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

Rove taunted at University of Iowa

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(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. to the nut period

    I think for myself, just like you. I am a liberal, but I'm not going to fall down the extreme left of being a fascist/socialist. I believe in democracy and capitalism. I'm one of the few liberals who support Exxon because my 401k and stocks are in their name, just like 20 million other Americans who own 99 percent of that company through stocks and mutual funds.

    We all have a right to think what we want, but we have no right to force it down someone's throat if they disagree...

    March 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. CaliMale4Hill

    You Obamaniacs are Idiots. Stop comparing Rove to Hillary. I cant wait to see your riots across the USA once she wins. Any excuse to get free merchand

    March 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Amit

    Five More American Soldiers Killed in Baghdad Today.

    After his Iowa talk, Karl Rove drives back in his limousine to his private airplane which flies him back to his private Mansion.

    March 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. truth be told

    remember the "shame on you, barack obama", the "kitchen sink", and now the vice presidential offer (that ain't gonna happen). these are rove's imprints on the new american politics. guess who's using them? also, guess who endorsed sen. mccain, while running for president, on the opposing ticket? also, a rove tactic.

    enough said.

    March 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Ron

    Good for them!! Rove, Bush and Cheney all need to be thrown in prison for what they've done.

    March 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. TheLeftNut


    Constantine dissolved the Praetorian Guard for a reason.

    March 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Billy

    Keith Olbermann is correct. Rove is the worst person. Just think who employed him for seven years...Bush, the Republican. Do you think George's judgement in people is telling when he also recently endorsed McCain?

    What's up with the integrity, character and moral ethics of Bush, the Republicans, McCain and even Hillary?

    March 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Raul

    This is a non issue. On the ad there is no reference to a particular individual

    March 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Tim j

    The only reason Rove isn't sitting behind a jail cell right now (well scratch that he would have been pardoned) is because of another crinme Rove committed (deleting the e-mails) to get rid of all the evidence.

    March 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Dawn

    Why would anyone pay $40,000 to hear Rove? Whoever made that diabolical decision should be fired. "Bush's brain" was part of the administration that's brought this country to its knees.

    March 10, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. PDC

    We're not going to see Rove in jail or on trial for anything. In fact he's now advising the McCain campaign.

    Nothing like a third Bush term to bring about the end of America.

    March 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. mary cleveland, ohio

    Do you think Rove is helping the Clintons with their campaign? The Clintons are such good friends with the Bushes, Rove is probably helping Hillary out. Not that she needs help being rude.

    March 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Mary, Austin, Tx

    Looks like Karl got the last laugh.
    He gets to keep the $40,000 of taxpayer money.
    For 8 years we've heard what Bush's Brain has to say. Now we have to clean up the mess he's created.
    What a brilliant investment of public funds.
    Now Karl will try to use incidents like these to portray his detractors as extremists in his quest to achieve a third Bush term by electing Juan McSame.
    The election will depend on America's answer to one question: Are we better off than we were 8 years ago?

    March 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Joseph

    I personally wonder how such Lackey's ever have the backbone to stand infront of an audience ... but oh that's right their school endorsed the moron. I am sorry people if you hate the man dont pay for the shmuck. And lastly lackey's only have two purposes to sell out for the highest bidder and to be forgotten.

    March 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. J.R.

    That makes me so happy! Go Iowa! Rove is the biggest pig out there!

    March 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. RightyTighty

    Carl Rove and William Buckley are only Einstein to their mindless opponents. Ooops, sorry..

    March 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Jose Felix

    I should do an American Express commercial here but I won't...however
    the chance to publicly ridicule a Bush cronie is priceless. At the same time...$40,000 is also a bargain. Every time one of these guys speaks it helps push the Bush/McCain regime out of office.

    March 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. JT in Dallas

    There is your McCain bunch! Just in case you forgot!

    March 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. J.R.

    The constitution protects our freedom of speech, not getting your feelings hurt. Good job Iowa students!

    March 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Peter

    What idiot paid this man $40,000 to offer his excuses?

    March 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Becky in In.

    Karl Rove, thats what I say when I hit my finger with a hammer!!!!

    March 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. P. D.

    Reading some of these posts is sad. I can't believe people defend Karl Rove! He has bullied and smeared anybody and everybody to get Bush elected! The way he smeared Ann Richards was just the beginning. The fact the the news folks at Faux News treat him like a god is pathetic.

    March 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. AntiBrenda

    My question is who the hell paid Rove to speak?
    I wouldnt pay him a dime to work on my yard.

    March 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. RealityKing

    Who paid $40,000?

    March 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Wake Up America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He should have tried to rap or something.

    March 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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