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. cindy originally from jersey

    does anyone feel she is trying to avoid as many debates as possible? She knows she would get stomped on and the public will see how unqualified to run for President she is.

    August 21, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. EffortPA

    I believe Palin is the only candidate out there capable of uniting the left with about 70% of the right. No other candidate can possibly do that. Run Sarah, run!

    August 21, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Sarah will only run when she gets permission from Roger Ailes. Her big problem is we already have the same baseless ideas she has been spouting coming out of the mouths of Bachmann, Perry, Santorum and Cain. Besides, do you really want someone as President who stepped down from her Governor's office after only 2 and a half years in office because she couldn't take the pressure? Not likely.

    Of course, to me, the ideal ticket would be her and Perry. Even Al Gore could beat that team (maybe not Mike Dukakis, but Gore definitely). I only wish that President Obama would select an "heir apparent" as Vice President. Having a Veep with no chance of election to the Presidency is one of the things that tanked the Republicans in 2008. Otherwise the day after the innauguration, Hillary will start campaigning for 2016!

    August 21, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. ronvan

    A TOTAL & COMPLETE waste of time, energy, money, and breath, mainly hers. She has been and continues to be an total embarrasment to those women who have truly EARNED their status!

    August 21, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. blake

    I hope Mr. Rove is wrong. Palin's addition to the race will not have a positive impact on the process. And she will not be the nominee selected to represent the GOP. She needs to embrace a role as kingmaker, not king.

    August 21, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Bill

    Palin is just waiting until all the debates and tricky questions pass by to throw her hat into the ring. There's only so many hours in the day Fox News can run her fake interviews and she has to avoid the real media to keep the myth alive. Anyone who spends time FACT checking her claims knows how disastrous a Palin presidency could be for the US.

    August 21, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. works4me

    Rove... you're a genius. She's kept it a secret for so long. Michele (with one l) is going to be sooo happy. Some of the limelight will now be even further filtered and shared. A cat fight may be brewing.

    August 21, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. DrJStrangepork

    I don't see her running. She knows she would fail in the general election, and likely the primary. Her image won't stand a failed run at anything. Unless it is a lock for her, she won't do it.

    August 21, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Rob Johnson

    I think Palin has missed her window of opportunity. Perry is just as much of a paleo-conservative Neanderthal and seems to be gaining momentum, and Bachmann fills the "marginally pretty token woman" slot in the GOP as well or better than Palin.

    If Palin had announced in January, she would be the presumptive GOP nominee by now, but her aversion to hard work and unwillingness to give up her cushy FOX job may have cost her the best chance she will ever get to be President.

    August 21, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Rick in AZ

    She won't run. There simply isn't enough money involved.

    August 21, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Dee

    I agree with Rove, she's on that much of an ego trip to think she could run and win. My question is what has happened to the intelligent Republican women, like Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford? These new Republican women like Palin and Bachman are not in the formers league in any way. Go ahead and speak to your "you betcha" yahoo's Sarah, that's all who would ever vote for you anyway!

    August 21, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. logic in LA

    I think she should run. all circus's need as many clowns as they can get. Just having an elephant is not enough. With Palin they will have a full compliment of clowns for their little car trick.
    And like all good circus's once you've seen it, you can god home and just laugh at it.

    August 21, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. blf83

    If she runs, she will finally be ignored. Her stupidity cannot sustain a genuine campaign.

    August 21, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. vwman


    Please run and help guarantee a Democrat Preisdient in the Whitehouse for 4 more years.

    August 21, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. mike

    Palin needs to stay home and take care of her children. Either that or her children need to be taken away from her.

    August 21, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Tony

    Perry/Bachmann for the Republican ticket. Trump/Palin on an independent ticket. If these people combine forces, we will get real health care reform in 2013- a single-payer system- instead of the one Democrats copied from Romney.

    August 21, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. mike

    The choices we have are very bad indeed. Ron Paul and Santorum would be good, but they won't even get nominated.
    I would vote for some of the others because they are marginally better than Obama.

    August 21, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Good, let her waste all her supporters money. They complain about taxes, but are willing to flush their money down the toilet for nothing.

    August 21, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Tired of the Nonsense

    I think it'd be hysterical if she ran for president. The late night comics would have a field day mocking her stupidity. After all, every time she opens her mouth, she showcases her ignorance. There's only one problem with her running for president - there are people out there even more stupid than she is who would vote for her.

    August 21, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Ron

    Geez the nutty extreme right is getting crowded! she has too many issues to begin with

    August 21, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Ringling

    If Palin runs for President, you know the circus has finally arrived in town USA. She'll be right there, headliner of the Freak Show.

    August 21, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Monrob

    I can't wait for her to run. there is room under the circus tent!

    August 21, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Really Impressed

    Wow, Rove is really smart. Who would have guessed that Palin would run for President AND announce it soon? He must have been the brains of the whole Bush Era Failure. Nah, I can't let Georgie off the hook that easy.

    August 21, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. ObamaCareS

    Let the nut run so that she can be cracked. Every other repub will begin to tack more to the right and they'll all show how crazy and off the wall they are.

    August 21, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. Mike

    Sarah will run as a independent/tea party candidate. She knows she can't get anywhere by losing to another Republican in the primary. Where she gets her 20% and big money is running independent. The tea party needs to stand on it's own. Then people can vote dem, rep, or tea party. Divide and conquer.

    August 21, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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