Rove levels Palin accusation
August 25th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
3 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. Honestuck

    Encouraging people like Palin is bad for the Republican party and the USof A. If you want to make sure Obama wins a second term go ahead and encourage her.

    August 25, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Ivan Bial

    I could not care less if she is Thin-skinned
    It’s her lack of business acumen, foreigner policy skills and basic common sense that worries me.

    August 25, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Common Sense

    Palin hasn't decided if there are enough millions in it for her yet..........

    August 25, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. FIELD1stSGT

    Dominican momma 4 Obama – You are one more retarded Obama person. Like him you have not enough brains to take your hand out of the fire. Stay in the Dominican Republic. Obama should have stayed in Nigeria. The only thing he has accomplished. Pulling the world's biggest fraud this country has ever seen. But the truth will set him up to be tarred and feathered. RUN BOY RUN.

    August 25, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Paul

    I don't who would come out the bigger fool in the primary debates if Palin threw her hat in: Palin, Perry, Bachmann, or Mitt. Yes, even 'No ComMitt' Romney is looking like he's coming unglued. We are one PITIFUL country if this is the best we can do, America..

    August 25, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Eli

    Rove, you are right on.

    Now, when will Axelrod admit that another executive, Obama, has been a been a failure?

    August 25, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Eric

    Sarah Palin is not running. Absolutely not running. So relax.

    August 25, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. James Johanson

    At some point, the CIA is going to have to take her out for the sake of this nation.. She needs to be silenced.

    August 25, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. LNB

    Don't trust either one but I agree with the Devil Rove. As a progressive leftist, I actually agree with him. Palin thrives on attention. She is playing cat and mouse and all of us have fallen into the game. I hate myself for posting.

    August 25, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Jim1937

    I bet Rove would change his tune if Ms. Palin asked him to sign on as political consultant.

    August 25, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    "thin skinned" is when the lefties on this blog hurl every vile comment in the book at every Republican, and then get all bent out ofshape when the same is done to one of their government welfare enablers.
    _______________________________________________________

    No sire, " thin-skinned" is when you get up every morning realizing that your fantasy world is just that, a fantasy. We just enjoy seeing the contorted efforts you make trying to justify mediocrity in your leaders, and actually trying to make that a virtue. I just get a a kick out of seeing you deify people who have not accomplished anything in terms of policy, yet you denigrate and malign anyone who does. Government was not set up to enable subsidies for millionaires, either.

    August 25, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Debby

    Who cares about Palin running at this point. She is not qualified to be Pres. anyway.

    August 25, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Palin’s problem is not her ‘thin skin’…Her problem is her ‘thin intelligence’.

    August 25, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Joe E.

    One word. .... "DUH!" Tell me it ain't so! Miss Sarah has thin skin! I would NEVER have guessed that from the past. I'm reminded that Rove was the brains on Team W. Is it any wonder he left office with the USA in disarray? What a dimwit!

    August 25, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. MarshallM

    "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."

    That's more inflated ego, than it is thin skin.

    August 25, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. shoes

    She's pretty easy to figure out. but i would like to see karl rove's mug thrown in the media like she has been, and go through what her kids went through. see how he likes walking in those shoes.

    August 25, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Mike in Wylie

    What is so thin skinned about being correct?

    August 25, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. yneemee

    Who cares what Karl Roves thinks or says – his boy is outta the White House and we don't care about any "rovisms"

    August 25, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thanks Claudia.
    I thought it had something to do with 'hot dogs'! Now THAT would've caused a commotion. Marital indiscretions, even multiple ones, are easily brushed under the rug, prayed over by Rethugs, and forgotten just in time for the election.
    But 'hot dog' olympics is too much for these hypocrite 'homophobes' to let slide, so to speak!

    August 25, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Emmie

    Yep, absolutely thin in the brain department. Sarah, get that front tooth fixed the next time the bus rolls by a dentist.

    August 25, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Cedric E. Arle

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. I once posed an alternative view to Rove about the 2010 O'Donnell race and got a reply on his behalf that was dismissive, accusatory and defensive. Talk about thin skin! But maybe that's because he's gotten so obese.

    August 25, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Jim

    Like this is something that the thinking 75% in America haven't figured out on their own? Thank You Turd Blossom!

    August 25, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    FIELD1stSGT

    Dominican momma 4 Obama – You are one more retarded Obama person. Like him you have not enough brains to take your hand out of the fire. Stay in the Dominican Republic. Obama should have stayed in Nigeria.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Does this mean you WILL NOT be attending President Obama's SECOND inauguration field1stsgt sir?!!!!!

    August 25, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. max

    "If Obama is so smart and Palin, Perry...etc are so stupid than maybe we should vote for stupid because the `smart` guy in charge seems to be making things worse......"
    Hey Mary, we did. 8 years of Bush...el stupido!!!! No mas!!!

    August 25, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. alison112

    Recently in the world of "duh"...

    Her problem isn't her thin skin... it's her thick skull.

    August 25, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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