September 27th, 2010
09:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats may attack Rove in ads

(CNN) - A senior Democratic strategist said Monday that the party could release campaign ads in some targeted congressional districts attacking Karl Rove and his ties to a new conservative group, American Crossroads. Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, is helping to lead the new cash-flush group.

Democrats have been testing Rove's popularity, and he "continues to be unpopular with the Democratic base" says the Democratic strategist. The political spots presumably would remind voters that Rove is still a campaign presence for Republicans, particularly given his involvement with what the Democratic strategist calls "a secretly funded corporate campaign."

American Crossroads, which is funding both GOP ads and a get-out-the-vote effort, was created, according to Republicans with knowledge about the group, out of dissatisfaction with the performance of the Republican National Committee among some GOP political elites. Says one senior GOP-er, the organization is "trying to make up for what the RNC hasn't done."

Rove has lately tangled with some Tea Party activists when he publicly criticized Chistine O'Donnell, the GOP Senate nominee in Delaware, as unelectable – endangering GOP chances of taking control of the Senate.


Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Karl Rove
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. cane pazzo

    Everyone is afraid to run on their own record, but can't wait to run against the other guys record.

    VOTERS REALLY ARE STUPID.

    September 27, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. Just say NO to DemocRAT Socialism and bankruptcy

    How utterly juvenile. 4 years of Congressional control and 2 years in the Whitehouse and this is what the pathetic DemocRATS run on??!! Do they think think the American people are idiots? I guess so!

    September 28, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  3. southern cousin

    Such a typical Democrat liberal ploy, they can't win on issues so they have to creat a bogeyman. Same playbook they have been using for 40 years. Hey dope smokers, the public is catching on to the games the unions taught you.

    September 28, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  4. RobRoy

    rove should crawl back under the rock with bush and the rest of his crew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  5. lisa

    get some new material already....oh i get democrates dont have anything else

    September 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  6. gee

    All I hear from the Liberal Dems is to Attack Attack Attack. Why can't they just campaign on their records. They have held all 3 areas off governhment for 2 years, 2 for 4 years. Why is not one Democrat campaigning about the beloved Health Care bill they passed, or the Cap and Trade, or any of the bills they passed. They own the government, passed there own bills, but somehow it is someone else's fault. Open your eyes America!

    September 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  7. gee

    Why can't they just campaign on their records???? They have held all 3 areas off governhment for 2 years, 2 for 4 years. Why is not one Democrat campaigning about the beloved Health Care bill they passed, or the Cap and Trade, or any of the bills they passed. They own the government, passed there own bills, but somehow it is someone else's fault. Open your eyes America! Let's vote these Socialist out.

    September 28, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  8. daveindenver

    Yes, Rove will be unpopular with the Dem base. What a surprise, mention Rove, Cheyney, Palin or Bush and the left wing loons go crazy. But in the end he's just a mirror image of Rahm, not that that is a good thing but the same thing just the same, just another political hack.

    September 28, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    Haven't you heard – Karl Rove is IMMUNE to all attacks because he is a FOX NEWS employee!! Same with Palin – Huck-A-Bye, etc – they’re all employed and consider themselves UNTOUCHABLE!!!

    I know 'locally' in DE, they should be using ROVER like he stole something. He should appear in ads as much as they show 'Crime-Stoppers' or other WANTED – Dead or Alive commercials!!

    I would use every tactic the RepubliCAN'Ts throw at us and hit them right back into their FACE!!!

    Democrats DO SOMETHING to win in November, 2010!!!

    T'SAH – the Original Liberal – and I approve this message!!

    September 28, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. Clark1b

    attack adds are only needed ... when you need to make another person look bad ... because you haven't got the ability to make yourself look good.

    September 28, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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