Both sides using Rove's campaign strategy this year
August 17th, 2012
09:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Both sides using Rove's campaign strategy this year

Washington (CNN) - In 2004, Sen. John Kerry entered the campaign against incumbent President George W. Bush with a seemingly unassailable advantage on a sensitive issue - the liberal Kerry served in the Vietnam War, and the conservative Bush didn't.

Rather than avoid the topic, Bush supporters came up with the notorious "Swift Boat" campaign that raised enough questions about Kerry's war record to negate a major strength.


Filed under: Karl Rove • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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    When you hear the Gop rove ads on tv ,just hit the mute button so they continue to pour their money down the toilet ,Obama in a landslide!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. gord

    romneys plan is the right fit for the 1%ers.they will get what they pay for

    August 17, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    AS well, the Romney campaign should jump all over the fact that since 2009, after 3 1/2 years of working on the same issues that voters are concerned with in 2012, jobs, the economy and national debt...every one of them is worse after the Obama Administration. How can Obama/ Biden 2012 even talk about what they will do when it is the same as what they did do and it didn't work?

    August 17, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. bb

    The Best thing oblinder can do for the economy is get out. After they are turned down and not welcomed , businesses seem to boom. Wasserman-snot certainly helped chic-fila in fl by boycoting it,, record days for them, Oblunder & Bozo Bden just leave & take wassy-snot with u Dumbocraps, what are u going to do.

    August 17, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. bb

    Namej or what ever U really dont find Oblameo and bozo an embarrassment ????

    August 17, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Griff.

    "Romney Oh, Romney Oh, the darling of the Ladies, is the Romney Oh!!! A Roving we will go, A Roving we will go, he ho Idaho, A Roving, Romney will go!"

    August 17, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. sammieb51

    Good, its about time the Democrats played that game. And whiner Mittens with his little magic kitten underwear is crying. Wait until Iran or North Korea comes at him hard .... will he have to excuse himself to change his kitten underwear?

    August 17, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    The cacaphony from the right will begin howling any minute now:

    How DARE those uppity Dems use our strategy against us???!!!! Why, that's unfair and hateful and proves that they're nothing but jealous of the us!

    August 17, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    Hogwash, Karl Rove's lies and transparent projections are directly aligned with Romney. Comparing the campaigns otherwise is a false equivalent.

    August 17, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. mamacho

    What a sad day when no one can talk issues or policies. Just a lot of distractions while the American people struggle to keep their heads above water. What has happened to our once great nation?

    August 17, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. degazmatic

    the PRSIDENT of AMERICA was also the PRESIDENT of the HARVARD LAW REVIEW.... how many people commenting here have been to harvard or even know the REQUIREMENTS to become a MEMBER of the HARVARD LAW REVIEW... i say

    let both willard and the pres release their BIRTH CERTIFICATE, COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS and 12 YEARS OF TAX RETURNS. woop. the pres is 2 for 3. willard is 0 for 3.

    gotta love democracy. yet they still gripe and say that because the pres's fathe was kenyan he should be disqualified...

    news flash WILLARD IS HALF MEXICAN!!! deal with that

    August 17, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "every one of them is worse after the Obama Administration"

    Funny how the numbers prove that you just stated the exact opposite of the truth, eh?

    August 17, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    I wasn't a fan of John Kerry, but what was done to him was disgusting. That the media allowed it to happen was even more disgusting. Who would have known that the media would allow it to continue when Barack Obama became President of the United States? The things that have been said about this sitting President in the media churns the stomach.

    For anyone from the right to start crying fowl over the Obama campaign now is really too foolish to understand. Don't sit and eat up the filth that has been spewed about Obama from every Conservative media outlet available for the past three years and then turn to other outlets to cry your "Obama campaign blah, blah, blah" nonsense. It falls on dead ears.

    And here comes CNN, trying to wash their hands (and Mitt Romney's) of the whole "Rovian" affair. Romney tried to take advantage of the garbage being spread about Obama ... indeed they use it to their advantage whenever they can. Whether it works or not is yet to be seen. One thing is certain, President Obama has never deserved the filth coming from FOX News, and Romney giggled his way into the nomination because of that filth being spread.

    Mitt Romney is not a man with character. America does not need Mitt Romney salvation.

    August 17, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    Obama has a "major strength" to negate??!!! DO TELL!! Is it his ability to lie and deflect voters from his horrendous record of failure?

    August 17, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Sandy

    What's with the false equivalency? Romney's ads are mostly LIES.

    August 17, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    "every one of them is worse after the Obama Administration"
    Funny how the numbers prove that you just stated the exact opposite of the truth, eh?
    Obama started with 7.8% unemployment in 2009 and it has increased to 8.3% after all his work.
    Obama started with $10.7 trillion national debt in 2009 and he has increased it 41.4% in just 3 1/2 years to $15.9 trillion.
    My point? Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 17, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "That the media allowed it to happen was even more disgusting."

    That the media HELPED it to happen was even more disgusting.

    FIFY 🙂

    August 17, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Payback Flakes are part of a balanced breakfast and stay crunchy in conservative tears. Mikey likes 'em!

    August 17, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "news flash WILLARD IS HALF MEXICAN!!!"

    Oh, I dunno about all that. Really. I'm not sure eunuchorns...errr, I mean unicorns....have an ethnicity.

    August 17, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. T'sah From Virginia

    It was okay when it was coming from the RIGHT and the Democrats were wet noodles and not fighting back. Now that the Democrats are fighting back and will not allow another Swift Boat episode, the fight is nastier. The Republicans started it and we will finish it – and it's about time because Democrats had a tendency to sit back and let it happen without standing their ground and keeping it upfront in what we believe in!!!

    Romney started it with the ad putting McCain's words in President Obama's mouth
    It's continuing with Romney's blatant lies and his refusal to let us know what his taxes are about
    And Romney will continue to LIE to your face and really does not care about what he can offer YOU
    He's proud of his BIG Corps-TAX evading -13% or 0% backers pushing him to the WH so they can tell him what to do

    WAKE UP AMERICA – Now, they have service men trying to SWIFT BOAT the President on his killing Bin Laden – Just keep in mind – If it was BUSH or any other president, would these service men – put up to this by the Republicans – be doing this???

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 17, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    What I find amazingly ironic is that Republicans have launched this major campaign against Pres. Obama for supposedly cutting spending, in this case $716 from Medicare.

    August 17, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. WiredweirdinSF

    Since the guy who attacked the Family Resource Center worked at the LBGT headquarters in Wahsington and this was clearly a "hate crime." why has the LBGT not been declared a domestic terrorist organization, why have the democrat liberals in Congress not spoken out against this type of attack, why has the mainstream media barely reported it? Then again why has the liberally biased press not reported that the Colorado movie theater shooter was a heavy marijuana user like the European press did? I guess it does not fit the democrat liberal and Obama regime narrative, which continually preaches hate.

    August 17, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Lizzie

    degazmatic, he is so proud of it, release the school records, remember its your right under the first amendment to say whatever you want and you don't have to prove it, what's in those records that he flunked that he was a second rate student who applied as a foreign exchange student from Indonesia, your guess is as good as mine. But you believe everything he tells you because he is soooooo truthful.

    August 17, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Jeff in Virginia

    Uhoh- it looks like Mitt Romney has got the vapors!

    August 17, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Lizzie

    RUDY NYC, so who is lying, David Axelrod saying there are no cuts, or President Obama in 2009 saying he will VETO any bill that will undo the 700 or so billions in cuts to medicare.

    August 17, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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