Republican strategist and former Bush White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove dubbed Vice President Joe Biden a "liar" Thursday, in an eyebrow-raising appearing on Fox News Channel.
In the segment, Rove said Biden was lying about a meeting in which he allegedly scolded President Bush. Appearing on CNN Tuesday, Biden said he once rebuked Bush on his leadership to his face.
"I remember President Bush saying to me one time in the Oval Office," Biden said, "'Well, Joe,' he said, 'I'm a leader.' And I said: 'Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.'"
Yesterday, Rove said the exchange was purely "fictional."
"It didn't happen," Rove said in a taped interview (which appears below). "It's his imagination; it's a made-up, fictional world.
"He ought to get out of it and get back to reality," Rove added. "He's making this up out of whole cloth."
"I hate to say this, but he's a serial exaggerator," continued. "If I was being unkind I would say liar. But it is a habit he ought to drop."
"You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States," he quipped.
Biden spokesman Jay Carney told Fox, "The vice president stands by his remarks."
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