March 10th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Rove taunted at University of Iowa

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rove spoke at the University of Iowa Sunday."]

(CNN) - Former top Bush aide Karl Rove didn't get the friendliest of receptions at the University of Iowa Sunday, CNN affiliate KCRG reports.

Rove, who was paid $40,000 to speak at the University, was confronted with an at-times hostile crowd of 1,000, and was interrupted on several occasions.

At one point during the speech, Rove reportedly lashed out at some of the students, saying, "You got a chance to ask your questions later and make your stupid statements, let me make mine."

Police also were forced to remove two people after they tried to perform a citizen’s arrest on Rove for what they said were his crimes while a member of the Bush Administration.

At one point, a person asked Rove if he has ever shed a tear over the war in Iraq.

"I shed a lot of tears and I have been inspired by many of the people who feel their son or daughter should not have to die in vain," he replied.

Toward the end of the speech a member of the crowd yelled, "Can we have our $40,000 back?"

Rove replied, “No, you can't.”

Radio Iowa also reports one audience member told Rove that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named him the "worst person ever."

"Ever?" Rove joked. "Yea, worse than Hitler, worse than Stalin, worse than Mao and worse than the person who introduced aluminum baseball bats."

Cameras were only allowed to film the beginning of the speech.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Karl Rove
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. stefan

    Rove...highly paid Bush white trash with no soul, no morals, and capable setting up even his mother and Dan Rather if it would win him some points in his sick personal battles

    March 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    This is the next Generation of Americans who will not sit by and be idol and accept the Bull that our government has dished out. Good for them. GO IOWA GO.

    March 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. CLOspin

    David: "seems that when anyone from the right side of the political spectrum speaks at a college, he or she can be almost certain of being heckled and shouted down."

    David, unfortunately, you don't get it! He isn't just conservative, he is a CRIMINAL! Than again, most conservatives would say he isn't, he is probably a hero for maintaining the status quo and making sure his in-group get all the huge contracts.

    March 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Rove – he only knows how to play dirty – just like he did when he helped the Republicants still the last two elections and he and Bush will pay for the blood on their hands one day -just no soon enough!!

    March 10, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Melody

    I pray that God will have mercy on our country and show us the way. I have faith in spite of the uncivilized comments I am reading here.

    March 10, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Doug, New Jersey

    What I find funny is that every liberal Democrat who is saying Rove is an evil bad person is most likely a far worse human being than he ever could be. Rove may do some shady things but he doesn't want those who disagree with him killed or harmed for it, fact is most liberal Democrats in America today do.

    March 10, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Jay

    they should have walked out on him

    March 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. thomas, houston

    a citizens arrest, that's awesome

    March 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Jason

    Worst person ever?!? Wow, that has to be the single more moronic thing I have heard (today). I am not a Karl Rove fan (outing a CIA agent, no matter how much of a drain on society her husband is, is not *cough* the best of ideas...), but way to stick it to some of the idiots who attended his speech!

    March 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. peter C Hunt

    Last time I checked, we all live in a democracy. You know, the country where we allow people their right to free speech. Of course if you don't lie free speech, check into China, I'm sure they would love to have you.

    March 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. PJ

    This man needs to get a life, and sit down some where, I am tired of him, go away Pleaseeeee

    March 10, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. james

    i hear that karl rove may have been acting as an advisor to hillary clinton since the feb. 5th super tuesday.

    March 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Wanted: Unbiased Reporting

    Now, that's well deserved!!

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Tom H

    This was at the University of Iowa, not Iowa State... I was there and the crowd was very hostile at times, but this man deserved all of it

    March 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. RJ Bardino

    Punk kids who don't know jack s**t about anything. I'll stick with Rove!
    Viva La Bush
    Viva La Rove

    March 10, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. John W Stone

    You go Karl.! got $40,000...people constantly laugh at the liberals and the liberals get zippo! Justice prevails!

    March 10, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Deb

    He is the devil!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. George in Chicago

    Democrats- these are the "tolerant" ones, right, the ones who claim to be so supportive of free speech? RIght.

    March 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. K. Smith Minneapolis,MN

    Can you say karma? How ironic is it that he was chief advisor to Mr. Uniter himself (dubya)?

    March 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. j

    What can anyone say ?? ----He`s the "poster child" of the Bush/Cheney administration and all its corruption. He is the Heinrich Himmler of the present administration.

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Mike M

    It just shows that our college students of America are not as "bright" as people would let us believe.

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Ratgurl

    Whose idiotic idea was it to pay this guy $40K to talk? He should pay US to listen! Rove IS a criminal!

    March 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Pete in NYC

    Their hatred of Rove is hysterical! Get a life. Don't like the war? So what? If they agreed to pay him $40k to speak that is their problem and he should have laughed at the guy right to his face. I wouldn't pay him a nickel to speak to me.

    March 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. The truth will set you free!

    Liberals are so ugly and meanspirited.....they can dish it out but can't take it. LIBERAL – JUST ANOTHER BAD WORD!

    March 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Jose

    That is awesome, I want to know how far the two students got with the citizens arrest. Go IOWA for doing what the rest of the country would have done in that same situation.

    March 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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