September 1st, 2008
08:40 PM ET
8 years ago

Biden reacts to Rove insult

Sens. Biden and Obama campaigned together in Michigan Sunday.

Sens. Biden and Obama campaigned together in Michigan Sunday.

(CNN) – If Sen. Joe Biden was hurt that Republican operative Karl Rove called him a “big blowhard doofus” at an event in Minneapolis Monday, he didn’t show it.

On hearing the news, Biden grinned and said “he’s a great American.”

The blog Politicker ME reports that at a Maine delegate breakfast at the Republican National Convention, Rove, the so-called “architect” of the Bush administration, called Biden a “big blowhard doofus.” Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, is notorious in Washington for being talkative at Senate hearings.

Later, in response to a different question, Rove is reported to have asked "Is there press in this room?"

Biden addressed the criticism during a flight on his campaign plane Monday evening. A reporter asked if the senator would now answer to “Senator Doofus.”

“You can call me anything you want,” he said. “I learned a long time ago you can call me anything you want.”

Both political parties have made a point in recent days to draw down partisan rhetoric as Hurricane Gustav threatened the Gulf Coast. Biden said he would have no trouble drawing his sword in the weeks to come.

“I don’t think we’ll have any trouble resuming the campaign,” he said. “I guess Karl did it already. I guess he didn’t get the memo.”

Biden’s campaign spokesman quickly released a statement rebuking Rove for the comments.

“It’s more than a little sad that with another hurricane heading for the Gulf Coast, Karl Rove is up to the same old attack politics that he practically patented while helping dig a deep hole for our country to get out of,” said Biden Spokesman David Wade. “Americans deserve better, especially at a time like this.”

Filed under: Extra • Joe Biden • Karl Rove
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Adrienne

    Rove is a small man.

    September 1, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. gene

    If Rove is opposed to Biden.. that can only be seen as a compliment. Coming from the most corrupt person in politics.. and from a guy who's official job is to put spin on everything... I'd take any insult from him as a compliment to my character.

    September 1, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. JohnLee

    Rove+Bush+Chenney+McCain = all are has beens

    September 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Tim

    Another thing Rove is right about.

    September 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Tylenol 666

    3 words


    September 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. Bill Davis

    Rove's poor opinion of Biden is a clear indication that Joe is on the side of the angels ... and doing something right.

    September 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Biden.. you're the man!

    September 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. George from Westerville

    I have to agree with Jon Stewart (and thus this might not get posted) that the 24/7 news media is so configured to compete for ratings and shove something in front of our faces that we get these "National Enquirer" type of "news". Karl Rove, one of the most shameful people in the history of politics, calls someone a playground name and we devote a story to it??? Wait a minute ... WHY DID I WASTE MY TIME POSTING THIS? OMG ... I'VE BEEN SUCKED INTO CNN'S DEVIOUS WEB OF TRIVIALITY!

    September 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Mildred Kish

    It seems that the Republican party has nothing to offer ordinary people; so therefore they have to use their spin machines to pull their oponents down .That is all they have to offer. I had almost eight years of their policies and it has been very bad for the country.

    September 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Herny the Independent from NYC

    The fact that Biden is far more famous and prestigious than Rove whom in turn is infamous, is demonstrated in his response to this childish comment. It solidifies why, how, who and what is mainly responsible for our current situation on many issues.

    September 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. GRB

    Who is the doofus? Is Rove looking in the mirror?

    September 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Larry

    Rove has already been more successful than Biden will ever be. And he is, you know, allowed to state his opinion. You don't disagree with that right, do you?

    September 1, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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