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.


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  1. Bev - NYC

    One questtion Mr. Rove, How many of VP Biden's "lies" have led to dead Americans?

    April 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Chris

    Thankfully we have such a paragon of virtue to call attention to the great injustice of someone implying Dick Cheney was wrong.
    ^^^^^^
    That's called sarcasm, wingnuts.

    April 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Cheryl From Alabama

    OK CNN, stop giving credence to the comments of people that have already lost credibility with the American people. Who cares what Karl Rove says? No one!!! I repeat, No One! Stop trying to make a controversial issue out of everything. Next your reporters will put a mik in Biden's face in hopes that he'll return the tete-a tete. The American people are ready to move on. There's enough cynicism in the world without your adding to it.

    Stop seeking out individuals who will counterpoint every issue because it's a democratic one or one brought forth by the Obama Administration. Try helping America recover by being less "controversial."

    April 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. KARL ROVE IS FULL OF HOT AIR

    Wow, this is the best political equivalent of "calling the kettle black." Karl Rove has done more harm to this nation in the years he saddled up next to George Bush, than thousands of others assembled have done. Joe Biden has done more good for this nation during his terms in the US Senate, New Cassel County (DE), and in his short-stint as VPOTUS than Karl Rove could ever do even if Rove dedicated the next 50 years to trying to redeem himself from the squalid record of obfuscation, lying, manipulation and contempt of Congress conduct.

    April 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Terik Ororke

    Rove is what is called a strategist - hello!

    April 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Randy Roberts

    Consider the source of the criticism of Biden; from a man who drove the Bush policies to the point of where we are today, never telling us the whole truth as they knew it.

    April 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Sean Chong

    Karl begins to feel like a loser. The architect apparently feels that he's left out of the stimulus, and now doesn't have easy money coming from the WH anymore, as everything has to be transparent. I understand his anger, of not able to earn those money he earned during the Bush years when things aren't that transparent. Looks like Obama-Biden are winning the transparency war.

    April 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Bartholomew

    Pot meet kettle. Except when Rove's administration "lied", it wasn't to make a point, it was to make friends a buck in Iraq.

    April 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Harvey Ostroff

    Rove, the worst prevaricator of the past decade calling Biden an... oooh... exaggerator! How dare he. There was hardly an issue during his campaign assaults that bore an iota of truth, from Kerry's swift boat record to Nobel winner Gore's perceived weakness to Obama's "cozy" relationship with... another oooh ... terrorist turned university professor William Ayers. He is the exemplar we should all turn to when referring to Orwellian Newspeak. Next he'll tell us that he is six foot 9 and that Cheney never even worked for Enron. Give me a break!

    April 10, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. John in Ohio

    Why isn't Rove in jail yet?

    April 10, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. jjr

    Okay, do I think that Rove should be calling Biden out, no but do I think that Biden is full of it, yes, give me a break. Does anyone really think that really ever happened? I don't think that Biden has enough guts to talk to the President of the US like that.

    April 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Jim2y

    Was Bush on such a short leash that Karl Rove can definitively say that Vice-President Biden and Bush were "never" alone? or is K.R. a discredited liar? I think the former.

    April 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. closet republican

    Honestly, can Karl Rove talk about anybody lying and exaggerating?
    Go figure...

    April 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Zalmo

    Every time Rove or Cheney speaks a few more moderates swing to the left. I thought Rove was supposed to be some sort of political genius? His neocon rants are doing more for the left than Obama and Biden combined.

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. ck

    Rove is Right....

    Biden is a sorry excuse for a statesman.

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. douglas hatch

    This b.s. just sickens me. We have so many problems in this country and I am sick of people like Rove who not only do nothing to solve the problems, but openly attack those who ARE trying to do something. Rove and other Republicans need to get on the solution bandwagon. If they aren't part of the solution, they are part of the problem. And they Are CLEARLY part of the problem.

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Gene Choi

    I dont agree with Karl Rove on a lot of issues, but I understand his thoughts about the vice president. If you review the vice president's history, you will see many examples of his exaggerations whether it be on the campaign trail or in law school.

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. gail halliday

    We all know people like this. Everyone knows they're lying but no one bothers to call them out. They get away (or so they think) with it so long, it does become a habit.

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. JohnE

    Karl Rove and Dick Cheyney serve to remind us of the old saying "with enemies like these, who needs friends".

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Sean

    Why are you printing this? The only reason Rove should be making headlines is for getting sent off to prison, where he belongs.

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. David

    A liar calling someone else a liar? Sounds like Biden may be right up there with George Washington. Like Cheney, why would anyone care what this criminal has to say?

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. delong

    WOW!!!!! What is this?? The Twilight Zone???

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. End Of An Error

    I doubt the Joe Biden has gone around telling the world that he had concrete evidence that Iraq had WMDs and was behind the 9/11 attacks.

    Those beautiful nuggets of "truth" came out of the Bush administration and have cost almost 5000 American lives, trillions of dollars, some 20,000+ significant injuries, and we have no idea how many Iraqi lives.

    And Karl Rove wants to talk about "exaggerations" and "lies"? Tell Rove to come back when he himself is without sin.

    April 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Peter E

    "I really do believe we will be greeted as liberators" -VP Dick Cheney
    "The reason I am saying that there was a link between Al Quaeda and Saddam is because there was a link between Al Quaeda and Saddam" – Pres. G. W. Bush
    As well as hundreds of other quotes one can dig up in just ten minutes that were lies, lies, and more lies from the Bush administration.
    So, Mr. Rove, you want to rethink your “…You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States?”

    April 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. Sean Chong

    "Dan, TX April 10th, 2009 9:31 am ET

    So, does that mean Rove admires Biden. Because Rove is demonstrably a liar."

    He's jealous that someone takes over his place.... :P

    April 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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