Karl Rove

former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove is an American political consultant and policy advisor. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration until Rove's resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison, and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives.
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New focus on how presidents console the nation
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Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President G.W. Bush, on how past presidents have responded in times of grief and devastation.
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Karl Rove breaks down the Senate's spending deal
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Fox News contributor shares his perspective on the potential budget on 'The Story with Martha MacCallum.'
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Karl Rove breaks down the Republican divide over Roy Moore
Fox News - 2 months
Fox News contributor reacts to party split and the poll numbers in Alabama.
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Karl Rove: The GOP loses again -- and Moore
Fox News - 5 months
Tuesday was a disastrous day for the whole GOP—President Trump, congressional Republicans, grass-roots activists and anyone who wants progress on the party’s agenda.
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Karl Rove: The 30 Republicans holding up tax reform
Fox News - 5 months
No matter how persuasive President Trump is, it’s unlikely he can round up enough Democrats to get 60 votes in the Senate for tax reform.
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Karl Rove criticizes Trump's statement on Charlottesville
Fox News - 6 months
Former adviser to President Bush
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Karl Rove: I'm optimistic tax reform will get done
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Karl Rove breaks down Priebus's ouster
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FNC contributor analyzes the turmoil
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Karl Rove: Trump vs. Sessions -- It's time for the president to think very hard about how ugly the next six months could be
Fox News - 7 months
Even for this dramatic administration, the past seven days have been extraordinary.
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Registered to Vote? If So, A GOP Firm Probably Exposed Your Personal Data
Huffington Post - 8 months
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Karl Rove on how Trump can keep his agenda on track
Fox News - 9 months
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Karl Rove fact checks CBO report on health care bill
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Trump reportedly told Russians Comey is 'nut job,' said firing relieved 'pressure' - Karl Rove: New York Times story 'troubling,' much bigger than Wash Post - WH Official: NYT, WaPo Russia reports are 'coordinated attack' on Trump
Fox News - 9 months
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Karl Rove: New York Times story 'troubling,' much bigger than Wash Post
Fox News - 9 months
The New York Times report about President Trump telling Russian officials that firing the FBI director had relieved "great pressure" is a much bigger story than the Washington Post's Russia probe report, Fox News contributor Karl Rove said on 'The Story with Martha MacCallum' on Friday.
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Karl Rove: Trump is embroiled in a war with his detractors
Fox News - 9 months
Fox News contributor sounds off
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It Isn't Just Trump: The Roots Of Democracy's Crisis Are Many And Deep
Huffington Post - 10 months
I’ll soon be taking part in a panel discussion on the crisis of democracy. In preparation, I started a list of answers to the question, “How did we get here?” I was amazed at how fast that list grew. Many see Donald Trump as an expression of that crisis — though some look at him and see the problem and others, the solution. But, as my list showed me so clearly, Trump doesn’t come close to being the explanation. And we need one — or more likely, many — as we try to figure out not just how we got here, but where we’re going. So I’d like to share my list — no doubt still incomplete — and invite your thoughts. Here are some of the reasons democracy is in crisis. The fight, from the founding, over what democracy is. Should the federal government be strong, as Alexander Hamilton argued, or weak, as Thomas Jefferson did? Which is more important, the freedom of the group, or of the individual? How do we balance respecting the will of the people and protecting against demagogu...
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Former Bush aide: President Trump has 'the right enemies'
Fox News - 10 months
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Karl Rove breaks down Ga. special election by the numbers
Fox News - 10 months
Fox News contributor on upset potential
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The continued debate over replacing ObamaCare
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Karl Rove weighs in
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 64
    Rove's history, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters, was published in 2015.
  • 2013
    Age 62
    In 2013 Rove and the PAC American Crossroads created the Conservative Victory Project for the purpose of supporting electable conservative candidates.
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  • 2012
    Age 61
    On November 6, 2012, Rove protested Fox News' call of the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama, prompting host Megyn Kelly to ask him, "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?
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    In June 2012, Rove married lobbyist Karen Johnson in Austin, Texas.
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    In February 2012, Rove said Chrysler's Halftime in America Super Bowl advertisement featuring Clint Eastwood was a sign of Chicago-style politics.
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  • 2011
    Age 60
    In a profile which appeared in the December 15, 2011 issue of The New Republic, Rove, with his hands-on involvement with American Crossroads, is described as one of the shrewdest navigators of the political climate after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision which exempted political broadcasts funded by corporations and unions from campaign finance limits. "Rove had no role in creating this new legal environment... but if Rove and his allies did not invent it, they certainly were adroit at exploiting it."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    Rove was the guest host of The Rush Limbaugh Show on Monday, August 9, 2010., marking his first time hosting a radio talk show.
