Karl Rove in denial and arguing with Fox News as election called for Obama
Republican strategist Karl Rove refused to believe that President Barack Obama had been re-elected on Tuesday even after his employer, Fox News, announced that the election was over.
“The network — our network called on the basis of 74 percent of the vote being in,” Rove said immediately after Fox News called Ohio and the election for Obama. “One of the biggest blocks of votes in the state are the Republican suburbs inside Hamilton County and as they’ve started to come in, they’ve narrowed [Obama’s] margin dramatically.”
“You went through this in 2000, you almost went through it in 2004, do you believe that Ohio has been settled?” Fox News host Chris Wallace asked the breathless strategist.
“No, I don’t,” Rove replied. “And look, if we are calling this on the basis of 74 percent of the vote being in, and when 77 percent is in, secretary of state website — I have the Ohio director of the Romney campaign on the other end of the line refreshing the page every few seconds.”
“I think this is premature,” President George W. Bush’s former senior adviser added. “I don’t know what the outcome is going to be but we gotta be careful about calling things when we have like 991 votes separating the two candidates and a quarter of the vote yet to count.”
“That’s awkward,” Fox News host Megyn Kelly admitted.
After a commercial break, cameras followed Kelly down to the Fox News Decision Desk to “get to the bottom of it.”
“We’re actually quite comfortable with the call in Ohio,” one Decision Desk worker explained. “There’s too much Obama vote that’s outstanding there that we know is going to come in.”
“There just aren’t enough Republican votes left for Mitt Romney to get there,” another Decision Desk staffer agreed. “As the late vote comes in, we would expect to see the president’s vote to rise and rise.”
“What we’re looking at is actual raw vote, city by city, county by county,” the first worker insisted. “And what we’re seeing is sufficient vote in Ohio on the Democratic side to mean that Ohio will go for Obama.”
Watch the following videos from Fox News via Buzzfeed, broadcast Nov. 6, 2012.