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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  1. fellis

    Does this surprise anyone... the White House was run like a tree house... a bunch stupid little boys.

    September 2, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. Lee

    Talk about the kettle calling the pot black.

    September 2, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  3. Jim

    The psychologists call this "projection": In this case, doofus Rove–whose credentials are that he played dirty politics to get Bush appointed in 1980 and elected in 1984–hurls those words at the long-serving, distinguished Senator Biden. While Biden was visiting the president of Georgia recently, Rove was as usual somewhere in hiding, secretly plotting to get Obama swift-boated somehow.

    September 2, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  4. Jan Means

    The statement by Rove is more true about him, than Senator Biden, the real "blowhard doofus" is Carl Rove. We ARE the words we say, or what you say is what you are. "Holding onto anger is like holding onto hot coals with the intention of throwing them, you ARE the one getting burned."

    September 2, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  5. molly

    stay on the high road, let them swim in the mud

    September 2, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  6. Sue

    Does Karl Rove's opinion matter anymore? I don't think so. Some people will say anything to hang on to their 15 minutes of fame.

    September 2, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  7. mollygonz

    Anything Rove has to say is irrelevant. Joe Biden should feel complemented that this man said something negative about him. Rove has absolutely no crediblity. It's funny how McSame's campaign tries to dishonestly display the high road technique and this worm comes out of the woodwork. So much for your high road! They have no right to say anything to the Obama campaign. I love Joe Biden. He is such a real and warm person. I have never seen a politician with such an honest personality. People say he is a gaffe machine but atleast he does not put on airs. Biden and Obama make such a good team. I'm sure the Democrats are pleased as i am!

    September 2, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  8. alvino

    Aside from the name calling, there is not much substance coming from the Republican Camp. Even the "age means experience" issue has no merit. John McCain had a failed marriage, chose to take an opposite (popular) position on offshore drilling, changed positions on his immigration plan, now supports Bush Tax Cuts after opposing them, and chose a vp on the spur of the moment without properly vetting to shore up his base. This is not basing judgement on experience, it is playing on the emotions of the electorate.

    I would think America would prefer Obama's decision making ability.

    September 2, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  9. EBC

    I KNOW Karl Rowe is NOT calling anyone "doofus" when clearly he's the scum bag who gives the word "doofus" a WHOLE NEW MEANING!!

    I mean this is JUST another proof of how far the GOP and their surrogates will go. Karl Rowe, are you kidding me? That in itself should speak to the TRUE COLORS of John McCain's camp. All they every do is "attack" but they never comment on anything FACTUAL. Funny that huh?

    NO one really CARES what Karl Rowe has to say, he needs to carry his ugly-no credit-doofus self back under a rock where he crawled out from.

    September 2, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  10. CS in PA

    Who cares what Rove thinks or says – we are living the mess he created every day – go away – the guy who should be in jail!

    September 2, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  11. blowhard doofus

    What do they say about pots and kettles?

    September 2, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  12. Blayze Kohime

    Honestly someone like that even using the word 'doofus' is an insult to every Americans intelligent. Is that really the best argument Rove can think to make? Wow. Just... wow.

    September 2, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  13. Chris

    Karl Rove should know what a "blowhard doofus" he has been surrounded by them for the last 8 years.

    September 2, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  14. Ryan S in KC

    Wow, this is a pretty impressive example of a Republican politics.

    They can't win on the issues this time, due to their ownership of the failed Bush Administration. They can't repeat their mantra of "smaller government," not after the expansion of executive power and the increasing encroachment upon Americans privacy. (Not to mention the back-door draft of sending the National Guard to fight an unpopular war.) Their own candidate can't be bothered to properly interview and fact check on his own VP.

    They're desperate, and they should be.

    September 2, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. Wynter

    It's better than being referred to as "Turd Blossom" by the President. I wonder if he can sue for that moniker? Nah, it suits him.

    September 2, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  16. Vince

    Karl Rove sounds a little upset that after all he did for the GOP, they are treating him like he has the plague. No one wants to be officially tied to him. He is a political disaster now. Good 8 year run buddy, but like the old quaterback, its time to sit and watch now.

    September 2, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  17. give me a break

    Do we really care what Karl Rove thinks? I don't think anyone at think point is sitting on the edge of their chair waiting for his next "brilliant" comment.

    September 2, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  18. Ana

    Biden earned this title, it it righteously his. He and Obama put a great show, but that's about it. Any circus will be glad to have them as employees.

    September 2, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  19. yellowdoggie

    Karl Rove has a lot of nerve calling anyone anything.

    September 2, 2008 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  20. DrEvil

    As a doofus I am insulted by the comparison to Joe Biden.

    September 2, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  21. HillBillyBill

    Rove would do well to remember that he bailed out of the Bush kitchen before it became too hot for him.
    He's much less likely to be pardoned or have any sentence commutted now if anything comes of investigations still underway in some of the hijinks he was involved with.

    September 2, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |

    Biden should feel that was a complement, coming from an unconviced felon like Karl Rove. He refuses an ORDER to come before Congress. NOW, who is the DOOFUS? He leaks the CIA operative and endangers her contacts all over the world. NOW who is the doofus? ENOUGH already of this unpatriotic idiot ROVE!

    September 2, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  23. Rick Short

    When is everyone going to stop listening to Karl Rove???

    September 2, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  24. maddie

    "Doofus"? I haven't heard that expression since I was in sixth grade!

    September 2, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  25. xddy4u

    Now that's experience Biden showed. Don't get caught up in no BS with the media. Be nice and screw them at the same time. Where was Carl Rove when Palin was picked? Or maybe yet, was her pick his suggestion? It the RNC can't use the restroom without asking for Carl Rove. What a bush of dim wits.

    September 2, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
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