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

Biden reacts to Rove insult

,
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. David

    At least Biden has not refused to testify in front of congress. If Biden is a doofus, Rove is the king of the cowardly doofus. Rove, be a man and tesify in front of Congress instead of hiding.

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

    Sounds tame in comparison to the things the individuals in the Bush admin have been called by the Left over the past 8 years.

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Sam Rose

    CNN-

    Please stick to the issues–this is just "same old-same old" campaign garbage–

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Chi-town gurl

    Should we expect anything different from Rove? This joker's time in politics is coming to an end. Should we all be blessed when justice is served and this "A" hole will be in jail pretty soon for all of the corrupt things he's done......what goes around always comes around.....darkness ALWAYS comes to light!

    September 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Leslie from Garden Grove, CA

    Silly Rove...

    September 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Larry

    The Bush Administration didn't want him anyway, especially after the "Rove" scandal

    September 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Lune

    Note my words"soon Karl Rove will ended in jail

    September 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. John .A

    Thank you soccer ball face Karl Rove for giving us George Bush the greatest president ever, dummy go figure, Just say no to 4 more years of Bush

    September 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. DWoods

    Good job Biden!! Don't give baldylocks a second thought.

    September 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. I love you Joe

    Yeah but he's our blowhard and I think he's a great addition to team Obama!

    September 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Adam

    Christopher,

    How about the crap that Rove said to get Bush in the White House? It is just Rove spewing his usual. Rove has come to symbolize why the country is sick of the GOP.

    September 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Toby

    I thought the Republicans said they wouldn't engage in such things while Gustav was such a threat. I'm sure Biden's answer will be strongly denounced as partisan at a time of national crisis.

    September 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Roberto

    That's funny coming from the party that insures that blowhards have a steady job. Blowhards like Limbaugh & Hannity carry the Republican standard proudly with their endless hypocrisy. Anything coming from the mouth of Mr. lie, lie, lie, repeat (Rove) is a joke.

    September 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. RJ

    Nothing wrong with what Rove said - he's right on about Biden!

    September 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. KMAN

    Who cares what Mr. Potato-Head calls Biden? I'd take it as a compliment considering the source!

    September 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Jake

    Wonder what Rove has to say about the success of Sarah Palin's abstinence-until-marriage campaign. Maybe something like "She's a sweet little blowhard doofus" but she's OUR doofus."

    September 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. joe

    Pelosi, Reid and many other on the left have said a lot worse about President Bush. However I give props to Biden for just taking it in stride.

    September 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Liberal for Life

    What??????? I thought Rove was in Jail...They let that convict out?

    September 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. bill m

    Rove go testify then you can talk you...blow hard doofus.

    September 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Pete

    Mr. Rove should stop wasting his time on childish insults and put his energy towards making sure he's protected from the FLAYING he's all but certain to get if the Dems win the White House. He's only got 4 months left.

    September 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. J.B. Il

    Rove, Is an american, I call you a Traitor and a war criminal and I sincerely hope that one day justice will be heapt upon you.

    September 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. mcbush!

    it's funny to imagine a chubby little karl rove, the fat kid no one liked, mumbling obscenities about the bigger kids who made fun of him.
    only problem is......

    September 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Randy

    Haha, this is basically a good thing for Biden. I consider anyone who Karl Rove calls a doofus my friend.

    September 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Joe Regis

    Karl who?

    September 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Northwest Washington

    Karl should watch out who he is calling Doofus. Didn't he plan and execute the brilliant Republican election that netted 0 out of 6 wins for the Senate?

    September 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8