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Karl Rove To Sarah Palin: Get A "Thicker Skin"

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Karl Rove responds to controversy over his speculation if Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin will indeed enter the GOP field. Rove said chances are she will jump in, but was not definitive in his observation.

"I'm mystified," Rove said about reaction to his speculation. "Look, she is all upset about this saying how I am trying to sabatouge her in some way. How do I speculate on her future."

"Look, if she doesn't want to be speculated about a potential presidential candidate there is an easy way to end the speculation. Simply say 'I'm not running.' Instead, every time she pops up in the public eye like she did on CNN, at the Iowa State fair a short number of days ago. she said 'I haven't made a decision.'"

"I'm just speculating that more likely than not she is going to be a candidate."

"Now I said 'I wouldn't bet a lot of money on it' because it is such a close thing and I am not privy to her thought-making process. But it is sign of enormous thin-skin that if we speculate about her, she gets upset. And I suspect if we didn't speculate about her, she would be upset and getting ways to get us to speculate about her."

"She's a player. If she doesn't want to be speculated about then end the speculation by saying I'm not going to be a candidate. Until then I would just recommend she might get a slightly thicker skin. If she has this thin a skin now when people are saying i think she might be a candidate. What kind of -- how is she going to react if she does get into the campaign and gets the scrutiny that every candidate does get?" Rove advised.

"That is not a pretty sight if she is as thin-skinned in the fray as she is on the edges of it," Rove concluded.

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