April 10th, 2009
09:24 AM ET
5 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. dan holiday

    Rove could not be more right. Joe Joe the lying McBiden lies more than anyone in Washington. The guy has a foot permanently in his mouth. I guess the good thing about McBiden is that you truly know when he is lying. How? He says something. Most politicians have learned how to hide lies...Joe Joe? He just comes out and tells them without any kind of veils...lol. Now I know there will be people bashing Rove on this, but come on people...McBiden's lies are well documented both in print and visual media. The guy is a moron, but at least he bows to no one – unlike his boss Barry. Gosh I can't wait till next election cycle. The Obamacrats are so screwed. This party is self-destruction so fast. Their numbers are down and the whole blame Bush thing is no longer an option. I guess the will have to act like grown-ups and start being accountable for their own actions...lol. Any Republican 2010-2012. : )

    April 10, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Brad

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

    I actually agree that some of Biden's comments seem outrageous, but Mr. Rove, where was this comment from you the last 8 years?

    April 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Tony

    If it comes down to lies, I guess Cheney and Rove have forgotten about the WMDs.....that is a lie that no -one in their sane mind can forgive and if Biden is asked to "get back to reality" why was it not requested from former (beautiful word) president Bush???

    April 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Chaz

    Rove? Calling someone, anyone, a liar? You've gotta be kidding! That lying war criminal doesn't deserve to be loose, much less denigrating the comments of our Vice President.

    April 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Dennis

    Isn't it about time for the investigations of these guys to finally happen? Then we'll see who the serial liars are.

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Bronze medal of bastardry

    Does Rove not realize he's possibly the third-most hated man in the country? And complicit in the transgressions of the Bush administration.

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. Martin Horowitz

    Joe,
    Let it rest. Karl Rove is a calculating, clever, and ruthless. His main strategy is to create doubt about a topic's or individual's credibility.
    If anything, turn his rhetotic back ob n abd about him.
    M

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Foreign observer

    US are in worst shape since World War and this guy sees exaggerations ? What´s the world he lives in ?

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Farnk, Las Vegas

    Wow, here's the biggest joke of the year, Rove calling someone else a liar! No one in political history has lied more that Karl Rove, in the past, in the present and no doubt in the future. Here's a couple of old sayings; If you look up the word "liar" in the dictionary, there's a picture of Karl Rove; How can you tell if Karl Rove is telling a lie, his lips are moving.

    This guy is just outright disgraceful, to the GOP, our great country and to the human race.

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. dustbunny

    What a dork we have for a V.P.

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Right Leaning Independent

    Based on Biden's tendency to exagerate, I would assume that Rove is right this time. Biden needs to begin acting more vice-presidential!

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Sharon Northern Virginia

    I am hoping the Vice President's office will not responsed to Rove at all. Rove and Rush deserve each other. Grummpy old men is what they are.

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Rove refuses to testify under oath.

    Who is the liar? Who is dishonest?

    Suddenly you can't shut Rove up? And why doesn't Bush defend himself?

    April 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Bret

    Karl Rove should know- he is an expert when it comes to lying and exaggerating.

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. phoenix86

    And Rove is being nice. Biden was an awful excuse for a Senator and already is proving to be one of the worst Vice Presidents ever.

    Biden is a pathalogical liar.

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Matt

    Does Rove honestly believe he's going to win this one? Even if Biden were lying, the American population isn't going to give the benefit of the doubt to the Bush administration. Cheney and Rove need to take their lead from bush and slink into their dubious place in history.

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. johnny

    After the way the Bush administration deceived the American people for the past 8 years, about EVERYTHING, Karl Rove, and Cheney, and all of their other cronies need to just shut up. The people of this country rejected them, rejected their ideas, and don't care anymore about the "legacy".

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Da Professor

    WOW! What an example of "it takes one to know one".

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

    A. Most politicians lie and exaggerate.
    B. Rove taught Bush and Cheney how to lie consistently and often
    C. The Republican now have an agenda of lying continually about Obama and his team, and that appears to far overshadow anything they might have to offer to resolve our nation's problems

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Big Ed

    And Rove is calling who a liar? Rove refuses to go before Congress ad face the qestioning about his lying! What a moron!

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. ap

    Coming from Karl Rove, that is just TOO FUNNY! LOL! If this was April 1, I would have thought this was an April Fool's joke. HYSTERICAL!!!!

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    It is sad that Vice President Biden is not comfortable enough with himself, that he has to project himself out there as a 'blow-hard'.
    We have a weak President and an even weaker Vice President. I remain proud of my country, but with the president's recent criticisms abroad about America, I am ashamed of my President. This is not the first time an American President has made the United States the
    pity of other nations. Only President Clinton brought the country down
    lower than President Obama has. God blesses America, even when
    we don't deserve it. He would bless us more if our President had real faith in him.

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Brandon

    For Karl Rove to call someone a liar is the highest compliment. It's like Satan saying someone is evil. His administration lied us into a war. Why he isn't trading cigarettes to protect his lying backside in prison still escapes me.

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. CW, St. Paul

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    April 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. carole

    For the good of the Republican party, Mr. Rove, Rush Limbaugh,
    and others of their belief system should "stand down" and let
    other party leaders emerge. As far as many former Republicans
    like myself are concerned, it is their tone, their machinations, and
    their rhetoric which are pushing both moderate Republicans and
    Independents away. They have had their time and it did not
    go well. Move on, gentlemen.

    April 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Natasha/Ohio Democrat

    Are you kidding me?

    April 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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