Karl Rove on Meet the Press and FOX News Sunday

The President's chief political advisor, Karl Rove, was a guest on both Meet the Press (NBC) and FOX News Sunday this morning. This is an excerpt from the rough draft of the Rightsided Newsletter due out this afternoon:
On MTP, Rove was asked about Senator Arlen Specter's (R-Pennsylvania) admonition to the President not to nominate any pro-life judges who would consider overturning Roe v. Wade. Rove pointed out that Specter had taken it back and had in the past promised quick hearings and an up-or-down vote on all nominations. "Arlen Specter is a man of his word, and we take him at his word."

Asked by Russert if the President sees a right to privacy – on which the Court majority in 1972 attempted to base, in part, a right to abort – in the Constitution, Rove replied: "I've never discussed Griswold vrs. Connecticut [the 1965 case in which a right to marital privacy was first found ] with the President." Since Griswold, if I recall, dealt with counseling contraceptives rather than abortion, Rove appeared to be separating abortion from privacy in the President's view.

Wallace (FNS) asked Rove about the Swift Boat ads. Rove told him: "I think they [the ads] were made important by Senator Kerry at his convention talking only about Vietnam." He related a story of a veteran of relation to him, and how he could not picture that man "ravaging the countryside in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Kahn." That is why, Rove said, those ads stuck a chord.

When asked about the bulge in the President's back during the first debate, Rove seemed to blame it on the tailor. He called it the tailors nightmare, said he liked the tailor – "nice guy" – and added: "He's a flamboyant dude." That could be code, but I'll leave it at that.



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