(CNN) – Former Bush adviser Karl Rove suggested Sunday that John McCain had gone “one step too far” in some of his recent ads attacking Barack Obama.
Rove has leveled similar criticism against Obama. “McCain has gone in some of his ads - similarly gone one step too far,” he told Fox News, “and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the ‘100 percent truth’ test.”
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The Obama campaign immediately leaped on the quote. "In case anyone was still wondering whether John McCain is running the sleaziest, most dishonest campaign in history, today Karl Rove - the man who held the previous record - said McCain's ads have gone too far," said campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor, in a statement sent to reporters minutes after Rove’s on-air comments.
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Rove masterminded both of President Bush’s successful White House bids, including a tough primary season battle with John McCain in 2000.
UPDATE: Rove said Sunday Democrats e-mailing around his quote without noting that he levels similar criticism against Obama were distorting his meaning. “Of course, they fail to say anything about the fact I said they were even more misleading,” he told Politico.
Both have promised a new direction and as the election grows near, it just seems politics as usual. This turns off the mildy interested independent and young voters disproportionately to the hard right voters Palin has attracted. Same ol' GOP mechanics in action again.
What is UP? what are you planning? You Karl Idiot
You are a disgrace to American democracy.
The only reason Rove is saying this is because McCain's lies have become so egregious, they can be disproved by a simple search of public records or factcheck.org.
Rove has no problem with lying... he's just smart enough to not get caught. Apparently the same cannot be said of McCain.
ya think? One step too far? How about a mile? Talk about a bridge to nowhere. That's what the McCain/Palin ticket gets you.
When Karl Rove thinks you're being sleazy you know you've really gone into the gutter.
The master of slash and burn politics calling someone else 'over the line'? Hello pot, meet kettle.
Rove has no moral authority, because he has no morals. He is the current king of 'win at any cost' political strategy.
He is the embodiment of what President Washington and other founding fathers warned about when they decried political parties.
Who cares if the ads are lies. America went to war based on lies, why not choose a president based on lies too.
Wow. The devil must be awfully cold right now.
I'm laughing my head of! When convenient the democrats call Rove a liar, but when convenient they quote him. Make up your mind! You can't have it both ways!
So what does that say about Republicans, Jim? You know McCain is lying, and you don't care as long as you win. That's why the country is in such sad shape today... too many people buying into the lies. It's also why I'll never vote Republican... I actually have morals and integrity.
Who the hell cares what windbag rove thinks..I'm a republican and
have been all my life.This time it's Obama for me.Our party has left
me down for the last time.The party of WAR.McCain said he wants
change....then he picks this palin lady to win the election..Thats not
country first thats politics first !!!!!
Its sad when people who support the McCain/Palin ticket are OK with this (look at Jim from Chicago's post). What kind of country is it that contains people content on lies and slander because "its working"? I'm ashamed to call them my fellow Americans.
Jim, Chicago: Who cares? Who cares that McCain and Palin are lying? Look, forget Obama for a second. if you want a President in the white house who doesn't mind to lie to get elected – do you expect him to be honest with you?
McCain and Palin are liars and hypocrites and therefore in good conscience I cannot vote for them. She claimed she told Congress "thanks but no thanks" on the bridge to nowhere, yet in reality Congress pulled the plug.
Lair..lair..pants on fire! Rove america knows that already tell us something new.
It's working because people like you and other unintelligent americans are buying it.
Rove is a crooked and belong in jail along with bush and chenny
Jim, Chicago, I will pray for you.
This is what's wrong with politics as usual.
The truth isn't important, the issues that matter to the American public aren't important.
It's winning at any cost, (Bush/McCain style) and look at what that and the last 8 years has cost us and America!
When I read that headline, I literally burst into laughter...It takes a liar to know a liar!
Jim in Chicago, "Are u serious?"...WHO CARES, IT'S WORKING? ...are u for real? Tell me that is not the actual moral barometer by which you live your life...I am STUNNED!!!!!
Who cares? People who like to hear the truth from candidates. I cannot understand how one campaign can continue to lie soo much. It is crazy! Obama, I am an independent voter and you now have my vote.
Obama/Biden for real change!!
OMG OMG OMG!!!! Has Rove had a change of heart after all these years of being a criminal???? Good for you Rove, but the blood is still on your hands!
This is just one more indication that John McCain is willing to sell his soul to be President. I once thought he was an honorable man. Unfortunately, he is just another sleazy politician.
I love Sarh Palin- she is a breath of fresh air in the stale old politics of male egomania and double talk.
Wow, if even Rove thinks you're lying, you must be pretty sleazy.
Jim, It's sad to think that you would say who cares, American cares that's who cares. Do we really want our kids/grandkids growing up thinking and staying who cares and think it's right to lie as long as you get want you want. I DONT!!!