September 1st, 2008
08:40 PM ET
3 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.”


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soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. NO Extremeright Palin 08

    Karl Rove is a big blowhard doofus not Biden. Why isn't this guy in jail for all counless felony that he has commited.

    September 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Julie

    I can't believe the child/boy & coward that is Karl Rove has gall to show is face in public. But then he is the epitomy of the Republican Party. Birds of a feather.

    September 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. SUE, Michigan

    Christopher,
    The Bush administration is one criminal activity after another-have you not read any of the books out there, nor listened to anything but Fox? Try Keith Olbermann for a few nights and listen to some truths.
    The one we got convicted, Libby, Bush illegally pardoned so he wouldn't talk. And he prides himself on grabbing as much power to the Executive branch as he can get away with. Unfortunately, the Dems haven't had a majority to impeach them all, but it may still happen. And you will blame it all on the left, no doubt. Do some reading-you'll be shocked and angered at the abuse of power in the White House.

    September 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Mary

    Don't worry...Biden is more of a flip flopper than obama...what a pair......HE IS THE ONE WHO SIAD obama WAS NOT QUALIFIED TO RUN THE COUNTRY...big deal ...he has been campaigning for months...he has not had to make one decision for this GREAT COUNTRY...his biggest decisions......WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE DAY

    September 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Mark

    And Karl Rove is called Kaptain Corrupt for being the architect of one of the most corrupt constitution destroying administrations in history.

    September 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Dave

    Shouldn't this Rove guy be in Jail?

    September 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. georgia independent

    Sticks and stones...

    Go Joe. Sensible people don't listen to Rove's drivel...

    September 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Erik

    So is Rove now officially an RNC mouthpiece or does he just slither out from under a rock now and then to act like a ten-year-old?

    September 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Chris

    If Karl Rove insulted me I would take it as a compliment and smile.

    I'd rather be a doofus than an arrogant criminal who is only avoiding prison due to the power of big oil.

    September 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    One more of Karl Rove's distractions to keep us off the issues. It's part of his republican plan.

    NO MORE MCWAR !!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. McCain=the draft

    Why isn't Rove in jail for refusing to testify????????

    September 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Regis

    I guess they want to pick up where the primaries campaigns left off. The trick are not going to work this time America is watching.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Fred

    Who is Karl Rove, and why would I care about his opinion?

    September 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Cathy

    On November 5th, I'll be calling you Vice President Biden!!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. AP

    LOL!! "He's a great American."
    Fantastic response

    September 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Bellamy

    Biden should only stop speaking in Congress once Rove starts speaking under oath.

    September 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. pa

    Rove should keep his big rat trap shut

    September 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. JDOD

    You tell him Joe. Tell him his a MCSNAKE!

    September 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Shannon

    love Joe Biden, it's to bad he's hooked up with the empty suite Obama. Joe is better than that!

    September 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Loretta from California

    We all know that Karl Rove is dysfunctional. Nobody with an ounce of sense would listen to anything he has to say.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Andrew B

    Just an uneducated man making an uneducated remark. Go get a degree, Rove

    September 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Cathy

    On November 5th, America will calling you Vice President Biden!!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. J Williamson

    Give me a break – if Rove said anything nice about ME I'd worry!

    September 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Beth

    Ugh...Karl Rove is a doofus AND a criminal. All in good time, people...we just need to sit back and watch the sinking Republican ship. What really makes me laugh is that many of my co-workers and friends are changing their minds about McSame and voting Democratic. Even my brother...a die hard Repub, who up until a week ago thought McSame was awesome, has changed his mind and is voting Democratic.

    I love being right.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. Orlando

    Really Rove was talking about himself. He finally decided to look in the mirror and that's what he saw.

    September 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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