Rove calls Palin move 'smart'
November 27th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Rove calls Palin move 'smart'

(CNN) - Karl Rove, also known as "the architect" of George W. Bush's presidential campaigns, is calling Sarah Palin's upcoming Iowa book stops "a smart thing to do."

"That's a pretty smart move if you're thinking about running for president," Rove said Friday on Fox News.

The former Alaska governor on Saturday will make the first of two stops in Iowa, the site of the first presidential primary contest, to promote her new book "America by Heart."

Rove, who served as Deputy Chief of Staff under former President Bush, said the new book "gives her an excuse to be there as something other than a candidate, which is really important."

Bush won the Iowa caucus in 2000 and 2004, and Rove said Hawkeye State residents are not likely to support a candidate based on campaign ads or celebrity.

"One of the keys for Iowa is they want to see you up close and personal," Rove said. "They may want to see you several times before they decide whether or not they'll support you in the caucuses."

But Rove also acknowledged that this is just the beginning of the long run for the White House.

"She's got a problem with independents and a problem with Democrats," Rove said. "Over the course of the next year, like all of the Republican candidates, she's got to demonstrate that she's got an ability to unify the Republicans and reach outside the Republican ranks."

Palin is currently on a 16-stop book tour that ends December 3 with a visit to South Carolina, another important state for potential candidates in 2012.

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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Sonnie

    Sure is a lot of negitive talk About Sara P. I think she has lots of the jack wagons heading for the ditch. Anyway she would be better than Obama as he has lost touch even with the democrats. While I don't have the answer I do know we are
    all on the Titantic and if we don't wise up, we will have the same fate. I am not going to show my IQ by posting slams and barbs about anybody. I look for someone who will listen to WE THE PEOPLE and I hope and pray a true conservitive leader will come forward. I just don't want to see this great nation go under because of the people in Washington don't know how to balance the budjet or secure our boarders. Lot's of great people gave their lives to protect our liberties and the time has
    come when our own goverment is not doing what is right for America. 2010 made some end road into our problems and
    2012 holds lots of promise for me.
    Independant Voter

    November 28, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  2. 66Biker

    Why is Karl Rove so dead set on having an idiot in the White House? Wasn't the last one he backed enough?

    November 28, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  3. bobcat1a

    How long do you suppose it will be before there is a Sarah Palin Happy Meal toy?

    November 28, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  4. JSL

    so the new srategy is the republicans embrace Palin...then destroy her when your feeling comfortable with that...

    good one Karl...your way ahead of us.

    November 28, 2010 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  5. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    RUN SARAH RUN _ Don't listen to Karl, what does he know?
    (This message provided by good PATRIOTIC AMERICANS EVERYWHERE)

    November 28, 2010 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  6. malponce

    Sarah Palin is an idiot even people in coma knows it

    November 28, 2010 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  7. TCVAN

    Well, she has a problem with Republicans least this Republican. She comes off as a dingbat, uneducated, and not one who would likely be respected by our allies. The Democrats had an accurate bumper sticker during the last presidential campaign.....all it has was her photograph on it with "WTF?" next to it.....that still says it all for me.

    Perhaps Trump would be the best Republican candidate the next time around.....certainly a leader, plenty of common sense, cares about the country, and though wealthy....has a nation of people who may trust him due to his popularity on TV.....i.e., not to removed from the common man like Steve Forbes was.

    November 28, 2010 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  8. mrkeno

    cant someone just make karl rove go away forever

    November 28, 2010 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  9. ST

    Hey Rove, will the book Sarah is trying to sell change the mind of Democrats and Independents? The answer is the BIG NO. So what is her smartness for!! as this will not produce the anticipated result !!!

    November 28, 2010 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  10. Marry

    We will see if the “media” can make a President. Considering that Palin has nothing one would need or wish in a President, this can only work with an “outside” push. Wonder where the responsibility has gone to report the news and to try for facts. On CNN I only see “entertainment” when it comes to SP!

    November 28, 2010 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  11. infonomics

    If Palin loves this country she will do precisely as Barbara Bush advised. So, as Jefferson Starship sang (modified):
    Sara, sara, storms are brewin in your eyes
    Sara, sara, no time is a good time for goodbyes
    But Sarah, farewell it must be for you,
    So off to Alaska with yourself, your nescience and your palm notes, too.

    November 28, 2010 06:56 am at 6:56 am |

    Failin Palin will also be back in Indianapolis on Thursday,where she was booed out of town on the last book tour. It was covered up by the media. Only Youtube showed the film.

    November 28, 2010 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  13. Mike S.

    Rove should know all about putting lipstick on pigs. He's done it for a living.

    November 28, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  14. FredH

    Palin is just as qualified to run the country (into the ground) as our current POTUS. I'll pass on both of them.

    November 28, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  15. rickirs

    My dog is smart. My 2-year old is smart. My phone is smart. Palin is smart. None would be a good Presidential candidate but if I had to choose..................?

    November 28, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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