VOL. 125 | NO. 20 | Monday, February 1, 2010
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Rove Talks About Bush Years, Memoir
By Andy Meek
In this 2005 photo, President George W. Bush, right, and his then-Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove are shown leaving the White House. Photo: Ron Edmonds/AP
Karl Rove is a former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to former President George W. Bush. He is also a controversial and influential force in American politics.
Rove talked earlier this month with The Daily News, sister publication of The Memphis News, in advance of a speech he gave at Rhodes College.
The topic of the speech was the American political landscape, the legacy of George W. Bush and Rove’s thoughts on the direction of the country under President Barack Obama.
These are excerpts from his interview with The Daily News:
On health care:
“Health care is … a facet of a bigger problem. It’s part of a more toxic, larger stew the Democrats have created. You’ve got the stimulus bill, which the president himself said, 'Here’s the test of it: We pass this bill – unemployment won’t go higher than 8 percent, it will create 3.65 million new jobs over the next two years, and 90 percent of them will be in the private sector,' and none of those things is happening.”
On Harold Ford Jr.:
“He’s a guy with a lot of intelligence and a lot of drive and ambition, and (incumbent Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is) a weak candidate. We’ll see how it plays out. He’s an aggressive campaigner.
He’s had a few missteps here at the beginning, but … (Ford) is an articulate, attractive candidate who can sway crowds. He needs to have a message that resonates with New Yorkers. New York has been accepting of candidates who’ve moved in from elsewhere. Robert Kennedy, as you know, was elected to the Senate from New York even though he was from Massachusetts, and former first lady Hillary Clinton was elected to the Senate from New York even though she spent most of her adult years in Arkansas.”
On ‘Courage and Consequence,’ Rove’s forthcoming memoir:
“I draw back the curtain. I give people insight into how we actually got there. What we did once we got there. I name names. I share insights about things I wish we’d done better or differently. I defend what we did. I’ve got lots of footnotes. I’m blunt, and there are going be people who don’t like it.”