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. jm

    This IS a joke, right?

    August 21, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Dawns Daddy

    We have had three years of the best and the brightest and look where that got us. And it is only going to get worse. The left reviles her but look what the left has done for us. In my opinion a Sarah Palin run for the Presidency would bring together all of the establishment Republicans who will bring in all of the money and align them with the Tea Party populists who share the beliefs of a very large percentage of Americans, including many, many midwest Democrats. Rove's statements over the last two weeks are a sign that he does not believe any current candidates can beat a very, very weak Obama.

    So Dems, trash her as you will, but Sarah is exactly what the right of center nation so hopes for, a candidate of moral authority that is also a big, big rock star. And a Palin candidacy would be helped immensely by the management of the Architect.

    August 21, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. BR

    Hey I'm an independent and would never vote for Sarah and will switch back to Democrat if Republicans only have Perry and Palin as main condendors

    August 21, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    not only do I hope that Sarah Palin runs, I hope she gets the nomination or somehow winds up on the GOP ticket. You think Obama's approval rating is in the tank right now, it will SOAR if this is what the GOP is going to offer to help solve our problems. I would LOVE to see Palin debate Obama face to face, not on FaceBook or just FoxNews. I don't think she could handle the attacks from not only the Democrats but from her party as well. Palin/Bachmann 2012!!

    August 21, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Karl Gabor

    There is room for only one conservative female moron in this race, not two. I sure wish the intelligent Republican Women would step up. There are many out there, yet all we hear about are these two Nincompoops.

    August 21, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Naztaja

    Palin/Perry = Pee Pee

    August 21, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. GoldenGate

    If runs, she will trip. She won't get very far. If the GOP wants to win in 2012, they have to find someone Democrats and Independents will vote for. The people out there now are so far from that its a joke.

    August 21, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Jeffrey

    Palin/Bachman - guaranteed 2nd term for Obama.

    Frankly, I'd welcome another strong candidate to run against Obama. Most of the people I know voted for Obama once they felt McCain had lost his marbles and selected Palin. I have no reason to believe she'll do nearly as good as McCain if she's on another ticket. We've all heard her nonsense. We know she's a quitter. She's NOT what America needs to lead our economy forward.

    August 21, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. A Real Patriot

    Well Grand...because the GOTEA tent doesn't already have enough clowns under it right now!~

    The more the merrier Sarah--Let's push the Republicans so far right they can see Mussolini from their house!

    August 21, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. terry

    Why would she want to spend all that money she's bilked people out of on a snow balls chance in hell of getting the nomination?

    August 21, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |

    Sarah Paliin will run, Sarah Palin will be nominated, Sarah Palin will defeat Barack Obama in a landslide, you can take that to the bank. The Democratic Partyis yesterday.

    August 21, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Tex71

    Running? For what? President of the Anti-Education League? How about President of the Alliance of Religious Fundamentalists Against Social Responsibility? Or maybe President of the Coalition to Dupe Intellectually Challenged People into Voting Against Their Own Best Interests? Palin might well be eligible for one of those positions. But President of an actual country? No chance. There are just too many smart people in the world.

    August 21, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. jamison

    If she runs, I predict the biggest landslide ever seen in this country – for Obama.
    The same goes if Bachman runs.

    August 21, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. clarke

    I feel this entire thing is just a circus at best. As far as Palin goes, she is a game player and I do not trust her. Huntsman doesn't look bad at the moment all the rest are a no for me. Not that anyone cares.

    August 21, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. LivingInVA

    Palin complains about Obama being "tone deaf" regarding his vacation. Hey, Sarah – you are pretty darn tone deaf when it comes to all the folks telling you to just GO AWAY!!!

    August 21, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Bill

    Palin will surprise everyone and blow the socks off the other candidates and will finally bury B.O. and his stink.

    August 21, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. lulz

    why isn't karl rove in jail?

    August 21, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. mpagel

    Ultimately Palin isn't running for the President's position, and instead she is running for vice president. Even she has to realize that she is unelectable as President. And the VP position is ideal for her style of trite comments and "energizing the base". PROOF: She never talks negatively about Perry, Romney, or Huntsman so that each one can pick her to be the VP candidate, and instead she bashes Obama for anything and everything.

    August 21, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. T'sah from Virginia

    While Palin DEBATES whether or not to run for the presidency – she will MISS all of the Real debates with the other candidates. Sarah would just be another "riff" in the "raff" and her announcing she's in the race, means NOTHING!!

    Bring it on BPs!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    August 21, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Guest

    If Sarah wins it won't be her running the country. It will either be ' the fat cats, Rove, or Grover Norquist.'

    August 21, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Sam I Am

    Palin couldn't even finish one of her bus tours because at some of the stops she got heckled. Sorry, Barbie, but if you're going to sit at the adult table, you're going to have to toughen up. All talk, and not much to make sense out of even so. And Carl Rove? This is the fat little man who orchestrated Bush's campaign by creating fear and hatred? I'm sure when he was a kid, he was the kind of kid that carried an inhaler and sat near the teacher because he was terrified of the girls teasing him. Well, one thing is for sure, the clown car doesn't have many seats left. Every time Bachman mis-remembers history, Perry makes snide remarks about "those people" (fill in the blanks) or Palin quotes another bumper sticker, Obama must be dancing a victory dance in the White House. If this is all the Republican Party has to offer, it's going to be a Democratic president again.

    August 21, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Slightly Left of Center

    @Grant ....How will Palin answer the following question: what assurances can you provide that you won't quite in the middle of your Presidency as you did in your Governorship?

    Careful there, Grant. She will accuse you of bein' one a them unpatriotic, unAmerican, lame stream media types askin' the gotcha-est of all the gotcha questions.

    August 21, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Palin, Bachmann, Perry–evangelical-smitten, Tea Party toadies, uneducated (Palin/Perry), demagogues spouting economic nonsense ($2/gal gas) and ranting about everything and anything that will get them a minute of media coverage.

    Rove has gotten senile or is smoking some funny tobacco.

    August 21, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Paul Willson

    Has Rove lost his senses ? Palin would be a diaster for USA .She wouls assure if she got the nominastion the marginalization of TRUE Republicans, kow tow to the Tea PArty crowd and alienate the religous right.She is a joke store candidate . At least Ms BAchman has not QUIT an office she has entered into , same notation for Mr Perry & Mr.Rommney. Palin walked away from her job as Governor of Alaska , bored. Imagine how that would look at, just before the next mid terms she resigns and hands off to VPOTUS ? The world would laugh its head off at USA . No let her stay an failed VP candidate and Fox personality.

    August 21, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Pat Paulson

    According to that soothsayer Rove, Caribou Barbie will soon throw her rifle into the ring and attempt to capture the Republican nomination. Haven't the American people said enough to convince her not to? She will end up more of a laughing stock than she is now. The media will dig deep to find the real reasons she left office early in Alaska. Most likely they'll find that an official told her to resign or they would pursue all of the allegations of her mishandling state funds for her personal use. But hey, go for it Barbie. I really miss Tina Fey on SNL.

    August 21, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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