April 10th, 2009
09:24 AM ET
14 years ago

Rove calls Biden a 'serial exaggerator' and a 'liar'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/08/art.rove.gi.jpg caption="Rove took aim at Biden over his comments to CNN."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Karl Rove fired the latest volley in the increasingly brutal war of words between Joe Biden and former Bush administration officials, calling the vice president a “serial exaggerator” and a “liar” over recent comments to CNN about former President Bush.

“He’s a serial exaggerator. If I was being unkind I’d say he’s a liar, but it is a habit he ought to drop,” Rove, who also called Biden a “blowhard,” told FOX News Thursday night.

On Tuesday, the vice president criticized his predecessor Dick Cheney's recent comments about some of the Obama administration's foreign policy decisions. He also told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Gloria Borger that former President Bush had described himself as a leader during a private Oval Office meeting, and Biden had replied: “Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.”

Rove said Thursday the incident was fiction, and that Biden and Bush had never been alone together. “You’ll notice every one of these incidents has the same structure,” he said. “Joe Biden courageously raises the impudent question, the president befuddledly answers, and Joe Biden drives home the dramatic response. I mean, it’s his imagination. It’s a made-up, fictional world. He oughta get back to it and get back to reality.”

“…You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States.”

CNN is awaiting a response from the vice president’s office.

Filed under: Joe Biden • Karl Rove
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. CJ

    Really, Rove? YOU are calling someone else a li-*cough* Oh–I'm-I'm sorry, I'm choking on irony.

    April 10, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Peter

    No terrorist attacks in eight years under Bush? Have you forgotten 9/11 and anthranx?

    April 10, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. James from Columbia, MO

    Well, Biden is an exaggerator and a blowhard, which I don't need Rove to tell me. But a liar? Where did that come from? A comment like that coming from the guy who will happily lie to congress is a riot.

    April 10, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Wassup

    All Biden has to do is come up with the time and place where he did what he claimed. If he can't he's a liar. Simple. If he can and there are witnesses, than Rove is a liar.

    This is not difficult folks.

    I love how the posters are equating a senator and VP's actions with a Chief of Staff's. I guess in their eyes, they are equal. Pretty sad for the Dem party.

    April 10, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Pete

    I think it's funny that Biden suggests 'no one was following' Bush or his policies. Biden, Clinton, and many other democrats voted for Bush's wars. Don't let them convince you otherwise. It's a lie.

    April 10, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Brian

    Yo, Karl, I suppose you believe you're the authority on lying given how you excel at the practice, eh?

    April 10, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Rob in NC

    Karl Rove is a snake in the grass. To say he's dishonest is an understatement. There were news reports while he was still with the Bush Administration that he worked with the Republican machine to have a former democratic Governor down south thrown in jail under false pretenses. Based on what I have read he ran that administration more so than any other person. He has not done this country any favors and has dishonored the ideals it was founded upon. Like most silver spoon carrying politicians, his best interest comes first.

    BTW...The first major terrorist attack on US soil by foreign insurgents since Pearl Harbor took place under Bush. He was little more than a respondent during his tenure. He couldn't proactively lead anything out of a wet paper bag.

    All this said, I am a Reagan fan and couldn't stand Clinton–either one of them.

    April 10, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Dee Garland, Tx

    Let's see, masterminding the outting of a CIA operative, manipulating facts to justify a war in Iraq, I'd say Rove you are the King of Liars, so continue to make comments like this when you are in public, and then the public may start demanding some accountability from you, I sure hope you don't mind stripes, because you may be wearing them!!

    April 10, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Eric

    A Republican calling someone a name? Well, I never.

    April 10, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Lisa

    WOW! From one of the biggest liars in the last century. Talk about a no-cred comment.

    April 10, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Ken

    One doesn't even have to pretend to be unkind to call Rove a liar. This is one of the "men" that orchestrated the outing of a CIA agent, and then went around lieing about it and throwing other people under the bus to protect himself. The guy's whole political life has been a lie, the biggest one being that G. Bush was presidential material - the rightwing and other morons in our electorate fell for the lie, and now we've paid for that lie big time.

    The current Rove/Cheny/Llimbaugh circus reminds me of another set of powerful yet empty blowhards....just before they went on trial at Nuremburg. You can count on the rightwing of any era to describe themselves quite accurately in the way they spew their lies about others.

    April 10, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Mike

    When one liar calls another a liar, how do you know the first one isn't lying????

    April 10, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Scooter

    There's just no getting around it....Biden is a utter buffoon...good thing he has a large enough mouth to put both his feet in at one time...and he's a heartbeat away from the presidency....what a sobering thought!

    April 10, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Too, too funny

    This headline made me laugh out loud. I think in psychology they call it "projecting".

    April 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Frank in Wilton Manors

    And I'll bet Rove still believes we just haven't found the WMD yet.

    April 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. sji

    Karl Rove is right. The Vice President of the United States should only exaggerate and lie like that when he is trying to get us into an unnecessary war.

    April 10, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. AM

    Who cares? The mass media cares and they control the message and through it the public. Rove is still the guru of these lapdogs news outfits that enabled all the lies which led to the moral and financial bankruptcy of the U.S.A. This guy should be in jail for outing a true American patriot CIA spy. The fact that conservatives Republican supporters still believe and defend him show how much they love the GOP and hate America.

    April 10, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Karl

    I have to say this, I am sick of hearing about no more attacks for the remaining years. Wasn't one enough? If your clam to fame is only one attack, that is not much to hang your hat on.

    April 10, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Bob

    This is ludicrous, the man doesn't have a clue regarding anything resembling the concepts and tenets of truthfulness in any of its shades of gray. Rove has lied, and is lying now, to the citizenry of this country for years. He's lying to us again. Watch how his spin factory can actually warp reality in his immediate vicinity. It's scary to watch. Someone put the rock back on top of this slug and keep him out of the sun for all of our sakes.

    April 10, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Sam Sixpack

    Politicians lie. Nothing new. Why do so many morons believe the lying stopped? They’re dragging us under.

    April 10, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Rob Johnson

    Wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black! I'm probably not even the first person to use that phrase in commenting on this story, but it is just so appropriate I couldn't help myself.

    I love Biden's line about nobody following W 🙂 Biden can be a blowhard, but at least he tells the truth.

    April 10, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Linda

    An old saying: "If you have nothing nice to say about someone, then don't say it." Mr. Rove, you are not doing your party any good.

    April 10, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Minnesotan

    This is Hilarious! Rove is the poster child for lying, posturing, ignoring facts, presenting half-truths, manipulation, exaggeration and basically being out of touch with reality. Why isn't this cretin in jail yet?

    April 10, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Tim

    Pete, great point. Biden followed Bush and voted for the war. So did Clinton. Obama didn't vote but would have voted yes if he was in congress at the time. He doesn't have the political courage to stand up against his party.

    April 10, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. abbigale

    At least Rove's former employer has the good grace to stay out of site and refrain from any trash talking! Get a life Mr. Rove !

    April 10, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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