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
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  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    The Real Tom Paine:
    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.
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    Thank you for properly addressing me as "sire", now to your blather... "justify mediocrity in your leaders" is what Obama supporters have done for nearly 3 years. Actually, it is much worse. It has been justifying complete failure in our leader from behind.

    And how does a "millionaire" get "subsidized" byt the government??? The government TAKES their money and then gratiously consents to letting them keep some in the form of deductions, credits or exemptions. But make no mistake, the government TAKES from them and is not giving them anything that is not already theirs. It is the millionaires that subsidize and pay for the government and many of the free loaders in this country. Take EVERYTHING from them and you will still not have enough to support the huge numbers of free loaders in this country. WHO WILL YOU BLAME AND DEMONIZE THEN????

    August 25, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Joanie

    She should go away..

    August 25, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Wonder Worm

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country...I got news for you sunshine...It is the MIDDLE CLASS that pays for and subsidizes the government. Are you still getting your info from Faux Snooze?

    August 25, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Winning

    Democrat Class Warfare:

    If you actually believe the slanted crap you spew, you have to be one of the dumbest people on the planet. I'm no Obama fanboi but holy crap sir, reading your half-truth nonsense on here every day is amazing. You have to be the most close minded idiot I've ever seen. Stop spouting party-line nonsense, supplement your news intake from someone who isn't on talk radio or Fox News, and most importantly, get a life. I have yet to see you post even one original idea of your own on here, all you do is just repeat what you heard someone else say. Think for yourself for once.

    August 25, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Dave

    Palin has a thin skin. In other news cake makes you fat.

    August 25, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. coolbreeze

    Sarah Palin...Knows that she can't win...She's doing it for the attention and money!! That's why her and donald trump get along very well. And SOME poor republicans are buying it..I Could just see her answering questions on a debate and her dumb AZZ saying something totally the opposite. Although It would be funny to watch SNL making fun of her again.

    August 25, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. coolbreeze

    Sarah Palin...Knows that she can't win...She's doing it for the attention and money!! That's why her and donald trump get along very well. And SOME poor republicans are buying it..I Could just see her answering questions on a debate and her dumb AZ saying something totally the opposite. Although It would be funny to watch SNL making fun of her again.

    August 25, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. truthfl1

    All these negative observations of Palin could easily be said about Obama.
    Even Obama's Town Hall meetings will only allow screened questions so he won't have to answer a gotcha question. That would require Obama to actually think on his feet. That's why he won't do press conferences, we've seen very few.
    OBAMA has the thinnest skin of any politician, he interrupts and stutters if he's put on the spot. That you can't deny.

    August 25, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. coolbreeze

    Sarah Palin...Knows that she can't win...She's doing it for the attention and money!! That's why her and donald trump get along very well. And SOME poor republicans are buying it..I Could just see her answering questions on a debate and her dumb self saying something totally the opposite. Although It would be funny to watch SNL making fun of her again.

    August 25, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. GOP Hate America

    Got to agree with rove on this one she's a cry baby and a quiter

    August 25, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Bobad

    Karl Roves did a eough thinking while serving the other bush.

    August 25, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. 2cents4free

    Rove knows this is one inmate that should not be running the asylum. He's smart to not underestimate the stupidity of the Republican primary voter. It's called damage control.

    August 25, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. MaryM

    Thin skin? lol maybe thin on common sense

    August 25, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I got news for you sunshine...It is the MIDDLE CLASS that pays for and subsidizes the government. Are you still getting your info from Faux Snooze?
    ================================================================================================
    Maybe you need to do some research (you can read can't you?) before regurgitating your lunch on this blog. Top 1% pays more than 30-35% of federal income tax. Top 5% pay more than 50% of the federal income taxes collected. Nearly 50% pay NOTHING. What planet are you from?

    August 25, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Ann

    `A union worker, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO are sitting at a table.
    In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it.
    The CEO reaches across the table, takes 11 cookies, looks at the Tea
    Partier and says:

    "Look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie." Pass it on!

    You're not tired, yet?

    How about we all stop fighting over the cookie and look at the guy that took the 11 cookies?

    August 25, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Emmy Skaddittle

    you need have tremendously thick skin to be the president, just look how they treat obama. she would have ran away by now

    August 25, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    If you actually believe the slanted crap you spew, you have to be one of the dumbest people on the planet. I'm no Obama fanboi but holy crap sir, reading your half-truth nonsense on here every day is amazing. You have to be the most close minded idiot I've ever seen. Stop spouting party-line nonsense, supplement your news intake from someone who isn't on talk radio or Fox News, and most importantly, get a life. I have yet to see you post even one original idea of your own on here, all you do is just repeat what you heard someone else say. Think for yourself for once.
    =================================================================================================
    Now THAT is the typical fact-free libtard rant we have all become accustomed top reading... It is almost Obama-esque in its absurdity. Maybe YOU should start thinking for the first time in your life? Maybe get a job, pay some bills, pay some taxes, see what the real world is like. You know, earn your keep. Yes, it is difficult but you'll need to learn and try because we just cannot keep carrying your lazy worthless backend on the government dole any longer.

    August 25, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Greenspam

    I swear god that I will stop subscribing to CNN if CNN does 1 more story on word fight between Palin and Rove. I DO NOT CARE

    August 25, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. AB

    Karl Rove and the media have better things to do with their time than to waste it on a pseudo candidate like Sarah Palin. They should just ignore her period, regardless of whether she decides to run. It does not matter because Palin is not presidential material and everyone knows it. She is only interested in seeking fame and fortune. She has never been nor will she ever be a serious and honest candidate for the White House.

    August 25, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. annie s

    Heaven help me. I agree with Karl Rove.

    August 25, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Shame

    Oh my...*clutches pearls*

    August 25, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama:

    ; )

    August 25, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Stacey

    Yep. She can dish it out, but can't take it back. She would never be able to withstand the pressure, name calling and hate that Obama has to deal with 24/7. She's a sheep in wolves clothing.

    August 25, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Christopher

    I wish Palin would just go back to her vile reality program and leave politics behind. We don't need her in the Republican Party since there are far more qualified candidates out there.

    August 25, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. MaryM

    thin skin, hey sarah, remember you "blood libel" comment?? LOLOLOL

    August 25, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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