American Crossroads defends campaign spending to donors
November 8th, 2012
08:40 PM ET
1 year ago

American Crossroads defends campaign spending to donors

Washington (CNN) - Officials from the Republican super PAC American Crossroads, including its co-founder Karl Rove, defended their campaign spending and talked about the group's future during a conference call Thursday with 50 of its top donors.

Participants agreed they would not discuss the contents of the call with the media.
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Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Karl Rove • Mitt Romney
Huckabee, Gingrich blast Rove for 'murder' comment, both citing Giffords
September 2nd, 2012
12:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Huckabee, Gingrich blast Rove for 'murder' comment, both citing Giffords

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee both had harsh words for conservative strategist Karl Rove on Sunday after Rove joked about murdering GOP U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, whose controversial comments about rape and pregnancy drew the ire and condemnation of most Republicans. Both Gingrich and Huckabee referred to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as they condemned Rove's joke.

"We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts," Rove said Thursday at a private fund-raiser, according to a Businessweek reporter who was not supposed to be there.
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Filed under: Abortion • Karl Rove • Mike Huckabee • Newt Gingrich
Akin accepts apology from Rove over murder comment
August 31st, 2012
06:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin accepts apology from Rove over murder comment

(CNN) - Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and now head of the conservative super PAC American Crossroads, apologized on Friday to Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri after a reporter published biting words Rove used to describe the embattled Senate candidate.

"We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts," Rove said Thursday at a private fundraiser, according to a Businessweek reporter who was not supposed to be there.
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Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove
Rove unloads on Todd Akin on eve of GOP convention
August 27th, 2012
11:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Rove unloads on Todd Akin on eve of GOP convention

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Republican strategist Karl Rove ramped up his criticism of Missouri candidate Todd Akin on Monday, calling his recent remarks about rape and abortion "morally incomprehensible" and insisting that he drop out of the race.

"I know Todd. He is a good man and he's got a good heart," Rove said at a breakfast in Tampa hosted by Politico. "He said a really stupid, indefensible thing from which there is no recovery and if he really cares are about the values of conservatism and pro-life, he will not go down for defeat as the biggest loss by a Republican candidate for Senate in modern history."
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Both sides using Rove's campaign strategy this year
August 17th, 2012
09:50 AM ET
2 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.

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Filed under: Karl Rove • Mitt Romney • President Obama
First on CNN: Rove, Gillespie hosting joint political briefing in Aspen
August 2nd, 2012
10:49 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Rove, Gillespie hosting joint political briefing in Aspen

Aspen, Colorado (CNN) – Despite laws barring coordination between federal campaigns and outside groups, Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie are hosting a joint closed-door political briefing with leading Republican donors Thursday.

According to Republicans familiar with the schedule, the two operatives are headlining a lunchtime political briefing for top donors at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Aspen, a posh, closed-press affair where GOP governors mingle with some of their biggest financial backers.
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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Karl Rove
Obama campaign attacks Rove's 'B.S.'
May 17th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign attacks Rove's 'B.S.'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager used a three-minute web video Thursday to take on the latest ad from the independent group Crossroads GPS, point by point.

"Karl Rove's group Crossroads is spending $25 million from secret donors to tear down the president in a new ad," Stephanie Cutter said to open the spot. "Time to tear this thing apart."
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Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Karl Rove • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Stephanie Cutter
In Depth: Where money and politics collide
January 23rd, 2012
07:29 AM ET
2 years ago

In Depth: Where money and politics collide

Editor's note: Mark Whitaker is executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide. He is responsible for leading editorial coverage across CNN's multiple platforms and directing the overall approach, tone and scope of CNN's reporting.

(CNN) – You know that a news story has broken through, as we like to say in the journalism business, when Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart start playing it for laughs. In the last few weeks, the dynamic duo of Comedy Central has had a field day with the subject of super PACs, those fundraising machines that can raise unlimited donations to fund political ads, provided that they are not officially affiliated with a specific candidate.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Jon Stewart • Karl Rove • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Stephen Colbert
Karl Rove and the Super PAC Democrats love to hate
January 23rd, 2012
03:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Karl Rove and the Super PAC Democrats love to hate

Washington (CNN) – Forget Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. If there's one Republican who scares Democrats, it's Karl Rove.

Here's why.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • Fundraising • Karl Rove
Gingrich Florida-bound after South Carolina
January 18th, 2012
09:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich Florida-bound after South Carolina

Easley, South Carolina (CNN) – Newt Gingrich said Wednesday he's going to Florida even if he comes in second place behind Mitt Romney in South Carolina's Saturday primary.

Asked by a reporter if Florida is "definitely a go," the presidential candidate replied: "Oh sure."

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Karl Rove • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
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