Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rove thinks Palin, Christie, Ryan might still run

Last night, Karl Rove said he was getting "vibrations" that Chris Christie and Paul Ryan might run for president -- despite their repeated denials.

ROVE: We've got a good field. I don't think that's the end, though, of the field. I think we're likely to see several other candidates think seriously about getting in, and frankly, they have time to do so.

November 22 is the first deadline to file papers to get on a ballot -- that's the last day somebody could get in without starting to lose their place in some of the early primaries or caucuses.

I suspect we're likely to see an early September, late August -- people taking it seriously.

SEAN HANNITY: All right, who are these people you suspect might get in?

ROVE: I think Palin.

HANNITY: You do think Palin?

ROVE: Well, I think she's going to look seriously at it. I don't know if any of these are going to actually get in, but I think that the nature of the field, and the fact that we've now got three candidates when we could have had four, five, or six major candidates is going to lead people to say "Well, I could be in that contest."

Palin has got a pretty active schedule in early September. I think Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are going to look at it again, and I wouldn't be surprised if all three of them gave serious consideration to it....

HANNITY: I've talked to Governor Christie a lot and he says "No way".

I was more convinced Gov. Palin after I saw her and interviewed her Friday night at the Iowa state fair that she might get in now.

Paul Ryan, I don't think has given any indication. What makes you think those two will get in -- meaning Ryan and Christie.

ROVE: Well, two things. There was an event in New York -- [co-founder of Home Depot] Ken Langone pulled together some big moneyraisers and met with Christie and said "you need to think seriously about this."

And it's not just the meeting. What happened afterwards -- from what I picked up around the country -- I talked to a number of people who had picked up the phone and called Christie to tell him they thought that he ought to run. These are Republican activists, Republican donors, movers and shakers, activists around the country.

And the same on Paul Ryan, and I'm starting to pick up some sort of vibrations that these kinds of conversations are causing Christie and Ryan to tell the people who are calling them "Well, you know what, I owe it to you. I think I will take a look at it."

Whether or not that happens or not, I don't know, but I'm just picking that up that people have some sense, some belief that these two guys are going to take a look at it.

I don't doubt that people are putting pressure on Christie and Ryan to run. We've known that for a long time. And I don't doubt that they've given due consideration, because they've said they have.

But as far as I know, there's nothing to indicate they've moved toward the direction of running. Are Rove's comments more a reflection of his desire than actually movement?

[Hat tip: Alexander Burns]