October 24th, 2010
01:41 PM ET
8 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. Terry from West Texas

    This is the "Ronald Reagan Plan." Find an appealing candidate that has the ability to excite voters but who has no interest in and no knowledge of policy. It should be someone who finds policy boring. The candidate will do anything you say. If elected, the president will do anything you say, like Reagan did, because the candidate does not have the mental power to understand policy.

    October 24, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    Rove likes Palin for president. No big surprise, given he is "the architect" of the unmitigated parade of failures that was the Bush administration. Nothing says failure like Bush, and nothing says Bush like a failure.

    October 24, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. paul

    Didn't vote for Obama, but Palin running for president is the best thing she can do to guarantee him another term.

    October 24, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. John in Texas

    You have to be kidding right? I mean anyone that thinks Plain could be a President at this point has to be pretty stupid. Party aside just how is this woman going to debate? You can't hide like a VP candidate can, you have to be right on the firing line and will be. There is no way at all she could answer half the questions posed to her in any coherent response. I ask you Tea Party members and Mr. Rove...are you that dumb? Sure anyone can do a rah rah cheer and say things you like to hear but its far too much to ask an idiot to debate a constitutional "law professor". In facr she would more than likley get torn up just in the primaries by other repugs.

    October 24, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Michael

    "A massive grass roots movement driven by sentiment in this country"? This man is brilliant at what he does...it's just that what he does is such BS that it's disgusting. They're being driven by his bunch of cronies and the billionaire Koch Brothers and the $40 million a year Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and these tea party jerks are too stupid to realize that they are completely being used for the political agenda of Karl Rove and the Gestapo GOP! What a bunch of losers.

    October 24, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. bill

    Never going to happen Karl. To many skeletons in her closet. Plus, shes a quitter.

    October 24, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    All I see on the republican horizon are a bunch of right wing nut crazies! Hopefully they will be eliminated in November!

    October 24, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Chris

    If anyone can turn a manipulative, back-stabbing, fear-mongering, race-baiting, Bible-thumping dolt into a president, it's the man who has done it before.

    October 24, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. James Powell

    A Palin Presidency will destroy this country. She is the most divisive, uneducated, out of touch with the world candidate that has run for high office in forever!

    October 24, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. John Huff

    Whichever the way the winds blow he will go.

    October 24, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. todd

    Sarah is just trying to make some money in the spot light, she is not a serious candidate. Who really trusts what Rove has to say anyways. Bush ruined the economy and Rove told him how to do it!

    October 24, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. barry

    Palin won't run she is in the same boat Obama currently finds himself in. They both have more people with unfavorable opinion of them than unfavorable. Another thing Palin and Obama have in common is neither is capable of telling the truth. Palin differs slightly in that she probably hasn't been involved in the unethical behavior Obama does daily.

    October 24, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Reebok1

    It would be good for a laugh, but of course if Rove will prompt her through an earpiece it might work.

    Maybe as she ages she won't be so shrill and hysterical anymore. Maybe her sharp tongue will be a little blunter.

    I cannot see the World anxiously awaiting a President Palin.

    October 24, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. LouAz

    Palin in 2012 ? A absolute trashing of 240 years of of political experience and learning by most US Citizens.

    October 24, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    The problem any republican candidate will have in 2012 will be convincing the rest of the country that they will be president for all Americans and not just Tea Party freaks and neo-cons. The Republican party is so fractured and the extreme right wing has taken control over any rational thinking conservatives left in the party.
    The election of this kind of candidate will be worse than a terrorist attack on the country. At least a terrorist attack can potentially bring people together. The right wingers only want to divide us into hate groups.

    October 24, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Kim J.

    Bandwagon, much?

    October 24, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. foxsmartchicago

    i so want sarah to run and have odonnell as her running mate...it'll be like watching the daily show full time

    October 24, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. NotFooled

    C'mon Karl, take on the challenge.

    You managed to get a total doofus – GW Bush – elected, twice. Although Ms. Palin is a bit dimmer than old George and without paternal connections – just think how easily she could be manipulated – even easier than Bush, just think of the damage you and your cronies could do to the country! Perhaps finish it off completely – you almost managed full out economic destruction on your last go 'round, aren't you just itching to finish it off with president palin?

    October 24, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. normajean

    If Sarah Palin is the best the Republican party can come up with for the 2012 presidential race, they better quit now and save their time and money, because it "ain't gonna happen" Too many voters have finally realized just what a phony baloney this woman is. She has little if any education,she picks up sound bites to look like she knows what she's saying,lots of winks and smiles and down home humor. She's a quitter with minimal experience in any area of politics and frankly, if she could be president then so could you or I... .THIS IS NO JOKE,PEOPLE, THIS IS DEAD SERIOUS.THINK WHAT YOU'RE DOING!!!!

    October 24, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. todd

    Satan himself could run against the dems in 2012 and win!

    October 24, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Howard Levine

    Wow!! You who was anti TeA PARTY!! wHAT A HYPOCRIT. oBAMA WINS IN 2012 WITH a Republican House and a Democratic Senate. His approval rating jumps at a minimum 15 points with Boehner as house speaker. EWhat a concept ...bipartisan!!

    October 24, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Shelby

    Notice that Rove says: "if she runs she would be a formidable candidate," NOT that she is qualified to be president. Poll after poll has shown that America does not see sarah as qualified to be our president. Independents and moderates determine election outcomes, thus if the far right makes sarah the nominee, Obama will coast to another win in 2012.

    October 24, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. works for me

    I'll leave the Country I fought for..

    October 24, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Liz

    Who cares what Rove says? Palin is NOT qualified to be room mother, much less president of the united states. GAWD!!! when will you people wake up???

    October 24, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Rusty Burgoon-Clark

    A vote for Palin is a vote for Rove, Cheney, and the return of the BuschReich (sic) and the Republicanische Bund (sic). Anything that doesn't put money into their fat-cat oligarchist neo-nazi masters' pockets will be jettisoned: healthcare, especially for children, the disabled, the poor, and the elderly; pollution control; climate change legislation; "green" energy; ANYTHING that regulates Big Business, Big Industry, Big Pharma, Wall Street, the banks, etc.

    If by some perverse twist of fate they DO win in 2010, they WILL screw up badly enough by 2012 to assure Democratic ascendancy for generations to come.

    The burning question is: will they screw up the country so badly that it CAN'T be fixed???

    October 24, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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