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. kim

    It was the U of I, not Iowa State!!

    March 10, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Celeste

    Seems like the University could have made better use of that $40,000

    March 10, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Darryl

    How many more of our service members have to die because of bad choice by our President George Bush and Dick Chaney:

    The cost of the war in Iraq is about $12 billion a month - triple that of what it was in the war's earliest years, according to a study by a Nobel Prize-winning economist. Another study by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office offers a lower estimate, but the costs remain huge and the numbers of family they're destroying.

    America need to have a March on Washington and I'll lead it.

    March 10, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Scott

    In your face, Karl (go Hawkeyes!)

    March 10, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Vig

    It couldn't have happened to a more evil guy.

    March 10, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Michael Guinn Ventura, CA

    Kommandant Karl is the poster child for why we need change! Too bad the Clinton campaign seems to embrace his tactics. He is politics at it's Worst!

    March 10, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Roderick

    To the Moderator, why do you keep deleting my comments about Rove? They are no more inflamatory then anyone else. What type of sensorship is this? I think Karl Rove is in the top 20 worst people in the world and he is part of an andministration that sent our children off to die. Like it or not, print it or not...its the truth!

    March 10, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Karen

    No one asked him if he was afraid of the Don Siegelman case coming back to haunt or imprison him?

    March 10, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. to the left nut

    Leftnut... you're a fascist as well (not in the sense of Nazi Germany), but the idea that a fascist is a person that ridicules everyone who doens't follow what the perceive as the normal path. Karl Rove may be on to that effect as well... but use the terms right

    cough global warming cough... is a prime example of true fascism... anyone not believing that we created global warming is seen as a substandard person... sounds familiar right?

    March 10, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. CB

    Mr. Rove what were you thinking saying, "You got a chance to ask your questions later and make your stupid statements, let me make mine."? What stupid statements did you make for 40K? Smart man to tell them they couldn't get the $40,000 back after the event, though. Help the Republican's some more with your witty sayings, maybe old' Hillary will use some of them.

    March 10, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Sick and Tired of the Radical Right

    Well it shows that College students are not just "blindly following rock stars" but actually think on the issues. I am so tired of the Radical Right crying foul whenever their (multitudinous) faults are brought to the fore. the University agreed to pay him to speak, I am sure most tried to hold their tounges as this fool spouted his radical right wing nonsense but at some point, as a TRUE ADULT and AMERICAN, you must speak up. You must speak the truth and confront the people who are destroying the world. I am SO PROUD of those who risked the ire of the police and the entrenched radicals from the right to speak out and try to silence the lies! GREAT JOB!

    March 10, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. to miami

    Thanks for not mentioning Michigan and the liberals that hurt their people's vote as well as Florida.

    You pick your facts to meet your case, but deny what your own party as done in another state. What a pathetic excuse. We see through you.

    March 10, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Student

    Now, Rove needs to publicly endorse McCain and start campaigning for him...

    What a waste of money, those students should demand to have it reimbursed.

    March 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. thomas a rogers

    that smug fascist sob should be in jail and humiliated for destroying 1 our reputation with his brilliant torture ideas he made a few bad apple reservists pay for2 turning in our own spy who tried to tell the truth3 invading irak and letting bin laden go.(chinese mole?) anyways he is a discusting person, a real beltway slime. god knows what kind of a sex pervert he must be considering what a closet fascist he is. sincerely, sen. craig

    March 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Hillary unsensord

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    Get the best picture of your candidate. visit youtube/hillary unsensord.

    It is good to know who will govern the only country that you love.
    Enjoy the videos about Hillary and business partner.

    March 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. dan

    Good job iowa,it's about time karl rove get's it America is tired of spin,we want folks who care ,The karl rove/bush ideology that citizens are like robotic you just push a button and they follow you,this kind of stuff is over.we are waking up to understand how we got into Iraq,the deficit,house crisis,expensive oil prices,katrina,wiretaping, name it, the list goes on,please no more payroll for karl rove and his followers

    March 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Lee

    The incredible part of this story is that a university would pay $40,000 to this man. Did the people who attended have to pay a fee? I would never pay a dime to listen to this man – in fact, you couldn't pay me enough to go listen to him speak.

    I can think of hundreds of better uses for $40,000.

    March 10, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Anne E.

    The university should never have wasted its $40,000 on this uber-nerd
    to begin with. But kudos to those who spoke their peace, even if it was by taunting. The taunts are MORE than deserved.
    Words cannot begin to describe how utterly despicable and morally reprehensible this man really is.

    March 10, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Sridhar Prasad

    You were instrumental in taking the nation to its present status – whatelse do you expect from the citizens?

    You deserve it – big time.

    March 10, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Jim Wade, IA

    I was there. Better than most comedy shows I have been to. Rove got what he deserves.

    March 10, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |

    Good Strong, Smart College Students. When the police were
    called, the police should have handcuffed the liar, crook, cronie
    friend of Bush's. Maybe they can waterboard Carl?

    March 10, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. brian

    you can disagree with someone without demonizing them. the problem with the obama supporters is that they think that anyone who isn't with them is against them... much like the Bush administration under Rove. Hypocrites.

    March 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Thomas

    Since Bush thinks waterboarding is an acceptable way to get information, I think we should be able to dunk Rove until he tells us the truth about how he engineered the theft the 2000 and 2004 elections, Bush's ties to the bin Laden family and the lies that got us into Iraq, Valerie Plame, spying on American citizens, etc.

    On the positive side, it's looking less and less likely that any other politican is going to be turning to this jerk for help in the future. He is becoming a political pariah.

    March 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Aaron

    I love Iowa

    March 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Anonymous

    send carl rove iraq to give speaches

    March 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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