Rove's Palin prediction
August 21st, 2011
02:54 PM ET
10 years ago

Rove's Palin prediction

(CNN) - Karl Rove predicted Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is likely to run for president and will make her decision known soon.

Rove, the former top political adviser to President George W. Bush and co-founder of American Crossroads, a conservative political action committee, said Palin's upcoming trip to Iowa and recent web video are evidence she is gearing up for a run.

"I'm not much of a gambler, but I'd put a little more money that she gets in than if she doesn't," Rove told "Fox News Sunday."

If Palin, who was the vice presidential candidate on the 2008 Republican ticket, doesn't make a decision shortly, people will assume she is not running and withhold their support, Rove said.

"You can only tease so many times in the political process, and I think she is getting to the end of that," Rove said.

Palin has flirted with a White House bid for months, even launching a bus tour in early presidential contest states.

Most recently, she attended the Iowa State Fair on the same weekend as the high stakes Ames Straw Poll. The video her political action committee released Friday showcased her trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Palin returns to Iowa to address a tea party group on September 3rd.

Filed under: 2012 • Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
soundoff (354 Responses)
  1. maine liberal

    Palin announces on labor day gets a piece of the "top" at 12 percent.

    August 22, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. CarolO

    How many nut cases can the Republicans put up for nomination? The Reps are once again crying for Christie when he's been saying NO for months. I can just see some of these people talking with world leaders. They probably converse pretty well with farmers.

    August 22, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. ells

    Oh oh oh, wait wait wait, I know I know, she is being LOTS of money under the table by a backer from the other side.

    August 22, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. susan

    She plans on running as her ego would not let her "not" run. She is a media monger. She is a real bottom of the barrel candidate, as she is not versed on the economy, jobs, science, enviornment issues, and any other issue a President must face. she would be a real joke and i would move out of the country.

    August 22, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. MC in TX

    Palin's continued activities can only hurt the Republicans which, given the current GOP line up, is a probably a good thing. What's more worrisome, though, is that kooks like Palin and Bachman are gradually being seen as mainstream. Though they cannot themselves win, they make guys like Perry seem more normal.

    And, frankly, it is a shame that most of the women who have been grabbing the political spotlight in recent years (Palin, O'Donnell, Bachmann) are anti-intellectual wingnuts. I rather wish Hillary would be in the spotlight more just to remind people that there are intelligent women that can hold high-level positions.

    August 22, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Bob

    Wow - how many more candidates can the GOP squeeze into its clown car?

    August 22, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. gravis

    Unfortunately there is a large swath of our voting population that hates intellectuals, science, and reason. It harkens back to schooldays when they were ridiculed for their poor grades and inability to compete intellectually. These people have not gotten any smarter, are highly gullible, and will always vote for the Palin's, Bachmanns, Perrys, GW Bushs, etc. And there is no changing their minds.

    August 22, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Robert Cloosdoosch

    Go ahead Sarah. Waste your money.

    August 22, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Patrick

    The Iowa State Fair was, yet another, excellent example of the "star power" of Governor Sarah Palin. They Loved her like no other candidate that spent months and millions trying to gain attention. She walked in for one day and "electrified them".

    She draws the crowds to hear her message, which is "our message".

    Governor Sarah Palin, and her millions of supporters, and ready for an "anti-corruption campaign" that America is ready for. People are fed up with in your face lies from both parties and Sarah Palin is the answer, SHE CAN BE TRUSTED.

    I own an operate a Small Software Development Company, since 1982, and she gets my vote and financial support.

    Way to go girl.....Ronald Reagan would be proud!

    August 22, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Irene

    Wow another clueless person running on the Republican side. As an Independent voter I am very concerned of the caliber of people running on the Republican side. I really can't vote for any of the people currently running and no way in the world would I ever vote for this woman. My personal believe is she is only running for the publicity as she is no longer in the spotlight. Shame on her.

    August 22, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Marc in Canada - buy American made products and save your economy

    If Sarah didn't have that librarian look we wouldn't even be talking about her. No substance, no common sense, radical views and most importantly she's a proven quitter.

    August 22, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Dave

    Le Grande Grifter is going to waste all the Republicans' time and money, but she'll do it just for attention. Fine with me – the more she cripples them the less damage the GOP can do to the country.

    Republicans are really losing what little credibility they had left, getting all excited about dullard candidates based soley on their religious radicalism. They have truly become a theocratic party at this point, and a sad, sorry joke.

