August 17th, 2008
04:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Kaine fires back at Rove

Gov. Tim Kaine shoots back against criticism from Karl Rove.
Gov. Tim Kaine shoots back against criticism from Karl Rove.

(CNN) – It was a tough retort from Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia.

Kaine responded Sunday to comments made by Republican strategist Karl Rove earlier this month criticizing Kaine's potential vice presidential credentials.

On CBS' "Face the Nation," Rove jabbed at the governor, saying "again no disrespect to Gov. Kaine. He's been a governor for three years. He's been able but undistinguished. I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done."

The Democratic governor - who is rumored to be on Barack Obama's potential VP list - pointed out that his state was voted best for business three years in a row by Forbes.com and said "maybe Karl Roves and the Republicans don't care about business climate, that would explain why we're in the situation that we're in".

"Governing Magazine was also named Virginia as the top governed state in America," Kaine told reporters, "maybe to Karl Rove that isn't an achievement that would explain a federal government that couldn't respond to a hurricane a Katrina and couldn't figure out how to start and manage a war."

Kaine spoke to reporters in Washington after shooting a televised interview Sunday morning.

By the way, in the 2008 Governing Magazine ranking, Virginia shares its top A- rating with two other states: Washington and Utah.


Filed under: Karl Rove • Tim Kaine
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Greg from Big Island

    Tim Kaine told him off. Karl Rove don't mess with Virginia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Why would anyone bother answering one of the most hideous criminals in modern history along with Bush and Cheney. All three have made the U.S. into a barbaric nation with illegal invasions, violations of the Geneva Convention, Torture and Human Rights Violations. If America had any sense at all they would make sure all these murderous criminals were tried for war crimes.

    August 17, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Evette

    I can tell you what Rove has done that is important...he is a terrorist

    August 17, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. bluesky

    Ha! Funny. Rove deserved those comments. But I imagine Kaine was not entirely surprised to hear Rove's remarks. Nobody has ever known Karl Rove to tell the truth.

    August 17, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. No Socialist, NY

    Kaine said,"maybe to Karl Rove that isn't an achievement that would explain a federal government that couldn't respond to a hurricane a Katrina and couldn't figure out how to start and manage a war."

    but, in fact, it was the governor of Louisiana who didn't respond and tried to shift the blame to Wahington. And it was with an overwhelming majority of congress who voted to go to war in response to THE TERRORISTS WHO FIGURED OUT HOW TO START A WAR. Fortunately, the surge has been a phenomenal success but democrats know if they admit it, or do anything to help us come out ahead in Iraq, it will just prove, once again, their ineptness when it comes to foreign policy. (not to mention domestic policy)

    August 17, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    It always amazes me that Karl Rove can take the time to be a political analyst but won't take the time to go before Congress to testify. Testifying is way more important to the public than his political analyzing.

    August 17, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Michele

    Karl Rove just throws out any pile of crap to see what sticks!

    August 17, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. Len in Austin

    The republican party needs to shed itself from divisive personal attacks. Many folks already have the impression that the republicans are the party of dirty tricks incorporated. This needs to stop.

    August 17, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Getting Scared

    Stick that in your pocket and smoke that Karl rove Nice Response Governor

    August 17, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Carl from MI

    Cry me a river, Rove!! He's such a cry-baby, and can't take criticism.

    He can dish it out, but then he runs and hides. He IS the GOP root of evil in their party.

    August 17, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. 17 year old future politician

    Wow. Great response....that was absolutely aggressive, but WITH ACCURATE, and TRUTHFUL SUPPORT...unlike the republicans.

    August 17, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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