September 2nd, 2008
09:52 AM ET
11 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.”

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Cheryl, Chevy Chase MD

    The Repubican party is becoming the party of school yard children. I just do not understand them. McCain tells us how awful the current admin is and that the last 8 years have been terrible. Then asks us to vote Republican.

    September 2, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  2. carrie hussein obama

    why do we care what the idiot rove says????
    obama/biden for life

    September 2, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  3. Tony

    Coming from Karl Rove..who cares?????????????

    Rove isn't worth the time of day. What a clown!

    September 2, 2008 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  4. Lisa

    I guess that is better than being called George W. Bush.

    September 2, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  5. hagelgrl

    Great response by Biden!

    September 2, 2008 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  6. scott,manchester NH

    the ONLY thing Rove is really any kind of architect of is THE MOST disgusting and obnoxious presidency in history....
    America is left to fix the enormous mess and pick up the pieces from Bush and Co., who have proven themselves to be nothing more than human garbage.

    September 2, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  7. SAB

    The nerve of Karl Rove. How can he call any one a name. Joe Biden is a respected elected official. Joe Biden has served his country well. The same can not be said about Karl Rove. Karl Rove is a slime ball.

    September 2, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  8. Chris

    can you say:
    "Kettle – Black"?? hahahah

    September 2, 2008 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  9. Dorian in NC

    Wow!! A Pathetic Excuse For An American...

    Rove (1) Gave damaging information about a CIA agent that blew her cover and put her in danger, all because of personal vengeance, and (2) Was responsible for electing the worst American President in history (by making him seem smarter than he really was...a lot smarter).

    Only in America...

    September 2, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  10. Michigan Voter

    Karl obviously feels threatened by Biden, or has run out of ideas to whip up his radical right constituency. As he steps into his advisory role with McCain, Rove's finding the pickin's in his quiver mighty slim. Lack of ideas that work will do that.

    September 2, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  11. Justin

    Again, Karl Rove is simply telling THE TRUTH!

    September 2, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  12. Bruce, Middlesex, NY

    And he will continue to say things like this as long as the MEDIA gives him an ear. The only thing Karl Rove does is pander to the conservative crowd and tries to get a rise out of everyone else. If there weren't anyone to hear him, would he still say it? I would venture to guess that he wouldn't.

    September 2, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  13. Osric

    Karl Rove gave America one of the most popular Presidents of all times, George W. Now he is offering John McSame. Is it really the economy that is sometime stupid. I doubt it. Biden is not rich according to McSame standard. When his completes his first term, America will be hundred of trillion dollars in debt, fighting three wars. Americans and more people steep in poverity than India. America deserves better but for now they will only whin and vote Karl Rove /McCain. they simply love that guy!

    September 2, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  14. Fred Cuborn

    Rove or what is his name, you should try to understand that in this millenium we need the teachings of his majesty (Democrat) and we no want republican devilish philosophy.

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  15. jack

    Glad we are trying to raise the level of debate and civility. Rove is a jerk.

    September 2, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  16. Vahjiin

    I believe this is what we call "The pot calling the kettle black"?

    September 2, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  17. jesusbaysis

    I agree Joe (Biden on Rove), "my what a great American"!!! NOT!!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  18. tommaso

    You can't print what most people call Rove!!

    September 2, 2008 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  19. Brian

    okay you reported it, please just once refer to him in an article as “Senator Doofus.” He said it was okay! Make it a headline, just once.

    September 2, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  20. Stephen, Bedford, TX

    Karl must be angry that he's been proven wrong so many times. If he resorts to calling popular and powerful senators names he must be scared that the democrats will completely wipe away all republican gains of the last four years.

    September 2, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  21. Mark Andrews

    Karl Rove called Joe Biden a "big, blowhard doofus." Well it takes one to know one.

    September 2, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  22. Glenn H.; Bakersville, NC.

    The Republican's will have to do ALOT better than that to shake this guy. That's why he's going to make such a good VP.

    September 2, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    An expert opinion by Rove, who knows one when he sees one– of his own ilk.

    September 2, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  24. Akinkugbe tunde

    I think barack obama has made the right choice in Joe baden but sen macCain choice of palin may slightly hurt him.the election will be close but sen. obama will emerge the winner.

    September 2, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  25. Pamala Brooks-Hawthorne, Ca

    I think this is just a minor tit for tat that the media is attempting to get started. I mean, why else would the reporter ask Mr. Biden if he would respond to "Senator Doofus"? I think it is petty and immature for that type of comment to even get any recognition. There are more important things to focus on right now.

    I have a question for Mr. Rove: "Why haven't you answered your court subpena(s)"?

    September 2, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
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