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
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  1. Mr. Davidson

    From the criminal mind that gave this country a war in Iraq because the oil interests were fed up dealing with Saddam and middle brokers. Every lie was fully known to be and proven to be a lie about Iraq when it was spoken Rove was the main instigator for Cheney and Bush so he must know the genre well.

    April 10, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Pat Overland Park KS

    This is coming from a person that spread lies and exaggerations and pushed fear mongering for 8 years during the Bush administration. If this ain't calling the kettle black I don't know what.

    April 10, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Shorty

    Another mouth from the past , this country is far better without the Dick Chaey's and the clever magician, Carl Rover. Looking forward to seeing this man as he is challenged by the congressional hearings regarding his disgraceful behavior.....

    April 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Geoff

    Karl Rove calling anyone a liar or "blowhard" is hypocritical at the least.

    April 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Pat

    That's the pot calling the kettle black! I don't know about Joe Biden, but I do know this: Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush are all liars. That's a proven fact. Remember weapons of mass destruction? 'Nuff said.

    April 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Dave

    Karl Rove is a proven liar and if the country had the stomach for it they would try him for the Valerie Plame fiasco. Why is this man even relevant ?

    April 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. disbelief

    wow...wow...wow...let me read that article again...the most evil, dishonest, double speaking talking head of the failed experiament that was the republican majority of the last 8 years has the audacity to question when somebody else has the ability to tell the truth. No doubt BIden has a streak of BS a mile wide but Rove would actively pushed a unjustified war under totally false pretenses that he had to know where questionable at best.....

    Whatever....he isn't doing any real convencing, the only people that would take this as truth are the same ones who watch FAUX news for news inside of comic relief. I guess the rest of us rational people who actually have a memory will just sit back and laugh....

    At this rate the Repubs will be in the wilderness for the next several decades...good luck with regional party you are forming

    April 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Chris

    If Rove said it, it must be true....

    April 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. me

    OMG, There is no greater prevarication masters than that of the Bush criminals led by this evil man and Cheney. Send them to the courts!
    Unbelievable!

    April 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. munchmom

    All the Dems who blindly follow the prez and vice-prez keep saying, "get over it, we won". So why does Biden continue to bring up and berate how he feels about what Mr. Bush has said? Mr. Bush is not saying a word, as it right, and so Biden should just shut up and move on like all those dems are telling everyone else to do. Biden is a nut!

    April 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Mike

    “…You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States.” ...hmm isn't that the pot calling the kettle black.

    April 10, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Nancy, CA

    I think Karl Rove is talking about himself!!

    April 10, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. dick deadwood

    Karl Rove calling ANYBODY a lier is the epitomy of the 'pot calling the kettle black'! It will be twenty years before we undoe the damage done to this country and the world by Him, Bush, chaney, rice, wolfowitz and all the rest of the neo-con agents of isreal after eight eight long years under them.
    The so called war on terror is in dissaray, with long neglected Afghanistan run wild our allies there disgusted by that disastor In Iraq which is only held together with a massive presence there which has left our army depleted AND after all the tax breaks and deregulation the republicans gave the multi-nats to outsource our jobs we are broke and unemployed. Who is ROVE and co to criticise anybody!

    April 10, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. MB

    Karl Rove is calling Joe Biden a "blowhard"...isn't that a little like the pot calling the kettle black?

    April 10, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Chris in SC

    Karl Rove, it seems that you may have done some lying in your day too!! Why would anyone believe your accusations?

    April 10, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Peter E

    For an administration who fabricated rationale for a war that killed thousands of our men and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians they sure get upset when somebody ELSE uses their tactics.

    April 10, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. jimmy

    Pot, meet kettle. Project much Karl? Wow.................

    April 10, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Barry

    Who cares what Karl Rove (the dark prince of Republican politics) thinks? For Rove – who made lies and propaganda the hallmark of Wubbya's administration – to call Vice President Biden a liar is the ultimate in lying.

    April 10, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. tim

    thats why noone trusts you or anyone from the Bush Administration. You all can't stop criticizing.... it just kills you that someone on the white house is doing more and giving hope and making you all look bad.

    April 10, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. James

    Carl "Iraq's got nukes" Rove calling someone an exaggorator and a liar. That's rich.

    April 10, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Clugs

    As much as I dislike Rove, I'd have to agree that Biden's comments just don't ring very true. He would have had a lot of private meetings with Bush and in every one of them had this great one liner ready for exactly what Bush was about to say. Biden can be a bit of a blowhard and many times it seems like his mouth is ignoring what his brain should be telling it to say.

    April 10, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. A job well done

    I find it supremely ironic that Karl Rove is calling others liars and exaggerators, especially on the 6th anniversary of the fall of Sadaam Hussein. Mind you, it was less than a month later that GW Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. Of course, we are now in the "last throws" of the insurgency...

    "We have removed an ally of al Qaeda, and cut off a source of terrorist funding. And this much is certain: No terrorist network will gain weapons of mass destruction from the Iraqi regime, because that regime is no more." GW Bush, May 2, 2003

    April 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. B in PA

    “…You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States.”
    Yes, you can only do this when you are the Deputy Cheif of Staff for President Bush or work for FOX News. Who the hell does Biden think he is!

    April 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. jas

    It does seem that Biden has a history of stretching the truth a little. I guess calling him a liar would be accurate.

    April 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Nathan

    I am a republican, but Rove saying this made me laugh.

    April 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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