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  • Karl Rove: Scrap Trump, Cruz And Kasich And Go With A 'Fresh Face'

    04/01/2016 7:05:38 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 182 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/31/2016
    Karl Rove says that instead of nominating Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or John Kasich “a fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.” In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, Rove weighed in on the 2016 election and called on Trump to start “acting in a presidential manner” in order to turn his high unfavorable ratings around. Hewitt asked Rove, “If Donald Trump is the nominee, how do you recover from a 30 percent favorable/63 percent unfavorable, as you note in your column today?” Rove...
  • Karl Rove fears slump in general election turnout with Trump as nominee

    03/17/2016 5:21:50 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 110 replies
    Hill ^ | 3/17/16 | Meg Wilson
    Karl Rove, a critic of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, said late Wednesday that voters could stay home in November if the businessman becomes his party's nominee but doesn’t change his strategy for the general election fight. The GOP operative spoke with Democratic counterpart David Plouffe, who worked on President Obama’s campaigns, at an event held by technology company SAP at the Newseum. For much of the panel, the questions were framed around a hypothetical situation in which front-runners Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton had become the nominees. During a discussion about the role of data in campaigns, Rove said...
  • The Polls Trump Hasn’t Won

    03/10/2016 6:32:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/9/16 | Karl Rove
    -snip- Mr. Trump suggests those numbers will improve when he begins attacking Mrs. Clinton in the general election: “I haven’t even started on her yet.” Then again, neither have Democrats started on him. They will pummel him over his bankruptcies, this summer’s Trump University fraud trial, his crude and misogynistic statements, his nativism while hiring foreign workers, his imperious manner. These things may not matter to Mr. Trump’s die-hard Republican primary supporters; they will matter to swing voters in a general election. The GOP contest will arrive at its most critical moment next week. If Gov. Kasich wins Ohio, Sen....
  • Karl Rove Pans Romney Speech: “Wrong Message From The Wrong Messenger”

    03/10/2016 6:21:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 3/9/16 | Andrew Kaczynski
    “It was the wrong message from the wrong messenger on the wrong day.” Republican strategist Karl Rove panned Mitt Romney’s anti-Trump speech in an interview that aired on Michigan local radio’s Big Show on Tuesday. Romney called Trump a “phony” and a “fraud” in a speech last week. Trump hit back, calling Romney a “failed candidate” who should have won in 2012. “It was the wrong message from the wrong messenger on the wrong day,” said Rove. “This was the day of the debate, so it’s going to get overwhelmed largely by last night. I thought the speech was good...
  • Trump-Effect: Fox News Channel’s Brand Takes 50% Hit Among Republicans

    02/28/2016 8:18:09 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2016 | by John Nolte
    Just last week, a years-long tradition came to a screeching halt. “You want me to put it on Fox News,” I asked my wife. “No,” she replied. “I’m done with Fox News.” My job is to monitor the mainstream media, which is something that eats up about 14 hours of a day that begins at 6 a.m. when the cable morning shows begin. Lying next to me, my good sport of a wife suffers through about an hour of “Morning Joe,” whatever they call that left-wing garbage fire on CNN, and the rest. Out of habit, before I head to...
  • Rove: Trump Does Not Have 'Lock' on Nomination

    02/25/2016 11:35:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 25 Feb 2016 11:51 AM | Cathy Burke
    Front-running GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn't yet have a "lock" on the nomination, but time is running out for another candidate to defeat him, according to political strategist Karl Rove. In a commentary for The Wall Street Journal, the former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff during the George W. Bush administration argues the GOP nomination -- "as long as three or more candidates are splitting delegates" in proportional contests -- may stay "uncertain" until March 15. But he could also seal the deal then "if a fragmented opposition gives him an absolute majority of delegates on that...
  • Trump: Karl Rove's "Hatred" Of Me Is "Like A Boiler Waiting To Explode"

