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
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  1. TEA PARTY Mike

    Palin may be a little thin skinned, she should get over it. The TEA Party has been a huge success and is winning! Palin's and the TEA Party's call for a fiscal sanity in Washington is winning out.
    Not long ago the TEA Party did not exist. Not until the Obama/Pelosi/Reid team started leading our nation towards a fiscal train wreck. The TEA Party movement sounded the alarm and Palin joined the ranks.
    The mainstream media did not know what to make of the TEA Party, many poked fun of it. Democrats were quick to attack and demonize, Obama even mocked the TEA Party in a town hall meeting. And then all the name calling and hate directed at the TEA Party started, it had already started for Palin with the 2008 election.
    But the TEA Party went about it's business of becoming a non violent political power house with the mission to prevent a fiscal train wreck and get the train pointed in the right direction. And it has done exactly that. The Obama/Pelosi/Reid spending spree has been stopped in it tracks. Republicans rule the House and Pelosi is stripped of power. Obama and the Senate Democrats can no longer waste borrowed money on big government spending bills. Where Obama and the Democrats wanted to increase spending and government, they now are cutting spending. Where Obama wanted a clean debt ceiling bill, we got a debt ceiling bill with defict reduction. Obama is now even calling for the Super Committee to enact more than the 1.5 trillion deficit reduction it has been tasked to do. And Obama is suggesting modifications to Medicare and Social Security once thought untouchable by Democrats. Who would have thought any of this was possible a couple of years ago.
    This is victory for the TEA Party and Palin too. But it is not over, more needs to be done.
    If the price to pay for this kind of victory is to be called names and hated, to be called racists and terrorists, then poor it on. The TEA Party and, I believe, Palin can take it. It means were are winning. The fiscal train has been turned around and headed in the right direction, the spending spree is over. Palin and the TEA Party are winning.

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

    I can't believe I'm typing this ... but, You go, Karl!

    August 25, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Hey, Democrat Class Warfare, Do you really believe that crap you just copied from faux news?

    August 25, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. DumbGOP

    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.

    LOL! Typical fact-free rethugkkklican rant. Stop listening to FAUX NEWS garbage and think for yourself like the original poster said. You're posts are so funny because they are so narrow-minded and hateful. Like that other Bush said, the GOP will never wiin the WH just by attacking Obama. Come up with some substantive ideas for the country – oh wait, the GOP has no substantive ideas nor solutions. Oh well, guess the GOP will just have to keep attacking Obama then.

    August 25, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. dirtystone

    As a long time registered Republican, I am sickened by the way many GOP people embrace this IDIOT. The woman is STUPID. Once you get your arms around this important fact, her policy positions really don't make any difference, yet some just don't seem to get it. She is the dumbest person I have seen in national politics outside of Sheila Jackson Lee, Cynthia Mckinney, Al Sharpton, and a few others complete nut cases. Why this woman gets attention, I do not know.

    August 25, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Mindie from India

    Sarah said this – Karl said that -- good grief – 2 year olds are more mature than these clowns. And bi$ch wants us to take her serious for POTUS?

    August 25, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Winning

    Democrat Class Welfare:

    Once again, no original ideas of your own. My wife and I make a combined $94k/year. We are not on any welfare, have college educations, and work hard for our money in fields that someone with your simple intellect frankly could never comprehend. I get my news from Fox, CNN, the BBC, the local newspaper, and the PBS news hour. I listen to Savage and Hannity on the radio if I happen to be driving around when they are on, which is often. What do you have? Nothing. Same tired old crap. You listen to the right wing stuff and don't think about it at all. You accept whatever they say without thought. You place any facts that contradict what you've already decided is true into your overflowing bin of facts-to-be-ignored. In short, you are a moron with a loud mouth and a bad attitude.

    August 25, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |

    Snookie Palin is comming after Bachmann's money and media attention. The trainwreck continues

    August 25, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

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

    Ever pay attention to the fact that tax rates are at their lowest in decades, yet the economy has not taken off? We have followed the GOP playbook, and its not worked. Most people I know are struggling to stay in the middle class: we don't get tax breaks on the scale that your rich idols do. Its a pity you have such contempt for people who struggle, and you immediately cast them with the title of free loaders. The true free loaders are the ones who have more than they need, yet still demand they be given special treatment because some ridiculous sense of entitlement given to them by reading " Atlas Shrugged". As for my "blather", consider your own. You have never offered one constructive thought in any of your posts, only regurgitating up thoughts from talk show hosts of average intelligence.

    BTW, when Obama wins again, and the House is once again in our hands along with the Senate, WHO WILL YOU DEMONIZE? No ACORN, no Rev. Wright to blame. You offer no solutions on these boards, only the same tired insults of a person who clearly does not want to tackle the real problems this country has.Typical Conservative, taking the easy way out.

    August 25, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Jeffrey

    I believe she clearly intends to run. Otherwise, as Rove said, she'd just come out and say "No, I'm not running" and the discussions would stop. But she isn’t willing to do that. Why do you supposed that is?

