May 24th, 2009
01:32 PM ET
6 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. Lois Jeffrey

    The GOP is not going to be successful in recruiting candidates who will appeal to more individuals than the base if candidates believe that they must walk, talk, and speak like Rush Limbaugh or suffer the wrath of the base if they do not. That's why the comments by Tom Ridge, Colin Powell and others are helpful to the party, providing they are not instantly censored by Mr. Limbaugh. Mr. Limbaugh's dominant power in the GOP is evidenced by the fact that Mr. Rove felt compelled to take Mr. Limbaugh's side when talking about Mr. Powell 's interview today. As long as Mr. Limbaugh is perceived to lead and speak for the party, the party will continue to shrink to its base.

    May 24, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. sue

    Of course he sides with Limbaugh. Two pigs in a pod!

    May 24, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Craig

    Rove chooses Limbaugh. Shocking. :-D

    May 24, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Ex-RepublicanTX

    This trash still exists? I hope his kidneys and heart fails.

    May 24, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Barry in Maryland

    Surprise, surprise Rove supports Limbaugh. I agree with both of them. Colin Powell should not be in the Republican party. Moderation and inclusiveness are anathema to what the Republican party has evolved into.

    May 24, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Bebop

    rove and rush...I'll take a little leeway on the old maxim "Double chin, devil within"

    May 24, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Rove is a criminal guilty of treason–outing a CIA operative because her husband was getting in the way of lying the American public into a panic so a war could be launched; so I don't place a lot of value in his opinions.

    May 24, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. bill

    who would have guessed.of course he would go with Limburger..two peas in a pod!!!!

    May 24, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Ms Russell

    I say let them have each other. They love each other so much. They should get married.

    The democrats will be the adults in the room, while the republicans embrace each other is a lovefest: "You're a good republican. No you're a good republican. No you are." and "I love you more. No I love you more. No, no, I love you more."

    May 24, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Fred Marti

    Here we have a delincuent siding with Limbaugh that it is even worse then himself

    May 24, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. M. Ames, Syracuse

    Shocker. Karl "either you're with us or you're not a real American" Rove sides with Limbaugh in an interview with FOX News. FOX is such a joke....Gingrich, Rove, North......sounds "Fair and Balanced" to me.

    By the way....why isn't he in jail?

    May 24, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Gary SC

    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.

    Now that's a surprise, isn't it?

    May 24, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Michele

    And that about sums it up for Rove. He chooses a bombastic entertainer who lives to divide people over an intelligent statesman like Powell, who only ever wanted the best for this country. Another Republican who should just shut up and go away!

    May 24, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Barbara

    And Powell's vision for the GOP is a much better one. Rove just wants all those right-wingers out there on his side. His side lost. The Democrats had the same problem and were able to rebuild. If the GOP keeps this up, there is no hope for them. I feel as a long-time GOP member that they no longer care what I think or want. They just listen to those far right-wingers – like fat mouth Rush. He is such a joke. He has divided the GOP that they no longer want moderates like I am. I have more respect for General Powell then I ever did for the likes of Rove.

    May 24, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. alvino

    This proves that fat is thicker than party unity for the right wing nuts.

    May 24, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Richard L

    No surprise that Rove would chose the ex-druggie college flunkout over the patriotic soldier with integrity.

    May 24, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Steve Henderson

    Rove picks Limbaugh over Powell, no surprise there. He would probably pick Hitler over Powell.

    May 24, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. critical observer

    Who are these people? Rush Limburgh, Karl Rove, Dick Chaney and Liz Chaney too. How did they become so significant? Do they have anything meaningful to contribute to society?

    May 24, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Dixie

    And is Rove running for office? He and Palin should pair up for 2012. Rove the king of dirty tricks and Palin the speaker who mongers violence from the crowds should provide some good entertainment. Maybe Lin-Bah the Hitler of radio could manage their campaign.

    May 24, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. ib

    I have lost all respect for Powell. He slams the GOP everytime he speaks and he backed Obama for what I think is one reason; Obama is black. In my humble opinion Powell is a racist. Many conservatives have been accused of that because they didn't vote for Obama. I guess I'm learning from the best at spewing hate: liberals.

    May 24, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Brett

    The GOP are acting like a herd of old pigs bathing in mud!

    May 24, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Rove and Limbaugh have heavily contributed to the downfall of the Republican Party....Bless them one and all!

    May 24, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. MJHS1967

    Rove – oveR and all the GOP are "Steele" nuts!!! :(

    May 24, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. steve

    Who cares what Karl Rove thinks or says? The " architect " is a joke. Its apparent he built a house of cards for the Republicans. I certainly dont want him building anything for me!

    May 24, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Mac

    The Republicans still don't understand the basic rule of holes...

    "When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging"

    May they continue to dig until their party goes the way of the Whigs, the Know-Nothings, and the Federalists.

    May 24, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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