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
Rove issues 'birther' warning to Perry
October 24th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Rove issues 'birther' warning to Perry

(CNN) - Karl Rove said Monday that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry may harm his campaign by stoking the "birther" controversy.

"You associate yourself with a nutty view like that, and you damage yourself," Rove said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Rick Perry
Rove levels Palin accusation
August 25th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Rove levels Palin accusation

(CNN) – Karl Rove accused Sarah Palin of "thin skin" over a message from her political action committee criticizing the speculation surrounding her presidential intentions.

"It is a sign of enormous thin skin if we speculate about her, she gets upset, and I suspect if we didn't speculate about her, she'd be upset and trying to find a way to get us to speculate about her," Rove said Wednesday night of Fox News.
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Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
Will Palin be in by Labor Day? 'I doubt it'
August 22nd, 2011
01:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Will Palin be in by Labor Day? 'I doubt it'

(CNN) - Karl Rove caused a commotion in recent days by predicting that Sarah Palin will run for president and hinting that she could announce her campaign during a speech to a tea party group in Iowa over Labor Day weekend.

That might be news to Palin. Asked just over a week ago if she would be ready to join the race by the time Labor Day rolls around, Palin responded, "I doubt it."
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Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
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