October 10th, 2010
02:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Rove to Obama: How dare you

(CNN) - Karl Rove is lashing out at President Obama and the Democratic National Committee over a new ad that alleges the former top Bush aide is “stealing our Democracy.”

"They are tossing out these baseless charges," Rove said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.

The comments come the same day the DNC announced it is launching a national television ad targeting Rove and another former Bush aide, Ed Gillespie, over their involvement with an issue advocacy group called Crossroads GPS that by law - because it is established as a non-profit - does not have to reveal its donors.

The organization has spent millions airing anti-Democratic ads in key races and faces charges that they are bending campaign finance laws by structuring itself as a tax-exempt "social welfare" 501(c)(4) organization.

The ad also takes aim at the United States Chamber of Commerce, a pro-business lobby that heavily donates to Republican candidates across the country and which Obama and other Democrats have accused of using money from foreign donors -– a charge the chamber has denied.

“Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie: They're Bush Cronies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: They're Shills for Big Business,” the ad’s narrator says. “And they're stealing our democracy. Spending millions from secret donors to elect Republicans to do their bidding in Congress. It appears they're even taking secret foreign money to influence our elections.”

The president leveled a similar charge while on the campaign trail last week in Maryland, saying, “Just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for these ads regularly takes in money from foreign corporations.”

The charges were first made by the liberal blog Think Progress, which reported last week that the Chamber has opened up offices abroad that fundraise for the group. But a spokesman for the group said any fundraising done abroad does not fund political activities.

"Have these people no shame?" Rove said of the attacks leveled at him and the Chamber. "Does the president of the United States have such little regard for the office he holds that he goes out there and makes these kind of baseless charges against his political enemies? This is just beyond the pale. How dare the president do this?"

“This is a desperate and I think disturbing trend by the President of the United States to tar his political adversaries with some kind of enemies list, without being unrestrained by any facts or evidence whatsoever."

Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Gillespie also responded to the charges leveled against him and Rove in the new DNC ad.

“Karl Rove and I don't run American Crossroads. We're fully supportive of it. I've helped to raise money for it. I encouraged it to come together because I think we need something like that on the conservative side because there's so much money on the liberal side. You know, $400 million was spent in 2008 to help elect Barack Obama.”

Gillespie went on to address the allegations against the Chamber of Commerce.

"That was based on a blog posting that the President of the United States repeated that was put on a website that's affiliated with Center for American Progress, a liberal nonprofit advocacy group that does not disclose its donors."

soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. resol

    carl rove would be the authority on baseless charges. come to think of it, he spoke on the network of baseless charges. the only news on fox would be the commercials.

    October 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Karen Jay

    We are sick of the blaming and the finger pointing. What is being done about the economy and lost jobs? Do we really want more campaign money spent on endless criticisms of the opposing party?

    October 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Mark

    I agree with Karl Rove that the president has a lot of guts makeing such claims. However, I personally think that all campaign contributions should be totally transparent regardless if they are from a non profit or not. I am against big corporations, unions, or any other group that may be looking for payhbacks in the way of legislation that would be favorable to them, making campaign contributions. Further, I think that all personal contributions over $1,000.00 should require that the contributor be identified. Individuals should be capped at $10,000.00. If it is found that corporations or any other entity is using phoney contributors, there should be a severe penalty. To top off my idea, I think that all candidates should be limited to a certain dollar amount that they can spend and they must be totally accountable. Money should not be allowed to buy an election.

    October 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Riley

    So they raise money abroad but don't use it for political activities? What do they use it for?

    October 10, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Rock God

    Karl Rove is a proven traitor and should be sitting in prison right now.

    October 10, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Robert

    How dare you speak the truth Mr President. personally i say put the spotlight on these people that try to sell out our democracy. His act has bigger impact on america than any terrorist bomb will ever do. he is destroying the core values of America with selling it out.

    October 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. robert

    “Karl Rove and I don't run American Crossroads. We're fully supportive of it. I've helped to raise money for it. I encouraged it to come together because I think we need something like that on the conservative side because there's so much money on the liberal side. You know, $400 million was spent in 2008 to help elect Barack Obama.” Let's see, we support it, we finance it, and we created it, but we don't run it. About the only things republicans do well is lie. Of course we should feel sorry for them because republican's just don't have the access to money that democrats have. Kare Rove isn't just stealing democracy, they are turning it into a joke.

    October 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. JTA

    You know it is amazing that this traitor can speak against the President. Rove should have received the proper punishment for his involvement with the then Vice Presidents office in disclosing the identity of a CIA agent.

    October 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. AnOldGuy2

    Well, Karl.....if you feel that way, why don't you allow us to peek behind the curtain? Afraid we might see who you REALLY are???

    Tool....

    October 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. ScottsdaleHokie

    This is hilarious coming from Barry who received millions upon millions from undisclosed (i.e. foreign) donors.

    October 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Tom Joad

    Karl Rove is despicable. For him to say "How dare you" to anyone, about anything, is almost laughable.

    October 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. m 1sterlurk

    Well Karl, if he's making baseless claims, sue for slander.

    Or are you worried that it will turn out that we aren't lying after all?

    October 10, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Mike in Albany

    The truth hurts doesn't it Karl? Why don't you stop getting angry about being called out and address the actual allegations? You are bending tax laws and so do most corporations, but your/their lobbyists are writing the laws... You are ruining our democracy. No, let me rephrase that. You already ruined democracy. This isn't a baseless accusation. It's the truth... and to go back to my first sentence: The truth hurts doesn't it Karl?

    October 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. CBR

    The tables are turned and now Karl Rove is receiving the same treatment he gave to others. His choice of campaign materials and ads just bordered on the line between fair and unfair. Go back in the files and see for yourself just what passed as fair. Karl Rove is not being treated unfairly.

    If people are going to be part of any group that is political in nature and does advertising etc., then the names of the operatives should be public whether they are Democrats or Republicans.In the USA we are supposed to be open and honest. IF you do not want your name included in the public membership rolls, do not join the group.

    October 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. kay

    What's matter Rove does the truth hurt?

    October 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. sleepytime

    Rove, the least ethical man in America, is morally outraged about political mudslinging. Hilarious.

    October 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. tewfik

    What seems to be the problem Karl? You have dished it out for so many years and now you cannot take it? What a courageous principled man you are.

    October 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. sandy

    Carl Rove can't stand that someone has finally called him and his cronies just what they are. He and the Bush team nearly destroyed this country over the 8-years they were n power. Shame on him and the GOP for their continued attempt to ruin this country. They have done everything they possible could to stop any progress the Democrats and President Obama have tried to put into place, including blocking any new job possibilities. He and his kind need to just go away!

    October 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Dragonfire

    The only group stealing our democracy is the DemocRATS. They skicken me. Do they really think that we are idiots. Voting Repulican in November and in 2012. Good bye Dems.

    October 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. joseph

    im not surprised at the republicans! they made a mess of this nation and just like in Nixon days will play dirty! Obama all the way!

    October 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Steven Colorado

    Cool. The guy who launched a smear campaign against McCain is suddenly all righteous.

    What a great country, in which prodigal sons do not even need to recant their slime in order to be born-again righteous.

    October 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. kevin

    there we go again!!!!

    October 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Rob

    If anyone should know about BASELESS CHARGES it is KARL ROVE...He uses them over and over again ..

    October 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. CAROLINELEW

    Carl Rove is like a bad disease, he just won't go away.

    October 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Mark

    I think it's funny that they wrote Carl Rove "made an appearance" on fox news. It's called showing up for work.

    October 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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