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. Pascal

    Awww, poor war cwiminal.

    March 10, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Sick and tired of the radical left in LA

    It just shows you the wonderful future of America doesn't it. I'm sure those smart folks in the audience would also be the same group that would have run off to Canada if there was a draft.

    March 10, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Eric

    Ye shall reap as ye hath sown, Karl Rove. Or something like that.

    March 10, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Jim

    So he admitted his statements were stupid? Awesome! He's finally seeing the light.

    March 10, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Altoid

    Rove: "you got a chance... to make your stupid comments, let me make mine."

    hahaha, he admitted his comments were stupid! that's priceless.

    March 10, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Kerry

    Karl Rove is not the worst person in history!

    I once heard a debate in which one of the speakers said the only person worst then Karl Rove was Bill Clinton's advisor.

    March 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Jacob

    Karl Rove is a black mark against the Republican party and this November he will lead to the landslide victory of Democrats in the senate and the white house as well.

    March 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Sharon from Michigan

    Karl Rove is starting to get what he deserves.. Next on the agenda, George Bush. I think he will have a rude awakening when he gets out of office and has time to watch TV again. He might actually realize how people feel about him and what's really happening in the country. Too bad he didn't watch CNN earlier, but then again, denial is a good defense.

    March 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Joe

    Nice job Hawkeyes. Rove is evil.

    March 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. TheLeftNut

    $40,000 to talk?

    How much to shut him up?

    March 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Ken, Austin TX

    The part about the citizens arrest becuase of his crimes while on the Bush administration is just too funny! Way to go University of Iowa? He deserved this after his remarks about Barack.

    March 10, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Amit

    Thank You IOWA! Americans are with you. We Love Iowa.

    Go Obama '08!

    March 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. kathryn

    What an IDIOT...wish I could have been there!!!
    I've heard that John McCain might have this guy help him during his campaign...I can't believe it's even a consideration...since Rove trashed him so badly when he ran against Bush in 2000

    March 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. CTurner, Durham, NC

    Anyone connected to the Bush regime should be confronted every time they show their vile faces in public. In 7 years they've managed to destroy everything they've touched. From the sound of it, Rove got off easy. He should have been tarred and feathered and dumped on the side of the road outside of town.

    March 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. elmerg

    J.Crobuzon- your comment hit the nail on his head. How can any rational American support this sleazy, dishonest man?

    March 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Liberals also said there were weapons

    To be called the worst person ever by that leftist, communist nitwit Olbermann is actually a compliment.

    Free speech is great as long as you agree with it, oh genius brainwashed "college" students.

    The same people that trash Rove, champion the conspiracy theorists and HATE AMERICA crowd like Ward Churchill.

    Oil prices are through the roof and they rightfully get hammered, why do we NOT HEAR A PEEP for the colleges that are making money hand over fist and they are pricing EDUCATION out of "lower to middle income kids" grasp?

    Oh yeah, that's right, the liberal media is not going to call out the liberal education system for their ripping us regular folks off.

    Say is that Brittany Spears over there?

    March 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. ILoveAmerica

    Whoever is responsible for choosing to spend $40,000 of the university's money on a speech by Karl Rove ought to be fired.

    March 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. rb


    March 10, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Righty Wrong

    RightyTighty March 10th, 2008 10:32 am ET


    Political Science, Art and Theater, now those are the degree's of the mindless liberals. Just who I want answering the phone at 3 AM..

    Your hero Karl is a Political Science much for that theory

    March 10, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. ProudVet

    he sure doesn´t need the 40k, he should have millions hidden from the 8+ billions that J.P. Bremmer says were never found but handed out to the "inner circle".
    Ali Baba and the......REVISITED

    March 10, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Joyce - Texas

    Karl Rove deserves everything he got in Iowa. He should take his ego and blood guilt hands and sit down.

    March 10, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Kristin

    I have never been more proud of those Hawkeyes. Way to go! That's the biggest waste of $40,000!

    March 10, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. JP

    I thought Liberals were supposed to be tolerant and of others? Way to show your true hateful intolerant characteristics.

    March 10, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Bernadine Platen

    Who at the University of Iowa thought he was WORTH $40,000? Someone must have invited him...

    March 10, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. john

    The Sudents who tried to make a citizens arrest were right.
    Rove should be charged with Treason for outing a serving operational CIA officer. period.

    March 10, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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