Karl Rove says McCain, Obama have gone too far
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Take it from an expert. Karl Rove, known as the architect of President George W. Bush’s electoral victories, believes White House candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have gone too far in their attacks on each other.
Rove, speaking on the television program Fox News Sunday, said an ad by the Democratic presidential nominee and Illinois senator criticizing McCain for not being e-mail savvy was unfair.
“His war injuries keep him from being able to use a keyboard. He can’t type. You know, it’s like saying he can’t do jumping jacks,” Rove said of the Arizona senator and former U.S. prisoner of war in Vietnam.
But pressed by the program’s host to find fault on both sides, Rove said the Republican presidential nominee was equally guilty.
“McCain has gone in some of his ads — similarly gone one step too far and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test,” Rove said.
The Obama campaign seized on the comments, which it felt validated growing criticism that McCain’s operation had turned increasingly negative.
“In case anyone was still wondering whether John McCain is running the sleaziest, most dishonest campaign in history, today Karl Rove — the man who held the previous record — said McCain’s ads have gone too far,” Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement.
Rove said both campaigns were making a mistake by pushing the envelope with their assaults.
“They don’t need to attack each other in this way,” he said. “They have legitimate points to make about each other.”
Words to live by as the 2008 campaign enters the home stretch?
Photo credit: Fred Prouser/Reuters (Karl Rove at a panel discussion in Beverly Hills, California on July 14, 2008)