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. DB

    This what you republican people support! A brainless politician, who is all about feeding you bull while she rakes in money...all along dragging you all over the country just to hear her say what? "I REPRESENT AMERICA's VALUES". PLEASE!!! You represent America's greed!

    August 25, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Upstate Barbara

    Run, Sarah....far far away.

    August 25, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. TEA PARTY Mike

    I do agree with Rove, I think Palin is too thin skinned. I think that is why she resigned as Gov. and why I do not support her for President. But that does not get in the way of her being a very powerful force for conservatives, the TEA Party and Republicans.
    Palin made Forbes' list of most powerful women coming in at no. 34. Bachmann came in at 22 and Pelosi at 52. I'm surprised Pelosi made the list at all. See lead the House Democrats to defeat in the 2010 election. She twisted arms and forced Blue Dog Democrats to vote for bills like the stimulus, Obamacare and Cap and Trade even though they did not want to and their voters back in their districts did not want them to and a majority of voters in America did not want them to. She twisted arms until she had just enough votes to pass the bills. And then angry voters had their chance to vote in 2010 and voted the Democrats out of office and out of power in the House. How does that rate a list of powerful women?

    August 25, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Mike

    As much as "Cut & Run" Palin criticizes the so called "Lame stream media", if it weren't for them she woulnd't be getting all the publicity she currently enjoys. No matter how much venom she spews in their direction, she owes them a lot. They keep her name in the news. She is the most unelectable person in the republican party and they know it. If she were nominated, the republicand would be handing the election to Obama on a silver platter. Today is very cold in hell. I agree with Rove.

    August 25, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. asdf

    For whining so much about the press she sure has taken a lot of their dirty money.

    August 25, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Bob

    One things for sure if whe were president she would make Bush look intelligent.

    August 25, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. NN

    Oh my lord – I agree with Karl Rove!!

    August 25, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Tony

    Palin is now the head cheerleader of the Republican Party, for which she is eminently qualified, unless there is a cheerleader debate.

    August 25, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. J Myer

    Sarah Palin is a player and it is time her loving followers really look at the reality of her manipulating them. She is all about money and if she announces she is not running, the money will stop. Of all the candidates running right now, which one of them would want her to campaign for them? She is an embarrassment to women, to the country and it is time for her to either get a reality show or take care of her messed up family. Maybe Todd could get a job.

    August 25, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. SantaFeChar

    Amazing! Something Karl Rove said that I actually agree with!!

    August 25, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Chuck

    It's the first time I agreed with Rove. Palin has thin skin, but that's not her worst fault - the list is long.

    I don't agree with Rove that she will run. She's still cashing in on being McCain's VP choice - keeping her name in the news despite not being news worthy. Also, I think she hopes the nominee will select her to run as VP.

    August 25, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Lust leave Sarah alone,
    Art!!!! Freudian slip much?! Funny.

    August 25, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Katie

    I always said we didn't have to worry too much about Sarah Palin as politician – her own kind would eat her alive. And they are starting to do that.

    August 25, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Bob

    Presidents need to be decisive. The fact that Palin can't seem to make up her mind about running shows she is not decisive. She's also proven that she quits when the going gets tough. We don't need an indecisive quitter in the White House.

    August 25, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Tzckrl

    After all these years, Karl Rove finally gets ONE THING RIGHT! YAY! He's evolving!

    August 25, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. mickeymo

    I'm no Rove fan by any stretch, but he just went up a couple of notches for me.

    August 25, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Cedar Rapids

    'Bob – Presidents need to be decisive. The fact that Palin can't seem to make up her mind about running shows she is not decisive. '

    She used to be indecisive but now she's not so sure.

    August 25, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. J. D. Hunter

    Is Karl feeling well? Is he OK? OMG he's said something that makes perfectly good logical sense! And it even sounds TRUE !

    August 25, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Michael MN

    Oh Man – this is going to Hurt but – – I agree with you Mr Rove

    August 25, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. johnborg

    Bush's old guard seem sane in comparison to the new GOP. Yes, I said it, Karl Rove you just made sense.

    August 25, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Sagebrush Shorty

    Perhaps Rove should run for president then we can see how thick skinned he is.

    August 25, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. allens

    karl, while i have not agreed with everything you have said or done, i have always thought you were very bright. you know she is a fool don't you?

    August 25, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Evan

    Yes, Sarah Palin is thin skinned but Karl Rove does not understand that she is only IN IT FOR THE MONEY!

    August 25, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Longsack the Clown

    Sarah palin makes ME laugh, and I'm a clown

    August 25, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. mkjp

    she's just keeping her face on tv as much as she possibly can. obviously crashing events meant for *actual* candidates is the best way to do this, so it's what she will continue to do. maybe when the deadline arrives for having to run or not, she will decide to run just to stay on tv. but this is all a publicity stunt. Rove is right, if no one talked about her she'd be spitting mad that how dare we ignore her. she is a fame hound, that is all.

    August 25, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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