May 24th, 2009
01:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Rove sides with Limbaugh

Rove said he's siding with Limbaugh.
Rove said he's siding with Limbaugh.

(CNN) – In the ongoing war of words between Rush Limbaugh and Colin Powell, top Bush strategist Karl Rove is siding with the popular talk radio host.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rove said Limbaugh would edge out the former secretary of state if he "had to pick between the two."

Rove's comments come after a back-and-forth between Limbaugh and Powell, during which both have charged the other is hurting the GOP's chances of success in the future.

Discussing divisions over the direction of the party in the wake of its losses in the 2006 midterm elections and 2008 presidential election, Powell said the party should expand its base.

"I have always felt that the Republican Party should be more inclusive than it generally has been over the years and I believe that we need a strong Republican Party that is not just anchored in the base but has built on the base to include more individuals," he told "Face the Nation."

Ultimately, Rove said, the debate between Limbaugh and Powell is a "false" one because neither is a candidate for public office.

"The real debate takes place out there in the real world by people getting out there and encouraging the kind of candidates who represent their vision for the party," Rove said.


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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Tariq

    Well of course Rove is on Limbaugh's side! No one should be surprised.

    Sorry, this is not news CNN

    May 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Dynahog

    I might add that Colin Powell is a Democrat by Association. He's the one that publicly stood up for Barrack Hussein Obama. Just like Arlein Specter is not a Republican, I don't think of Colin Powell as a Republican.

    Collin Powell can say what he wants, but judgement is based on his performance. It is unlike any Republican I know.

    May 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    From last blog...LOL
    ...little or know education beyon that of an elemetary child. If what you know about Powell, Cheney or limbaugh comes from network news, which is what you refer to. Than I have the sad task of informing you that you are misinformed and misguided. Please do some research on your own and take some writing classes.

    May 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Bridgette

    Well of course the two draft dodgers will side with each other. One was a dodger and one kept getting deferments. But naturally it's always people like that who want to send others people children to die. People who actually fought in the war like Colin Powell. Of course they will go against him.

    May 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    Rove and Lameballs = two cowardly pigs who OUGHT to be tried for TREASON.

    May 24, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Ken

    In perhaps 30 years, historians studying the demise of the Republican party will come to the conclusion that Karl Rove's politics of personal destruction and hate is the common thread that hastened the downfall of a once mighty political party.

    May 24, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. HAWK IN TEXAS

    Why isn't this slime ball sorry piece of trash in prision where he belongs. scum of humanity. ( CAN'T REALLY CALL HIM WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO)

    May 24, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Operation Crush Rush

    The day wouldnt have been complete without dragging out Limbaughs half brother,Carl Rove.I cant wait to see him in a bright orange jumpsuit and shackles.

    May 24, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Nancy

    It is really discouraging that someone as decorated as Colin Powell has to be defended or explained against a windbag like Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove or anyone. Their egos are way too large to even consider the fact they, Limbaugh and Rove, are loud mouthed, ridiculous and extremely tiresome. It is too bad the strategy, just ignore them and they will go away, never really works, nor does the communication of 'enough already'. This bickering is better left in the school yard, there is no purpose of it other than to stay in the news or to simply irritate almost everyone who sees it.

    May 24, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Seitz

    To paraphrase:

    Rove said, I don't think its an intelligent debate. Having said that, I pick Limbaugh...

    Brilliant!

    May 24, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. CNN never lets my comments go through

    why IS that CNN? I read your website 99% of the time for the news so why is it that you didn't let two of my posts go through this weekend? Hmmmmm? I was Florida Mom or Floridian or some such name.

    Meanwhile Rove is taking Limbaugh's side? Look at the two of them, pictures side by side, like seeks like.....you can put lipstick and ties on pigs but they still remain pigs....

    May 24, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Sherry

    Looks like all of the criminals (Cheney, Rove & Limbaugh) are sticking together . . . I think that speaks volumes in itself.

    May 24, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Richard Lombardo

    Anything that comes out of Rove's mouth is false because he is simply not human. Before Lee Atwater died, he felt remorse for all the mean-spirited shenanigans when running Father Bush's presidential campaign. Rove, who is the essence of everythng that is wrong in politics will never feel remorse because he is without heart, soul, and compassion. He's probably bitter because he looks like a bird.

    May 24, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Had It

    Powell is more man than Limbaugh, Rove, and Cheney combined.

    What are those Limbaugh-lovers poppin'? Some of his pills?

    May 24, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. lucretia

    The democrackpipe folks here at CNN have yet another reason to tighten their sphincters.

    Mark it down toadies, the democrackpipes, Obamaists and other fascist clacks have hit their high water mark. There is a real debate going on and it aint happening in the democrackpipe party.

    May 24, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Bob ,Grand Rapids,MI.

    Imagine that Karl Rowe picking Limpbought over Powell. This being Memorial day where we honor men who have served; remember that Cheney,Limbaugh and Rove didn't serve, didn't defend that freedom they talk about. Colin Powell served with honor and was wounded.
    This country is about doers not talkers. The motto "Better Dead than Right" should refer to the Republicans who can't see beyond their narrow point of view and condemn anyone who does. They better settle their differences 2010 is next year!

    May 24, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Jeff

    All of these politically irrelevant guys are just arguing over who is most politically irrelevant.

    May 24, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Viola

    General Powell should take this as a compliment.

    May 24, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Babs

    Limbaugh and Rove are about ignorance and the people that follow ignorance. People who have grown up as hate mongers. People who don't have any gifts at alll for love, care and concern. They are pathetic little people with an adgenda filled with scare tatics, lies and fear mongering. I haven't a bit of respect for any of the such. Their lies follow them like a roll of toilet paper stuffed up the back of their shorts.

    Collin Powell is a man of respect. A man who stands for what most Americans can believe in and relate too. He does represent the vision of what a lot of good honest people are looking for in the party.

    When ever I hear Limbaugh I want to scream we aren't all that stupid... really we aren't. As far as Carl Rove, he just stands for the words DUMB LIAR.

    Rove and Limbaugh should hold hands and go find an island all of their own and spend their days building up each others egoes. That island would sink in no time. Crap gets heavy.

    May 24, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Bob

    Of course he did. Why is that a surprise? They are borderline sociopaths. Rove, Cheney and Limbaugh all come from the same mindset. It has nothing to do with politics. Powell holds many of the same conservative views.

    His strength intimidates them. They need to disparage him because they are insecure about their own weaknesses (which are many, physical and mental). It's a mental state. I know people who act EXACTLY like them.

    May 24, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Who care both of them are Moron's.....

    May 24, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. jesse

    this man is the master architect of everything that is wrong in our world today.

    put this nasty little pig of a man in prison!

    May 24, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Bud in NC

    Rove and Rush. Two of a kind. Further proof that wolves and other predetarors run in packs.
    Whenever I see a picture of Rove, it always reminds me of many years ago where the ending to many Loony Tunes cartoons was Porky Pig coming on the screen to say "th..th..th thats all folks". Any body else notice?

    May 24, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. James, Ho. TX

    I see that Rove continues on the "Buffert Payroll".

    May 24, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Matt B

    One man served his country, the other served his appetites.

    May 24, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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