinfected
    afterwards.

    March 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. MT in California

    Oh, Republicans, Republicans, do you really want this no good, no morale having idiot helping out your Party again? Well, me being the devoted Democrat that I am. I DO!!!! Keep talking Big BOY!

    March 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Elle

    He's speaking the truth. Big Talk No Action Obama. Its sensationalism at its best and worst.

    March 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Bob

    I agree that it appears the Rs and their talk radio proxies are bashing Obama in the hope for a McCain v Clinton general election fight. Then, the real slime (against Hillary) will ooze from the Rs...

    March 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. carrie

    oh shut up you.
    you are a has been and we cant be bothered to listen to what rubbish you have to say
    so disappear,now

    March 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. wait and see

    Don't worry Rove,

    Even us democrats don't want Obama as president.

    But Hillary- you guys could not HOPE to beat.

    March 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Dominoid

    Yes because that experience argument has worked so well for Hilary!

    March 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Hillary

    Well, I agree with you for th first time ever.

    Obama will never appeal to Republicans- he doesn't appeal to 50% of the democrats.

    But Hillary is the real threat to republican rule

    March 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. carrie

    you should be rotting in jail.
    and this shows that the gop is scared of obama
    ha ha ha ha

    March 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Airman 4 Obama

    Rove has such a high opinion of himself and /or is very delusional if he thinks there is anyone left in America who cares about what he has to say.

    March 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Christian, Tampa FL

    It would be really nice if we could shun Karl Rove for the rest of his life. It would be great if the media could just never pay any attention to him. Let's all pretend he's invisible!

    March 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. SS

    Rove, why do you even speak? Your voice is so diluted with your honorary marks on history, which will be redacted.

    March 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Mae

    Sounds like they're scared to run against Obama

    March 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. ABC

    OMG I think i agree with Karl

    March 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Jack

    You know you've got problems when you're counting on Karl Rove to do your PR...

    March 29, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. kelis serto, Williamsburg

    Is it just me, or does Karl Rove look like that stuffed pig on the FEED THE PIG commercials?

    March 29, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Jerry

    This can be said of Rove. Here is a signal your lame party is in disarray. You know you got a problem when anyone embraces your cheap and sleazy comments. Somebody show this Homer Simpson looking creep the exit!.............

    March 29, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. kelis serto, Williamsburg

    Is he serious? Rove is an idiot.

    March 29, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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