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. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This is good? Do we really need one more nut in a field of idiots? Rove is desperate to find a candidate that his Crossroads PAC can buy the election for. Thanks to the republican dominated supreme court, the election is up for sale to the group with the most money, and Rove has lots of Chinese money hidden in his PAC.

    August 21, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Billy Davis

    Her Presidential Campaign would be as successful as her movie Undefeated. An unmitigated failure.

    August 21, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I guess when people realize you are only out for profit even when it destroys a country, its pretty hard to find good help eh Karl????

    August 21, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. GaryGuitar

    Palin will not run because she has neither the intellect nor the education. She is a celebrity without skills and is an attracton to the American public's insatiable appetite for famous people. She'll give a general nod to other republican candidates and say that she will continue to fight for restoring America and taking the country back, etc., etc. She will avoid an outright endoresement of any one candidate. She has already made enough money, but will continue to milk her fame for whatever she can get. Palin is a milkmaid for America's fame whores, which is a majority of our population.

    August 21, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. Jewels

    Ugh, I doubt she'll run. However, I do back up what another said - Huntsman is the only reasonable one of the bunch.

    August 21, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  6. GSW Minnesota

    How many clowns can one party contain? If the Repubs would actually put up a serious and intelligent candidate capable of compromise, they would have a chance. If this is the best they can offer, good luck getting ANY independent votes.

    August 21, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. Mike in Tennessee

    If Palin runs and refuses to quit (because she's "Undefeated" like her movie says, right?), she'll split the Republican vote between "regular" Republicans and the extremist (right) wingnuts, ensuring that Obama would win a 2nd term. At the very least, the Republicans would have to field a more centrist candidate who appealed to moderates, independents, and conservative Democrats. Either way.... Please run, Sarah!!!

    Of course, she's not really running for President: she'd run to sell more books, to up her speaking fees, and to up her salary for "consulting" at FOX News. And she'll gleefully damage the Republican's chances in the 2012 election just to make more $$$.

    I bet McCain wishes he had a Delorean and a flux capacitor so he could go back in time and rethink who he pulled out of Alaska.

    August 21, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. Elaine

    Sometimes it seems like we have entered "The Twilight Zone", and Rod Serling should step out at any minute and tell us that what is going on in this country isn't real. It appears that there is something wrong in the psyche of half of the people in this country, who seem to think that ignorance is bliss; and that a woman who constantly opens her mouth , and demonstrates that she doesn't know anything by making the most absurd of statements, should be president of the United States.Sarah Palin wasn't ready to be vice-president in2008, and she most definitely isn't ready to be president in2012.

    August 21, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. LNB

    Such a insult to women the world over. And to think of that family fantasizing about living in the WH. She is a megalo-maniac with a narcissistic personality....makes me sick. Bachmann and Palin fight night might be fun, though. Obama 2012

    August 21, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. Hank

    My view is that Sarah is pulling the same move as Trump. Just gaining some fame and attention by "flirting" with the idea of running.

    I think even she knows the job is far beyond her abilities (as was true for Trump) and that it would actually involve real work.

    I think that Palin, like Trump, is more interested in being a celebrity and getting the benefits of that celebrity ($$).

    August 22, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  11. Louie

    Please run, Sarah. You and Michelle Bachmann will do a wonderful job isolating the Republican Party as America's right wing crazy base.

    August 22, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. Norm

    Don't think she'll run , much harder to creatively solve the issues facing this country than hindsight everyonelses efforts. She'll keep milking her supporters for campaign donations as long as she can. Would probably accept a VP offer from a Republican front runner, as long as the President stays healthy VP is easy money.

    August 22, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  13. judith

    Palin's old news and has very little support as Bachmann's take her place as the Crazy Woman of the Fringe Right. I can't imagine she'll run, but if so she's toast.

    August 22, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  14. m1983

    I wish everyone will just let Palin run if she want to, I also hope she win and run against President Obama, she has a good
    chance of getting the nomination. Just look at all these clowns running. My girl friend in Texas said we don't know Mr Perry
    there a lots of juice info that going to come out, but will be held from the media until they see if he get the nomination.
    Romney is good to look at, but is just so boring. It was so stupid of him to say Corporation are people. Bachmann will
    never get the nomination.

    August 22, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  15. Cynthia

    I can't wait for Palin and the others like, Newt, to explain their working for the criminal Rupert Murdoch, owner of FOX. That's the story that will sink their ships for sure. So, Sarah, you can run BUT you can't HIDE!! You have egg on your face already!

    August 22, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  16. Only Logic

    And given the smashing success of her movie, why wouldn't she run?

    August 22, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  17. Papa Grizzly

    So, Karl "The Architect" Rove gets press for saying he thinks Sarah will run for president. Big whoop. I declared she would run back in November of 2009.

    I'll take it further... Palin will run and Palin will win. Period. End of story. Hello, Madame President!

    August 22, 2011 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  18. charlie

    Liberals/democrat supporters do not count out Palin if she does run. The U.S. still has plenty of citizens that are not that bright and will put a retard like Palin in the whitehouse. It has happened before and it can happen again. I'm going to have a passport ready just in case any of the GOP gets in the oval office, unless it's Ron Paul or Gary Johnson who wouldn't win because republican supporters don't understand common sense solutions to fix problems. Just in case no one noticed President Obama does whatever the GOP wants (excluding universal healthcare though republicans came up with it, stimulus packages and allowing funding of stem cell research). So I'm hopeing that an independent with a brain and some nuts that aren't nuts also runs.

    August 22, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  19. Bob

    Please don't run Sarah. It will split the dumb vote between you and Michele Bachmann, and a more worthy candidate might get the nomination. If Bachmann wins the nomination, you should ask to her running mate. You could campaign as Dumb and Dumber. It would make a nice poster, don'tcha think?

    August 22, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  20. Aezel

    She'll decide to run, but then she'll quit 1/2 way through to the election. She's good at giving up and quitting.

    August 22, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  21. "What do you read?" is not a "gotcha" question

    In an effort to strengthen her presidential bid, Palin has wisely chosen a running mate that is widely accepted as her intellectual superior by a substantial margin and has a great deal more credibility than she does: Pee-Wee Herman.

    August 22, 2011 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  22. CRG

    Bachmann, Palin, Perry, and the Tea Party cause me great concern for the future of democracy in the USA. What they want is an Oligarchy not a Democracy. They do not care about government of the people, for the people, and by the people. They are only interested in a government that is controlled by and serves the interests of big business and the extremely wealthy. They see the rest of us as mere statistics and tax payers. All one needs to do is listen carefully to their speeches, especially that narrow space of meaning between or on the edge of the pompous rhetoric. They may claim to be Constitutionalists, yet they will quickly change those parts of the Constitution that they do not like or does not fit their idea of government if they gain control of this country. The next election will be critical for the future of this country. We need a strong Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branch of government that will promote and support democracy, and will work in the interests of all the people, not just big corporations and the extremely wealthy.

    August 22, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  23. Terri

    Hey, all you people calling Sarah and the others clowns, stop that! Don't you know that's disrespectful to clowns?

    August 22, 2011 03:42 am at 3:42 am |

    My popcorn is ready. The trainwreck continues.

    August 22, 2011 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  25. kathy

    The Palin's need to get a job like the rest of us!

    August 22, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
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