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. alvino

    Too bad Bush and Cheney both exaggerated and lied as president and vice president of the United States.

    Come on Karl, testify. Let's see who the liar really is.

    April 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Mr. Magic

    Did he just say...

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

    You mean saying things like

    "We have found wepons of mass descrutction in Iraq"
    -or-
    "Mission Accomplished"
    -or-
    "The econmy is not in a down turn"

    Oh wait, those were lies told by our former President

    April 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. patNY

    OMG! This is just too much! Pot, meet kettle, your black!

    April 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Linda from Minnesota

    Rove is a criminal, who cares what he thinks or says. Even my friends who are republicans think this guy is despicable.

    April 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Patrick

    The pot calls the kettle black again.

    April 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Creative Woody

    Pot. Kettle.

    I'd be careful, Mr. Rove, about opening up a discussion on lies and exaggerations.

    April 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. John in MN

    Hmmm, if truly Karl Rove believes that Biden is a liar, I say it takes one to know one...... I will follow someone who exaggerates, but not someone like Rove who is a habitual liar and a master of character assasination and defamation.....

    April 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Teschman

    "You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are Vice President of the United State" This coming from a professional liar is laughable. Biden was on record several years ago regarding his statement to GWB. Rove has been caught lying time after time during his dubious career as a political operative.
    Who's going to believe Turdblossom besides those few loyal minions that are still clinging to GW's soiled legacy.

    April 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Robin in SC

    Republicans keep sinking lower...and lower...and lower...

    April 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Doug, New Jersey

    Well the facts show that a person cannot be a liberal Democrat without being a liar so nothing shoocking there. It is just funny how far the vice president goes with it, but I guess you can just blatently lie if you are lib, the brainwashed Obama-bots will defend the lies and call any truth sayer a radical hater. Almost all lib Democrats today have a sense of pride in defending and promoting lies while attacking and censoring the truth. Lies and hate are the basis of the Dem party these days.

    April 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. sharon, newport news, virginia

    Wow if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black and let me add criminal to Mr. rove's own description. All the backhanded, seedy, sleazy acts that have been used by you to get what you and your chronies wanted, and you have the nerve to call anyone a liar You are a bottom feeder. You should be in jail – you are the one who had valerie Plame;s name revealed to get back at her husband and your buddy Scooter took the blame. I was hoping you would just disappear but like a bad penny you just keep coming back. Your hopes of creating a Republican party that totally controls the government will not happen and you are one of the major reasons why it wont. The American voter got tired of your dishonest,activities and said enough is enough. So maybe if you keep on spreading your venom, in 2010 hopefully there won't be any Republicans re=elected.

    April 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Tony

    Biden can prove Rove is a blowhard if he can give the us the day or approx day so they can go pull the tapes/ notes so we can see that he is not a liar. If he cannot, then he needs to apologize to the US and President Bush for his lying.

    Remember that he was the one who call Cheney less than a statesman and now he dresses down the President in order to make himself look good. HMMMMMM

    Bottom line – show us the notes........... or you are a liar. Plain and simple!

    April 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Michael

    Why is CNN "awaiting a response from the vice president's office?" This is Carl Rove vs Joe Biden. Both have reputations: one for bending (or rather breaking) the truth and the other for gaffes. This hands off approach is what drives CNN to last place.

    April 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Natasha

    Let start the process of having this lunatic locked up. Can you say, the mastermind of WAR CRIME.

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Simmy

    Rove is used to dishing out dirt, but he can't handle the truth....VP Biden told FP Bush, who had called himself a leader, to look behind him – no one was following.....What a line! I can understand why Rove is peeved.....VP Biden rolled all over them with truth......

    Rove, Limbaugh, and their prodigies, are the bibles of the Fox newsy-type people. They believe nothing until it's belched out by Fox and their right wing extremist friends. Then it becomes gospel.

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Kat

    Rove having the gall to call ANYONE a liar and a blowhard is hilarious to me, considering all the lies he's told in his time in politics!

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. twiddly

    Hey Karl, you should not exaggerate and lie when you're a presidential advisor... like you did for 8 years [and continue to do].

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Kevin in NoDak

    Just one more thing that Rove is lying about.

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. fred

    All politicians are liars. Get used to it, people.

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    Liar? As in the lie that was told to the american people to start the Iraq war???

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. sharon, newport news, virginia

    P.S. Being Vice President never stopped Dick Cheney from lying!!!!!

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Robert

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

    This line is too funny.

    April 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Brad

    You have got to be kidding. Sure, Biden is a blowhard. But for Rove to call Biden a liar is beyond the pale. This from a man who's entire career is built on deceit. Rove should be in prison.

    April 10, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. proud army navy mom

    “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,”

    Fat, red-faced Rove is surely talking about himself right??? I am soooo tired of hearing these psycho repugs lie, deny and criticize.

    April 10, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. TX

    And we should believe anything this criminal has to say because...

    April 10, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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