Rove calls Palin move 'smart'
November 27th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
3 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. George B from Ohio

    This lady makes George W look like a Rhodes scholar and we all know how that turned out. She's making a ton of money tossing red meat to the NASCAR crowd, I think she will spare herself the humiliation and keep the money train rolling and not run for prez if she's smart. Wait ... there is a flaw with my logic ...

    November 27, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Rosalinda

    Moderate Republicans need to take their party back. Get off thier butts and participate in thier primaries in higher numbers so that they are not left holding thier noses with a Palin 2012 nomination. And why are they content with letting one state, Iowa, have this much power????

    November 27, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. katy Heys

    The Republicans are so desperate to get back into the White House that it seems they are willing to run a candidate so unqualified for the office that it is shameful. I don't know about anyone else, but that scares the hell out of me.

    November 27, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Robert

    Can't one day go on without Palin? CNN this isn't news any more, give your readers a break, or we'll break from you. ENOUGH OF PALIN, and who care's what Rove thinks

    November 27, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. kyle

    Rove, Faux news, need I say more.

    November 27, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. The Big J

    Every time I see a picture of Rove or Limbaugh; I feel very inspired! Inspired to run, do sit ups, & eat a healthy diet!

    November 27, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Alex Santana

    I always thought Iowans were smart, but if one shows up to see this leach, Palin, then I take it all back. It is understandable that South Carolina would support her...if you have ever been there, you know they are dumber than stones. Palin somehows "thinks" that all of the people who come and listen to her lies and rants, the American public, she will be surprised to know they are not...they are just dumb people listening to a dumber person...American voters are plain stupid...to support someone who walked away from her elected job to make money is indefensible...it always will be...even Alaskans cannot stand her and the rebuke she got with a write in candidate winning tells a lot...

    November 27, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. political junkie

    People who say Palin is "Dumb" are actually "Dumber". Look at the money she made in the past couple years. 10 Million and counting.....

    November 27, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. A female in Wyoming

    I don't know why this is even being discussed. Palin doesn't have the class, morals, experience, education, or brains, to even consider being a president. She is extremely arrogant, a constant whiner, and doesn't do anything unless her palm is being greased. She couldn't even govern her own sparsley populated state, how could she possibly govern a country? She quit governing because of all the ethics complaints filed against her, so she says. That proves that when the going gets tough, she bails. I think she quit because she saw dollar bills being dangled before her eyes. Besides, it's just ludicrous and jaw dropping that this is even being discussed as a possibility. What has happened to this once great country?

    November 27, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. ficheye

    Rove is clearly brown nosing to gain access to the Palin campaign. It's a little white flag. Not a bad move considering she would be our first dictator. Because of the hate she has for the left and all of the imaginary socialists, every american who does not vote for her will be an enemy of the state. She will be nothing like people imagine when she gets any power. She will have 'henchmen' to do her dirty work and if anyone gets out of line they will be deported.

    November 27, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Brisket

    Sarah's a big teaser. She WANTS her base to think she's running so she can make more $$. With all her trash talk Sarah is the female version of Ann Coultergeist.

    Not-to-miss video on youtube where the Palins get the Tiawanese animation treatment. It's called "Growing Up Palin: Ex-governor and her family become celebrities" .

    November 27, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    Half Gov. Palin is just a money hungry trailer trash type of person. What else can be said except no way is she qualified to be president.

    November 27, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. shojayxt

    Palin will never be president. Why can't she and the rest of her hillbilly clan just go back to Alaska. In fact I'll even support Alaska's succession from the union. She can then run for President of Alaska. Which she would surely lose to Lisa Murkowski.

    November 27, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. TheMovieFan

    Palin will not be the nominee in 2012. She will not even be on the ticket. Her presence in the spotlight actually helps the unnamed GOP candidate because he will look so much better as the nominee when independent voters think about it after the nomination...Palin or this guy.

    November 27, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Don L

    As a foreigner who truly respects Obama but has given up on America thanks – to the shameful GOP – I think it would be a hoot to have this bimbo in the WH. During GWB's reign of stupidity, I had a Bushisms calendar on my desk providing a daily chuckle courtesy of Dubya's best: "I talk to families who die", "Wow, Brazil is big!", "They misunderestimated me", "wings take dream", "putting food on their families", "terrorists who kill at the whim of a hat", etc. Wonderful stuff that, and the comedy-gift-that-keeps-on-giving, aka Sarah Palin, can deliver more daily joy to the world. Come on America, you can do it, please let Sarah share her scrambled thoughts and Wasilla word salads with us. If not POTUS, then at least let her be the GOP candidate – that should yield at least a decade's worth of memorable Palinisms. I also love Tina Fey and would be delighted with 4 years of great SNL sketches.

    November 27, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Dale

    The United States currently pays around $20 billion per year to farmers in direct subsidies as "farm income stabilization" - see wikipedia article on agriculture subsidies. Your tax dollars at work– paying corporations to produce less.

    November 27, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. acura2010

    Did Karl Rove have anything to do with McCain choosing Sarah Palin? Rove the "Rogue" is next to go down as the corrupt political evil. These people are vicious and are destroying this country.

    November 27, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. acura2010

    Are Americans that desperate to have a female leader? Palin too divisive and polarizing. Americans will not tolerate her.

    November 27, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    Is she really the kind of leader we Americans aspire to? Seriously? She thinks North Koreans are our allies. What in God's name happened to us and how much farther will we sink before we wake up?

    November 27, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. CJ Omaha NE

    shes an idiot..... plain and simple.... thanks mccain..... because of you our country will go down the toilet with Wasilla's Finest!

    November 27, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Lean6

    Super power status of this country all but gone since the Bush Iraqi invasion, failure of our intelligence, collapse of our economy, revelation of war...secrets, war on the Korean peninsula, and people accept the deception and mockery that Palin and the Republican party is making of the office of the President of the United States. No surprise here.

    November 27, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Peace

    With this statement I do reckon Karl Rove has realised that come 2012 GOP can't win, thats why he now supports Sarah. Is this not the person who said few weeks ago that Sarah has no gravitas to be the President. I believe he still stands by his words and he knows no way Sarah can make it to the Oval Office.

    November 27, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. modeldon

    See the shive Sarah. it will be a Rove led Bush restoration in 2012. Jeb and Lynn Cheney. Everybody else including YOU gets thrown under the bus

    November 27, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Sandy

    Why why why why do we give dolts like Rove or Palin any media coverage?? It only encourages them... and brings out all the uninformed lemmings that support them.

    November 27, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. fayse1

    Karl Roive was also instrumental in the Rick Perry re-election. Perry is as bad as GW Bush if not worse.

    November 27, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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