October 24th, 2010
01:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Rove: President Palin?

(CNN) - “The architect” says Republicans have a long way to go until there’s a Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

“There are going to be several geological ages that are going to come and go before the 2012 presidential nomination gels,” Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Every one of these prospective candidates, if they decide to enter the race, has strengths that they need to work on magnifying and weaknesses that they need to endeavor to overcome.”

And what about a President Palin?

“I don’t know whether she’s going to run or not, and if she runs she would be a formidable candidate,” Rove said.

Rove also clarified his opinion of the Tea Party after talk radio host Rush Limbaugh criticized him for calling the Tea Party unsophisticated, something he said he did not mean as an insult given his definition of the word.

“These are not people who are skilled in the ways of Washington. They don’t want to be. They’re ordinary Americans from Main Street America who have created a massive grassroots effort driven by a sentiment in this country,” Rove said. “I consider it to be wholesome, patriotic and incredibly positive for the country.”

Rove also said the increased turnout he expects on Election Day in November will be largely due to the efforts of Tea Party activists.

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Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. mary225

    Read the article in the Oct. issue of Vanity Fair on Palin, Inc. What a scary bunch of faux patriots.

    October 24, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. CaliforniaBC

    "and if she [Palin] runs she would be a formidable candidate,” Rove said."

    LOL!! Against who?? Obama? Obama will wipe the floor with Palin. SHe cannot compete with him on any kind of intellectual of experience level. While, yes, she will attain the white-trash, ignorant American vote that will be all. Even the majority of Republicans think she'd be a poor candidate.
    So HOW will she be a formidable candidate? I think Rove is losing his practical sense in his old age.

    October 24, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. King

    Ooohhh hell no sarah for president europe here i come. The bad thing is thats a real good possibility since the american people have lost their dog gone minds for voting to shut down the government for the next two years. There is no way the repugs is going along with any policy the dems come up with to give obama credit to win the 2012 electins and even if they come up with a bill and the dem agree theyll say hell no.

    October 24, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. annette

    if palin runs for president in 2012 i can assure you my vote will go to the opponent.

    October 24, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. NSHSDad

    Lord help us.

    October 24, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. bob

    sarah palin would only be a "formidable" candidate in 2012 if a majority of americans stopped thinking and let the karl rove political machine steamroll over them. nevermind that sarah palin has NO ideas that aren't boilerplate talking points and that she doesn't care about the well-being of americans who don't support her agenda, which is to gain headlines and money, nothing more.

    critical thinking, RIP

    October 24, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. TM

    This is the same guy that bragged about a "permanent republican majority" in 2006. Guess he's relying on his own "math" again.

    October 24, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Bob

    Why is this guy relevant any more? He is one of the George W. adviser that has got us into this mess.

    October 24, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. citizenKANE

    If this is viewed with a cynical slant then the Republicans are doing some of us a great favor by promoting Palin, a candidate that is laughable to be considered for the highest public office in our country.

    On the other hand I am amazed, disappointed and fearful that there are enough folks that consider her a viable candidate for the presidency.

    October 24, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. CK in SD

    yeah about those second amendment remedies

    October 24, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Colorodan

    Hey Karl, do you know what else would be wholesome, patriotic and good for America? Disclosing your millionaire and billionaire donors for your Political Group whose money you are attempting to influence the election with.

    October 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Dawn

    Yeah, the Tea Party is all about defending the constitution.... if they can just remember where they left it... How's it go again?

    October 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. ingrid

    IF Palin does run for office, I suspect he will be right there to assist her.

    October 24, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. CRollman

    I sure hope Palin doesn't become the Republican candidate in 2012. I'll quite happily vote for any of a number of good Republicans for president, but not Palin.

    October 24, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Thomas Paine

    It is a scary thought to think of President Palin. Not only is the Tea Party unsophisticated they are scary to our system of government. Democracy is contrary to ignorance and racism the latter are both amplified in the Tea Party movement. There would never be a President Palin if the "architect" were Thomas Paine, Palin would not make it out of the gate.

    October 24, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. fbysea

    That's right, don't underestimate how stupid American voters can be. If they do elect Palin, however, which I find unlikey, they deserve everything that will come with it.

    October 24, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Dina

    Man up Carl, and tell the truth–put country before party for once. Palin would be a disaster and you know it. If (in the Couric interview), she couldn't even state what newspapers she reads, it means she never even had an interest in what was going on in the world. She gave us the "death panels" soundbite, which means she's a liar. Good cheekbones don't qualify someone for president.

    October 24, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    What Karl doesn't seem to realize is that Sarah does not have the intellect or the "brains" to lead anything but then again neither did George W.

    October 24, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. lakerman

    Karl Rove, like a lot of other political types, is trying to cover himself when it comes to "the question": Is Sarah Palin qualified to be president. He doesn't want to be buried by the tidal wave of lunacy that surrounds this obviously unqualified person yet still wants to be considered as a serious commentator/advisor when her run is over. The answer is: a Sarah Palin nomination for president would be the biggest gift that could be given to the Democratic party and to the nation. Her only talen is self promotion at the expense of her family, her state and anyone else that has the misfortune to fall into her web of craziness.

    October 24, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. No More

    Karl I understand what you mean when you called TEA PARTIERS "unsophisticated," it was not to disparage them but in your own say, they're not tainted by politician spin or pundits spin. They see the problem for what it is, what needs to be done – in other words, TEA PARTIERS are not politically correct people.

    If Sarah Palin run for president, and become nominee of the Republican Party; I would vote for her over Obama or Hillary Clinton. Sarah Palin is a smart woman that's the reason just the mention of her name put liberals in a tailspin. They FEAR Sarah Palin.

    October 24, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. trashcup

    Rove is such a genius. Wow. I am impressed with his knowledge and power. He's a king maker for sure.

    But having to respond to Limbaugh's criticism just like Michael Steele did – what's up with that? Guess Ditto Head really does run the Republican Party.

    October 24, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Dennis

    One man's unsophisticated is another man's ignorance. I vote for ignorance. Anyone who admires Palin and truly believes she is not missing a few brain cells has to be playing with a short deck. Scary, Scary thought.

    October 24, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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