September 1st, 2008
08:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden reacts to Rove insult

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Sens. Biden and Obama campaigned together in Michigan Sunday.
Sens. Biden and Obama campaigned together in Michigan Sunday.

(CNN) – If Sen. Joe Biden was hurt that Republican operative Karl Rove called him a “big blowhard doofus” at an event in Minneapolis Monday, he didn’t show it.

On hearing the news, Biden grinned and said “he’s a great American.”

The blog Politicker ME reports that at a Maine delegate breakfast at the Republican National Convention, Rove, the so-called “architect” of the Bush administration, called Biden a “big blowhard doofus.” Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, is notorious in Washington for being talkative at Senate hearings.

Later, in response to a different question, Rove is reported to have asked "Is there press in this room?"

Biden addressed the criticism during a flight on his campaign plane Monday evening. A reporter asked if the senator would now answer to “Senator Doofus.”

“You can call me anything you want,” he said. “I learned a long time ago you can call me anything you want.”

Both political parties have made a point in recent days to draw down partisan rhetoric as Hurricane Gustav threatened the Gulf Coast. Biden said he would have no trouble drawing his sword in the weeks to come.

“I don’t think we’ll have any trouble resuming the campaign,” he said. “I guess Karl did it already. I guess he didn’t get the memo.”

Biden’s campaign spokesman quickly released a statement rebuking Rove for the comments.

“It’s more than a little sad that with another hurricane heading for the Gulf Coast, Karl Rove is up to the same old attack politics that he practically patented while helping dig a deep hole for our country to get out of,” said Biden Spokesman David Wade. “Americans deserve better, especially at a time like this.”


Filed under: Extra • Joe Biden • Karl Rove
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Voter

    I'm sure Biden will cry all the way to the White House.

    September 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. longhairs for obama

    rove is scum.

    September 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Rob

    Biden may talk a bit – but he has done a trillion times more good for American than Karl Rove ever did. Karl Rove is a convicted felon in waiting and NOBODY should give a crap what that man says.

    CNN POST THIS!

    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Proud American

    Biden knows he will have the last laugh when he becomes vice president he will endict Karl Rove for all the crimes against America.

    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. ROVING

    Kark Rove is straight up pathetic and a great surrogate for the republicans...

    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Deb

    The Republicans have proven themselves not fit to run our country. We shouldn't be surprised by anything they say or do. Come on America, wake up! Eight is Enough!

    Go Obama-Biden, America needs you.

    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Hey, wasn't it Karl Rove who predicted Obama would pick a political, pandering VEEP? Guess THAT didn't happen.

    What does Karl have to say about McCain's pick?

    No pander bears in Alaska now...are there?

    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. texas4obama

    what is Karl Rove...4 years old. Grow up! The Doofus is that guy you have in the office now.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. brad

    I love this guy Biden. So authentic. Rove is the biggest blowhard to hit washington ever and probably should be in jail for that matter.

    September 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Rove is an Idiot

    It is beyond reason why anyone would willingly allow Karl Rove to take part in any convention – even the RNC's

    September 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. jd

    Falls into the look who is talking category.

    September 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. VT in Atlanta

    You tell 'em Biden. It's what you answer to that matters. Soon, you won't be answering to Senator... anything - it'll be Vice President Biden.

    OBAMA/BIDEN – '08/12

    September 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. gm

    Rove should not call anyone by any then their proper name. The Honorable Sen. Joe Biden has dobe more for our country then Rove could even think of doing. Any person who thinks they are above the law should not ever show their face in public. Oh, I forgot he is part of the Bush/Cheney administration and if you are a part of that administration you are above the law. Rove get lost.

    September 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. jeanette

    Rove is a complete joke – a talking head for Fox News....and an attack dog for John McCain and the republican party.
    I'm so glad CNN more respectable people on their show.

    September 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    I am anxiously awaiting for Senator McCain to renounce and repudiate Karl "Doofus" Rove's comment. It is interesting how Karl can offer comments about the Democratic Party but won't go before the Congressional delegation and testify. Now that would be something that we all could appreciate him going to testify.

    September 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. GOP

    Rove, Palin and McCain will crash and burn this time

    September 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Nana

    its so sad that carl rove is trying to be relevant. why should senator Biden dignify that parasite by responding to his childish name calling?

    O'BIDEN 08!!

    September 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Jean

    What is it about Karl Rove that Republicans like so well. This fact is enough to not support such SLEEZE.

    The american public is better and smarter than the Rove crew!!!!!!!!!

    America is part of a global society and Rove is shameful.

    September 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. sjp

    i thought rove was under investigation? anyway is rove all the republicans have left, it seems as though he's the only one talking. also if he's the architect of what bush/cheney did, isn't it just a little unsettling he's backing mccain.

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Ron democrat turned independent

    i remember during the Texas debate that sen. Clinton backed down sen.Obama, making him reluctantly renounce farrakhan. Biden seems to cut from the same cloth

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Nikki - NC

    Karl Rove calling people names like a troubled kid in middle school??? I'm shocked – shocked i tell ya!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 & 12

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. Evan Crum

    Does anyone care what Rove says? Honestly? Can see why he's on FOX. He is so "fair and balanced".

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Dakota

    It's good that Rove supports McCain though. People like him are all the support McCain can get.

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Hillary Supporter

    its really sad that the republican spin machine picked a day when we are having a natural disaster to reveal this news yet they want everyone not to politicize it. The McCain camp made this political by the timing of this news. "Hey N.O. is suffering and everyone is watching the hurricane so, lets break the news" wow!!!!!!!!!! McCain, you are shameless.

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Ann

    "A Big Doofus Blowhard?" Does Rove HAVE even 1 mirror in his house???

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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