August 17th, 2008
04:29 PM ET
12 years ago

Kaine fires back at Rove

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Tim Kaine shoots back against criticism from Karl Rove."]

(CNN) - It was a tough retort from Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia.

Kaine responded Sunday to comments made by Republican strategist Karl Rove earlier this month criticizing Kaine's potential vice presidential credentials.

On CBS' "Face the Nation," Rove jabbed at the governor, saying "again no disrespect to Gov. Kaine. He's been a governor for three years. He's been able but undistinguished. I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done."

The Democratic governor - who is rumored to be on Barack Obama's potential VP list - pointed out that his state was voted best for business three years in a row by and said "maybe Karl Roves and the Republicans don't care about business climate, that would explain why we're in the situation that we're in".

"Governing Magazine was also named Virginia as the top governed state in America," Kaine told reporters, "maybe to Karl Rove that isn't an achievement that would explain a federal government that couldn't respond to a hurricane a Katrina and couldn't figure out how to start and manage a war."

Kaine spoke to reporters in Washington after shooting a televised interview Sunday morning.

By the way, in the 2008 Governing Magazine ranking, Virginia shares its top A- rating with two other states: Washington and Utah.

Filed under: Karl Rove • Tim Kaine
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Ron Democrat turned independent

    isn't it ironic that whoever sen. obama picks for a vp they will probably have more experience and have accomplished more than him

    August 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Marc, Toronto

    Didn't John McCain sound exactly like Karl Rove last night? Seemed his answers were well rehearsed. The man has to be an Athiest. He's bitter and the world will be a very scary place to survive if my American friends are foolish enough to elect him. The man will have the USA at WAR and will need to re-implement the DRAFT.

    August 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. A.J.

    Oh, aren't we all just so tired of Rove, Bush, Cheney, Rice and the rest these nasty little Republicans?

    Good-bye and good riddance!


    August 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Larry Buchas

    His reply was a great one!

    Americans need to wake up from this Wormtongue spell put on them the past 8 years.

    August 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. 1

    America again/OBAMA

    August 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Denise

    Why is Rove not in jail? Hurry up and get rid of this man! He will speak to everybody except the House Judiciary Committee. Motormouth!

    August 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. JoeBloe

    How do businesses improve their companies and make money? They invest in infrastructure and the future. Why don't Republicans want to invest in this country's future? Don't they believe in our great nation?
    Obama is willing to raise his own taxes!
    John McCain wants to lower his!

    August 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Oh Yea!

    Karl Rove earlier this month criticizing Kaine's potential vice presidential credentials. ....We all know your Credentials Rove...Mr Pillsbury Fat head Dough Boy ...You ae in no position to critize Mr Kaine ..Experience and Scumnbag Dirty Politics is why this Country is in a CRISS..You should be in PRISON !!!

    August 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Tennessee Mike

    Kaine is a dolt, as is that horse-faced Mark Warner.

    August 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Matt

    I thought the democrats were always accusing Republicans about supporting business too much.

    Guess, like most liberals, Mr. Keane can't seem to keep his story straight.

    That happens a lot when you lie a lot.

    August 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Felly

    Karl Rove is an idiot.

    August 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Rove tells it like it is and Kaine cries. What blubber mouths he and obama are. Cry cry cry. It's always ego, ego et ego with obama.

    If you like abortions, you will love Obama. He would even have his daughter have one, I've heard. Under his leadership, you probably could go to the five and dime and pick up one.

    He is certainly risky and it would be a gamble for him to be in charge.

    Obama also likes the taxes. The more the merrier. He will tax you and spend your money. Probably on a vacation to Hawaii where he can body surf.

    McCain will protect your wallet, your values and your country. With Obama it would be a gamble. I don't want to gamble with my life and my country.

    August 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Upon Further Review

    Rove must really be worried about Kaine making VPor he wouldnt have mentioned him.He always attacks the oppositions strongest point with the most smear and fear.Virginia must be seen by him to be pivotal.

    August 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. alvin

    Am starting to love this guy. These are the kind of people Obama needs to take on the republicans and their lies.

