August 13th, 2007
02:06 PM ET
15 years ago

King: Expect Rove to play role in 2008

Watch CNN's John King on Rove's political future.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top Bush aide Karl Rove may be set to resign his White House post by the end of August, but CNN Chief National Correspondent John King reports the man known as the "Architect" is likely to play an influential role in the 2008 presidential election.

"I would not be surprised at all, and I would predict on this day that he will indeed have a voice in the '08 presidential election," said King Monday on CNN.

Rove "very much wants to help the party steer its course in the '08 presidential election,” according to two close Rove friends who spoke to King.

But the friends insist Rove has not chosen a particular candidate to back and will likely wait until the field clarifies itself before assuming any type of role.

The question remains whether Rove's playbook of appealing to base voters will be followed in 2008. The strategy produced two presidential victories in 2000 and 2004, but after a bruising loss in 2006, some Republicans think it’s time to break from his strategy and target moderate voters more, King added.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Fingerbo, New York, NY

    Rove characterized his tenure in the White House as a "witness to history". What a shock that he'd say something so smarmy and dishonest. Rove was, is and will continue to be a "manipulator of history." He's the deep, dark, evil, rotten core of this administration, and scum like him never goes away.

    August 13, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Greg, Houston

    Good Riddance. Bush's brain is truly gone. What is he going to do?

    August 13, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Steven Henderson, Salem, Oregon

    I agree with many of the opinion that "Bush's Brain' is cutting out to put some distance between this failed president and the next bufoon that becomes his client. He should be shown as the real muckracker that he and his clowns bestowed on the American people. The politics of corruption, divisiveness and his other eminent virtues will continue to erode this GOP for years to come. Good riddance you SOB. Take Gonzales with you, why don't you????

    August 13, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. RightyTighty

    Thanks Karl,

    You've been very successful in exposing the media's partisianship and keeping the leftists crying about their selfish talking points. Great job!!

    August 13, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Mary, Holland, MI

    He hasn't gone away. He'll just be in hiding for a while–at least until the Republican nomination is in place.

    August 13, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Anne E., Salt Lake City

    Of COURSE his dirty fingers are going to be in the '08 pie. "Resignation" is simply a matter of semantics. He's already been set up in a nice little office somewhere where he can do his dirtywork in secret, to focus on getting "The math" right this time.
    We need to take our country and our power out of the hands of this greedy, seedy lowlife waste of skin, and show him who's REALLY got "THE MATH."

    August 13, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. katwac oakland calif

    I do find one thing amusing. Whenever Bush's administration cuts and runs, they always have the reason of "to be with my family." Have not seen or heard of Rove's wife or family or whatever he has, EVER but that is why he is leaving. OK Gonzo – you and Condi are next

    August 13, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Lou, St. Charles, IL

    This is bad news for the Democrats. The sole purpose of this resignation is so that Mr. Rove can concentrate on winning the White House in '08. Do we need another four years? This country is already in ruin. China owns most of our debts. No job growths. A paper tiger economy roaring at a mere 2%, if we are lucky. A war with no ending in sight. Energy policies that doesn't benefit the common people. And, lastly, a fear policy to make sure all the clowns are in line. I don't know about you people, but do we need to continue down this road???

    August 13, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Ali A. Akbar

    King hasn't been right on too many predictions. We shall see. I'm not doubting Rove – I'm doubting King.

    August 13, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Kenny, Phoenix, AZ

    Ooooo, this is not good...George 'Dubya' just lost his brain!! Now what are we gonna do?

    August 13, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. TC Plainfield, IL

    Karl Rove is not going anywhere. He is going to take a little vacation and then accept bids for his services. The only question is which republican candidate wants to win at any cost.

    August 13, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. J barron, Locust Grove, Ga

    Just because someone takes a stand for whats right and doesn't back down for anyone, including these misinformed commentors, doesn't mean they are minipulating or trying to keep us in the dark. I am proud of our president and his administration for protecting us from an enemy that should have been taken out when the Clintons were in office. Or has everyone forgotten that?

    August 13, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Anne E., Salt Lake City

    To J barron

    Apparently the ONLY person who's forgotten about "the enemy that should have been taken out when the Clintons were in office" is GEORGE W. BUSH HIMSELF, thanks to Karl Rove and Dick Cheney!

    August 13, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Jeffrey Kress Old Bridge,NJ

    Send Rove to Iraq since he's the largest reason our troops are over there to begin with.He was so hot for Americans to be in Iraq,send HIM or just push him out of the plane when it gets near Baghdad if you're so inclined.

    Let's see,Tenet is gone..check,Rumsfeld is gone... check,Rove is kinda gone...check,so that just leaves three more to get rid of before we get our country back!(for those that are Republican challenged that is Rice,Cheney and George "Worst" Bush)!DON'T LET THE DOOR........!!!!!

    August 13, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Kojo

    I agree with you,if it were left to these liberal fanatics communism would still be around.This president has shown resilliance in the face of the islamic threat

    August 13, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. John Q Public

    Dear Candidates for Office:

    Adding Karl Rove to your campaign staff could easily backfire big time. He is so widely and thoroughly despised, so widely and thoroughly thought of as dishonest and slimy - it's an association you may not want to have. Adding him to your staff would seriously call into question, if not outright destroy, confidence in your honesty, integrity and judgment.

    John Q Public

    August 13, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Steve, Phoenix, Arizona

    What could Karl Rove do for the upcoming 2008 presidential election?

    Perhaps convince the next president to invade Sweden because we could possibly win there?

    Makes about as much sense as President Cheney, oops, President Rove, oops, President BUSH's decision to invade a country that had nothing to do with Al-Qadai or the 9/11 attacks. The damage this administration has done to America will take generations to fix, if it ever can be. Rove's leaving only means that the ventriloquist is gone, the dummy (Bush) remains, without a brain or mouthpiece.

    August 13, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. Ron Nebraska

    The only thing more disgusting than Karl Rove himself is the people who support him without knowing how absolutely slimy this guys' ethics are. Please educate yourselves people! The Republican party relies on your ignorance for power!

    August 13, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Hitler predicted a thousand year reign for the Third Reich. Karl Rove predicted dozens of years of political dominence for the Republican Party with slash/burn,divide & conquer,demonize your oppossition tactics. Hitler was off by 900+ yrs. I hope America proves Rove to have been wrong also.

    August 14, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Anonymous, Phoenix, Arizona

    We can only hope, my fellow Americans, that the next president will make Rove the ambassador to the Bermuda Triangle.

    August 14, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    To J Barron:

    Clinton did try to get rid of Osama BUT if you remember the republicans and the wingnuts who support them (you)screamed that he was only bombing the terrorists to distract attention from the impeachment hearing. Remember? We might have been rid of Osama then but the republicans thought it was more important to railroad Clinton for having a sexual encounter.

    What a bunch of boobs.

    August 14, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |