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. cindy

    Until I see some of these speak whats really inside their belief system instead of pandering to the biggest wallet or who can pay them the biggest amount-they can forget about it. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO SPEAKING FROM THE HEART AND MIND? My bad, they have none.

    August 25, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Rock

    The whole MILF thing is getting old now Sarah. PLEASE do something else with your hair. Please close your mouth. Tell your daughter to please close her legs. Please just release your $ex tape and get it over with.

    August 25, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. bob murphy

    haven't we had enough of this loud mouth media hound yet? wakeup america she is no different than any other politician. she only cares about herself.

    August 25, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Tony 140

    Keep going Sarah!!!!!!! She not only has the Liberals in a frenzy – she has the establishment Republicans looking over their shoulders as well because they know that she is watching them too. Ms Palin is her own – and I must say "powerful" woman – who will not be managed or dictated to by either side. She is the embodiment of the "empowered" woman that the Libs have been preaching about since the 60's. It just gnarls them that this Conservative woman has done more for their cause in just 3.5 years than most have them have done in decades of work. She is the definition of a LIBERATED WOMAN and I think many other women are taking note.

    August 25, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. lucerot

    Palin's a joke. All she cares about is publicity.

    August 25, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Kat

    Can't believe I'm saying this, but Karl Rove is right on the money.

    August 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. trumod

    In related news, the sky is blue. What is it with the female faces of the Tea Party (Palin, Bachmann and O'Donnell) that they claim to be so rough and tough and sling mud, but when it's in their direction, they whine like high school queens who got snubbed?

    August 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. onelinerix

    this is love-hate relnship betn rowe and palin is getting a tad awkard. just call her man, profess your love .. and hate and hang up.

    August 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. NWJeff

    It is not her thin skin that worries me, it is her LOW IQ

    August 25, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Bill Clay

    Sarah Palin is quite literally the political equivalent of Kim Kardashian, a pretty face who is famous for being famous.

    August 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Gary Chou

    Rove is an extremely smart political strategist. You don't have to agree with his beliefs, but he is very competent at doing what he does. Above all, he has dedicated his life in service for American government.

    August 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. David

    Last time I checked, the person elected to POTUS needs to be decisive. To say for a very long time, "I haven't made a decision" erodes the public's confidence in her ability to make an important decision.

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

    Not a very nice observation by someone (Rove) who appears to have "reptilian" skin himself. But then, Rove has never been known for being "nice".

    August 25, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Truth hurts

    Palin is a know nothing, money grubbing, trailer trash media whore – her 15 minutes were up long ago and she has as much chance of being elected as Kim Kardashian does. The only thing that keeps her from disappearing back into Alaska with her redneck, nasty family is the fact that the press keeps writing about her!

    August 25, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. ak conservative

    I've got to point this out – ever notice how few Alaskans comment on her? "If you don't have something good to say about a person..." Half of us are too embarassed; the other half wants anybody to take her off our hands.

    August 25, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. USwatcher

    Sarah will run? Sarah will not run? Well frankly Scarlet...

    August 25, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Ann

    Money Money that is all that Sarah Wants. She liked what McCain family has. Can't run because she does not want to debate just like Perry. Don't know how Perry is going to keep avoiding debating. Can't wait for him to say NO to the rest of the GOP candidates just like he did to Bill White. Then Republics will realize they only have Huntsman who has brains and might topple Obama.

    August 25, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Pray The Tea Party Away


    Who says she gets upset? I haven`t seen her get upset over that......I wish the Palin bashing would stop, I have never seen a politician been trashed so doesn`t make us look very good.....

    And in your next post you bash Obama !
    Palin went on a rant about Katy Couric asking her a gotcha question.
    How hard is it to answer what newspapers and magazines you read ?
    Mary, you are lost.
    Death panels ring a bell ??

    August 25, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Steven

    Has thin skin, can not take criticism, is vendictive, and only cares about herself. Just what we need as a President.

    August 25, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. sara

    This person is Making a Living off the backs of idiots who Thinks she is qualified to ever be a president even as a dog catcher company. This lady is seeking fame and fortune and that's Not why you become President of our great nation.

    August 25, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Pray The Tea Party Away

    When Karl Rove dumps on you, your political career is over.
    Better rake in all the cash you can Sarah, the bell now tolls.

    August 25, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. 2tired2care

    Thinned skin? You betcha!

    August 25, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    one thing about Sarah Palin she knows how to pick her battles. This is not the first time Karl Rove has "called her out" so to speak and you hear basically crickets from her side. Had President Obama said something like this, or any other Democrat about her, her FaceBook page would be banging off the screen. She would call a special interview with Hannity to rebuff the allegations and do all kinds of mean tweets on Twitter. It reminds me of when she went off on a Democrat for using the word "retard" but said NOTHING basically when Rush Limbaugh used the same word in the same context. When Rush used it she laughed it off and called it satire. Palin is too thinned skinned to be ANY type of politican less known POTUS.

    August 25, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. John Nemesh

    She may have thin skin, but she makes up for it with an incredibly thick skull!

    August 25, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Thor

    Her skin would look much better if it was wrapped around an appendage of mine....

    August 25, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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