TAMPA, Fla. – Karl Rove is “completely mystified” by President Obama’s re-election campaign, which he said is diminishing the grandeur and power of his office.
“The campaign is dominating the presidency and not the other way around,” Rove said Monday morning at a breakfast sponsored by Politico. And Republican nominee Mitt Romney “is going to get better known and more acceptable,” he said. Rove, the former uber-adviser to President George W. Bush, said that Romney needs to use the convention to communicate personal things about himself to the country, including his Mormon faith.
Addressing a question comparing the 2012 race to other modern races, Rove rejected the 2004 re-election campaign he ran for Bush 43 as a cognate.
“Bush was seen as strong leader, Obama is not,” Rove said. “And Bush made that campaign about the future, and his opponent. This [Obama] campaign has not been about ‘Here’s what I’ve done and here’s what I’m going to do.’ It’s been about, “My opponent is a weird, rich vampire capitalist who can’t be trusted with anything anywhere near your pocketbook because he’ll steal your money and send it to his Swiss bank account.’”