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

Kaine fires back at Rove

Gov. Tim Kaine shoots back against criticism from Karl Rove.

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. bridgette

    We can name an important thing that Rove has done. He has managed to along with his buddies completely destroy the constitution. He and this administration has done what countries have been trying to do for centuries and that is break America down from within. Well they have succeded.

    August 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Keith

    Karl Rove, isn't he the guy who had secret polling information that told him the Republicans would win the 06 election?

    If he can't scare people he really isn't up to his game anymore.

    August 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Arron

    Ripping Karl Rove to shreds is like shooting ducks in a barrel.

    August 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Phil from Va

    Rove.. take your bible belt politics and go back to the cave.

    August 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |

    Well played, Governor Kaine! Well played!

    August 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. NSmith, New York, NY

    Go Tim! I've supported you for VP for some time, after Webb. I hope it pans out.

    August 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Sportsbabe

    Now, now, Senator Kaine. Let's not bog down the discussion with the facts.

    August 17, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. cnn junkie

    why in God's name do people still listen to rove after what he has done to this country?

    August 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Reality

    Karl Rove knows absolutely nothing about governing, that's obvious, all he knows is how to divide and manipulate an ignorant electorate, and that seems to make him a political genius in modern day America.

    August 17, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Scott, West Chester, OH

    Is Rove on the ballot somewhere? If Kaine is going to attack someone, he should go after McKaine. I mean...McCain.

    August 17, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Jane, College Park. MD

    It is hard for me to accept that in my great country, the U.S.A, the likes of Karl Rove and George Bush are walking the streets as free men!

    August 17, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. Terry,Va

    I hope Obama picks Kaine. Then the ticket will be a fool and a bigger fool

    August 17, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Necie in OKC

    Go Get 'Em Gov are right on and I'm glad to see there's some fight in you.

    August 17, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. AC

    It's true that Rove is the Brain Behind the Incompetent-in-Chief. So, maybe he should button his lip. But three years as governor of a mid-sized state like Virginia is certainly not much high-level experience for Kaine to point to... unless, of course, he compares his experience with the pitifully short resume of Barack Obama himself.

    August 17, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. rod

    Hit them hard Tim. For McCain, Bush, Rove and the Great Oil Party governing is not an achievement. Only pushing down people's throat the right wing neocon agenda is really an achievement.

    August 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Hotdog

    Finally, someone put Karl Rove in his place.

    Why isn't he in jail? He's still around stirring up trouble.

    Cuff him Dano! LOL

    August 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. TheTruthHurts

    Too little experience for VP in this climate, but good surrogate. Bayh is the winner unless Barack feels safe enough to pick Sebellious, but I don't he feels that safe.

    The fear mongerers would freak out if that happened.

    August 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. O.C.CA.

    Rick Warren just told CNN that McCain was NOT in a "cone of silence" while Obama was answering the questions last night. Warren and McCain are the biggest CHEATERS in Americ.


    August 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Peter

    poor Mr. Kaine, you wont be vp but you still attack Karl, good for you

    August 17, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Walid in Gainesville FL

    Karl Rove should not speak about anything, he has played a big part in deviating the path of this great nation from the right/straight path.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    August 17, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Bulldog

    Way to go Kaine, Karl Rove needs to be called to the carpet. The media sure isn't doing there job just like with McCain. They seem to be all over every little thing with Obama and let McCain get away with lie after lie.

    August 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Minnesota against John McWar

    I saw Kaine for the first time while Romney and Pawlenty have been making tv rounds for months now. Where were all of these democrats (Kaine, Bayh, Biden etc) for all this time?

    August 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Anon

    Hahahaha. ZING.

    August 17, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    If this country elects another Republican you would have to say that the United States is a backward country stuck in the dark ages. Can you believe that short tempered idiot McCain might get elected? With that really bright crew of Liberman Graham, Romney, were screwed.

    August 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Brian

    Rove is purely selfish

    August 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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