    August 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Govenor Kaine don't even bother responding to Karl Rove.
    He has no credibility in America. He is a thug!

    August 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Ovitshio Branco

    Did McCain just Declare victory in Iraq?

    Is there a transcript yet?

    Why is he declaring Victory in Iraq before Bush?Or did Bush already declare victory with that little Cod Piece Carrier Landing Stunt.(it's so confusing when you've been lied to so many times)

    Like what McCain said in Colorado yesterday, that recent Russian aggression in Georgia is the "first…serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War."

    McCain seemingly ignored the Gulf War, 9/11, and the Iraq War, just to name a few.

    When is SOMEONE going to call out that crazy old coot on these obvious discrepancies?

    August 17, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Troy, Iowa

    Why is Karl Rove even relevant today? He was behind the strategy that elected the worst President in the US.

    Is it the deficit which is larger than all the previous administration combined, War in Iraq that has left over 1million Iraqi and 4000 American soldiers dead, the housing crisis, climate and energy worries and the fact that the US has lost the leadership positioning that made us respected across the globe.

    So why do people like Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh etc still relevant?

    August 17, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Peg

    He was great on Face The Nation......I loved his come back to Rove and gang. Perfectly done.

    August 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Thorninurside

    It would be hard to find words to adequately describe the revulsion I have for Rove and Cheney. If there is any single cause for the contempt in which we are now held by millions of people around the world....friends who, all their lives, looked at the United States as the ultimate example of what a nation should be like, these man have tragically provided it. Their svengali-like control over the president has turned our government into a cabal of self-serving hypocrites, and made a mockery of what was once the ideal that made us a magnet for the immigrants who built the strongest and most ethical country on earth. November can't come soon enough.

    August 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Believe Again

    There you go Rove!

    August 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. steve a, texas

    Wow, thats a good one Rove, it sounds like you are talking about your boy " w " , as a native and life long Texan I can say for a fact that BUSH never made much of governor here iether. Anything is better than what we got, what you helped create. W is not the "big man"in Texas that some people still think he is. Believe me, a less than complimentary remark from some one like you(Rove)is a good credit to anyone.........Obama 08....Kaine is fine with me,

    August 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Lou R

    Karl Rove drops his mindless bombs and the FOX Commentary, Rush Limbaugh and their bobbing head followers take the words as gospel. Good for Governor Kaine setting this record straight. Hopefully, this will be the first of many factual rebuttals. Rove's smear machine strategy has done immeasurable damage to the U.S. The man (Rove) belongs in an orange jump suit as a resident in a public housing faciltiy.

    August 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. When will the insanity end?

    Way to go Gov Kaine. Virginia is a wonderful state and hopefully will be instrumental in changing the electoral map this Nov. I would be very comfortable with Gov Kaine as Obama's VP pick.

    August 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Barbara

    Things the ROVE machine won't tell you all

    This was posted in July – CNN – I have freedom of speech the same as everyone else !!!!! You haven't posted anything of mine, not matter how nice or how informative.

    President George W. Bush strikes again and he strikes big (and we’re not talking about oil, people). It’s becoming more and more apparent that he wants to go down as the most disliked president in history. Since the beginning of time, it has been clear that mixing religion with politics is not what this country was founded on, however, Bush tries to interweave his religious beliefs with governing the United States, very subtly following a third world country’s footsteps.As posted in, the Bush administration plan is set to define several widely used contraception methods as abortion. And according to Sen. Hillary Clinton, this is a “gratuitous, unnecessary insult” to women. Joining family planning groups to block this proposal, if they are unable to stop Bush’s team, “federal funds to hospitals and states where medical providers are obligated to offer legal abortion and contraception to women would be cut off.”

    “We will not put up with this radical, ideological agenda to turn the clock back on women’s rights,” the New York senator told a joint news conference with New York Rep. Nita Lowey, also a Democrat, at Bellevue Hospital.

    August 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. McSame

    That's right, hit them back and coming from all people. Shouldn't Rove be in jail by now?

    August 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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