Audio: 'Optimistic' Rove challenges bias of NPR correspondent

NPR’s Robert Siegel spoke with White House political strategist Karl Rove earlier this week on the state of the upcoming mid-term elections. When Siegel said Rove was the “optimistic end of realism”, the President’s aide sarcastically remarked that he was not “exhibiting bias” with a made up comment. Full transcript of the exchange below:

MR. SIEGEL: You’re saying, in fact, the top three issues for the GOP this fall are the war on terror, the war on terror and the war on terror?

MR. ROVE: No, no. I gave you three examples of the war on terror. We can talk about taxes where 85 percent of Democrats in the Congress voted against cutting taxes on income, cutting taxes on families with children, cutting taxes on married couples at work. So my point is, make it a choice between two different candidates.

MR. SIEGEL: We’re in the home stretch, though. And many might consider you on the optimistic end of realism about —

MR. ROVE: Not that you would be exhibiting a bias or anything like that. You’re just making a comment.

MR. SIEGEL: I’m looking at all the same polls that you’re looking at every day.

MR. ROVE: No you’re not. No you’re not!

MR. SIEGEL: No, I’m not —

MR. ROVE: I’m looking at 68 polls a week. You may be looking at four or five public polls a week that talk about attitudes nationally, but that do not impact the outcome.