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Rove's New Claim: Obama 'Suppressed the Vote'

Argues on Fox News that Obama did so via negative ads

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff | Suggested by T.A.R.D.I.S

Posted Nov 9, 2012 7:57 AM CST
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(Newser) – Karl Rove is not backing down: Though he seems to have accepted the fact that President Obama was, in fact, re-elected, Rove was back on Fox News yesterday to claim that Obama won by "suppressing the vote," the New York Daily News reports. How exactly did the president do that? Not by literally preventing people from voting, but by keeping Americans from voting for Romney ... by airing negative ads.

The ads "effectively denigrated Mitt Romney's character, business acumen, business experience," complained Rove, who quite possibly forgot that his own super PAC spent more than $100 million on anti-Obama attack ads. "The other side says, 'Our strategy is to irradiate the Republican candidate and make him unacceptable, even to the point of knowing that we're going to suppress the vote.' I mean, remember, we had a campaign strategy by the incumbent president of the United States deliberately designed to so turn off people that even if they disagreed with President Obama, they could not bring themselves to vote for the other guy." Megyn Kelly, once again, countered him: "But he won, Karl. He won," she said.

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