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Card Rejects Rove’s Claim That Congress Pushed Bush To War: "His Mouth Gets Ahead Of His Brain"

Faiz Shakir: "No, that's not the way it worked," said Card.
 
 
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This post, written by Faiz Shakir, originally appeared on Think Progress

Karl Rove asserted on the Charlie Rose show recently that it was Congress that pushed the Bush administration into war with Iraq. "The administration was opposed" to voting for a war resolution in the fall of 2002, Rove claimed. "It seemed it make things move too fast," he argued.

As ThinkProgress documented, key leaders in both the House and the Senate -- including then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) -- were asking Bush in 2002 to delay the Iraq war vote. But as Daschle recalled, when he asked Bush to delay the vote, Bush "looked at Cheney and he looked at me, and there was a half-smile on his face. And he said: 'We just have to do this now.'"

This morning, former White House chief of staff at the time, Andrew Card, appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe and completely discredited Rove's argument:

SCARBOROUGH: We have to start with something that we all are talking about a couple of days ago where Karl Rove went on Charlie Rose and he blamed the Democrats for pushing him and the president into war. Is that how it worked?

CARD: No, that's not the way it worked.

Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.

 
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