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. Paul

    Can you believe that FOX News actually hired this criminal clown to work on their show. "Fair and Balanced" my butt, they are in bed with the right wing and paying Karl Rove to work for them proves it. Karl Rove should be in jail and I hope he is feels comfortable with the resposibility of American and foreign blood on his hands.

    March 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Agt. Smart

    What a horrible group of kids – and stupid enough to pay this guy 40K just for giving a speech

    March 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. jeremy

    couldn't have happened to a better person. too bad they didn't have eggs to throw at him.

    March 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Bill

    Stupid people acting stupidly. Dmondtrates the maturity of you average liberal, oops excuse me "progressive".

    March 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Brian

    Unbelievable that these criminals were allowed to run our government for eight years. History will not be kind to them, I promise you that.

    March 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Jed in Texas

    Well at least he knew what list he belonged on.I have to applaud the students for recognizing the Benedict Arnold on their stage.

    March 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. TheLeftNut

    Karl Rove = evil dinosour

    March 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Dilip Samuels

    imagine the stupid university officials wasting $ 40,000 on the likes of KArl Rove

    They should be fired

    Better ways to spend $ 40,000

    March 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. @americans

    I, for one will perform a citizen’s arrest on Rove anytime I see's about time!

    March 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Glad to see those criticizing Karl Rove are quoting Olbermann – he should have stuck with SportsCenter, his idiocy was better off there.

    March 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Black Man in Dixie

    I think his 15 minutes are up.

    March 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. elmerg

    Why did the university hire this crook to speak in the first place?
    The students had every right to abuse this miscreant.
    $40,000? What a waste of students money.

    March 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Terry Shea

    He deserved worse.

    March 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Robert from MN

    Can we have our $40K back? LOL.

    Try, can we have our country back?

    Karl Rove, the man that brought you the Gay Marriage voting issue, and other important red herrings. He may not be worse than hitler or stalin, but he keeps good company.

    March 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Beans

    We have high standards in this state. We don't like Bush here and we don't like Rove. We also don't like Hillary Clinton. In fact, we told you with our votes that we like Barack Obama the most and John Edwards second. Get the picture–QUALITY!

    March 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Paula

    Thank God students are doing something other than supporting Baraka Obama, the candidate of "hope". Hopefully, this means students are thinking and protesting and not just showing up at stadiums like a bunch of rock star groupies.

    March 10, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Veronica

    Well... Mr. Rove.... that's what happens when you run a corrupt campaign against Al Gore and John Kerry and prey of the fears of Americans. The use of 9/11 as a political tool is shameful and now after the dust has settled people see how the Bush Administration has lied and scared people into voting for them.

    March 10, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. J.Crobuzon

    He and Hitler would have been good friends. He'd have managed Adolf's election campaign with pretty much the same rhetoric of despite that he used so well against the Democrats and moderates in this once-free country.

    March 10, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. silverspring

    Who paid him that kind of money? Karl Rove is NOTwort h a penny. He has blood on his hands.

    March 10, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. JDS N.C.

    Yea Libs are in favor of free speech? They always look for suppressing free speech when they disagree. I am sure UI has liberal speakers who others disagree but let them talk. That is what a university is supposed to support-dialogue.

    March 10, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. G.L. Agliata

    Carl Rove, under the guise of being a true American patriot has managed to injure our country and its political system more than anyone in our entire history. Not the worst spies, not the worst traitors could have done as much to damage the core of America. Between Rove and Cheney, we do do not need Al Qaida, the Chinese, the Iranians, the North Koreans and the rest of our enemies to destroy our way of life.
    Why would anyone want to pay Carl rove $40,000 to make a speech?. Too bad many Americans still support him.

    March 10, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Spirit of America

    Ochids to Hawkeyes for protesting the appearance of the American Goebbels on your campus. You demonstrate the Spirit of America. Onions to those who invited this monster to campus and paid him 40 grand to spew his venom and lies. When do the war crime trials begin?

    March 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. K, Florida

    Freedom of speech does not entail a paycheck Mary Jo Bruce!

    March 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. richard m mitchell

    Mr.Karl Rove is part of the ignorance we have in the present
    administration,no one listens to the people anymore, we
    have an administration that is out of touch.

    He does deserve the courtesy of being listened to; but I can
    understand the frustration of the students, it was no shock to me
    to understand why it got out of hand

    March 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. David Jones

    Who in his right mind would pay someone like this anything to speak? He should have a permanent gag order applied. That would be money better spent. The man is completely out of touch with reality.

    March 10, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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