On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” American Crossroads boss Karl Rove took a shot at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference attacked Rove for his reportedly planned involvement in upcoming Republican primaries.
“The last thing we need is Washington, D.C. vetting our candidates,” Palin told attendees at CPAC, while suggesting that Rove has a financial motivation. “The architects can head on back to the great Lone Star state and put their names on some ballot.”
But in his “Fox News Sunday” appearance, Rove said he wanted to set a few things straight.
“Well, first of all I live in Texas and not Washington,” Rove said. “Second of all, look, Sarah Palin should be agreeing with this. She didn’t support Todd Akin, and when he said the reprehensible things he said, she wisely came out and said he ought to get out of the race — the ‘legitimate rape’ candidate in Missouri. If she can play in primaries, other people can play in primaries.”
“But I do have to set the record straight about two things,” he continued. “I’m a volunteer. I don’t take a dime from American Crossroads, and I pay my own travel expenses out of my own pocket. I thought Sarah Palin was about encouraging grassroots activity. I’m a volunteer.”
The former deputy White House chief of staff then delivered a jab at Palin, who resigned before the completion of her term as governor.
“Second of all, I appreciate her encouragement that I ought to go home to Texas and run for office,” he said. “I would be enthused if I ran for office to have her support. I would say this though — I don’t think I’m a particularly good candidate, a sort of a balding fat guy. And second of all, I’d say if I did run for office and win, I’d serve out my term. I wouldn’t leave office midterm.”