September 1st, 2008
08:40 PM ET
6 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. barbara

    After the election, Karl Rove can call Joe Biden "Mr. Vice President."

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Bon

    Obama and Biden are qualified to lead. McCain and Palin are a joke!

    September 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Walt, Belton,TX

    Welcome to gentlemen in politics. One doofus can call another gentleman a doofus. Sorta shows you the infantile cerebral aristocracy we are allowing to misuse this country.

    September 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. american

    it has been known for a long time now that the repubs will hit below the belt anytime they get the chance that is the only way they know how to play

    September 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |

    Once again the Obama campaign takes the high road, nice going Vice President Biden.

    September 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Sherry, Atlanta

    Great answer, Biden. Rove was trying to push your button' order to get the Spotlight off Palin. Job well done!

    Obama/Biden '08-'12

    September 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Scott L

    Funny how there are always protesters protesting war, but none of them stand there and suddenly realize that had the leaders of America listened to anti-war protesters throughout history, America would never have been free from Britain, would never have stopped Japan cold in their tracks during WWII, and would not have helped stop Hitler's rampage throughout Europe. Remember, America was trying to stay out of WWII until it was apparent that we would be the only ones to stop Hitler.

    There is a new Hitler in this world, and it is called radical extermism. I don't care what religion you lay claim it is for if any religion at all...but there are groups of people in this world and slaughter humans like ants, chopping heads off, stabbing pregnant women, strangling little babies. If you do not find this disturbing and a direct threat to the countries around the globe, you are naive.

    Imagine had we turned a blind eye to events throughout history, the differences the world would be in today. Maybe Hitler would have ruled the world and taken over everything. Maybe his empire would have reigned supreme? Imagine him deciding to kill you just because he didn't like you.

    At least Americans and coalition troops GO OUT OF THEIR WAY to protect civilians the best they can. Meanwhile those same enemies stand with women and children in front of them as shields.

    So good luck to all your anti-war, peace loving protesters. I am all for peace but this is a dark world with many geo-political problems brewing...Iran, Russia, Georgia, Afghanistan, Africa.

    If you want to elect leadership that will turn a blind eye, go ahead. But when it really hits the fan, you better not say "why didn't we do anything in the first place?"

    Remember, your beloved Bill Clinton had Osama Bin Laden in the cross hairs and he did nothing to stop him when he could have. Imagine a world without 9-11 in it...thank you Democratic failed leadership.

    September 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Debby

    Rove was kind at least he didn't tell everyone that he was a plagerizer.

    September 1, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Mary in CT

    "He's a great American" (with Jack Nicholson smile).

    Joe Biden, you rock!

    September 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. DOH!

    So goes Carl goes the Republicans

    September 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. alvino

    I looked up "big blowhard doofus" in the encyclopedia and there was a picture of Karl Rove hugging Rush Limbaugh, so I am not sure which is which.

    September 1, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Rodham Democrat

    Thank you Karl Rove...because of you, Don Rumsfeld, and DIck Cheney, the Democrats now control the House AND the Senate

    September 1, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Sam

    Karl Rove should be in jail.

    September 1, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Republican for Obama

    Biden is going to be okay. If I were Rove, I would watch out. My money is on Biden in a one-on-one between Rove and Biden!

    September 1, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. DMB


    September 1, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Cedrus deodara

    Why is Rove even opening his mouth? He should be busy fitting himself for a one piece orange garment. Disgracefully "american".

    September 1, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Dante in Madison, WI

    I think Phylis Chase drank the RepubliCoolaid.

    Karl Rove is irrelevant. He's another Rush Limbaugh; a megalomaniac who thinks he's bigger than he really is.

    He's just a man with an opinion, just like everybody else in this country.

    He's irrelevant.

    September 1, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Gal with a vote...

    Biden's taking the High Road.... good for him. He's not letting Rove
    bully him around.

    September 1, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. Jennifer - American in Canada

    No more Republicans! Enough already.

    September 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Terry from GA

    When is Karl Rove going to jail? It's long overdue.

    September 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Max

    I always find it funny how people refer to Rove as an "architect" of the Bush administration as if it's some great accomplishment. The people who built the New Orleans levees were architects too. I want to hear Rove's opinions on politics just as much as I want to hear their opinions on how to keep New Orleans safe.

    September 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Paul in Dallas

    IndependentTogether-I think that Rove called Senator Biden a "big blowhard doofus". The article isn't that difficult. Rove is the bad guy (again, and yet again) this time. He is the king of dirty politics and he and Limbaugh should run for president since they have so much positive to share with America. Rove and his ilk are sad and yet feeling sorry for them doesn't come easily.
    Obama/Biden 2008/2012

    September 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Elizabeth for Obama

    Vice President Joe Biden has moral values, judgement and integrity.

    September 1, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. Bobbi Harper

    Hearing comments like Karl Rove's- just proves to me that the Bush politics are in good hands with tJohn Mc Cain and the Republican party. The Republicans should try to put their country first for a change. Picking a potential Vice President who nobody knows, including Mc Cain. He only met her once! A person who is only a heart beat away from running the country. Sarah Palin is second in charge to a man who is 72 years old, and who has had cancer four times.

    Republicans put their country last & themselves first.

    Bobbi Harper (disgusted)

    September 1, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  25. non black nonwhite

    ROVE is still around?? I thought this joker should be behind bars by now for politicizing the judicial branch. Rove is such a pathetic pig.

    September 1, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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