May 24th, 2009
01:32 PM ET
13 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. Jean

    Libertarians really should be taking advantage of this weakness in the Republican party and launch a marketing campaign to turn people onto Libertarianism. It's time to replace the Republican party with something more in line with the needs of the people and the realities of the world. The Republicans are dinosaurs and they have a wrong-headed backward way of looking at the world that is too old!!

    May 24, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Linzee

    Oh, what a SHOCK that Rove would side with Limbaugh!

    I fervently pray that Rove, Cheney, Gingrich and Limbaugh remain the face of the Republican party. Then I can rest assured that the party will remain the losing, regional party that it is today – just the way they made it in the Bush years.

    SC, TX, GA, AL, MS, and LA – that is where the Republican party is, and where it will remain if Rove etc. have anything to say about it.

    May 24, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. TonyB

    Rove is lucky he's not in jail.
    The Party of One Item (abortion) is in big trouble.

    May 24, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Brian - PA

    And I'm surprised by this how?

    May 24, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. sorensen

    Rove and Limbaugh.
    800 pounds of irrelevant stupidity.

    May 24, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Nancy

    Brilliant Karl. You are very welcome to follow that blowhard Rush Limbaugh into battle anytime. Good luck with that.

    May 24, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |

    Of course he sides with Limbaugh. Pigs waller together. I wonder if Limbaugh thinks it only because hes white.

    May 24, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Patriot

    Now, there's a shocker! Anti-American Rove sides with bigoted, unpatriotic Lush Rimjob – neither of whom ever served his country – over a true patriot who has a well-thought-out message to convey. Unlike Colin Powell, I decided the Republican Party no longer met my standards long ago, but I appreciate his effort to breathe a little sense into it. Karl & Lush, unfortunately, typify the GOP as it evolved into what it is, and remains, today. Bravo Zulu to Powell, though.

    May 24, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. JN

    Rove sides with Limbaugh. Surprise?

    May 24, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Jeff W.

    "I have always felt that the Republican Party should be more inclusive than it generally has been over the years". Wow, he's not even hiding his hatred. Another bloated, white male promoting intolerance. to side with Limbaugh is to basically say, "I hate anyone who isn't a rich, white, bloated male". Limbaugh is a cartoon character who takes the party line 100% of the time. You don't have any credibility if you can't occasionally ascknolwedge that your party is wrong about something, such as the past 8 years. I've always had little respect for Rove, now I officially have zero. The GOP has become so villainous. It's fun to watch them implode. I love waking up each day and seeing that Obama is in charge. What would the world be like of these horrible people were in charge. Oh yeah, right. Finally I have peace of mind.

    May 24, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Chris

    This is not a false debate. This is "the" debate for the Republican Party.

    Is the party still based in conservatism, or should it continue to move to the center (left) to appease the Democrats?

    The only people I hear supporting Powell's viewpoint are liberals. And Powell voted for the liberal, when he could of voted for a moderate Republican. Powell has no Republican cred. If he wants to continue to try and speak for Republicans, he needs to open an office with a phone line and an address so we Republicans can EXPRESS our viewpoint to him.

    May 24, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Dynahog

    Rush Limbaugh rules.

    His regular radio talk show is great. It's open to all points of view, but obviously truth comes out.

    What irks Liberal Democrats is that Rush Limbaugh is a favorite of all U.S. Soldiers and Marines on duty everywhere in the World.

    Then it rubs them in a painful spot when they can't compete with Rush, and the EIB Network he works for makes lots and lots of money.

    Liberal Radio Talk shows usually have to operate on donations from Liberals. Well you know the rest...

    May 24, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. FactCheck

    Probably because Limbaugh promised to share his "all you can eat" buffet coupons with him.

    May 24, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Phillip Kavanaugh

    Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh versus Colin Powell? Are you kidding me?

    Rove and Limbaugh are a cancer on the nation.

    And because they are a cancer, they tear down one of the ONLY reasonable Republicans left - a man of intelligence, true stature and actual positive service to his country.

    I am not and will never be a Republican, but General Powell is currently the antithesis, the antidote to the cretins Rove and Limbaugh.

    What a world.

    May 24, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Peggy1133

    Perhaps Rove chooses Limbaugh so that they can finally be united... since they were separated at birth!

    May 24, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Joanna

    Well enough said i guess. These people are role models for the GOP? really, Rush, rove and Cheney? Didnt53% of the country loudly declare enough of there games and fear monger. Enough of there FAILED ideology and hateful tactics? Powell was a General in the most powerful military in the world and very well respected. the GOP would do themselves well if they got there head out of the butts and opened there ears. But, i guess this just helps the dems even more. good job GOP!

    May 24, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. wayne

    wow..just wow...the republican party is dead...long live the democrats...

    can anyone really define what a republican was..

    May 24, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Lynn

    Is Sunday now CNN's Republican hasbeen after another blithering on about nothing that has any relevance to what is important to average Americans even with their tarnished reputations and shaky legal standing.

    May 24, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Jimbo

    Well Karl, I guess that makes your remarks just as non-relevant as well, doesn't it? Or, are you considering running for public office?

    May 24, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Steve in AR

    Idolize Limbaugh while talking about inclusion at the same time.
    What's wrong with this picture?

    May 24, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. sideon

    Rove is despicable. Is he related to Limbaugh? They could be the same noxious and virulent gas bag, separated at birth.

    May 24, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Rick of AZ

    It is Memorial Day Weekend. We should honor those Americans who gave their lives for this country. They died for the American Flag and the Republic for which it stands. Take time to find out what a Republic is this weekend, so you know why these brave men and women gave their lives for it.

    May 24, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Nola

    Please give us all a break and stop making what this person has to say news worthy.

    May 24, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Michael

    What a surprise—rove spews more hate on the republican propaganda channel. Like cheney, rove should be sitting in jail awaiting his trial for treason. There are few people on the planet more reprehensible than cheney, and rove is one of them. Rove has done everything he could to intimidate minorities from voting. If I’m not mistaken, he spent a few days last week answering questions about his role in the firing of the federal judges who refused to prioritize trumped up charges of voter fraud in order to keep minorities away from the polls. I’m not saying anything rove would disagree with; he is proud of being the propaganda chief for the bush administration. If the criminal justice system in America wasn’t a complete sham, rove would be in jail.

    May 24, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Darryl Schmitz

    Interesting, Karl. Limbaugh, a (insert history of personal history as a contrast to sermons given to the rest of us) over a decorated veteran who led our forces during wartime. That pretty much says it all.

    May 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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