Rove calls Palin move 'smart'
November 27th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
8 years ago

Rove calls Palin move 'smart'

(CNN) - Karl Rove, also known as "the architect" of George W. Bush's presidential campaigns, is calling Sarah Palin's upcoming Iowa book stops "a smart thing to do."

"That's a pretty smart move if you're thinking about running for president," Rove said Friday on Fox News.

The former Alaska governor on Saturday will make the first of two stops in Iowa, the site of the first presidential primary contest, to promote her new book "America by Heart."

Rove, who served as Deputy Chief of Staff under former President Bush, said the new book "gives her an excuse to be there as something other than a candidate, which is really important."

Bush won the Iowa caucus in 2000 and 2004, and Rove said Hawkeye State residents are not likely to support a candidate based on campaign ads or celebrity.

"One of the keys for Iowa is they want to see you up close and personal," Rove said. "They may want to see you several times before they decide whether or not they'll support you in the caucuses."

But Rove also acknowledged that this is just the beginning of the long run for the White House.

"She's got a problem with independents and a problem with Democrats," Rove said. "Over the course of the next year, like all of the Republican candidates, she's got to demonstrate that she's got an ability to unify the Republicans and reach outside the Republican ranks."

Palin is currently on a 16-stop book tour that ends December 3 with a visit to South Carolina, another important state for potential candidates in 2012.

Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Carol

    Palin unify?????

    November 27, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Every time I see his face, or limbaugh's face, so fat and pig-like, it reminds me of the "squealing pig of a man" crawling up the mountain on all four in Deliverance. YUK ! Squeal Rove. Squeal Limbaugh.

    November 27, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Oy Vey Az

    You mean to tell me that the folks that have put on the Iowa State picnic are the crazies? But I thought that they were all contained in the south? This infection is spreading. I wonder if they all need a bit more ketchup in their diets? Or maybe some kind of dense heavy base element ?

    "Happiness is a warm gun" The Beatles.

    November 27, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. DeeAnn

    Being smart is different than making a smart choice ( not to mention that she might not have even made the decisions of where to go on the book tour). Poorly written title.

    November 27, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Clwyd

    But when and if anybody reads it what then? Not smart by a very ignorant quitter with no experience except for leaving one job after the other unfinished! Bimbo B!

    November 27, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. EddyL

    I beg to differ. Nothing about Palin is "smart."

    November 27, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Indie Woman in Denver

    Palin's the same woman who told all Americans (on her TV show) that she had a gnat on her lip. Way to go, Sarah. Impress us all... NOT.

    November 27, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. marty

    Oh, the Anthropology of it all!
    Ever notice the size of the jaws of some of our national headliners? Rove with his hanging jowls; Palin with the huge jaw; DeLay with his wimpy jaw....and so it goes, square, pointy, etc. etc. Maybe the jawline of the jawboners will give us an indication of what jawing to expect from them every time they open their jaws.

    November 27, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Karl, are you advertising your availability to the Alaskan Princess? Of course you are, and you'll accept........if the price is right.

    You constructed one moron into the White House, may as well go for the daily double, eh? Only this time, don't mess with the ballot boxes, try to do it on the up and up – wait, how silly, you guys never do anything on the up and up.

    November 27, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Dizzy Buzz

    If Palin plans to enter the 2012 race, she should invest in a teleprompter rather than relying on hand written notes and her "word salad" memory. However it's difficult to find teleprompter programmers that are fluent in trailer-park English.

    November 27, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Sarah McCarthy

    This is the guy that needs the fat lip,hahaha,like the one he got on play ground when he was a little turd blossom.

    November 27, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    What would our North Korean allies opinion be of her "smarts?"

    November 27, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Lon "Sky" King

    The media is feedinh to Sarah Palin's hands by giving her publicity ... thankfully everyone knows now that "you can't fix stupid" ... at least I hope they do. It's not a "Presidential Pagent"!

