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Rove: Obama won 'by suppressing the vote'

4:38 pm - 11/08/2012

GOP strategist Karl Rove went on Fox News today to argue that President Barack Obama "succeeded by suppressing the vote" -- an argument that directly contradicts the conventional wisdom that Romney failed to appeal to non-white and female voters.

Rove argued that Obama won with a smaller popular vote and a smaller margin of victory than in the 2008 election against Sen. John McCain. Instead of expanding voters, Rove argued, Obama "suppressed the vote" by demonizing former Gov. Mitt Romney and encouraging people not to vote.

"President Obama has become the first president in history to win a second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than he did in the first term," Rove said.

"But he won Karl, he won!" Fox News host Megyn Kelly interjected. Kelly also asked Rove how Republicans intended to appeal to minority groups, especially Hispanics, after doing so much to alienate them in 2012. Rove pointed to Hispanic-voter turnout in Texas to argue that there was no fundamental disconnect between his party and Latino voters.

As many pundits and strategists have pointed out, the Obama campaign succeeded in large part because it appealed to -- and registered -- non-white voters, expanding (rather than suppressing) the vote in key battleground states.

In a subsequent segment, Kelly would cite "demographics" and a "racial divide in the voting booth" that "raised questions" about whether the GOP needed to do more to reach Latinos and African-Americans. "Why can't the Republicans do better with people of color?" she asked her guests.

Rove's appearance on Fox News follows the now-infamous moment from election night when he argued with Kelly and co-host Bret Baier over the network's decision to call Ohio for the president.

By Dylan Byers. Posted 11/8/12 2:43 PM EST

dark_puck 9th-Nov-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
The GOP is melting down. They put people in the House, in the Senate, on the promise of making Obama a one-term president.

They poured millions, if not billions, of dollars into the Romney campaign.

And they failed.

Oh, how they failed.

So what can they do now? What will they do now?
oceandezignz 9th-Nov-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
They poured millions, if not billions, of dollars into the Romney campaign.

They poured over 300 billion into GOP campaigns across the map! I cannot find the infographic I saw on tumblr to link it and am maaaad about that.

But they poured so much money in and lost so much. What ground they did win (or hold), cost them nearly 40 mil a win.

If the GOP was a legitimate country at war, they just got boned by the nation they were going after.
illusivevenstar 9th-Nov-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
I highly doubt it's 300 billion. The presidential/congressional elections are being reported to have costed 5 billion. And that's a record.
jazzypom Rove handled around $100 million9th-Nov-2012 09:56 am (UTC)
With Citizens of America campaigns, etc. I'm sure they are bayying for his blood.
foxnikita 9th-Nov-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
That was what scared me so much during the election. The fact that they had so much money going into winning, and here I'd get 4 emails a day from Barack Obama begging for my $3. I was starting to think maybe they COULD just basically buy their way into the White House.

When Obama won, it did give me back some faith in the system.
moonshaz 10th-Nov-2012 12:02 am (UTC)
I know what you mean!
skellington1 9th-Nov-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
They put people in the House, in the Senate, on the promise of making Obama a one-term president.

It's unlikely, but they could, y'know, try and govern, instead of working entirely towards the next election. I don't think they'll DO it, but it'd be nice.
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