"She's smart, she's tough, she's funny, she's got a lot of personality.
Those things will all work to her advantage if she decides to throw her hat in the ring -- particularly, since the first vote will be in the Iowa caucuses, and she was born in Iowa and lives in the adjoining state of Minnesota, and has that sort of Midwestern sensibility that will play well there."
That being said, Rove made the argument that Republicans will look for experience in a nominee to send a message that Barack Obama was too green when he became president and in over his head.
"The people who are going to be disposed to vote against Barack Obama are going to look back and say 'You know what, we took the untested guy who had no significant achievements, and it didn't work out so well'.
So Michele Bachmann and others who've not had extensive records -- I mean, Ronald Reagan was the governor of the most populous state in the union.... he had a record as an executive who made big decisions.
And next year, it's going to be important for people to say 'You can look at my background and look at what I've done in my life, and have confidence that I'm going to be able to do the things that I'm saying I want to do. Because last time around, we took hope and change and it didn't work out so well for a lot of people.