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. jersvette

    Did Sarah just bite the hand that feeds the Republican party? I may not like Karl Rove but I respect what he can do and he clearly says it all regarding Sarah Palin. This is a guy that can generate unbelievable amounts of money for candidates and she placed her need for attention above better judgement when criticizing his comments.

    August 25, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Hark

    The "hand–out-give me my share"left knows this woman to be a force that will yield alot of power in the 2012 election. Rove has issues, like being yesterdays news. I doubt that she will run, but support her if she does. I loved Dennis Millers take on Palen yesterday.... "Biden...Palen...Biden ...Palen? Who was the Dumb one as the VP candidate? Spot on Dennis!! Tell Biden to stay in Asia and continue to be a 3rd rate diplomat.

    August 25, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. FM

    One thing that a person can give and still keep is own words. Thanks Karl Rove for highlighting the weakness of this woman, though most of us were aware of it.

    August 25, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. olga

    For the love of God, she's not going to run! I do believe at one time she wanted to, but she knows how unpopular she has become and how low her numbers have sunk! When Greta asked her last week if she was going to run, her response was, I don't need to run in order to get my message out! That's because she knows she doesn't stand a chance in Hell and doesn't want to embarrass herself. I am honestly so sick and tired of her, she's yesterday's news and no one cares! Please, please go home to Alaska and take care of your brew. Don't you now have another grandchild that was conceived before your son got married? You can't do a darn thing about our country, just stay home and fix your family!

    August 25, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. edpeters

    "enormous thin skin", must be part of the Jumbo Shrimp crowd! Time to work on your adjectives Karl..

    August 25, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Name king

    This woman will sell her soul to be in the spot lights, and you better don't ignore her. I think sv would root for Obama to win, because if he loses their will be no more tea party, fox ratings will be in the toilets and she will lose millions of dollars in hate munger speeches, and that's all I have to say.

    August 25, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Joe

    She's queen of the stupids: reduced from VP candidate to tabloid news diva. She personifies the pitiful state of American politics. Yet, people continue to champion her. Why doesn't someone with intelligence in her inner circle step up and tell her she's hurting America by continuing this ridiculous popularity contest masked as a political campaign? She's not going to run. She already knows there's not a chance in hell she could win. So, losing a Presidential bid would greatly diminish her popularity. Therefore, she won't run. She'll continue to preach and spew cliche talking points from the sidelines and the idiot masses will continue worship her. You can't lose if you don't play, right?

    August 25, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Mark in Seattle

    What's the world coming to when I find myself agreeing with Rove?

    August 25, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. V in Chicago

    Never is a million years did I ever think I would agree with anything Carl Rove said . . . But, he's right on with this one!

    August 25, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Caste

    Someone help me....I find myself agreeing with Karl Rove a lot recently. It is a sad day when Karl Rove is one of the few republicans willing to state the truth about the "one who shall not be named".

    August 25, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. BB

    Run Sarah Run. Run Pataki Run. The more the merrier. And then we will see that when every possible GOP candidate is in the race, none is as remotely competent as Obama to run the country (except perhaps for Huntsman–who doesn't stand a chance).

    August 25, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Cru

    "intended to mislead the American people" and "fuel the 24 hour news cycle."

    That's a laugh. This is total projection of what they're currently attempting.

    August 25, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Got to give credit to Palin, she has the guts to tangle with the Darth Vader of politics.

    August 25, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. GSW Minnesota

    Although I am not a "fan" of Mr. Rove, I appreciate that he has been hammering away at the princess from the Klondike. Let's face it, Palin loves the media attention and the financial opportunities that come along with it. There is one aspect of the economy that seems to be working out well for some people: be somewhat physically attractive and make ignorant accusations and statements and you can get rich! Why would she run for president? She should know she can't win, and as a LOSER, the money stream might dry up for her.

    August 25, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. enough of lies

    why anyone listens to Karl Rove is besides me, he is an idiot like obama. Karl if you have nothing good to say, then just SHUTUP.

    August 25, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Thanos

    Palin is doing this to stay on the media radar. She's the political version of Brett Farve. She's in, she's out, maybe she's running, maybe not. She won't give a concrete answer just like she hasn't given any concrete ideas on her plans for the country because she doesn't have any. Like Bachman with her ridiculious promises of $2.00 gas and Perry with his minimum wage jobs for all programs these candidates don't have a clue as to how to right this country. Republicans elect politicians and give them a missive of "NO COMPROMISE" but then gripe about the gridlock in Washington when its the very lack of compromise that is causing it.

    August 25, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. FIELD1stSGT

    Nobody but Rove and Obama followerers would even pay this any attention CNN. What are you trying to do help Palin not be electable. Well you people are failing and only giving us more and more reason for wanting her to come. out. A PERRY/ PALIN OR A PALIN/PERRY TICKET WOULD BE SO PERFECT. THEN WE WOULD HAVE PEOPLE OF INTELLIGENCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    August 25, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. rhonda sue

    Rove-Bush republican or Sarah Palin republican. I'll pick Palin!

    August 25, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. volksmaniac

    Rove needs to look in the mirror . He thinks by bringing the subject up time and time again , he will pressure her into revealing her plans for the future , and he gets media exposure every time he does it . So it seems a little self-serving on his part . He is entitled to his opinion , and gets paid well to express it . The same goes for Palin .

    August 25, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. harold

    in other words _ _ it or get off the pot; or using her own words, "man up"

    August 25, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. SPA Knight

    Let's not forget that Karl Rove is a political strategist and he is probably part of another candidate's team trying to call her out. The republicans want to know if she's running as much as the Democrats because she is the wildcard. They are all preparing to smear her as soon as she declares. If not, they can spend their energy elsewhere. That's my view.

    August 25, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Drummer

    Watching these shmendricks attack each other is the best free entertainment.

    August 25, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. Frank Cardenas

    Hopefully it will be a Perry/Palin ticket for the GOP and Obama will have the largest landslide win in the history of the U.S.a.

    August 25, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. JonWNC

    She criticizes Obama for being 'indecisive' and 'dithering'... while she indecisively dithers over whether to run.

    August 25, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Hatethanet

    No surprise there. She's shown many times that although she can dish it out, she can't take it. That being the case, Rove's probably not the guy to mess with.

    August 25, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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