    August 22, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Hmm

    "Tea Party populists who share the beliefs of a very large percentage of Americans, "

    Um. No. They don't.

    And anyone who thinks this madwoman can not only get the nomination, but actually beat President Obama needs to have his or her head examined.

    August 22, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Irene

    Sarah, run please run. I miss the skits on Saturday Night LIve. Those political skits were the funniest things ever. There were times when I couldn't tell the difference between the skits and the nightly news. I need a good laugh.

    August 22, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Hmm

    Patrick said, "SHE CAN BE TRUSTED."

    Hon, she's a con artist. She and her entire family are nothing but a bunch of hucksters. I cannot believe anyone would seriously consider voting for this woman. She makes W. look like Einstein.

    August 22, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Expat American

    Sarah “Peggy Hill” Palin represents all that is wrong about America – but sadly, this is most of what you see when you take the exit off of the highway into red state small town America. The ‘educated elite’ of both parties do not want to see her run; but it is up to those on the Republican side to ensure that her farcical circus act stops short of the nomination.

    August 22, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Wobh

    If she announces her intention to run she will have to then win the nomination.... that would be a tall order. Maybe she's hoping the nominee will invite her to run for VP.

    August 22, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Vince

    Come on in Sarah!!!!!! You are just what we need.


    August 22, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Gee... when the US got involved, you lefties said it was a "NATO" mission and we were just support forces. Now Obama is a "great leader"??? Sorry..... can't have it both ways."

    Really? Your comment highlights an underlying flaw in typical right wing conservative thought: that to be a great military leader, one must attack, use force, ut massive nuymbers of boots on the ground, blow everything to hell and go overwhelmingly on the offensive. What about being a great leader is mutually exclusive with avoiding that kind of scorched earth, high-risk, high-casualty, high-cost offensives and entrenchment? The smart ones recognize that they're not only not mutually exclusive, but that the ability to still attain our goals without that kind of risk, cost, destruction, etc., is actually highly indicative of good leadership...whereas over-reliance on such militarism, in fact, indicates quite the opposite about the so-called "leader" using it as a crutch.

    August 22, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Sylvestor Johnson

    Whatever, just another establishment candidate. No different than Rick Perry.

    Only Ron Paul will do!!

    August 22, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. vatoloke

    She's waiting until the exteme end to avoid as many debates as possible because to her, the debates are nothing more than "gotcha" questions.

    August 22, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. babs

    Who cares. With all the intelligent, experienced, highly respected women in the GOP, they get behind Bachmann and Palin. Really. Sad, very sad.

    August 22, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I'm not much of a gambler, but I'd put a little more money that she gets in than if she doesn't," Rove told "Fox News Sunday."
    Slow newsday unless you want to talk about our President's excellent leadership vis-a-vis Lybia. Boy did he call that one right huh?! Or should I say ALSO; there was that little thing that netted us Osama bin Laden and NO American casualties.
    Anywhooo......Palin in or out? The answer remains the same: Who gives a good gosh darn? Not us.
    Obama 2012

    August 22, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. GeorgeBos95

    Sarah will play this out as long as she can – it's worth $$$ to her to keep her name in the spotlight without committing.

    But, if she does enter the race, I predict the meltdown of the Republicans. Perry has already proven he's a loose cannon. Bachmann is also unelectable – she's simply too extreme and polarizing. Romney has as much charisma as a brick. As for the rest of the Republican pack {yawn}.

    Obama's poll numbers may be in the cellar, but the devil we know is far better than the lunatic extreme devil we don't.

    Obama by double digits, no matter who the Republicans put forward.

    And Sarah finally put out to pasture.

    August 22, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Tea Party Mike

    I do not think Palin is going to run, I think she is just playig with the lame stream media for as long as she can, getting them to waste their time following her around waiting for her to announce.
    But whoever does ultimatly get the Republican nomination will give indpendent swing voters an interesting choice. Obama who has not created a single major policy they support or the Repubican candidate who the left will hate but maybe independents not so much.
    Polls show independents do not apporve of Obama's job performance. Tthey did not and do not approve of the stimulus, auto bailouts or Obamacare. They do not approve of Obama's handling of the economy or deficits. They just do not approve of Obama period. When you do not like the current looser in charge, it is much easier to find something to like in the alternative.
    Obama will not be able to campaign on a single majory policy achievment that independent swing voters like and Obama fooled them once in 2088 that he was a centerist, he will not be able to do that again in 2012.
    I like the Republican chances in 2012 whoever the candidate winds up being.

    August 22, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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