(CNN) - Republican strategist and former presidential adviser Karl Rove said Thursday that Rep. Gresham Barrett will have a tough time catching up to state Rep. Nikki Haley in the South Carolina gubernatorial runoff.
Haley captured 49 percent of the vote in Tuesday's GOP primary, while Barrett finished a distant second. The runoff election is June 22 and some Republicans have suggested that Barrett step aside and let Haley become the nominee.
Asked in a Fox News appearance if Barrett should drop out of the runoff, Rove answered, "Well, he's a really good man and this is a decision that's up to him."
"But you know, 49 percent - if it was a 49-46 or a 49-40, and the other candidates were rushing in to endorse Barrett, it'd be one thing," Rove said. "But 49 percent to 20-some-odd percent - that's a big gap to make up. He's got make that decision himself."
Rove predicted that Republican voters "who supported other candidates are now going to find themselves, you know, sort of moving naturally into the campaign of the candidate who got nearly as many votes as all the rest of the candidates combined."
Washington (CNN) - In a new video, released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau, former George W. Bush senior adviser Karl Rove encourages Americans to participate in the 2010 Census, saying "it's not too late."
The public service announcement, already available online, runs 51 seconds and features Rove speaking about the history of the Census.
"One of my favorite founders is James Madison, principal author of the Constitution," Rove says in the spot. "He created an instrument of democracy by writing into the Constitution a requirement for a Census every ten years to ensure fair representation in Congress. If you've not yet mailed back your 2010 Census form, it's not too late. Please answer the ten easy questions. They are almost the same ones Madison helped write for the first Census back in 1790."
According to a statement from the U.S. Census Bureau, Rove's PSA is designed to remind residents that they have just over two weeks to mail back their census forms to avoid a visit from a census worker in early May.
Los Angeles (CNN) – Former White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was heckled and branded a 'war criminal' at a book signing in Beverly Hills, California, Monday night.
Rove, who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, was at the Saban Theater to discuss his new book, "Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight," to an audience of about 100 people who paid up to $40 to hear him.
But the audience members were unable to get their copies of the book signed after Rove was shouted down and forced to leave the stage, reported CNN affiliate KCAL-TV.
Washington (CNN) - If Karl Rove would have had his way – Dick Cheney would not have become vice president.
Rove explained how he laid out the arguments to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush against choosing Cheney as a running mate, when asked in a CNN interview Thursday. Rove recounts the story in his new book, "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight."
"He was set on Cheney for vice president, and I thought it was a bad idea," Rove told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
Washington (CNN) - Karl Rove predicted Thursday that the political outlook for Republicans looks sunny, but bleak for Democrats heading into the midterm elections. This shouldn't be a surprise coming from President George W. Bush's top political advisor.
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Rove discussed the 2010 elections including the possibility that Republicans will retake the House.
"I think, you know, before health care passed, I was saying 23 to 30," Rove said in the interview on John King, USA about the number of seats he expected the GOP to win. "I think the number's going to be slightly higher now.
He added, "But it could conceivably be a Republican majority in the House."
As for Senate Democrats, Rove believes they should also worry.
(CNN) - The keynote speaking slot at the South Carolina Republican Party's annual Silver Elephant Banquet is usually given to an up-and-coming voice in the party – often someone looking down the road to a possible presidential bid and eager to meet activists in a key primary state.
GOP heavyweights like Ronald Reagan, John McCain, Newt Gingrich, George Allen and Mike Pence have spoken at the event over the last two decades. The dinner, the party's biggest fundraiser of the year, also hosted two Republican presidential primary debates in 1996 and 2000.
This year's speaker though is someone who likely won't be on the ballot in 2012: Karl Rove.
(CNN) – Karl Rove, one-time senior adviser to former President George W. Bush, took a cautious approach Wednesday when asked about a cadre of Justice Department lawyers who represented military detainees prior to joining the Obama administration.
Keep America Safe, a conservative advocacy group focused on national security and foreign policy issues and affiliated with Liz Cheney, released a Web video last week that raised questions about the loyalties of Obama Justice Department lawyers who previously represented terrorism suspects detained by the federal government.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and a former Bush State Department official, has caught flak from other conservatives, including former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, for her group's efforts to focus on these DOJ lawyers.
Asked where he stood on the issue of the lawyers targeted by Cheney's group, Rove was noncommittal.
"We need to have full information," Rove told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview that aired on "The Situation Room" Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – An unlikely tome has been seen in the Obama West Wing: "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight," the new memoir by ex-Bush adviser Karl Rove.
A copy of the book was spotted Wednesday in the office of White House senior adviser David Axelrod, who is arguably Barack Obama's Rove. Axelrod confirmed to CNN he got a copy of the book from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and is planning to check it out.
"I will read it," said Axelrod, who noted that he and Rove also were planning to have dinner a few months ago but the event was canceled because of scheduling reasons.
Axelrod hopes to re-schedule dinner with Rove down the road, undoubtedly trying to glean some insights about serving in the White House, dealing with midterm elections, and possibly looking ahead to a presidential re-election battle.
Oh, to be a fly in the wall for that one.
Washington (CNN) - What's on the mind of the man often called "Bush's Brain"? In an interview with CNN Wednesday, Rove wondered if the Tea Party movement will help, or hurt, Republicans. And he said his former ally-turned-critic, onetime White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, is talking "strange."
The former senior adviser to President Bush told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the Tea Party movement is a wide and diverse group, but said he worries the movement might harm the GOP.
"It will hurt the Republican Party if some elements of the Tea Party decide to become third party advocates, because it will split the conservative vote," he said.
Despite that concern, Rove said he believes the vast majority of tea partiers "are trying to figure out, in a decentralized, grassroots way, how they can remain a force, a movement, that holds the feet of elected officials in both parties to the fire."
Meanwhile, Rove was reserved in responding to fresh and stinging criticism from McClellan - Rove's first time doing so.