    In 2010, Rove became an adviser to American Crossroads, a Republican 527 organization raising money for the 2012 election effort.
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  • 2009
    Age 58
    In December 2009, Rove and Hickson were granted a divorce in Texas.
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    In 2009, Rove was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame.
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  • 2008
    Age 57
    On May 22, 2008, Rove was subpoenaed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers to testify on the politicization of the Department of Justice.
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    On November 3, 2008, Rove spoke on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis on the eve of Election Day.
    Rove agreed to debate one-time presidential candidate and former Senator John Edwards on September 26, 2008, at the University at Buffalo.
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    On June 24, 2008, Rove said of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, "Even if you never met him, you know this guy.
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    On March 9, 2008, Rove appeared at the University of Iowa as a paid speaker to a crowd of approximately 1,000.
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    Rove was an informal advisor to 2008 Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, and donated $2,300 to his campaign.
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    Shortly after leaving the White House, Rove was hired to write about the 2008 Presidential Election for Newsweek.
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  • 2007
    Age 56
    On August 31, 2007, Karl Rove resigned without responding to the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena claiming, "I just think it's time to leave."
    He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration until Rove's resignation on August 31, 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 55
    In April 2006, Rove was reassigned from his policy development role to one focusing on strategic and tactical planning in anticipation of the November 2006 congressional elections.
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  • 2004
    Age 53
    In a November 2004 speech, Bush publicly thanked Rove, calling him "the architect" of his victory over John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
    He was later given the title Deputy Chief of Staff to the President after the successful 2004 Presidential election.
  • 2001
    Age 50
    When George W. Bush was first inaugurated in January 2001, Rove accepted an appointment as Senior Advisor.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 48
    In early 1999, Rove sold his 20-year-old direct-mail business, Karl Rove & Co., which provided campaign services to candidates, along with Praxis List Company (in whole or part) to Ted Delisi and Todd Olsen, two young political operatives who had worked on campaigns of some other Rove candidates.
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    In all, Bush (primarily through Rove's efforts) raised $17.7 million, with $3.4 million unspent as of March 1999.
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    Rove operated his consulting business until 1999, when he sold the firm to take a full-time position in George W. Bush's presidential campaign.
  • 1998
    Age 47
    From July through December 1998, Bush's reelection committee paid Rove & Co. nearly $2.5 million, and also paid the Rove-owned Praxis List Company $267,000 for use of mailing lists.
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    1998 George W. Bush gubernatorial campaign Rove was an adviser for Bush's 1998 reelection campaign.
  • 1996
    Age 45
    1996 Harold See's campaign for Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court A former campaign worker charged that, at Rove's behest, he distributed flyers that anonymously attacked Harold See, their own client.
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  • 1994
    Age 43
    By January 1994, Bush had spent more than $600,000 on the race against incumbent Democrat Ann Richards, with $340,000 of that paid to Rove's firm.
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    1994 George W. Bush gubernatorial campaign In 1993, Rove began advising George W. Bush in his successful campaign to become governor of Texas.
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    1994 John Ashcroft senatorial campaign In 1993, according to the New York Times, Karl Rove & Company was paid $300,000 in consulting fees by Ashcroft's successful 1994 Senate campaign.
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    1994 Alabama Supreme Court races In 1994, a group called the Business Council of Alabama hired Rove to help run a slate of Republican candidates for the state supreme court.
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  • 1993
    Age 42
    1993 Kay Bailey Hutchison senatorial campaign Rove helped Hutchison win a special Senate election in June 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 41
    During testimony before the CIA leak grand jury, Rove apparently confirmed his prior involvement with Novak in the 1992 campaign leak, according to National Journal reporter Murray Waas.
    Rove was fired from the 1992 Bush presidential campaign after he planted a negative story with columnist Robert Novak about dissatisfaction with campaign fundraising chief Robert Mosbacher Jr. (Esquire Magazine, January 2003).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 39
    One notable aspect of the 1990 election was the charge that Rove had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate major Democratic officeholders in Texas. In his autobiography, Rove called the whole thing a "myth", saying: In 1991, United States Attorney General Dick Thornburgh resigned to run for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, one made vacant by John Heinz's death in a helicopter crash.
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    In 1990, two other Rove candidates won: Rick Perry, the future governor of the state, became agricultural commissioner, and Kay Bailey Hutchison became state treasurer.
  • 1989
    Age 38
    In 1989, Rove encouraged George W. Bush to run for Texas governor, brought in experts to tutor him on policy, and introduced him to local reporters.
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  • 1988
    Age 37
    In 1988, Rove helped Thomas R. Phillips become the first Republican elected as Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Phillips had been appointed to the position in November 1987 by Clements. Phillips was re-elected in 1990, 1996 and 2002.
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  • 1986
    Age 35
    In January 1986, Rove married Darby Tara Hickson, a breast cancer survivor, graphic designer, and former employee of Karl Rove & Company.
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    In 1986, just before a crucial debate in campaign, Rove claimed that his office had been bugged by Democrats.
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    In 1986, Rove helped Clements become governor a second time.
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  • 1984
    Age 33
    In 1984, Rove helped Gramm, who had become a Republican in 1983, defeat Republican Ron Paul in the primary and Democrat Lloyd Doggett in the race for U.S. Senate.
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  • 1981
    Age 30
    Between 1981 and 1999, Rove worked on hundreds of races.
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    In 1981, Rove founded a direct mail consulting firm, Karl Rove & Co., in Austin.
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    On September 11, 1981, Rove's mother committed suicide in Reno, Nevada.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 29
    Rove and Wainwright were divorced in early 1980.
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  • 1979
    Age 28
    Rove was deputy director of the Governor William P. Clements Junior Committee in 1979 and 1980, and deputy executive assistant to the governor of Texas (roughly, Deputy Chief of Staff) in 1980 and 1981.
    The PAC eventually became the genesis of the Bush-for-President campaign of 1979–1980.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    His work for William Clements during the Texas gubernatorial election of 1978 helped Clements become the first Republican Governor of Texas in over 100 years.
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  • 1977
    Age 26
    In 1977, Rove was the first person hired by George H. W. Bush for his unsuccessful 1980 presidential campaign, which ended with Bush as the vice-presidential nominee. In 1982, Bill Clements ran for reelection, but was defeated by Democrat Mark White. In 1982, Phil Gramm was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a conservative Texas Democrat.
    Rove's initial job in Texas was in 1977 as a legislative aide for Fred Agnich, a Texas Republican state representative from Dallas.
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  • 1976
    Age 25
    Rove married Houston socialite Valerie Mather Wainwright, on July 10, 1976.
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  • 1973
    Age 22
    As Special Assistant, Rove performed small personal tasks for Bush. In November 1973, he asked Rove to take a set of car keys to his son George W. Bush, who was visiting home during a break from Harvard Business School.
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    On September 6, 1973, three weeks after announcing his intent to investigate the allegations against Rove, George H.W. Bush chose him to be chairman of the College Republicans.
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    In response, then RNC Chairman George H.W. Bush, had an FBI agent question Rove. As part of the investigation, Atwater signed an affidavit, dated August 13, 1973, stating that he had heard a "20 minute anecdote similar to the one described in the Washington Post" in July 1972, but that "it was a funny story during a coffee break".
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    On August 10, 1973, in the midst of the Watergate scandal, the Post broke the story in an article titled "GOP Party Probes Official as Teacher of Tricks".
    Rove held the position of executive director of the College Republicans until early 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 21
    A CBS report on the organization of the Nixon campaign from June 1972 includes an interview with a young Rove working for the College Republican National Committee.
    Rove traveled extensively, participating as an instructor at weekend seminars for campus conservatives across the country. He was an active participant in Richard Nixon's 1972 Presidential campaign.
  • 1971
    Age 20
    Rove then enrolled at the University of Maryland in College Park in the Fall of 1971, but withdrew from classes during the first half of the semester.
    In June 1971, after the end of the semester, Rove dropped out of the University of Utah to take a paid position as the Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 19
    In the fall of 1970, Rove used a false identity to enter the campaign office of Democrat Alan J. Dixon, who was running for Treasurer of Illinois.
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  • 1969
    Age 18
    In the fall of 1969, Rove entered the University of Utah, on a $1,000 scholarship, as a political science major and joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
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    In December 1969, the man Rove had known as his father left the family, and divorced Rove's mother soon afterwards.
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  • 1968
    Age 17
    Bennett was reelected to a third six-year term in November 1968.
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    Rove began his involvement in American politics in 1968.
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  • 1965
    Age 14
    In 1965, his family moved to Salt Lake City, where Rove entered high school, becoming a skilled debater.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on December 25, 1950.
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