    November 27, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. doight

    Palin = the decline of America. Jobs, what jobs? America doesn't manufacture like it used to. The Republicans have fooled America and they will make sure that the rich prosper and the middle class sink. The people are in despair and they are turning to liars like Palin that say if you follow them they will fulfill the American dream. The dream however, is not a happy one for the uneducated blue collar American. Rove should be in jail, and Palin would be a Walmart employee selling goods made in China.

    November 27, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. CyndyP

    Ah, the criminal fat-boy is back again, can't wait until 2012 when we have to look at his lying face again. We all know he cannot stand Palin!

    November 27, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Barry from Wisconsin

    Rove (the dark prince of Republican politics) has it correct. She has a huge problem with other than the right-wing wackos. She is a joke – hopefully the Republicans will nominate her for President in 2012. Even if she were elected, she would quit mid-term to make another book/speaking tour to enrich herself further.

    November 27, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Palin can't even unify her family and staff. She is without a doubt the most unqualified person, on national level with name recognition, that has ever seriously ran for president. John McCain should be impeached for introducing this moron to the country. Through his reckless campaign and his support of Palin he pi$$ed away any sense of respect he gained through his years in captivity.

    November 27, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Roscoe

    Is there room in the Rose Garden for a trailer?

    November 27, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Bad Santa

    The scary thing about the Palin 'mama grizzly' mythology (or should that be pathology?) is the idea of innate intelligence. You don't have to study complex world or social issues. You don't have to read or educate yourself. Apparently real Americans like Palin are simply gifted with inborn knowledge. Just like Bush knew there were WMD's in IRAQ, Palin automatically knows things. Here we go again...

    November 27, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. slick

    The leader line on this story on the front CNN page says Rove is skeptical of
    Palin in 2012.
    No where in the story is he quoted as saying that. If you can't tell the truth CNN,
    then get in the pizza business.

    November 27, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Joe

    How is it that just because some farmers in the boondocks "like" someone up close and personal, that qualifies them to be president? We have the most screwed up way of choosing the most powerful leader in the free world possible. It's a wonder we have survived so long.

    November 27, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Robrob

    @slick – not the best written headline but in the last paragraph Rove expresses skepticism:

    "She's got a problem with independents and a problem with Democrats," Rove said. "Over the course of the next year, like all of the Republican candidates, she's got to demonstrate that she's got an ability to unify the Republicans and reach outside the Republican ranks."

    November 27, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. America Shrugged

    A Palin WH would be interesting...There would be an Administration within the Administration. You don't actually think the DC GOP Beltway would actually let Palin run this country do you? With her garbled word salad speeches and her leather mini-skirts and jacket and no knowledge what so ever of world politics, they'd put a muzzle on her, keep her locked up in the WH and tell her to stay put and let the big boys take care of everything. Palin hasn't a clue about politics. She aint in Alaska anymore.

    November 27, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    Brendan H., San Antonio, TX
    What would our North Korean allies opinion be of her "smarts?"
    Hopefully a little more respectful than they are of our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in both words and action. In July of last year, North Korea described Clinton as a "primary schoolgirl" and calling her unintelligent. This year they are shelling populated South Korean areas. What do they have in store for Obama and his Secretary of State next year?

    November 27, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. LMC

    So far Sarah Palin has shown us that she is devisive, can't take criticism, a lier (the "death panels"), ill prepared, doesn't do well in interviews, and is a quitter. She is incredibly thin-skinned and lashes back at anything that might appear to be critical of her, while continually criticizing others. She still appears to be relatively naive about foreign and even domestic affairs, almost flaunting her lack of knowledge. I cringe when I read or hear excerpts from her interviews, such as telling Hannity she wants to “clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism,” and she only wants to speak with reporters “who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.” Then she bragged about being a communications major? Those sentences are barely understandable! I think her resigning from her job as governor is incredibly damning to her reputation. She quit because she said the publicity was getting in the way of being able to do her job. How could she possibly handle the pressure of the presidency if she couldn't handle the after-election publicity? Then she turned around and has kept herself in the limelight as much as possible since then. More than disagreeing with almost everything she says, I worry about the enemies she would make for our country! Like many populist candidates, she can be nice and folksy, but there isn't much substance behind her.

    November 27, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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