Rove issues 'birther' warning to Perry
October 24th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
11 years ago

Rove issues 'birther' warning to Perry

(CNN) - Karl Rove said Monday that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry may harm his campaign by stoking the "birther" controversy.

"You associate yourself with a nutty view like that, and you damage yourself," Rove said.

In an interview published Sunday in Parade magazine, Texas Gov. Perry said he believes the president was born in the United States, but was less confident that the birth certificate he released earlier this year was real.

"I don't know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night," Perry said. "He doesn't think it's real."

Real estate mogul Donald Trump championed the "birther" movement during his flirtation with a bid for the White House. President Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii, eventually released the long form version of the document to seemingly combat the growing rumors.

But Rove, who was the chief campaign and message architect for former President George W. Bush, said Perry should not associate with the group.

"I know he went and he's trying to cultivate … Donald Trump, in order to get his endorsement, but this is not the way to go about doing it," Rove said on Fox News. "It starts to marginalize you in the minds of some of the people whom you need in order to get the election."

According to Rove, Perry should have said: "Yes, he [Obama] was born in the United States, yes, he is eligible to serve and don't associate yourself with this nutty fringe group."

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Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Rick Perry
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. oregon

    The problem is the Republican Party itself, along with the broader conservative movement in America. Its footsoldiers are ignorant white people nursing social resentments against foreigners and racial minorities. They're easily exploited by a small corporate elite. The strategy used by the corporate powers is to throw some money behind these spurious claims – not because the corporat eelite believes them, but instead because these kinds of claims can be used to dupe lower middle class white people into voting for politicians who will further cut their wages, benefits, and overall economic security. Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, New Gingrich, and Rick Santorum are all examples.

    October 24, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Njfinest2009

    Rick Perry where is your birth certificate? Matter of fact, I think all The GOP contestants need to show theirs as well. As far as Rick Perry goes, he was toast a long time ago. The more he opens his mouth the more he reminds me of Sarah Palin. Who convinces these fools that they are smart enough to lead.. This is a scary bunch of people running for POTUS and it is even sicker that people actually believe these fools. Rick Perry is very uneducated just like Palin. It has nothing to do with him being from Texas he is just dumb and embarrassing. He really needs to drop out now and see if he can get an offer from fox.

    October 24, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Me

    Why would Perry trust the judgement of Donald Trump about the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate? Donald thinks that haircut looks good so that should tell you about his judgement right there.

    October 24, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. steelrig

    It appears the Tea Party has usurped the GOP, and is now the voice of the Republican Party. You boys and girls in Congress need to wake up before you are pouring cups of tea for your new masters.

    October 24, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. BobInIrvine

    @Willard, come back and write some sentient English. Or were you home skoold in a tea-trailer?

    October 24, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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