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. What is Smart...?

    Common-sense and action plan person...and Sarah Palin own lots of it....

    What does Barack Obama have just smart talk and no action plan..and.what the country needs less of...!

    Go Sarah go...common-sense and full of actions plans........!

    August 22, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. track record

    Let's see. She resigns as governor when the state faced a $1.6 BILLION shortfail. Her solution was to rework the revenue projections to address much of it and then take money from the state's savings for the rest. What a solution!!

    Not to mention Bristol. Jerseyshore meets the White House.... Makes me want to cringe.

    August 22, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Peggy - TX

    Regarding the earlier comment: ”I can tell you the Tea Party does not take the crazy rants and lies of the left seriously, no one with a rational brain does. When the loony left says the Tea Party are extremists, racists, terrorists, inciting violence and uneducated morons, we all just look at each other and laugh at how outrageous it all is.”


    I think the following more accurately sums up the commentators position.

    We all know the socialist, American hating, welfare recipient lefties are saying such things, because we all saw it on Fox and heard it from Boss Rush.

    I can speak for ALL Tea Pariters, because we are all one and the same. We all look alike. We all read and hear the same stuff. None of us actually think for ourselves and we do not bother with such things as political discussion among ourselves because we are too busy memorizing the talking points we are given, following orders without question, and weeding out any one in our mist that expresses anything that goes against what we all are told we are to believe and stand for: destroying the public school system, destroying opportunities for those born in to the low class to advance in our society, preserving the illegal image so that we can have cheep domestic help, making the Rich more Rich, making the poor more poor, making healthcare cost higher and most importnatly eliminating social security and medical benefits for the elderly.

    August 22, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. mesamick

    I'll make the same kind of "no comment" prediction that Rove did...The weathr is gonna change and I'd put more money on it changing than not changing. Nice guess Nostradamous...Don't worry, Palin isn't gonna run for POTUS – and if she hears "gawd" tellin' her to run and she does she'll only quite half-way thru the campaign season when the contributions quit – you betcha!

    August 22, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. WhatDoWant

    We sit on our porches lamenting that we need someone as president who "gets it". Someone normal, in touch, yet with the political savvy and brains to get there. Yet come Election Day we vote in the same old politicians we always have ... the super-rich, special interest-controlled yahoos that are runing our country as we speak. Palin represents real change and real ideas, tied together with a candidate who is from the middle-class and has vowed to speak for the average citizen. That scares the "you know what" out of the elected elite and they are smearing her as fast and as heavy as they can before she, or someone like her, gets elected and proves that they can get the job done - thus also proving that the incumbents are not needed anymore and we can vote in whomever we please. Don't jump on the anti-Pailin bandwagon before you read her real words, explore her ideas, and truly understand what she stands for. Actually, do that for EVERY candidate and vote for the person that makes sense to YOU ... and stay off the bandwagons entirely. In other words: think for yourself! Then choose a president in 2012. A thinking electorate would not have voted in Pres Obama ... or for that matter GW Bush. We need real candidates ... let's start with Palin and see where that leads.

    August 22, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Tom in the Great NW

    Well, Sarah darlin', we cannot wait for you to start giving us MORE HISTORY LESSONS about how PAUL REVERE RODE TO WARN THE BRITISH and how EISENHOWER CALLED HITLER TO SAY, "IT'S NORMANDY!"

    August 22, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. canuckpolitico

    Its amazing to watch Ameriacan politics. Almost a year and a half before the election candidates are campaigning. This distracts politicians and the president from their task at hand... ....running the country.Americans do not need 16 months to make up their mind. Most life long republicans would vote for a monkey if it ran for president. Sarah Palin is the epitome of the disfunction of American politics. God help us all if she were president. Why would anyone vote republican when the recent events in congress show they only care about their political future rather than the future of their country and the whole world for that matter. A more fair tax system would not hurt the rich and make the future more sustainable because there is going to be another collapse if "everyone" doesn't contribute their fair share.

    August 22, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Republican Robber Baron

    More Nut Clones...they all think exactly the same like zombie clones.

    August 22, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. scott

    well i can say one thing she loves america and the man in office loves to kiss everyone eles a hole and that is why no one respects us anymore i believe she will make sure america comes first end of story f everyone else

    August 22, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Patrick

    Cut Through the Pale Blue Hen Smoke...and look at some simple realities, where the fact is ALL Republicans will VOTE for the NOMINEE no matter who it is.

    270 Electorals is what is needed. She will win ALL those that George W Bush won and with Redistricting and Republican Governors in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere will aid in victory.