    01/20/2016 8:01:23 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 86 replies
    RCP ^ | 1/20/16 | RCP
    Donald Trump ripped Karl Rove at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma this afternoon that featured former Gov. Sarah Palin. TRUMP: Karl Rove, this guy he predicted -- he thinks Romney won the election. Remember? Romney won. He won. I'm telling you. They had to take him off the air in a basket.
  • Karl Rove: If Trump is nominee, GOP will lose White House and Senate

    01/09/2016 7:30:46 PM PST · by nikos1121 · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/08/2016 | By Mark Hensch
    The Republican Party will lose the White House, the Senate and many of its House seats if Donald Trump becomes the party's presidential nominee, according to Karl Rove. “If Mr. Trump is its standard-bearer, the GOP will lose the White House and the Senate, and its majority in the House will fall dramatically,” the Republican wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal Rove, who was a top adviser to former President George W. Bush, said nominating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president could also be dangerous. “If the nominee is Ted Cruz the situation is still dicey,” he...
  • Karl Rove: If Trump is nominee, GOP will lose White House and Senate

    01/08/2016 12:39:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/8/16 | Mark Hensch
    The Republican Party will lose the White House, the Senate and many of its House seats if Donald Trump becomes the party's presidential nominee, according to Karl Rove. "If Mr. Trump is its standard-bearer, the GOP will lose the White House and the Senate, and its majority in the House will fall dramatically," the Republican wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. Rove, who was a top adviser to former President George W. Bush, said nominating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president could also be dangerous. "If the nominee is Ted Cruz the situation is still dicey," he...
  • Rove predicts multi-ballot convention for GOP

    01/07/2016 11:06:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/7/16 | Nick Gass
    For the first time in 68 years, the Republican Party will need more than one ballot to pick its nominee this summer in Cleveland, Karl Rove predicted in his annual list of prognostications. "Delegates will be fractured-with many legally bound, for at least one ballot, to support the winner of their state or district-and at least two ballots will be required," he wrote in The Wall Street Journal. -snip- Should Donald Trump, the current leader in most statewide and national polling, become the party's pick, Rove predicted that the Democrats would maintain control of the White House for another four...
  • Karl Rove catches two illegals while hunting near the border

    01/06/2016 9:31:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/6/16 | ANNA GIARITELLI
    Karl Rove's quail hunting trip to the Texas-Mexico border over the Christmas holiday took an unexpected turn when he ran into two men hiding in the brush. The former adviser to President George W. Bush said he and a couple friends had been hunting near the southern border when they discovered the men lurking in a small grove of trees, according to a Tuesday interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. They immediately called in Border Patrol officials, but attempted to detain the men while they waited for law enforcement. "One of them was in very bad shape. After our truck...
  • Bush doubles down, preps major ad blitz

    12/26/2015 8:06:07 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/26/15 | CURT MILLS
    Jeb Bush and his super PAC are set to assault New Hampshire airwaves with a series of ads leading up the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. The spending looks like an effort by Bush to empty campaign coffers, filled in a fundraising haul started in late 2014, in a last ditch effort to gain ground in a state famous for anointing the Republican establishment standard-bearer. This strategy includes two ads from Bush's PAC, Right to Rise. Those ads are set to air in New Hampshire during the Super Bowl. The Boston Herald reported that the Bush team has reserved more than $14...
  • Bush to flood airwaves with ads prior to primary

    12/26/2015 5:34:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 82 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/26/15 | Chris Cassidy
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his super PAC are set to dominate the TV airwaves between now and the Granite State primary, reserving more than $14 million in commercials on both New Hampshire and Boston stations - including two Super Bowl spots - the Herald has learned. It's a clear sign that Bush operatives, despite criticism over already spending more than $35 million nationally on commercials for just 4 percent in the polls, are doubling down on a strategy of massive TV buys. Bush's forces plan to spend $14.1 million on ads on TV stations in New Hampshire and...
  • Republican Billionaires Just Can’t Seem to Buy This Election (Angry donors unload on Karl Rove)

