April 10th, 2009
09:24 AM ET
6 years ago

Rove calls Biden a 'serial exaggerator' and a 'liar'

Rove took aim at Biden over his comments to CNN.
Rove took aim at Biden over his comments to CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Karl Rove fired the latest volley in the increasingly brutal war of words between Joe Biden and former Bush administration officials, calling the vice president a “serial exaggerator” and a “liar” over recent comments to CNN about former President Bush.

“He’s a serial exaggerator. If I was being unkind I’d say he’s a liar, but it is a habit he ought to drop,” Rove, who also called Biden a “blowhard,” told FOX News Thursday night.

On Tuesday, the vice president criticized his predecessor Dick Cheney's recent comments about some of the Obama administration's foreign policy decisions. He also told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Gloria Borger that former President Bush had described himself as a leader during a private Oval Office meeting, and Biden had replied: “Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.”

Rove said Thursday the incident was fiction, and that Biden and Bush had never been alone together. “You’ll notice every one of these incidents has the same structure,” he said. “Joe Biden courageously raises the impudent question, the president befuddledly answers, and Joe Biden drives home the dramatic response. I mean, it’s his imagination. It’s a made-up, fictional world. He oughta get back to it and get back to reality.”

“…You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States.”

CNN is awaiting a response from the vice president’s office.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Karl Rove
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Sue in Alabama

    And we care about what comes out of Karl Rove's mouth~~~ WHY?

    April 10, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Vicky L

    The Republicans cannot escape the eight years of disaster that their policies brought upon this country and the world. Rove and his ilk are only good at calling names and seeking personal destruction upon their foes. Rove is nothing more than a big mouth without anything between his ears, just like Limbaugh and many of thee Republican ilk.

    April 10, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. vinh

    Rove had his days in the sun, he is irrelevant now. Who cares what he thinks or does?

    April 10, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. nc repub

    we all know Biden is a serial exaggerator (liar) – he is a democrat!

    April 10, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. gwen

    Rove?? Is this guy's opinion even relevant anymore?? Seriously find a new line of work already!!!!

    April 10, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Chi Town

    They can simply check records and see if they were ever in the Oval Office alone together... My bet is no... Biden's been caught telling tall tales his whole career... man of low integrity.

    Which is par for the course. Obama is now saying he didn't bow to the Saudi leader... which is clearly visible on youtube seen by millions... just a gaff maybe... but to come out and lie about it is plain idiocy... so what was that then... just checking out the floor tile?

    April 10, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. JL

    LOL, LOL, LOL and Karl Rove is what......................................NOT a major LIAR? Wrong, republicans wouldn't tell the TRUTH if "a HIGHER being sat in their laps" and told them to tell the truth. Can you say kettle vs. tea pot! What a joke.

    April 10, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Don

    Rove, Bush, and Cheney belong in prison for treason. End of story. Lock 'em up.

    April 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Jeanne H.

    Got a good laugh out of this one! Kark Rove calling somebody a liar??? wow, he must have forgotten to look at himslef in the mirror.

    April 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Michael

    How does Karl Rove know what was said in a "private meeting" between the President and then Senator Biden?

    April 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Sniffit

    @ Look at the facts..., who said "No terrorist attacks under Bush for 8 years—–that's the bottom line—-his techniques work—Biden has done nothing."

    A. There was a terror attack approximately 1 year into the reign of the Bushtard and Cheneybot. You might have heard of it. The record is replete with evidence that they had been warned and had information upon which they failed to act in any manner in an effort to stop it from happening.

    B. Even assuming you were correct that "his techniques work," the ends NEVER justify the means. You should note, however, that Iraq was never the breeding ground for terrorists that it is today after we've angered an entire generation of young men. Gitmo angered the entire muslim world. Bush and Cheney are the posterchildren for terrorist recruitment and their behavior galvanized terrorists like never before.

    April 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Frozone

    Rove isn't in prison yet?

    April 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Really????

    I guess this goes under the category of it takes one to know one.

    April 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. lookatthefactsagain

    Umm, last time I checked there was a pretty major terrorist attack during Bush's 8 years so look at the facts... Again...

    April 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Bubba

    Rove might SAY that, but he's lying. He doesn't even believe the stuff he says himself anymore. Wasn't he the traitor who revealed the name of a CIA agent, or was that a different 'publican?

    April 10, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. kristin

    Karl Rove is nothing but an over-stuffed liar and war criminal. About a year ago, he visited my alma mater to give a keynote. Rove was literally run out of town on a rail. Why anyone would take this man seriously is beyond me.

    April 10, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Rove

    The party of NO needs to decide: Is Rove trustworthy?
    I think the answer is clear: NO.

    April 10, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Marty, Grand Rapids Mi

    No one was a better liar then you and it's absurd that someone with your record would try to judge anyone else.

    April 10, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Flex

    It's the pot calling the kettle black. Why isn't Rove in jail yet for exposing a C.I.A. official?

    April 10, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Kevin

    This is coming from a man who helped the former administration LIE to the American people about Iraq and had a hand in passing some the most fascist rules in this country.

    You have some nerve, Rove.

    April 10, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. gary

    He should know. After all, he lied to his president and a grand jury twice befoe finally coming clean about his role in the Plame case.

    April 10, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. ron

    It is true that Biden has such a history of repeatedly getting caught in lies. Remember he dropped out of the previous presidiential election after getting busted telling a lie repeatedly. Then in this past campaign he again lied about his helicopter being forced down by Al Queda and even John Kerry who was with him called him out on that lie. Biden is an old fool who does lie. I don;t like Rove but it is true Biden is full of it.

    April 10, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Change

    GOP = Goofs on Parade

    Rove does NOTHING BUT LIE. Every word out of his criminal mouth is a LIE.

    I have HOPE, hope that Rove will spend lots of time behinds bars where he belongs.

    April 10, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Richard A. Spomer, Alexandria, VA

    Rove must know something that the Obama administration does not or will not openly share with the Press or Society as a whole; because, it is starting to make me wonder what the truth really is anymore?

    Well President Obama should obey the law of the land, and ship his Aunt back over to Kenya; however, every body knows that he does not have respect for the law, and he will let her stay indefinitely while we continue supporting her and his ballooning deficit.

    Everyone needs to open their eyes to the fact that politicians are true habitual liars, they can not help themselves. Knowing when a lawyer is lying is when their lips are moving, fact not fiction!

    April 10, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Tina

    I am at a loss as to how anyone can applaad Rove for "calling him (Beiden) out on this." (as one posted stated)

    It is absolutely irrelevant whether that instance was true or not, what is relevant is the character of the person accusing Biden of "exaggerating" and being a "serial liar." Now, if Mother Theresa rose from the dead and said these things, then the statements would have merit.

    It seems people have VERY selective memories.

    April 10, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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