April 5th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Rove encourages Census participation

Karl Rove appears in a Census PSA released Monday.
Karl Rove appears in a Census PSA released Monday.

Washington (CNN) - In a new video, released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau, former George W. Bush senior adviser Karl Rove encourages Americans to participate in the 2010 Census, saying "it's not too late."

The public service announcement, already available online, runs 51 seconds and features Rove speaking about the history of the Census.

"One of my favorite founders is James Madison, principal author of the Constitution," Rove says in the spot. "He created an instrument of democracy by writing into the Constitution a requirement for a Census every ten years to ensure fair representation in Congress. If you've not yet mailed back your 2010 Census form, it's not too late. Please answer the ten easy questions. They are almost the same ones Madison helped write for the first Census back in 1790."

According to a statement from the U.S. Census Bureau, Rove's PSA is designed to remind residents that they have just over two weeks to mail back their census forms to avoid a visit from a census worker in early May.

Some people fear that low participation among conservatives could result in Democrats having a big advantage in the next round of congressional re-districting.

Rove is not the only public figure to tape a PSA for the Census. The varied list includes President Obama, Miss America Caressa Cameron and singer Donny Osmond.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Michelle Bachmann says 'no' to the census, and I hope her crazy followers adhere to her stupidity and violate the law.

    April 5, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Now the turdblossom supports the law? That is a shocker.

    April 5, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Paul

    Funny that Rove would now agree to this PSA after conservatives railed against this Census as being some sort of government invasion of privacy. Nothing Rove says will change the fact that fans of the likes of Michele Bachmann and Glenn Beck across the country will run screaming from the Census, and that the words of these paranoid delusionals will basically be a shot in the foot of conservatives.

    April 5, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    That's because if Republicans do not send back their census forms, the Republican Party stands to lose seats in the House due to lower population numbers the Census will see.

    Problem is that the Republicans have attacked our government so much and made it sound so evil, that their ignorant followers are more likely to throw the "big government" census form in the trash now than filling it out.

    Words have consequences. Republicans are learning that the hard way from all the lies and fear-mongering they have told this year...and who on earth is going to trust such a slimeball like Rove anyway??

    April 5, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Edward Veidt

    I already filled mine out and mailed it. I don't need this monster's advice on any subject.

    April 5, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Makes me wish I hadn't already sent mine in. At least I did it before this slime-ball endorsed the census.
    Personally I like to research my family history, and the census is the most convenient tool available. Hopefully my GGG-grandchildren will be able to search the census and find me and their family.

    April 5, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Jo Jo

    Now that the republicans have whipped their base into a frenzy by using Rove's play book of scare tactics, he now wants them to trust the government by sending in their census? What a hypocrite! I hope they don't turn them in, it will serve him right. Turnabout is fair play.

    April 5, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Tom H.

    Why would any at least semi-intelligent person listen to; much less heed anything that exits his mouth? He should be in prison.

    April 5, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    No matter what his reasons are-this was a good thing to do.

    April 5, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Rarl Kove

    Regardless of what James Madison created in the original census, the constitution describes what is to be done (an enumeration...a count) and for what purpose (to apportion house seats). Anything beyond this is completely unnecessary and used for two primary purposes: 1) to allocate the plunder grabbed by the federal government, and 2) to apportion house seats according to some other criteria besides a simple count of people (e.g., by race, income, etc.)

    Sure, fill out the first question and mail it in.

    April 5, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We Americans have taken a census report that says Rove deserves and should be in prison.

    April 5, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    I just love it when Rove's startegies start to blow up in his face!

    First it's, "Don't fill out the census – the big bad government is going to use it against you!"

    Now it's, "Forget what I just said! Fill out the census – we need you so we can get enough Republican-majority districts to continue our destructive policies!"

    April 5, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Cindy

    yea! Bipartisanship at last!

    April 5, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Rove's strategy has always been to rely on people being dumb, fearful and forgetful.

    Dumb = Tell people that it's "un-American" to fill out the census – even though it's a Constitutional requirement!

    Fearful = Encourage people to believe nut-jobs like Michelle Bachmann, who said the census was used to round up Japanese-Americans during World War II. Everyone who didn't vote for Obama could be next!

    Forgetful = Now that you're worried Congressional districts won't get drawn the way you'd like them, encourage people to fill out their census forms, hoping that no one notices that a week ago you were spreading fear and treating your followers like they are idiots.

    April 5, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. CJ in California

    Hey, let's take a page out the Republican play book and tell folks from the Red States that their census form is due next year LOL!

    April 5, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Kevin B

    The right wing nut jobs need a little convincing that the census won't be used to send them to internment camps Rush and Beck have told they will be sent too if they participate in the census.

    Rush and Beck have done a job on the weak minded fools.

    April 5, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. wally

    Ha! They finally realized that all their hyperbole criticism that the census was a socialistic plot (per Michelle Bachman) would affect the the congressional re-districting...and now its the American thing to do! What a bunch of hypocrits!

    April 5, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    looks to me like Karl Rove is trying to become the male "Sarah Palin" having NO power but always seeking the limelight shooting off his mouth with very little to say. Too bad he gets all this attention, though perhaps if ignored he'd go away.

    April 5, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. jackson

    This will undoubtedly go down in history as the one and only time I will ever agree with the man.

    April 5, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Cali girl

    What a hypocrit. When was Rover EVER for the Constituion of the United States?

    April 5, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. jules sand-perkins

    Before the social revolution of the 1960s, Americans were not only cooperative but even excited when they participated in civic duties such as responding to a census.

    April 5, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor Carl,hes an expert at Gerrymandering districts.If Geryymandering were outlawed we wouldnt have another republican in office again.

    April 5, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. hongli

    Why is this CRIMINAL not in JAIL?

    April 5, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Where is the question about how many guns you have?(Fox News LIE). Oops! When all it asks is who lives there, your race and how old you are, it makes them look pretty silly with all of the hype they spun about it. I worked the last census and it ask questions that I really didn't even think was the governments business. Can you imagine if those questions were still there. Fox Noise would be howling bloody murder! Oh, I'm sorry, they still are!

    April 5, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. andrewstl

    somebody give this turd a job. i am tird of seeing him defending himself from all the failuer and drama he caused.
    i would respect him if he would just tell the truth

    April 5, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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