    ...Get Ohio (R) and Florida (R) and its over...

    So why Governor Sarah Palin? Her resume says it all:

    (1) Sarah has experience in Exectutive Government, National Campainging, and Small Businesses, that create 80% of the jobs in America. Focuse campaign on "small" businesses and not large ones.

    (2) Sarah has rock solid credentials on conservative values and issues that are most agreable to mainstream voters. She enjoyed 93% bipartisan supprort for a reason. She has winning views on Civil Unions, Abortion, and Family values. Her emails and governance prove it.

    (3) Sarah has "proven" anti-corruption street creditbility that is a "winning campaign strategy" for 2012. In our era of failed and corrupt leadership the People are yearning for "honesty" and the public inherently trusts her.

    Populist Ronald Reagan had a winning message of Small Government, and the good luck to have Jimmy Carter' record of failure

    Populist Sarah Palin has a winning message of Small Government, and the good luck to have Barrack Obama' record of failure

    Sarah Palin ELECTRIFIES a crowd like no one else in the field. Real true blue Beatles Level type of electricity. You can't buy that at any price.

    Channeled properly that electricity can be used to "light up" the Democrats like a Vandergraf Machine and put Republicans in the White House for the next 8 years.

    August 22, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. CW0WW

    I keep reading posts about how democrats hope Palin runs, to assure an Obama victory. You actually would want Obama for another 4 years? The guy's without question a gifted orator, but has shown a complete lack of intestinal fortitude. I mean talk a about a weak, ineffctual presidency. Hilary will win the democratic nomination anyway

    August 22, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    I think another Republican woman with Questionable intelligence is just what this race needs. You have a admitted witch, one whose family business is to "Pray out the Gay" and the woman who quit as Governor of Alaska because it was becoming difficult. The only good thing about them is that they shine as beacons of thought when compared to the Republican men running.

    August 22, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Phoenixjake

    Hail, Palin, full of grace. Blessed are you among the Republicans. Blessed is the Tea Party. Wonderful Palin, mother of the Tea Party, lead us now and in the hour of recession.

    August 22, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Tears of a clown

    This unknown woman was living in Wasilla, a hole in a wall town, being Governor of a state no one really cares about, blowing her husband once in a while and it was all interrupted when McCain came calling and the world has not been the same since. McCain & his staff that helped put this bozo in the limelight should all be stripped naked & caned.

    August 22, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. mc

    That should raise the Saturday Night Live ratings again!

    August 22, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Amy in Michigan

    If, by some off chance, this odd and mentally challenged woman becomes president of our country (gulp), I'm moving to Europe. No point living in a third world nation if we don't have to...

    August 22, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Statman29

    Why does anyone care about the opinions of the human fungi known as Karl Rove?

    August 22, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Monty

    I think palin should stay out and if she gets into the race for president I will definately not vote for her because if she jumps in now it will be like the fat kid that does a massive cannon ball in a pool full of families with lots of kids. It's just not appropriate and would be totally rude and uncalled for.

    August 22, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. ur just afraid

    All the democrats are scared.They know what anyone in there right mind knows. Obama is done. The American people cant handle four more years of the same old politics. So far he is a great smooth talking casanova.But thats where it ends he has not done anything he promised when he got elected.I am not for any republican. I want to see this country get back on its feet and that will not hapen with obama

    August 22, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Moby49

    The more the merrier I say. Heck, she has the money, the PACs and the celebrity status. Besides, she can use the publicity to sell more books. However, I recommend staying away from documentaries and any interviewers except those lovers on Fox.

    August 22, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. bill

    Always love reading all the posts from you hate filled left winged fundamentalist progressives.

    August 22, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Beverly - NYC

    Either Karl wants to see a chick fight or he hates Rick Perry that much. Last time around Rove said Miss Sarah wasn't smart enough to be Vice President . Now she's good enough for the top spot? Did I miss something?

    Employ Tina Fey, please rum Sarah!!!!

    August 22, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Rick

    Instead of wasting your time and money Sarah why not just take all the money you would spend on this fools errand and give it to the government to make up for what your last republican president threw away on tax cuts for the rich and a pointless war in Iraq?

    August 22, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Julie

    I would LOVE to see a Palin-Bachman ticket just to watch all the Lefties get their panties in a wad. *LMAO*

    August 22, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. jtrain814

    How could Sarah Palin be taken seriously? She quit her governor job in Alaska in the middle of the term to pursue self-interest activities.

    August 22, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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