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Karl Rove greeted with protests and bomb threat in Claremont

September 16, 2008 |  1:47 pm

Not quite the red carpet treatment for Karl Rove during a visit to Claremont on Monday, where George Bush's one-time adviser gave a speech about the current presidential candidates, as well as the legacy of his former boss. (That's Rove in the photo, shot back in 2005.) The Daily Bulletin reports that hundreds of protesters lined Rove's route to and from Claremont McKenna College. Meanwhile, inside the auditorium, Rove shared his thoughts with a much friendlier audience:

"One of the most important resources is time," Rove said about the 2008 presidential election.

Rove said Obama had not seized the narrowing election days to "advance his case."

For instance, Obama linked the country's economic problems to Bush and McCain instead of showing "he's up to the job" with a specific proposal.

Rove said he felt Bush was a "successful" president but they had "done a lousy job of explaining" why he was.

Rove listed the million dollar AIDS relief fund for Africa, the accountability of the No Child Left Behind performance program, large amounts of money invested in alternative energy and privatizing social security.

After the event, several protesters said they were hit with pepper spray by campus police, a claim campus officials deny. A bomb threat was phoned in that evening but a search by police turned up nothing. Full story in the Daily Bulletin.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Associated Press