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.”


Filed under: Extra • Joe Biden • Karl Rove
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Michelle, Panama City

    Rove is a criminal who cares what he calls anyone.

    September 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. Kim

    Once again (and again and again) team Obama/Biden takes the high ground over the real blowhard doofus team. Rove and McRove.

    September 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. ObamaBidenAllTheWay

    "I love this guy." Biden has proven time and time again since being nominated he is going to be a perfect VP.

    "Sticks & Stones"...

    September 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Inside the Beltway

    Obama/Doofus 08'!!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. mike

    Potatote Head Rove deserves to be in the federal prison – he is a scum of the earth

    September 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. Motov8n

    Go ahead Biden,,,,continue to mind your BUSINESS!!!BIDEN '08!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. NJMike

    Pathetic, isn't it ? All they have left is name calling. Hopefully Karl will be checking into the iron hotel soon.

    September 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Charlotte

    Charlotte September 1st, 2008 7:35 pm ET
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    One more of Karl Rove's distractions to keep us off the issues. It's part of his republican plan. IT WORKED THE LAST 2 TIMES.

    NO MORE MCWAR !!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Last Honest man

    Okay how about ...incompetent, incapable....um.......wannabe......heres one and its the most insulting I could think of.....DEMOCRAT

    September 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Jerome

    Amazing how low the Republicans will stoop to stay in power. Comments like this make it clear why they need to be turfed.

    September 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Phylis Chase

    Rove was the one that got Bush elected...he can get YOU elected president...and YOU might do better lol ...he's a powerful man...more powerful than you want to know cause you can't handle the truth....and btw....Biden IS a blowhard doofus who told Israel to get used to Iran nuclear missles next door.

    September 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Morningstar

    Rove who?

    September 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Texas Trail Kitty

    More of the usual conservative arrogance.

    September 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Cheryl

    I guess it's silly week in politics. Takes one to know one!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. FemaleDemInsultedbyMcPalin

    KKKarl Rove will be behind bars soon enough. Don't worry Joe!

    September 1, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Ron democrat turned independent

    seems like Biden the attack dog is all bark no bite

    September 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. stephen

    Biden can always show maturity and will not follow silly comments from Carl Roke who allegedly ochestrated the outing of a CIA operative and influencing appointments at the Justice Department for political reasons.

    Well done Biden!

    September 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Albo58

    Rove's failure to show at a Democratic Party-planned show trial was fortunately thwarted by executive priviledge. What the Democrats really hate about the man was his ability to shine a light on the obvious ineptness of their presidential candidates. I know it will be most difficult to do, but perhaps the DNC should really search for a qualified nominee in the future?!!

    September 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Louise

    Whoohee! That Rove dude is so politically savvy! Gosh! How articulate! No wonder our country is in such excellent financial and political shape! Golly gee hizzers! Now I know how the real smart guys talk! I can be a Republican spokesperson, too!

    September 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. dtc

    id much rather be called a blowhard doofus rather than the architect of the bush administration.

    September 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Voting for Obama

    There you go Biden. Show you are bigger. Republicans are ignorant and greedy!! They really choose Palin to be VP...Lol. What a joke. Talk about NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO experience. As a proud Hilary supporter McShame will never get my vote! Nice try.

    Obama/Biden 2008!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and Rove is a crook and war criminal who should be tried by the World Court....

    September 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. IndependentTogether

    Mirrored jabs? Ha, he just call Rove a "big blowhard doofus" without getting his hands dirty:D Great! Nice slight of hand, Biden!

    September 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. starfire426

    Repubs are not a particularly articulate lot, are they?

    September 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Donna

    Karl "Petunia Pig" Rove calling anyone a name is a joke...it must pain him to be out of the spotlight...of course he was on Fox when he said it...Biden knows him and knows he is nothing relevant in the grand scheme of things...

    September 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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