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. Elly

    Down with rove with his dirty politics!!!
    Bushs *TINY PEA BRIAN* !!!

    March 10, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Pat Lambert

    I have a couple questions for him as well. I suppose that he would regard them as stupid to.

    March 10, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. hey allons,tn

    hey you trader to the america way of life you slime ball go crawl under a rock where you belong you make me sick you & g.w.bush and all the (REPUBLICANS you all suck HiLLARY CLINTON 08 best all the people we LOVE you

    March 10, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. 4Real

    If Mr. Karl Rove can stand in from of a crowd of people and say he feel bad about the war, then why can't Hillary do the same. He is getting paid to show people that money can buy anybody.

    March 10, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Jay

    I just find it strange how you never really hear about republican "activists" who interfere with or try and break up a speech by a Democrat speaking somewhere or burning down houses or car lots...

    It's a shame how the extreme left wing in this country gives such a bad name to the Democratic party in this country. (What's worse is how the majority of Democrats don't come out and denounce these people.)

    Where is Clinton or Obama or even Dean coming out to denounce what these people have done not only in Iowa but the recent home burnings in Wash, etc. Just a joke. And don't give me the BS line that they aren't affiliated with the party at all..

    You don't like Rove, fine, nobody said you have to. Almost as bad as what they did to Coulter – although if anyone deserved that – still, not something you do. But then again, one needs to look no further than how they treat their own – Bill Clinton – and we can see how screwed up this party is.

    March 10, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Rove sucks, dude is worse than the President of Iran.

    March 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. john

    The Students who tried to perform acitizens arrest were right.
    Rove should be charged with treason for outing a serving operational CIA officer. Period.

    March 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Sunshine from University of Florida

    Don't Taser ROVE, BRO

    March 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. 18-30 White Male

    This guy's a bald, blundering, ignorant, IDIOT and deserves to be in jail for crimes against humanity!

    March 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. JustinA

    Don't Universities have a better way of spending their money?

    March 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. TheLeftNut

    Karl Rove doesn't talk, he spins (webs of lies and deceit)

    March 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Toochi

    I've read somewhere that Karl never completed an undergrad this true?

    March 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. pj

    no more karl rove politics, and no more scooter libby justice...

    good for iowa!

    March 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Jack

    Karl Rove is going to now work for McCain. McCain, Bush, Rove, Clinton...all more of the same Washington scum.

    March 10, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Larry in Harpers Ferry,WV

    It would be nice to see someone with the resources go through the correct channels and processes to get Rove and other guilty parties in this administration arrested and charged with their crimes which include Fraud and Abuse,Conflict of Interest and Revealing Secret Information.

    March 10, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. TheLeftNut

    Roves's rhetoric is the launching pad for facist inflitration and religious extremism. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of him, you know, strong-arm facist…It's a whole lot easier have some overt operatives (like Dems in the White House) do the job and then get it over with.

    ….to paraphrase Pat Robertson.

    March 10, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Miami

    Looks like the college crowd won't be campaigning for Rove anytime soon, but little good it does. Rove trumped the Democrats again with this Florida delegates flap. Florida loses its Democratic delegates because the Republican Governmor and Legislature move the primary date up to January 29, against DNC rules. Ever petulant Howard Dean comes out swinging at Florida Democrats and refuses to re-instate the delegates or pay for a new primary. Meanwhile, Republican Governor Charlie Christ is everywhere with John McCain before and after the primary. Now he's #1 choice for McCain's VP running mate.

    The Democrats can't win without Florida (and Michigan). So either Rove is a genius or Dean is an idiot. You decide.

    March 10, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |

    Where in the world did Bush ever find a guy like Rove.
    Vell, I am sure they were crazed over on another when
    they first met. Crooks like other Crooks

    Obama for President 2008 Not to be Vice Pres. under a
    liar, well two liars.

    March 10, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Dennis

    While I think that some of the students' antics were over the top, I can't say that he didn't get what he deserved.

    March 10, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |

    And Carl Rove has a new job with Fox News? It must
    smell in there.Nice Pick, Fox News. You deserve a reward.

    Obama 2008

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Danny

    Beans, you said you don't like Hillary right and you want Obama to be United States President but look at UNC now what's going on.

    So, change and hope it mean nothing only for the people that have no idea and no plan like Bush and Obama.

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. t

    I love the last quote in the story. That's great, "..... worse than the person who introduced aluminum baseball bats."

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. William Robert, Dallas

    This is what I don’t like about Iowa. They are actually starting to believe their press clippings. Just because they are the first to vote in the presidential primaries, they think they can tell the rest of America how to vote and what to think.

    Let them have their “15 minutes” because they rest of the time they will just be out in the barn, shucking corn. What a bunch of hicks!

    March 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Paul

    It's amazing how right wing individuals blindly support criminals like Karl Rove. I for one and happy to see them come out in his defense. You people can carry the responsiblity of American soldiers blood on your hands too for defending such a corrupt person.

    March 10, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. TheRightNut

    I like Rove. He looks like, well... me.

    March 10, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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