February 11th, 2013
07:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Rove and Trump 'all good Republicans,' says McDonnell

Washington (CNN) – Don’t look for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to choose between celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Karl Rove, the Bush adviser who’s been at the end of Trump’s ire on Twitter.

“I know both of them. They're all good Republicans. We have good disagreements, just like the other side. And when you lose after a presidential race, there's always this soul searching. I think it's healthy,” McDonnell said on Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront.”

His remarks came after a sustained lashing of Rove by Trump, who wrote various messages on Twitter criticizing the GOP operative for his new group designed to help electable Republicans win primaries.

Trump isn’t the only conservative angry at Rove, whose new group is affiliated with American Crossroads, the super PAC that Rove co-founded.

Brent Bozell, the conservative activist and author, issued scathing criticism of Rove's new group.

"The moderate GOP establishment record in Senate races last year was abysmal: every single one of their candidates lost," Bozell wrote. "We don't need a second Democrat Party in Washington."

All of the sniping is to be expected, McDonnell argued Monday.

“Look, this is just part of the process,” he said. “I'm not that worried about it. I don't call it a civil war. It's a disagreement in the family. And we'll be a stronger Republican Party going forward.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Donald Trump • Karl Rove
soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Conservatism is a money maker.....Rove ain't no dummy...his bottom line is cash and not political victories.....When will conservatives wake the phuck up and realize this.......Rove makes his money in politics.....The Donald is trying to tap into this market as well.

    February 12, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. mrhapiguy

    Failure brings out the worst in people.

    February 12, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. ggram

    I say they fight a duel to the death...both of theirs....then it's a win-win for the country.

    February 12, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. UDidntBuildThat

    Oh wow Obama is fixing the mess Bush created? Still blaming Bush I see. Gee how is that "fixing" working out? Been over 4yrs now. Over $5 Trillion in govt. spending, oops I mean "investments", still no better than when Obama took office. Where is the new era of govt? Where is the HOPE and the transparency in govt? Instead we are told that high unemployment, higher cost of living, lower income, more govt. dependency, higher poverty, high deficit spending/waste, and high debt are the new normal. & the fools here all agree. Every time some goes wrong the excuses of BUSH era is used to justify what Obama is incapablie of doing. Didn't u all voted for CHANGE? Why r u using Bush then to justify Obama? If it happened under Bush it is Bush's fault, if it happened under Obama, it is Congress's or someone else's fault. Face it people. Your guy knows nothing about fixing anything. He kmow well how to demogogue the issues ( cue lapdog media to help with that) and kick the can down the road! With a dumb electorate why wouldn't he succeed?

    February 12, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. JeffersonLives

    Ah Trump..the good republican..who donated lots of money to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi years ago for their re-election campaigns....LOL. Trump is a democrat masquerading around as a republican....not fooling me or others who are informed and have internet access

    February 12, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Ferret out the BS wrote:

    Have ya ever thought that the voting public just rejects your message, doesn't like the dirty dealings, see's you as war mongers, corrupt and just plain don't like you or your cronies. By the way you also spend like there's no tomorrow then blame the other guy and point fingers at others .... .... ....
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    Negative. Republicans will never believe that the public has rejected their ideas. Republicans have been overwhelmingly successful in the past at controlling the conversation to great advantage for more than 30 years now. They are far too entrenched in their own methods to believe that it could ever possibly fail.

    Election failures will always mean a messaging failure. They believe that if people would simply listen, then people would be transformed and converted. They have failed to learn the lesson that the GWB administration taught the country. Rove and crew taught us that you cannot trust what Republicans tell you. They noticed that Republicans tell people what to think in very subtle ways. Republicans have failed to notice that they have become failures.

    February 12, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Cynthia

    It was the extremists and their agenda that lost the election. The Tea Party may be loud, but they are not the voice of traditional Republicans. Too bad the GOP didn't pay closer attention to Sen. Goldwater when he warned them about the religious fanatic and the extremists trying to take over the party..over 30 years ago!!!!

    February 12, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. sqeptiq

    McDonnell can stop the "soul-searching" in the teapublican party...there isn't one to find.

    February 12, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Trump, Bill Mahar called to say your dad is waiting for you at the zoo.

    February 12, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Joi Gibson

    As we used to say in school, it takes one to know one – bully and loser.

    February 12, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. texasnotea

    Gop'ers like Trump just don't get it. It;s time to move on. The American people as a whole want compromise and productivity not obstruction and fear mongering. Just like Lindsay Graham saying he will not vote for any of The Presidents appointments until he gets the answers he's expecting about Benghazi. Same old obstruction, same old holding up progress same old trying to make Obama fail just to show him up. Puke!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Wake up People!

    I would like to take this time to express my absolute delight in watching the GOP/Tea-liban implode. Guys you are doing a bang up job!! Please, please keep up the good work.

    And never forget....GOP good, Obama BAD!!!

    Thanks for the laughs guys!!! And don't forget, obstruct, obstruct, obstruct!!!

    February 12, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Boro

    Both Trump and Rove are irrelevant in America's modern society.

    February 12, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. frespech

    The Republican party is a fringe party-Nationally. Change or lose.

    February 12, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The gop loses because they suck and work against American for their own gain !!!!!

    February 12, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. Church of Suicidal

    Donald Trump doesn't like bullies? That brought a smile to my morning.

    February 12, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. America Shrugged

    Teapublicans remind me of locusts..Once they devour and destroy any resource, they move on. How long before they destroy what is left of the industrialized world with their Wall Street greed and austerity? Do they really think communist China is going to let them destroy their economy?

    February 12, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. JC

    What one will do to try to stay relevant. Go away trump. You destroyed any credibility you had with your last great surprise.

    February 12, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. Smacky Smooth

    Bwahahahahahahaha. This is truly laughable. 1)Trump-a political mastermind? 2)Does he have ANYTHING good to say about ANYONE? (please go the way of Hughes already!) 3) The Rover gave us Obama? He gave us Bush, yes, but Obama? 4)"We dont need another Democratic Party""..well America doesnt need another blowhard vacuous billionaire who could be likened to the bully on the Simpsons.

    February 12, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Smacky Smooth

    There are more of us than there are of you, Mr. Trump. Take a course in history.

    February 12, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. PtBarnumBoy

    Pass the popcorn.

    February 12, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Ol' Lefty

    Let's you and him fight. Delightful!

    February 12, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. Drew

    The Brent Bozells, the Donald Trumps, the Rusk Limbaughs, the Grover Norquists and the Sarah Palins don't actually have to do anything other than stand on the sidelines and stomp their feet for party purity. They're bigmouths the GOP would be wise to largely ignore if they ever hope to appeal to people who aren't political junkies.

    February 12, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, goody. Yesterday we had Rubio, Paul, and Palin.
    Looks like today is going to be a Trump and Rove day.

    I agree with Wake Up People ... " Guys you are doing a bang up job!! "

    February 12, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. here we go

    The GOP divide with the TP is an important one. The TP is stealing any possible effectiveness of the GOP.
    America loses with only one party.

    February 12, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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