Rove's Palin prediction
August 21st, 2011
02:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Rove's Palin prediction

(CNN) – Karl Rove predicted Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is likely to run for president and will make her decision known soon.

Rove, the former top political adviser to President George W. Bush and co-founder of American Crossroads, a conservative political action committee, said Palin's upcoming trip to Iowa and recent web video are evidence she is gearing up for a run.

"I'm not much of a gambler, but I'd put a little more money that she gets in than if she doesn't," Rove told "Fox News Sunday."

If Palin, who was the vice presidential candidate on the 2008 Republican ticket, doesn't make a decision shortly, people will assume she is not running and withhold their support, Rove said.

"You can only tease so many times in the political process, and I think she is getting to the end of that," Rove said.

Palin has flirted with a White House bid for months, even launching a bus tour in early presidential contest states.

Most recently, she attended the Iowa State Fair on the same weekend as the high stakes Ames Straw Poll. The video her political action committee released Friday showcased her trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Palin returns to Iowa to address a tea party group on September 3rd.


Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (354 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Run Sarah, Run! Sincerely, every single Democrat.

    August 21, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. mark whitt

    this will be a waste of money and time !

    August 21, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    What happened to these idiots?
    She is not running Karl Rove scare tactics to scare Rick Perry

    August 21, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. JoeInNC

    I'm an independent voter with conservative leanings but I think America would be better served if Palin just stuck to political commentary or just kept her mouth closed all together. As divided as this country is politically, we need someone who can unite the country (if that is even possible anymore). Palin will just drive a bigger wedge between the two parties!

    August 21, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Dave

    Palin would be electoral poison for Republicans, assuring an Obama 2nd term. Let her run!

    August 21, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Grant

    If Palin enters the Presedential race then the Republicans have another candidate with a very dim light bulb. How will Palin answer the following question: what assurances can you provide that you won't quite in the middle of your Presidency as you did in your Governorship?

    August 21, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Grant

    If Palin enters the Presidential race then the Republicans have another candidate with a very dim light bulb. How will Palin answer the following question: what assurances can you provide that you won't quite in the middle of your Presidency as you did in your Governorship?

    August 21, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Snookie Palin is a loose cannon. Rove knows that and the wingnuts are terrified that Snookie will destroy their chances again like she did in 2008. Snookie Palin is no doubt coming for Bachmann's money and media attention.

    August 21, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. california girl

    Don't you see what this attention-seeking/attention-grabber lunatic Palin is trying to do?? Right now, with those bus tours, she is just testing the water. Palin, joining the race, will only mean having a "little kid throwing tantrums"...causing disruptions, troubles and more embarrassment to the GOP. Everyone knows, even Palin, herself, she will NEVER be in the White House.

    August 21, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. J Myer

    I thought you couldn't be a candidate running for office and be a Fox News contributor at the same time – conflict of interest? Also, I thought someone would need to give a 90 day notice to Fox if they were running for President. Or, is she getting special treatment? What about the other candidates who had to resign because of their getting into the race? Whenn Sarah was on her "family bus vacation bus tour", she insisted that it wasn't a political tour and if it was, she couldn't be working for Fox anymore. Just asking!

    August 21, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. UppityAgainSpeaks

    Two squirrel cases.

    August 21, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. CBR

    We do not need any more candidates with similar views. Sarah, Michele Bachman and Rick Party all have spoken of the issues as they seem them. What more could Sarah Palin offer. I suspect there is a little envy because MIchele B. has done so well and she is keeping the TEA Party agenda in the public eye. Sarah Palin needs the spotlight to be on her, Even after the election she needed to be in the spotlight. In fact some have reported that she weakened John McCain's run for the White House.

    August 21, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Nick San Diego

    Dear God, what a choice you Republicans have, between Perry,and the two women nut jobs. Obama will crush anyone of them

    August 21, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Oldie in TampaBay

    PALIN/BACHMANN 2012

    August 21, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Ronald

    Alright...another clown on the GOP/Tea Party campaign clown bus.

    August 21, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. MB Seattle

    $arah Palin is not running for President in the republican primary. She cann't stand the give and take of debate and the media and all the trick gotcha questions. She took your PAC money and she will give you nothing back. A fool and hs money are soon parted

    August 21, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Emery

    Please, please run, Sarah! Hey, maybe you can pick John McCain as your VP running mate...oh wait, haven't we seen that before? If Palin runs, Obama's re-election is pretty much guaranteed! (Though, his re-election is guaranteed no matter what, since all the GOP has to offer are clowns, quitters, idiots, and loudmouths from TV and radio that don't know when to keep their mouths shut...Obama 2012

    August 21, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Freeman

    Incredible that there are people who find this woman credible. Are these people idiots? Are they not listening to her? Can they not hear? Can you imagine if Palin became President of the U. S. This country would be the laughing stock of the world. Unbeliveable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. thomas

    Perry / Palin
    Dream Team 2012

    If God is outlawed , only Criminals will have God !

    August 21, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. William

    While Rove is many times more intelligent than Palin, I cannot see a single redeeming characteristic in either of these slimy, manipulative, politicians. They both represent the worse that there is in the American political arena.

    August 21, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. roro

    Run, Sarah, run. I can hardly wait to vote against you.

    August 21, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. TXJim

    Thats AWESOME... the biggest clown of all will join the circus..

    Getcha popcorn ready.. this is going to be better than a reality TV show..

    August 21, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. ajuadia

    How i so hope she runs... Please run. we really need you to help this country "back on the right track"!!!

    August 21, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Mike in Texas

    Now that Perry and Bachmann have stolen the spotlight she needs attention. I hope she does run and when she is soundly defeated in the primaries she can finally go away and hopefully the media will ignore here...As soon as Pawlenty bowed out CNN hasn't had any tickers for him...

    August 21, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    The evil puppet master pulling the strings should know whether Palin will make a run for the presidency. The major question is why he always put clowns on the stage.

    August 21, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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