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. joe blunt

    by Jove!! look who's talkin

    September 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Kayla

    Rove is so hard up he had to go to work for Fox. lol .. hmmm blowhard or desperado ? I'll vote for blowhard lol

    September 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and the GOP can do nothing but call people names.... what a pack of losers

    September 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Ron

    Kudos to Senator Biden for taking the high road. That is the kind of change we need.

    September 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Minnesota against John McWar

    Karl Rove: The architect (of the big hole we are in).

    September 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Charlie Black

    A Rove says what?

    September 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Tom

    Karl Rove for Jail 2008

    September 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Matt

    I love you Joe! you will be a great VP!!

    September 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. TyWebb

    Karl Rove's 15 minutes of fame are coming to an end and that's all he has left. Pathetic. Fox Noise couldn't have selected a better TV personality for their "news".

    September 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. dr.mimi de la cruz for OBAMA/BIDEN

    LOVE MY OBAMA

    LOVE MY BIDEN.

    LOVE MY AMERICA.

    ROVE IS THE UNDECLARED ENEMY OF

    THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND

    THE REASON HIS TACTICS HAVE WORKED, IS BECAUSE

    WE HAVE ALLOWED ROVE & HIS AGENTS DIVIDE US.

    September 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Joaquin

    Are you sure Rove wasn't talking about his protege Mr. Bush?

    September 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  12. jeanne shoup

    biden/palin debate :I thought the purpose of a debate was to gain understanding of a person's knowledge about a subject. As a woman, I personally think it is ludicrous to suggest that biden go easy on palin in regards to national security debates because she is a woman! what a con to make it sound as if biden is down on women because he adept in this area. talk about putting women down and discrediting them! we need informed, courageous people leading our country. I would rather think that this is a planned strategy to make it appear a good thing when actually it is a manipulation. If Palin can not hold her own in a debate with Biden how can she be expected to hold her own with foreign diplomats? if men are forced to treat Palin with kidd gloves it will set the women's movement back 20 years! Please!

    September 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Tempered

    You know when Karl Rove calls you names that YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!

    September 1, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Jay

    God help Obama and Biden win, so they can put Rove and co. in jail.

    September 1, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Dale Ward

    Karl Rove is a nobody Period

    September 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    CNN, what are you going to do WHEN BARACK IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN NOVEMBER?

    Are you going to CONTINUE TO CENSOR "PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUPPORTERS"?

    I guess you cannot deal with the truth, so you continue to ZAP my comments!

    Why did you post the article about the OBAMA SUPPORTER WHO CROSSED OVER TO McCAIN, BUT IGNORED THE ARTICLE ABOUT HOWARD WOLFSON, NOW SUPPORTING BARACK. THERE WAS EVEN A WONDERFUL STORY IN WOLFSON'S CHANGE OF HEART, BUT GUESS WHAT FOLKS? I HAD TO FIND OUT ABOUT IT FROM HUFF POST!

    September 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. john pi

    ROVE AND THE REST OF THE REPUBLICANS CAN ALL MOVE TO CHINA , AND GIVE US BACK OUR COUNTRY!

    September 1, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Paul

    CNN better run with this story to expose the mccain campaign and its operatives for what they really are. If a dem made a demeaning comment about Palin, there would be screams of sexism, ageism and every other "evil liberal" adjective out there.

    CNN – why don't you do a story about the extent of Karl Rove's involvement in Mccain's campaign?

    Dare you- and POST MY COMMENT FOR ONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. No Brain McCain/Abstinence Only Palin = A Reckless/Incompetent Combo

    Distract much, Rove? Tryin' to take the spotlight off Little Miss Ice Chip and all her S-C-A-N-D-A-L-S?

    September 1, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Latinos for Obama-Biden

    Rove should been put in jail for CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

    September 1, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Amber T. Oklahoma City

    REMEMBER: It is not what you are called, but what you answer too that matters.

    By the Way. That is Vice President Blowhard Doofus to Mr. Rove

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. Closely Watching

    Rove Schmove

    September 1, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. Nevada dude

    Rove is a coward

    September 1, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. TW

    I used to call people 'doofus' when I was four.

    September 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. g in porter

    I have much admiration for Rove. He got the biggest dufus of all time elected twice...hes a smart guy.

    September 1, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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