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
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  1. IMHO

    As is Rove has any credibility.

    April 10, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. craig from washington

    Karl Rove called Joe Biden a “serial exaggerator” and a “liar”? Is Rove from an alternate universe or something?

    April 10, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. decent american

    ok... all you pot -kettle theory people...

    do you still agree with having a liar for a VP? forget about rove for a minute, forget about bush, forget about cheney, is it still not wrong for biden to go around making up stupid assignine stories and sound like a dufus? he is the VP for crying out loud, forget about vindicating him by using other dufuses... that is a lame way to defend him...

    biden is a dufus.

    April 10, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. GreenMountainGirl

    and we care what Karl Rove thinks because...?

    April 10, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. E

    What a bunch of media lapdogs you all are. Biden IS a serial liar. It takes little effort to find proof that he has done everything from stolen other people's speeches, to slam minorities, and just make stuff up (see nearly any speech he has given and then look up what he passes off for facts). There is lots of video footage, articles and even his own admissions as evidence against Biden's ability to tell the truth. The guy is one tall tale after another. You all read CNN and think you are informed. Rove has to be careful what he says because Republicans do no get the free pass that Democrats get. When specifically did Rove lie...I mean really lie and what is your proof? I don't want to hear that a celebrity/journalist inferred that he lied, I mean really lied. If this outlet and the NY Times are your main source of news there is a lot you do not know.... Go out there and get some info!

    April 10, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Phil

    This is REALLY rich coming from a "man" that refuses to respect the laws of land and the constitution and testify, under oath and on the record, about the misdeeds and unlawful policies of the administration for which he fronted.

    Puhleezzzee!!!

    April 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Joman

    The Architect shouldn't throw stones at his own glass house...

    The beauty of this is that Rove's comments are so blatantly inane that even the least aware voters can see through it.

    Keep talking Karl...

    April 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Hase

    Can we put this guy in Guantanamo and forget the key?
    I watch CNN to get some unbiased, expert opinion on issues. Why is this guy even being mentioned anymore?

    April 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. david

    This is what he does .and it's why people say he is a genius. He says things or tell others what to say that will get people riled up and focused on everything but the important relevant issues of the day. Remember Willie Horton?

    April 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Laurie H

    Karl Rove is so full of himself it is sickening. What the Bush administration did to this country for eight years was horrible.

    Rove, sit down, shut up and go away!

    April 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Dave B

    There's no question Rove lied about not outing a CIA agent and he's calling Biden a liar. What a hypocrite.

    April 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Joe

    Leave Rove out of it and focus on the point he's making. Biden never met with Bush alone and Biden is going on major network interviews lying about stuff he's said. So according to you libs that's all fine and dandy because you all hate Bush. Nice logic, I'm glad you all are in power. Just....swell.

    April 10, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Mitch Eisenman

    Karl Rove was part of the most disgraceful administration in U.S. history.
    Naturally, he found a forum for his ridiculous, inaccurate diatribe on FOX noise. Would these former Bush lackeys just find a rabbit hole somewhere and climb in?

    April 10, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Steve

    Joe can clear up this little misunderstanding by producing the date when the encounter happened. From that his story could be verified.

    He won't because it didn't happen. Rove is simply pointing out the obvious. He's a serial exaggerator. How many case and points does anyone need.

    April 10, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. JEFF RHINES

    Why don't you mention the fact that Biden can't back up any of his comments. He has been asked to release days and times of his supposed comments. He can not verify any of them. Ari and Karl can however.

    April 10, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. LMC

    Rove's statement is unbelievable! Our country was lied to for more than 8 years (I'm counting pre-election lying!). I think of the Bush years as the "deception" years. I just haven't figured out who was the chief "deceiver" between Rove, Cheney, and Bush.

    April 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. FL

    I think they all look pretty stupid and all three of them need to let things go, Cheney, Rove and Biden. Obama picked a loose cannon with Biden. The only reason he chose him was to look like they had someone with an inkling of experience on board. Gray/white hair does not a wise person make, and Biden is living proof. By the way, bald also does not a wise person make, so Cheney and Rove need to stop feeling the need to defend Bush or the previous administration. Everybody needs to move on. There is far more important stuff going on in the country than this silliness.

    April 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. chorse

    Rove calling someone else a liar??? OH, that's just rich!!!

    April 10, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Joe Jackson

    Biden has been a liar his entire career. Why change now?

    April 10, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Craig- Easton, PA

    Karl, nobody cares what you think anymore. You've become irrelevent.

    April 10, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Former Army

    In regards to the WMD's it was through the CIA per George Tenant – appointed by Clinton. And congress had the same information. This was a bi-partisan belief. Get you facts straight and quit blaiming Rove.

    April 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. John

    Biden's story might be exactly true, and it might be just whimsical. Even if just whimsical the message WAS essentially true. If there is a true blowhard here, that would be Mr. Rove.

    April 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Katie

    OK _ I will admit that I didn't read the article nor the comments. But just the headline... seriously? Rove as in THE Karl Rove? Am I missing something?? This is actaully a headline I would get on a shirt...

    April 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. JKT

    Call me when Biden outs an undercover CIA agent. Until then, Rove has absolutely nothing to say to anyone.

    April 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Andres

    At some point, you have to hope that reality will finally hit these Republicans, but so far, they seem to be getting more and more extreme in their views.

    For those people still left in the Republican party, come back to the sane world. Stop believing that eveyone else is evil while you are the paragons of all that is good.

    April 10, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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