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.


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  1. Rumsfeld

    Serial white-collar criminal comes to mind when I think of Karl Rove. I will be glad when enough years have passed that Mr. Rove, Mr. Cheney and several others from the former regime become irrelevant, forgotten and silent.

    April 10, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Befuddled

    This from an honest guy who knowingly outted one of our CIA agents. What a patriot. Can't wait until the indictments come.

    April 10, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. G. SMITH

    The democratic thinking is what has caused this economic down turn, we are less safe under a Democatic administration. I know facts are hard to accept but this is the truth. Help is on the way in 2012, Republicans will be back in business. Karl Rove knows what he is talking about, Biden likes to exaggerate alot.

    April 10, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Christine, Toledo, OR

    Why are Biden and Obama still campaigning??? Does someone need to tell they won? And they are supposed to be working as bipartition, there is another lie!

    April 10, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. SNAPPA

    Well, Joe was right wasn't he Mr. Rove? There was NO ONE following bush. Why is it that people who do not matter anymore do not know when to shut up?

    Everything Joe said was the truth and the truth hurts Mr. Rove dosen't it? Crawl back into the hole you were in before the bush debacle and let us forget how you and your idiots almost ruined the US.

    April 10, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Sandra

    Obama has got to be sorry he chose Biden as his running mate, he does nothing but stick his foot in his mouth on a regular basis. Too bad the liberal press lets him get away with it.

    April 10, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Juanita

    Ann, why is it that you Republicans can't hold a political conversation without name-calling? Keep that stuff on the elementary school playground where it belongs. Sorry your guys ruined the country, but none of us are better off than we were before Bush 43 came into office. President Obama inherited a huge mess and you guys who put Republicans in office need to own up to that and stop your pouting.

    April 10, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Biden was a Bad Choice

    Choosing Joe Biden as his VP was one of the worst mistakes that Obama has made. Biden has become a national joke. I think he's a nice person but his inability to control his mouth shows a lack of impulse control and emotional immaturity. I wouldn't want him to be in charge of the country id something happened to Obama.

    April 10, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Mad in Michigan

    Let's compare Rove's allegation that Biden is in "a made up, fictional world" for discussing a 'conversation' with Bush with the "made up fictional world of "weapons of mass destruction" and the consequences this country has endured. The credibility of Rove is a parallel to Joseph Goebbels. Rove's only venue now is Fox News, a 'news' outlet that would make Goebbels proud.

    April 10, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Jo from VA

    Karl Rove is as scary as the rest of the Bush Clan. Please just shut up and disappear into oblivion where you belong. You are a disgrace to the UInited States

    April 10, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Befuddled

    Limbaugh/Rove 2012!!! Let freedom ring!

    April 10, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. kabila kabanze

    Karl is being Karl trying to change focus from the charges he is facing.

    April 10, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Ray

    Wow, now that's certainly a case of the pot calling the kettle black! Biden's been in politics long enough to have told a lie or two, but why is this an issue now? I guess once you get your rear ends kicked in an election and you don't have answers to America's problems, things like truth and fiscal responsibility become important again.

    April 10, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. MikeMaz

    Is Karl Rove even relevant anymore? Who listens to what he even has to say. Yeah Biden tends to pop off once in a while,, what s the big deal. If any spent a lot of time lying it was Bush and his party during 8 years in teh white house.
    Rove is desperate to try and stay relevant in country that views guys like him to be ancient an dout of touch. Its pretty sad actually.

    April 10, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. ran

    Talk about "kettle calling the pot" The Republicans need to distance themselves from this guy and fast if they expect to regain any ground from the Democrats.

    April 10, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. ChicagoJim

    Rove, Wolfowitz,Rice, Cheney, Bush, "go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass GO, do not collect $200.00".

    April 10, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. PK California

    Did I miss something? Did someone die and leave this man an authority on EVERYTHING in politics? You and Rush should get out of the opinion business. As Thumper's mother said, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all!"

    April 10, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Kevin

    So Rove is calling Biden a liar. And Rove is himself a huge liar. So logically, that means that Biden is in fact telling the truth.
    Now if Rove said Biden was telling the truth, then Biden would actually be a liar.
    Consider the source.......

    April 10, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Veteran in Kansas

    While President Bush gas stated that he will not second guess the new administration, he has not come out and called Vice President Biden a liar. The only one making headlines attacking the Vice President is Rove a known liar and headline grabber, you decide.

    April 10, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Joe Terrogano

    There is nothing clever about the personal attacks that hallmarked the Bush campaigns. His "genius" was spreading fear and doubt, a tactic that continues with diminishing effect. Now, these tactics expose the pettiness and shallowness of the Republican Party. Lacking any viable ideas or solutions, they resort to distraction via attack. How impotent and ineffectual.

    April 10, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. k

    If that is the case, what does that make Rove?

    April 10, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Winston Smith

    Who cares what Rove says.
    He should be in jail.

    April 10, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    I know it's been said by many of the commentors below, but it is ironic that the country's most prolific liar calls someone else....a liar!

    April 10, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. steve b

    First the attacks on Rush Limbaugh
    Now Biden going after Bush

    Stay above it guys, deal with the issues of the day. Quite frankly
    this makes you look petty.

    April 10, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Dave Kellar

    This administration is becoming a joke. Tax cheats, apologists, and chronic liars. That this guy is 1 step away from the presidency should scare us all. What is even scarier is Pelosi is 2 steps!

    April 10, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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