May 24th, 2009
01:32 PM ET
14 years ago

Rove sides with Limbaugh

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rove said he's siding with Limbaugh. "](CNN) - In the ongoing war of words between Rush Limbaugh and Colin Powell, top Bush strategist Karl Rove is siding with the popular talk radio host.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rove said Limbaugh would edge out the former secretary of state if he "had to pick between the two."

Rove's comments come after a back-and-forth between Limbaugh and Powell, during which both have charged the other is hurting the GOP's chances of success in the future.

Discussing divisions over the direction of the party in the wake of its losses in the 2006 midterm elections and 2008 presidential election, Powell said the party should expand its base.

"I have always felt that the Republican Party should be more inclusive than it generally has been over the years and I believe that we need a strong Republican Party that is not just anchored in the base but has built on the base to include more individuals," he told "Face the Nation."

Ultimately, Rove said, the debate between Limbaugh and Powell is a "false" one because neither is a candidate for public office.

"The real debate takes place out there in the real world by people getting out there and encouraging the kind of candidates who represent their vision for the party," Rove said.

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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Jasmine

    Marlene – I'm pretty sure that Powell has more than 20 million supporters. He's got supporters from ALL parties! Even the most liberal Democrat respects and honors Powell. Rush only has the right wing of his party. Not very impressive. But when you think that only 23% of Americans identify themselves as Republican anymore – 20 mil can seem like a lot.

    May 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. jbates

    Good. I detest the Republicans and it is helpful to have Rush and Karl shoot off their mouths. And yes, let us do get the Republian base fired up. That has also been helpful. So lets take the trailer park Christianity and bigotry and shout it out as loud as possible. For every vote it brings the Republicans it will bring the Democrats two.

    May 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. John

    These fools, who have clearly demonstrated they are nothing but human trash, should all just shut their mouths and crawl under a very big rock – in Texas. Gen. Powell is all that could be right with America if the ignorant would just give it up. They ARE the problem and couldn't spell solution is you spotted them a s, o, l, u, t, i, i, o, n; in that order. This country is doomed!

    May 24, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Aspen Professor

    Ah ha .... Another case of the blind leading the blind. Keep it up guys, The Dems will love you for it! Already now, don't break ranks, goose step, forward march you ole right-wing extremists. The toilet you are being flushed down is just ahead.

    May 24, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Loretta

    I’m not surprised. Cheney and Rove have already stated that they are in total agreement with the sardonic Rush Lumphead. Rush has stated all along that he hoped President Obama would “FAIL”, so it looks as if all three are working together to under-cut the president’s efforts, and have now put a plan into action that they believe will ensure his FAILure.

    Shhhh, but don’t tell anyone that I told you, because we the (American people) are considered too stupid to figure this out. Unfortunately, we have no other choice but to prepare ourselves for more calumnious attacks on the President because there will be plenty.

    He’s no longer just a “foreigner” and a “Muslim” whose wife uses the word “whitey” when referring to Caucasians, now he’s “attempting to make our country less safe.” What’s next? I’m preparing myself for whatever comes as I’m certain that there will be much more to add to this paragraph as the year progresses.

    Will the Lies never cease?

    May 24, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Frank Lee

    Rove, Cheney, and Limbaugh – three of the most repulsive names in America today.

    Keep it up, you rabid radicals – the Democratic Party continues to reap the harvest that you've sewn.

    May 24, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Expat American

    It's beautiful to the snakes cannibalize each other. Maybe once it's all over, the Christian Conservative bigots whose believe their American bastardization of European Christianity is the word of God will emerge as the new Republican Party.

    Keep it up GOP; the Big Tent Party of White ‘Christians’, torture and mass murder.

    May 24, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. They deserve each other

    The two of them have soooooo much in common. I won't mention that they're both fat pigs – Oops it slipped. They are both cowards. They don't mind our children fighting in unjust wars based on their lies, but neither one would actually sacrifice their life for our country, but they have the nerve to disparage a genuine soldier who fought in several wars for our country. They have both benefited from tax cuts for the wealthy. They both belong in jail – one for purchasing illegal drugs and the other for illegal dismissals of federal prosecutors and lying about WMD's. And they both need Viagra.

    May 24, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Debate the issue!

    It is so interesting that whenever Rush, Rove, Cheney or Bush is discussed immediately the liberal comments ignore the issues and attack the people personally.

    Likewise, whenever Pelosi, Reid or Obama are mentioned the personal attacks from the conservative comments also dwarf the discussion about the issues.

    MANY OF YOU NEED TO GROW UP!!! Comment on the merits or weaknesses of the issues instead of mean spirited personal attacks.

    You may feel that the person being interviewed is the worst person on earth but still there may be important issues that they bring up that we need to consider. Are we openminded enough to look past the politics and look at the issues????

    May 24, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. elliott

    Because Rove knows the Powell has always been a closet liberal...

    May 24, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. DP

    Of course Cheney, Rove, Limbaugh and Sean Hannity don't like Powel...He desn't have enough chins and he actually served his country as opposed to just talking fluff in clever-clever land.

    May 24, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. vence

    The real question is: When Barack Obamais going to prosecute this criminals?
    or is he just another politician?
    Where is the change?

    May 24, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    A scumbag backing another scumbag! WOW! What a shocker! Slow newsday CNN? I wonder what Sarah Palins opinion on this is? I'm sure you'll be letting us know soon enough!

    May 24, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Dan

    Rove and Limbaugh both Look like PIGS.

    May 24, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. S Callahan

    Shame on all of you...not only are you disrepecting this great country with your continious are demoralizing the political forum..
    all you 'little boys' need to get your acts together and start acting like adults and dialoguing like adults. Shame.

    May 24, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. disgusted mom of three young men

    And this is a surprise? It would be funny if it were not so shameful. Cheney, Rove and Limbaugh have never served our country in uniform, and yet they insult Powell, the only man among them who did. Come on all you brave right wingers, defend those three some more.

    May 24, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. judy

    Gasbags, Cheney, Rove and Limp!

    May 24, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Holding my breath.

    Birds of a feather !! Of course he would agree with the old fat radio bafoon because he is just like the rust bucket... Mean, hateful and puts a car salesman to shame in the lie department..

    May 24, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Annie

    I just read an interesting comment on the internet regarding people like Rove, Limbaugh, Gingrich, Cheney, etc. They're out there talking week after week about how we need to be afraid; to be very afraid. Isn't that the definition of terrorism, to instill fear? Following that line of thinking, wouldn't that make them terrorists?

    May 24, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Willie

    Why is this guy not in jail yet? And why does he continue to command the media's attention when he opens his mouth?

    And Limbaugh? The only thing he has run is his mouth. He is a Sunday night armchair quarterback who can do nothing but throw stones at those who are taking an active role in politics (i.e. those who are actually engaged in and making a difference).

    In my own opinion, Limbaugh needs to either step up to the plate or shut up.

    May 24, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Barbara Campbell

    Rove, Cheney, Limbaugh, Gingrich, Steele, etc. still haven't figured out that the American people rejected their policies and their politics.

    May 24, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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