Rove levels Palin accusation
August 25th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
7 years ago

Rove levels Palin accusation

(CNN) - Karl Rove accused Sarah Palin of "thin skin" over a message from her political action committee criticizing the speculation surrounding her presidential intentions.

"It is a sign of enormous thin skin if we speculate about her, she gets upset, and I suspect if we didn't speculate about her, she'd be upset and trying to find a way to get us to speculate about her," Rove said Wednesday night of Fox News.

The statement from SarahPAC, released Monday, said the predictions are "intended to mislead the American people" and "fuel the 24 hour news cycle."

The post followed Rove's comments Sunday when he said the release of a web ad and the former Alaska governor's travel schedule are evidence she is more likely than not to jump into the race.

But Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, said if Palin is unhappy with the speculation she should "simply say 'I'm not running.'"

"Instead, every time she pops up in the public eye – like she did on CNN at the Iowa State Fair a number of days ago – she said 'I haven't made a decision,'" Rove said.

The former 2008 vice presidential candidate is expected to address a tea party event in Iowa on September 3. When asked recently in Iowa if she would be ready to join the race by Labor Day, Palin said "I doubt it."

Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (539 Responses)
  1. carl

    After 3 years (since 2008) he's just figured that out? DUH, he's wayyy late. She's scorned, vengeful, controlling and a hateful windbag who has made millions off of suckers. She won't go away as long as the media continue to bring her name up Go away Sarah TROLL

    August 25, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. carl

    GOP/Tea Party folks have thin skin. They can give it but can't take it

    August 25, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Terry Gloege

    I wonder how much Sarah is paying him to keep her name in the news?? As long the media talks her up as important news her bank account continues to grow.

    August 25, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. grizzly

    Palin, please head north and I mean far north to where the ice never melts. America is fed up with and your stupid comments. Get an education and take care of your family. You have waisted our time long enough ands so just leave us alone, America will not miss you.

    August 25, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Steve

    Now that's some funny stuff and so true 🙂

    August 25, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. obandon

    Sarah would actually have to answer questions from all media, not just Fox. Plus she would actually have to debate and do all the things she looked so bad at when she was running with McCain. She makes me ill!

    August 25, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Drop the posts on this Ditz, CNN. She's sickening - to look at and that shrill voice filled with so much hate and lies is beyond ever getting over.


    August 25, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. The King

    The Paris Hilton of politics is just creating press to keep her in the news so she can continue to cling on to her 15 minutes of fame. Just like the Paris Hilton of entertainment.

    August 25, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Palin is of course a bimbo with a good head for milking money out of a ridiculous system. Karl Rove represents everything evil about modern American politics. He is a power broker who creates the dishonorable campaigns others use to manipulate the ignorant masses. He represents greed and elitism. He is not a patriot.

    August 25, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Failin' Palin

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin. When Palin becomes POTUS she will PURGE and ROOT OUT all the corruption OUT of our govt and PURIFY the GOP of the taint of the Bush family, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove. Karl Rove will be completely powerless and lose all of his influence.

    LSD is a hell of a drug..


    The only reason McCain saw a rise in his numbers following his VP announcement was for Palin and the "MILF factor". Sooner or later she would be forced to speak. When she did, everyone realized just how brain dead stupid she truly is. Since then nothing has changed.

    August 25, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Jilli

    She does have thin skin, she's proved it time and time again. Any criticism is typically followed up with some sophomoric snark via twitter. Heck, she couldn't even finish her term as governor because her political oponents were mean to her...WWWAAAAAAAHHHHH!!

    Palin isn't running – there's no way she's hopping off the Fox gravy train. The presidency doesn't pay as much and actually requires hard work. She's too intellectually lazy to run/be president.

    August 25, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. womenfly

    It's not any different than the Prez saying he has a new jobs plan and will let us know in a few weeks.

    August 25, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. josephus tank

    People who are insecure concerning their lack of intelligence usually exhibit the childish traits Palin is known for

    August 25, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. jc

    Sarah Palin is a quitter, so no matter how thin-skinned and scatter-brained she sounds to the rest of us, she is unelectable as POTUS because of her lack of resolve to finish the job – period. She doesn't deserve to be refered to as Governor Palin, and anybody that still refers to Sarah as Governor is as thoughtless as Sarah.

    Hey CNN, why don't you conduct a poll of Alaskans and ask them whether or not the approve of Palin now?

    August 25, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Jake

    She may have thin skin but she certainly has a thick head!

    August 25, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. sf

    SUCKERS!!!! just another Rove scheme to get himself in the news and get paid....and this gives that idiot broad reason to get back into another news money making spot! this country is so dumb and gullable!

    August 25, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Ringo

    Sarah has thin skin and Karl has no conscience. They should run together!

    August 25, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. caw

    Thin skinned and thick headed?

    August 25, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Cristine Fernandez

    She is all about the money. She didn't finalize her commitment with the People of Alaska, because of the money that speeches, books and TV would bring to her. That is disrespectful to those who elected her.

    August 25, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    Who, really, is dumber? Palin or Rove? Why the heck is Rove SO entranced with Palin? Why does he constantly talk about her? Who cares?

    August 25, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. abby1

    We all know that she is thin skinned and not suitable for the job of President or Vice President. However, it is the conservative Republicans and Tea Baggers that continuously support and parade this woman around like she is the world's greatest intellectual thinker or an amazing magician. This is the first time in my lifetime that I can recall a vice presidential candidate, that lost and is not in a political position, is still popular with the media. Usually these people fall off the face of the earth and the media never reports on them again.

    August 25, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. bigwilliestyles

    So Sarah, how's that movie making out?

    August 25, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Jake

    Palin did a very good job of splintering the Republican Party and now she is doing the same to the Tea Party. There is no substance to her, no policies, no plan, just criticism and empty rhetoric. She's clearly a narcissist. Frankly, while she may be somewhat attractive, i'm sick of seeing and hearing her.

    August 25, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Casual

    I'm in pain America.....I must say I concur with a Republican, and I'm agreeing with Rove none the less!

    He is totally right on with this one, but, he is leaving out the fact that Ms Thing here would like to the president for one reason she can stick it to her peers, the Republican party. That my fellow Americans is her ONLY reason to be presdient. Not becasue she loves this country, not becasue she has wonderful solutions to our collective issues, just becasue she is dying to prove them all wrong.

    Now, tell me why I should vote for this woman again? She talks an awful and really has nothing to actaully say.

    August 25, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Squigman

    Thin skin. Thick skull. If she participates in organ doner programs, I hope she donates her skull to a bone bank.

    August 25, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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