    12/20/2015 3:09:43 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/13/15 | Gabriel Sherman
    -snip- To many of the billionaires it felt like a mugging. -snip- Rove's 2012 crash is having profound effects on the 2016 Republican primary. To begin with, George W. Bush's Brain is no longer considered much of a brain. "I gave Rove $500,000. What did I get for it? Nothing!" Langone told me. Two of Rove's most generous 2012 funders, Texas billionaires Bob Perry and Harold Simmons, have since passed away, and their heirs have turned off the cash spigot. "Everyone is still shocked Romney lost," says Simmons's widow, Annette. "I haven't committed at all." So far this year, Crossroads...
  • Trump can't seem to leave Karl Rove alone

    12/11/2015 10:24:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/10/15 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    Donald Trump's incessant criticism of longtime Republican strategist Karl Rove continues, with the leading GOP presidential hopeful now calling Rove an "establishment flunky." In separate tweets Thursday, the brash billionaire accused Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, of making "false statements" both in print, as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and on TV, as a Fox News contributor. The tweets come less than 24 hours after Rove published his latest column, titled "Trump is the Democrats' Dream Nominee," in which he raises questions about the Republican front-runner's electability.
  • Trump Is the Democrats' Dream Nominee

    12/10/2015 8:19:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 88 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/9/15 | Karl Rove
    Donald Trump's call on Monday for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" is unlikely to blow up his campaign. No matter how outrageous his statement seems to most Americans, his supporters apparently eat up stuff like that. Forty-six percent of Mr. Trump's backers say that their minds are made up and won't change before the primaries, according to a Dec. 2 Quinnipiac poll. Only 33% of Ted Cruz's supporters, and 23% of Marco Rubio's, say that they are sure of their choice. Apparently no matter what Mr. Trump does, he continues to poll generally in...
  • Karl Rove moves to bankroll Ben Carson

    11/28/2015 12:56:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/28/15 | RUDY TAKALA
    Republican strategist Karl Rove may be moving to help bankroll Ben Carson in the presidential race. Reports say Rove helped to set up a meeting between Carson's campaign and billionaire Steve Wynn, but additional details were not immediately clear. Wynn, who owns casinos and hotels across the country, has contributed a combined $30,000 to political action committees associated with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in this election cycle. Ben Carson presently ranks fourth in the Washington Examiner's power rankings. Wynn is munificent when it comes to campaign contributions, and he rarely discriminates between parties. Federal Election Commission filings indicate Wynn...
  • Karl Rove to Newsmax: Trump Needs to Quit Calling Foes 'Clowns and Morons'

    11/28/2015 9:03:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 133 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Bill Hoffmann
    Karl Rove says Donald Trump may very well win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But the influential GOP consultant and policy adviser, in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, adds the billionaire developer's acidic attacks on his fellow candidates could hurt his chances. "He's taken the lead - took the lead in July and held it. He's got a chance to win the nomination," Rove said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime" with J.D. Hayworth. "His challenge is, he's created a high floor, but a low ceiling. It's sort of hard to grow when you've taken on the habit of excoriating everybody...
  • Karl Rove to Newsmax: GOP Needs Minorities to Win in 2016

    11/28/2015 8:53:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Bill Hoffmann
    Republicans are riding high with white voters, but need to win over American minorities if they expect to recapture the White House in next year's presidential election, influential GOP consultant and policy adviser Karl Rove tells Newsmax TV. "It's not just Latinos. Republicans have to do better among African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans because we're tapped out — we're taking six out of every 10 white voters," Rove said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime" with J.D. Hayworth.
  • Karl Rove: Mitch Daniels Would Be Great VP

    11/28/2015 8:42:12 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 111 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/25/15 | Bill Hoffmann
    Influential GOP consultant and policy adviser Karl Rove says former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would be the perfect running mate for whoever wins the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. And at the very least, Rove adds in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, the GOP's vice presidential pick should be a Midwesterner to maximize the Republican ticket's drawing power. "It would be good to have somebody from the Midwest. I've got an out-of-the-box idea for you, how about the former governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels," Rove said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime" with J.D. Hayworth. "[He's] done an exemplary job serving in...