WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top Bush aide Karl Rove may be set to resign his White House post by the end of August, but CNN Chief National Correspondent John King reports the man known as the "Architect" is likely to play an influential role in the 2008 presidential election.
"I would not be surprised at all, and I would predict on this day that he will indeed have a voice in the '08 presidential election," said King Monday on CNN.
Rove "very much wants to help the party steer its course in the '08 presidential election,” according to two close Rove friends who spoke to King.
But the friends insist Rove has not chosen a particular candidate to back and will likely wait until the field clarifies itself before assuming any type of role.
The question remains whether Rove's playbook of appealing to base voters will be followed in 2008. The strategy produced two presidential victories in 2000 and 2004, but after a bruising loss in 2006, some Republicans think it’s time to break from his strategy and target moderate voters more, King added.