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. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    I hate to insult pigs, but Rove is a pig and so is Limbaugh.

    May 24, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Hilarious. Neither of these two idiots (Rove, Limbaugh) ever served in the military. Now they are dissing Gen. Powell who, unlike them, never had any qualms about serving his country . Typical right-wing republican hyprocrisy.

    May 24, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. alvino

    Whew! I thought for a minute that Rove would have to apologize to the large moground round.und of

    May 24, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. kgeukes

    Thank God no one listens to this buffoon anymore...he's such a walking windbag!!!!!!'re irrelevant!!!!!!

    May 24, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Barbara Caniff

    Carl Rove, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh should be on the next space shuttle and never return them to earth. They all three are a disgrace to our wonderful Country.

    May 24, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. alvino

    It should have read:

    Whew! I thought for a minute that Rove would have to apologize to the large mound of ground round.

    May 24, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Tia

    Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh still view themselves as America's royalty. FOOLS!

    May 24, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Mike K

    This should not be surprising at all. The sleaziest of political strategists sides with the sleaziest radio talk show host. If anyone knows about dirty politics and all that goes with it it is Rove. They were made for each other.

    May 24, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. And once again, CNN stopped my comment

    Try and try again – but CNN keeps on deleting my comments and for no good reason.

    Ok – here's my comment: Rove is taking Limbarf's side? Figures, as like always seeks repubs can put lipstick on pigs but they still remain pigs. Rove and Limbarf look like brothers.

    May 24, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Lando Griffin

    They are both symbols of the Republican party – fat white guys who are afraid of change.

    May 24, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Royal Flush

    These two fruits are made for each other. Throw in Cheney and W and you have a royal flush.

    May 24, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Beth

    Tweedle Dee sides with Tweedle Dumb! Who cares about these
    disgruntled "no nothings"?

    May 24, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Whodathunkit

    Rove sides with Limbaugh? Geez, NOBODY saw THAT one coming. I mean, they are so different idealogically...(now it's gonna take me an hour to pull my tongue out of my cheek)...

    May 24, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Kurt

    Cheney and Rove picking Limbaugh over Powell? Look at these three names: Cheney, Rove, Limbaugh. If your still a Republican, you gotta be embarrased. A man who has dedicated his life to public service and the protection of this nation in the military gets pushed aside by these COWARDS who have done nothing but hide behind their lies. These guys represent the Republicans? Libertarians, here I come.

    May 24, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Jinny Lee

    Figures......two idiots working together.

    May 24, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Kenda

    Slap a bow on Rove's head....he's a gift to the Democratic party!

    May 24, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Kuriya

    Do these republican think that you have to vote for republican candidate to be a republican? I can be a republican and vote for whoever I want. That I know is seeking my interest and has the interest of people not left or right wing ideas. If the so call party head like Rove, Limbaugh fox news, the senate and republican as they considered themselves think that every republican has to vote for republican candidate never mind what the candidate think they are in for a big surprise. Let them keep up the good work.

    May 24, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. white woman in Hawaii

    Big suprise, Rove, a war criminal and right wing nut job, sides with Limbaugh, a drug addict and right wing nut job. This is not news CNN, please stop giving these idiots air time. Rove, Bush and Cheney are no longer in power, they had their turn and they screwed everything up. Now let let the intellegent man with a vision, President Obama, do his job and get this country back on track. Enough of this criticism after only a few short months in office, it takes time to fix the momunental screw-ups of the Bush administration.

    May 24, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. cj

    Karl Rove and Narcotic Addict are the Devil.

    May 24, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Ken Allison

    Rove and Chaney are both irrelevant. Their time has past. Who cares what either one of them has to say. As for Rush - he is and always has been a blow hard with a following of simple minded morons. Maybe he should take a few more pain pills and slither off into the night.

    May 24, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Hawaii gal

    Rove looks like Limbaugh's brother, they must go to the same hair (or non-hair) salon. No wonder why Rove likes Limbaugh, he is such a narcissist, he like the old, fat, pasty white,squichy, right wing extremist look.

    May 24, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. janis

    Real world says Rove and Limbawl are dillholes. Just one civilian's opinion.

    May 24, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. jm from sc

    Rove agrees with Limbaugh because they are the same type of slime the Republican party should be ashamed of. Most people who are deeply rooted in racism agrees with Rush.

    May 24, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. AndyB

    This is funny. All the slime is creeping out of the woodwork and taking sides. When's dumbya and falin gonna weigh in on this playground spat. ha ha ha This is really pathetic. Keep it up Republicons at least until the next election.

    May 24, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. florida

    wow ,,,now thats really big news,,,,,i can sleep better at night knowing this,,,,,,,

    May 24, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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