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. ks

    I agree with Karl-OMG

    August 25, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Laurie

    I wish the news media would cover only those that are running for the presidency. These "extra" voices aren't needed.

    August 25, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. TEA PARTY Mike

    @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?

    You are 100% correct Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country. Your stats are dead on. You do not have to go to Fox News to find facts like these, just Google it. Anyone informed would know this without ever going to Fox News. Truth is most of the left wing clowns know it to, just do not want to admit it, they think they can actually fool someone I guess.

    August 25, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. MB Seattle

    What Roe is learning most of American already know. $arah Palin in thin skinned but also has a thin resume. Face it guys you keep reporting on a individual that is not going to run for President in the republican primary. She would be the weakest canidate on a shaky field.

    August 25, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Bonnie

    Lovely.....Karl Rove is probably the only man in this universe could challenge this lady. Let's roll the season premiem of Sarah Palin vs Karl Rove {*v*}

    August 25, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. nobody

    She has a pretty thin intellect to match.

    August 25, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Jimbo

    She's doing a Trump. We've watched Trump tease us about a possible run during several election cycles now (not that anyone really wants to elect Trump). Palin is great a making news out of nothing... and the bucks keep coming in. She could have a sign that says, "The buck stops here," and it would mean something different from what we'd usually think. She's like the Paris Hilton of politics. getting news for doing nothing but showing up.

    August 25, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. TEA PARTY Mike

    @The Real Tom Paine

    I was not aware Perry had new budget cuts going into effect in Texas. I will indeed pay attention.

    I also agree a balanced approach is need for deficit reduction. I posted earlier today on the Buffet piece about the benefits of increasing revenue through tax reform.

    Have a good day.

    August 25, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. burzurke

    Sarah Palin's entire game plan is precisely that "misleading the American people" and "fueling the 24 hour news cycle." Does she not realize what a transparent, hypocritical media-whore she is? An Alaskan that's been playing the gee shucks Southerner card almost as well as Larry the Cable Guy at one of her finer moments of stupidity...

    August 25, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. hunter

    Its been leaked that Palin will jump in later ,and if she doent wil and Perry does,she will go in to work under him. Just as the Hillery-Obama thing went 4 years ago

    August 25, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Kariangell

    Face it, Palin is an idiot that the media adore, for some strange reason. Maybe they just enjoy the levity of laughing at her ridiculous spewing of stupid ideas! If she and the other Reps running for Pres. are the best the Reps can offer, there isn't much of a contest as far as I'm concerned.

    August 25, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Barking Alien

    Thin skin goes with a thin intelligence and knowledge of the world.

    August 25, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. red mulligan

    The end is near...I agree with Rove. Darn you Satan.

    August 25, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. BlackDynamite

    Her skin is not the problem, it's the empty cranium underneath it that is problematic.....

    August 25, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Unknown

    I never thought I would say this, but I agree with Rove. All he is saying is what we already know.

    August 25, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Terry Gloege

    Who cares?

    August 25, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. judith

    Sarah, thin-skinned? She put her family on display and then complains the media attacked them. She whines endelessly about how she was not implicit in McCain's loss; she quits as governor when it became too hard for her. She'll never be anything by a fading celebrity wannabe. Michelle Bachmann was stolen her thunder of the Poster Girl for the Party with the Fringe on Top and she can't stand the lack of attention–she lost in the Ms. Alaska pageant and has clearly never gotten over it.

    August 25, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. w l jones

    One thing I can say about Ms. she is standing on top of the mountain while the res of the Rep. looking up which is not thin skin to me. Make those unbeliever a believer when it become politic. Bless.

    August 25, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. jdot

    Of course she's not running, she's just milking the cash cow...for her the "campaign" is an extended job interview...nothing more...she's too lazy to hold any office or real job

    August 25, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    So, what? The best thing about Sarah Palin is that she repeatedly buries herself. Just sit back and let her keep doing it. Best to let her show all her colors as 2012 approaches, don'tcha think?

    August 25, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. karen

    So what? Just sit back and watch her bury herself again and again with her own stupidity. If nothing else, it's entertaining.

    August 25, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Johnjon

    years ago, (not back in the day) I had a friend who always had an attitude regarding any personal issue or if you were truthful with her. she thought everyone was "out to get her". once after listening to her spout off on something I can't even remember what, I said "wait a minute" and brushed off an imaginary something form her shoulder. she asked "what was it", I said, "I was just brushing that chip off your shoulder". another friend walking with us couldn't believe what I'd just done, gave me the raised eyebrows and whispered I was being very brave. if sarah needs a good smack, I'd be happy to volunteer!

    August 25, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. roscoe

    Thin skin....think so? That's so obvious it sickening. Palin, like many of the simple minded, doesn't like to be questioned or asked for the rationale behind her actions. She is unqualified for office. Only an idiot would vote for her but, alas, that is what many people of our nation have become.

    August 25, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Mark

    It took Nixon to go to China, and it took Rove to finally lay Palin low.

    August 25, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. mark

    Rove is smart and funny. He is often worth a good chuckle. If only he had some other decent qualities, but sadly, he doesn't. Cheney has a funny side, too, but like Rove, he's evil to the core, albeit not nearly as much as the tea party candidates. This is what the GOP gets for pandering to the far-right whackos – now it's all they've got and they're steering the ship (badly).

    August 25, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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