    And why doesn’t she just come forward and say “I’m running”. My believe is its out of fear. She would need to compete against all the other GOP hopefuls and I doubt she’ll stand up well against any of them under tough questions and debates.
    I believe her strategy is;
    – Let the existing wolf-pack chew each other to shreds. Jump in as late as possible so there’s not enough time to chew her apart.
    – Start late and try as much as possible to bypass the “main stream media”. In my opinion, she doesn’t hold up to real scrutiny and Fox News is unlikely to give her anything but positive news coverage. I believe she’ll probably rely almost entirely on her pals at Fox and she’ll avoid the real scrutiny of the “main stream media” … who will only be telling you the truth about her and it may not be as pretty as she like you to think.

    Remember how she completely flubbed the interview with Katie Couric?
    – What foreign experience do you have? The answer was along the lines of; well, being from Alaska, Russia’s right there right next to us. (that fodder led to Tina Fey’s “I can see Russia from my house”.)
    – What do you read? The answer was something like; Everything.
    (Yeah, right. Nobody believed her and she rightly lost credibility with that answer too)

    I believe she probably thinks she’s discovered a new way to run a campaign by preventing access and criticisms by the main stream media and also side-stepping as much of the “wolf-pack” while making her unchallenged speeches at podiums across the country and limited interviews with favorable media outlets – AM radio, Fox, and so on.

    Prepare yourself to see a campaign that tries to put the blinders on and perform damage control as you’ve never seen it before.

    August 25, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    CNN appears to have a regular group that posts here that get all their talking points from FoxNews....I just want to thank CNN for being so open minded and allowing them to post. It makes it easier for guys like me to decide who I am going to support in 2012.

    August 25, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Reemo

    CNN: Do you think you'll announce your presidential bid by Labor Day?

    Sarah: Are there more primary debates scheduled after Labor Day?

    CNN: I believe so.

    Sarah: Then the answer is 'No.'

    August 25, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. dutspup

    Rove and Palin are the same person

    August 25, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. MaryM

    TeaP MIKE, REALLY?????

    August 25, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Oldie in TampaBay

    2 of a kind if you ask me ... BOTH idiots!

    August 25, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. KDenver

    I'm sorry, someone please enlighten me to the cause of the Tea Party delusion that Democrats don't work? Aren't these the same people driving around the country to hold up signs? Just saying, if you have the free time to go see Bachman speak in a state where you don't even live on a Wednesday, you probably don't have a job.

    August 25, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. CathyB3

    Aw, come on now. Let's enter Palin's dream world. At the bitter end of it all, not one republican candidate will be left standing, and she will be drafted to be the next president of the United States!

    August 25, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    TEA PARTY Mike:

    Thank you for your thoughtful presentation yesterday. I wanted you to know the respectful tone was appreciated.

    Now, with regards to Palin, she has not been the most effective or credible person on the subject of government spending. She benefitted from the Ted Stevens school of government subsidies so perhaps you ought to find someone else to give the credit to. The lobbying she did while Mayor of Wassila alone disqualifies her from any credibility on that subject. There has been progress made with regards to debt, but I would like to have seen a more balanced approach. I respectfully suggest you watch to see how Perry's budget cuts, which go into effect in a week, affect the economy of TX. Thank you for your time.

    August 25, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Jeffrey

    I enjoyed Jon Stewart's commentary the other day. He illustrated how the GOP claimed that ending Bush tax cuts would only bring in $700B over 10 years. He went on to say, taking 50% of ALL assets owned by the bottom 50% of wage earners would bring in $700B. That's not taking a few percent as eliminating the Bush tax cuts ... that's by taking 50% of all assets and income.

    And the GOP thinks taxing the bottom 50% will raise any meaning tax revenue? Nope. Nothing there pal.

    Time to end the cycle of greed and end the Bush tax cuts. And - make serious spending cuts. Implement the "grand bargain".

    August 25, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    Thin skin? Thick head? Yep fair and balanced. Just like they claim.

    August 25, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Brandt Hardin

    There’s nothing to cry about when you’re raking in the cash selling youself… What’s next? Palin on Ice? The circus that is Palin’s political career will go to any lengths to make it rich off selling her image. Watch her strip down and work for the money at

    August 25, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Ted

    Please,please please please just GO AWAY SARAH!

    August 25, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. John

    Holy raining fish, Batman! I agree with something Karl Rove said!

    August 25, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. John in Colorado

    All indications point to Sarah Palin needing to keep everyone guessing about a run for the presidency in order to remain in the limelight, sell books and command huge speaking fees and demands for particular high-end brand jets to be chartered for her in order for her to attend and speak. If she detested the job of Governor, she will absolutely hate the Presidency. Were she elected, (about as likely to happen as Japan opening their markets to our Beef) she would be the first American President to quit because they did not like the job. And if anyone were to criticize her for it, she would claim that they were attacking her special-needs child. Her resignation would likely elevate the likes of Bachmann to the Presidency a possibility so frightening, I can't even contemplate it. Both are so simple-minded as to beggar description.

    August 25, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Ted

    And CNN, please stop making her news.She's not news anymore.

    August 25, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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