March 29th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Rove turns his attention to Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rove spoke at the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee in January."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the sidelines during presidential campaign season for the first time this decade, former presidential adviser Karl Rove couldn't resist taking shots at Democratic frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama.

Rove focused his firepower on the Illinois senator at a speech to the Young America's Foundation in Washington, D.C. Friday night, barely mentioning his Democratic rival, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

President Bush's former chief strategist, who left the White House in 2007, pegged Obama as a do-nothing senator who talked big and achieved little. "What bills has he sponsored?" Rove asked.

The fact that some Democrats are still hoping that former Vice President Al Gore will bring the party together, said Rove, is a signal that the party is in disarray. "You know you got a problem if the answer is Al Gore," Rove said to laughter.

Rove expressed cautious optimism that a conservative would be in the White House come next January, telling the crowd "there's a long time until November."

–CNN's Jeff Simon and Jillian Harding

Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Karl Rove
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Mad Texan

    You got it right Mr. Rove. This is one democrat that will come over to the Republicans if Obama is the nominee. He is nothing but a useless liar. Stating such things as I never supported the war. Of course he didn't. He didn't have a vote. Much less his lie about his Pastor. i never heard him say things like that untill I saw it in the Press, RIGHT? In his GREAT SPEECH HE REPUTES THAT REMARK. Why do some white people go along with this. Have they no shame. All true Hillary supporters will be McCain supporters if he is the nominee. HILLARY 08 or McCAIN. Drop out Obama, Now!!!

    March 29, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I am wondering why the media gives this man the time of day? He has absolutely NO credibility with me. The fact Rove is attacking Senator Obama is probably good news for his campaign. Who believes anything that Rove says?

    March 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. George

    Machiavellian Karl Rove... the ultimate manipulator and plotter for the dark side.

    Let us hope he continues to mouth off; people know what he did and what he is so it will only serve to hurt McCain.

    It would be the only time he's done something good for America.

    March 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. TheLeftNut

    THANKS for you "New World Disorder"

    Sit down and be quiet, you've had your turn.

    March 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. marty from Indiana

    Yesterday Bill Clinton spoke in glowing and admirable terms about John McCain. Why would he do that? If he thinks his wife will end up being the nominee, why would he praise McCain knowing that his very own words could be used against him? Maybe he hopes Hillary will be McCain's vp choice

    March 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. JIM

    Mr. Rove shut up. You have some nerve talking when the Republican base do not even like John McCain and hoped someone else like VP Cheney would have ran for President.

    March 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Jackson

    .... and why isn't Rove in jail for treason? It is disgusting that news services still give him a voice ... like he is credible or something! Perhaps when Hillary gets elected President she will open a new investigation into Rove's part in the Valerie Plame betrayal!!

    March 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. vic nashville,Tn

    I was hating Karl Rove, past two weeks I am listing to Karl Rove comments. I find lot fof acts If Hillary not nominee our votes for Mc Cain

    March 29, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. saba

    What do you expect him to say? He does not want him to win.
    He is more scared of Obama than Hillary and that is why he barely
    mention her name. A bit of common sens here......

    March 29, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Garth

    What do you folks expect this man to say! People, he is a Sen. Clinton supporter. He will throw any and everything at him (Sen. Obama) in the hopes that something will stick. Even if it is something untrue.

    What could be worse than the twenty "high profile" Sen. Clinton supporters with there inappropriate letter to the Democratic Party Leaders?.

    By reading between the lines you must surely see their message.
    Very simply put, it was support Sen.Clinton or forfeit any further financial support from these twenty "high profile" Clinton Supporters.

    Don't expect anything different from any of Sen. Clinton's supporters, It is win the White House at any cost. Go down scratching and clawing if need be.

    Sen. Clinton and her supporters think that since she was the wife of a former president, they have first claim to the white house.

    Stop complaining about he said she said. Obama supporters concentrate on getting positive feedback out there for the person of your choice!

    March 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. streetsmart

    What? Karl Rove may be vile but certainly not dumb. Then again, maybe he knows something about John McCain that the rest of us don't...John McCain my friend is no conservative. It is his centrist appeal that has made him relevant and competitive in the race for the White House. Given the disarray with the Democrats, the GOP may indeed win in November, but we will definitely not have a conservative in the White House come January.

    March 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Bubba

    Rove 2016.

    March 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. logan1313

    yeah any fat cat republican who bashes obama is scared of him . dont forget mcain has crazy pastors around him too so it will be the battle of crazy pastors .

    March 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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