Karl Rove: Obama Succeeded ‘By Suppressing The Vote’

Karl Rove told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Thursday that President Obama won re-election “by suppressing the vote” with negative campaign ads that “turned off” potential voters, citing a victory that carried a smaller percentage of the popular vote compared to that of the 2008 presidential race.

Rove also praised Mitt Romney for a job well done, but criticized his campaign for failing to combat President Obama’s Bain attack ads early on.

“He ran a valiant race,” Rove said of Romney. “To suggest all this could have been easily won had there been somebody else, I just don’t buy that.”

“The first group to respond to attacks on Bain was American Crossroads,” Rove added, who co-founded the super PAC.

Kelly and co-host Bret Baier got into an on-air standoff with Rove on election night after he clamied the network prematurely projected President Obama carrying Ohio. That led Kelly to an odd walk backstage to Fox’s number crunching team which confidently rebutted Rove, citing with 99.9% confidence that Ohio was lost to Romney.

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