October 24th, 2010
01:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Rove: President Palin?

(CNN) – “The architect” says Republicans have a long way to go until there’s a Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

“There are going to be several geological ages that are going to come and go before the 2012 presidential nomination gels,” Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Every one of these prospective candidates, if they decide to enter the race, has strengths that they need to work on magnifying and weaknesses that they need to endeavor to overcome.”

And what about a President Palin?

“I don’t know whether she’s going to run or not, and if she runs she would be a formidable candidate,” Rove said.

Rove also clarified his opinion of the Tea Party after talk radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized him for calling the Tea Party unsophisticated, something he said he did not mean as an insult given his definition of the word.

“These are not people who are skilled in the ways of Washington. They don’t want to be. They’re ordinary Americans from Main Street America who have created a massive grassroots effort driven by a sentiment in this country,” Rove said. “I consider it to be wholesome, patriotic and incredibly positive for the country.”

Rove also said the increased turnout he expects on Election Day in November will be largely due to the efforts of Tea Party activists.

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Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Rove is definitely lying through his teeth. He knows he has to bow to the tea party after daring to be honest about what a failure Palin's mini-me O'Donnell has been. There's no way he wants a Palin run in 2012 because she can't win. I bet he's donating to Romney as we speak.

    October 24, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    Karl Rove knows who will be the GOP candidate in 2012. My guess he is working on that behind the door
    Karl Rove won’t support Palin we know that

    October 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Tam

    Formidable in his own mind. Pathetic.

    October 24, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. ST

    “Every one of these perspective candidates, if they decide to enter the race, has strengths that they need to work on magnifying and weaknesses that they need to endeavor to overcome.” said Karl Rove.
    In other words none of the candidates is qualified to enter the race. They have their shortfalls. Well said Rove, you are the smartest person in the entire GOP.

    October 24, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Susan

    Yes Rove. Palin will be great, but I am not sure if she will be as great as Bush was.

    October 24, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. johnSinOhio

    A Palin presidency ought to be like deja vu for Rove – a Stupid president being manipulated by underlings

    October 24, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. overhaul38

    The only thing that I can imagine that would be worse than 8 years of W would be President Palin. It's enough to give a person nightmares.

    October 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. SurRy

    Grassroots effort, grassroots effort.... Just saying it over and over again doesn't make it true. These tea baggers are backed by the billionaire Koch brothers and supported by Fox Entertainment Network.

    October 24, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. overhaul38

    She would probably resign after 2 years to write her memoirs and a speaking tour.

    October 24, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Dianne IL

    The half-baked, half-governor, half-mother is a laugh and a half. She doesn't have even a sixteenth of what is needed to be our president. She's just a politician with the nastiness it takes to get attention. I am sorry I am being so mean but I am angry that the media and some unthinking people are making this opportunist rich and givng her credibility. There are other conservative women WITH the qualifications.

    October 24, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. patnamm

    How can anyone takew this guy seriously. The same guy who gave us G.W.Bush

    October 24, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Frank

    Don't let this neocon fool you. He is no Conservative in the Barry Goldwater sense of the word. He is a neoconservative plain and simple. The Tea Party had better wake up, because the movement started by the fiscally responsible and small government libertarian Ron Paul is being hijacked by the social conservatives and the neocons.

    October 24, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. elobogrande

    I can see SNL from my back porch! Hope she picks Mac'Donnell for her running mate...Great Halloween prank. The two of them will be better than 100 teachers...dragging chalk on the blackboard.

    October 24, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. R. U. Sano

    Karl conveniently neglects to mention the fact that the oil billionaire Koch brothers are behind the supposedly 'grassroots' Tea Party movement and their agenda. But hey, everybody knows that their ilk is just like you and me, right?

    October 24, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. TS37

    Of COURSE Karl Rove is going to get around to embracing Sarah Palin publicly. The fact is that Sarah Palin and the rest of the Tea Party are a confection of Karl Rove's making–and funding. Karl's find hand has been behind most of the strange, suspect, and conspiratorial things that have happened over the last two years. Including the Supreme Court decision that opened the gates to anonymous corporate funding of elections. Who REALLY thinks that Justices Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and the other W. nominee did NOT get together over drinks with Karl and work all this out!!!

    October 24, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Nobody Special

    I wonder what really motivates Karl.

    A shrink would have a field day in this guy's head.

    October 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Brandon

    I'd say what the Republicans did to the US–and the world–economically and politically during 8 years of Bush-Cheney was to put it mildly "unsophisticated." And now they want an encore. Problem is too many folks got suckered then and will get suckered again by their deceptions. Go figure, America.

    October 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. steven harnack

    The teaparty may have gotten people out to vote but they got them out with lies and misinformation to vote against their own interests.

    October 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Kenneth Krieger

    Rove is a very very bloody old bull. Sarah Palin is the true spirit of America whose only weakness is her humanity, if you call that a weakness. She will be the next President. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    October 24, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. gg

    Karl Rove, the architect of disaster.

    October 24, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Jerry

    Palin only speaks to her base. She is a parody of herself. Completely unelectable. And, she's a quitter. If you can't cut it in office, and quit half-way into your term, you bailed on the public. That is unforgivable.

    October 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Dean

    Can't wait to read the hate from the ledft on this one. Go Palin.

    October 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Jimbo

    "President Palin..." I defy any rational, patriotic American to say that with a straight face. God Bless America...!

    October 24, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. rdepontb

    Rove would no doubt LOVE to get his hands on someone even less tuned in than W was, but I doubt he'd have the same luck a second time, trying to getting his way.

    October 24, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Chris

    I am starting a grasroots movement myself.. Its called "Democrats for Palin" im challenging everyone and all democrats to vote for Palin in 2012 for the republican nomination to guarantee a win for Obama in 2012. Being patriotic requires all of us to make sacrifices and no matter how tough it would be to swallow to vote for Palin for anything, we as true patriots and democrats must come together and all go to the polls to place our votes for Sarah Palin in 2012 as the republican nominee in 2012 so we as democrats can make sure Obama is guaranteed re election.

    October 24, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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