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Karl Rove: ‘I Could’ Imagine Next GOP Presidential Nominee Supporting Gay Marriage

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Fox News contributor and former Bush deputy chief of staff Karl Rove said Sunday morning on This Week that he can imagine the next Republican nominee for the White House supporting gay marriage.

“I could,” Rove said on the This Week roundtable.

Rove’s comments came days after Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, whom Mitt Romney considered as a running mate in the 2012 election, announced that he had shifted his position and supported gay marriage. The vast majority of Republicans in Congress do not support same-sex marriage. Portman is the only sitting senator in the GOP to support same-sex marriage.

The Powerhouse Roundtable also addressed gun violence-prevention measures now being discussed in Congress. Rove said that universal background checks would not have stopped the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children dead in December.

“Let’s be clear about this, this was prompted by the Sandy Hook murders.  Those guns were legally purchased with a background check,” Rove said. “This would not have solved something like that.  Let’s be very careful about quickly trampling on the rights of people.”

Former Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina pushed back, arguing the importance of background checks.

“Look, 40 percent of all gun sales currently don’t go through background checks.  The background checks have stopped two million people from getting guns they shouldn’t get,” Messina said. “But we know there are loopholes all over the place. And Karl, just saying no, which is what the NRA and your party is doing right now, isn’t moving us forward.”

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Todd Akin’s Office ‘Disturbed’ by Karl Rove’s Joke

Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Republican Party may want Todd Akin to disappear, but a dark joke made by GOP strategist Karl Rove has hit a nerve with the congressman’s office.

“We should sink Todd Akin,” Rove said at a fundraiser during the Republican National Convention, according to a Bloomberg News report. “If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

[Read that report here.]

The congressional office of the six-term congressman and Senate candidate from Missouri responded Friday afternoon, suggesting the joke was in dangerously bad taste, given recent threats against Akin and his family.

Akin drew national attention to the Missouri race after his controversial comments about rape and abortion, when he said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

“Given the current FBI investigation of threats against Congressman Akin and calls for acts of violence and rape against his family and staff, joking as to the potential murder of Congressman Akin is deeply disturbing.  I am certain he misspoke,” Akin’s district director, Steve Taylor, said in a written statement released on Friday.

Soon after Akin’s remarks about rape and pregnancy, Capitol Police acknowledged an investigation into threats against Akin, and in a press conference last week, his first since making the remarks about rape, Akin said threats had been made against him and his family, including threats of rape.

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Rove-Backed Super PAC $25M Ad Buy Attacks Obama

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Karl Rove backed GOP super PAC Crossroads GPS announced Friday a new $25 million ad buy in nine battleground states launching next week.

The new ad titled “Excuses” will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia from July 10 through early August.

Pegged to today’s jobs report that showed employers added 80,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent, the ad is described in a release as the “first wave of a $25 million advocacy effort.”

The 30 second ad begins with an unemployment line before moving to a graphic  over a picture of Barack Obama that reads “President Obama: Bad Excuses for the Economy.” Then a moving graphics lists various reasons for the struggling economy. The commercial ends with “Tell President Obama: Cut the Out-of-Control Debt.”

“We’re suffering through one of the weakest economic recoveries in our history, and the only thing President Obama is offering is slogans and excuses,” said Steven Law, president of Crossroads GPS, in a statement.  “People are hungering for practical solutions to our skyrocketing debt and flat-lined economy, and that’s what we are putting forward in our New Majority Agenda.”

The large buy was announced less than two hours after the sluggish jobs report and it’s the latest move for the Rove-backed super PAC. Although super PACs are not allowed to coordinate with the candidate, the rules are loosely defined, and Rove was able to attend and speak at Mitt Romney’s donor retreat earlier this month in Park City, Utah.

It’s unclear if Rove was soliciting donations at the event, but he spoke at the “media insight” panel and told reporters afterward it was “damn good.”

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Commerce Secy. Incident: Conservative SuperPAC Suggests Alcohol Involved

American Crossroads via Twitter(WASHINGTON) -- In a tweet sent Monday morning from the account of the Republican-aligned super PAC, American Crossroads, the group raised the possibility that alcohol was involved in the suspected felony hit and run incident involving U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson over the weekend.

“@AmericanXRoads: How does @CommerceSec have 3 car crashes in 5 minutes and alcohol NOT be involved? ‪#Skills,” the tweet, posted at 8:02 a.m., said.

But the group deleted it less than two hours later — at about the same time the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the secretary suffered a seizure while behind the wheel.

By 10:00 a.m. the group had deleted two other tweets related to the incident and posted this one: “@AmericanXRoads: Earlier Bryson tweet with hashtag #skills attempted levity (before facts known) and failed miserably. We took it down and regret the tweet.”

Bryson hit two cars three times, and was found unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus this weekend in Southern California, but according to initial reports available early Monday, authorities said the incident did not appear to be alcohol-related.

“They have ruled out alcohol and drugs at this time and also information was given that he suffers from a pre-existing medical condition,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope told ABC News Radio.

Jennifer Friedman, a spokeswoman for the Commerce Dept., said in a statement that Secretary Bryson “suffered a seizure” while driving in the Pasadena area on Saturday.

“He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation.  He was released and has returned to Washington,” Friedman said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Founded by Karl Rove, American Crossroads has said it will spend up to $300 million during the 2012 election cycle against President Obama and on Congressional races — much of it on television advertising.

Two other tweets related to the Bryson incident were expunged from group’s twitter feed on Monday. They were apparently meant to be tongue-in-cheek references to the hit-and-run and President Obama’s recent remarks about the economy.

“@AmericanXRoads: @BarackObama response to @CommerceSec news: “Wait, John Bryson is my Commerce Secretary? Who knew. Sure he’s #DoingFine.”

“@AmericanXRoads: Breaking: John Bryson cited for reckless endangerment of the economy and failure to yield to common sense, but he’s #DoingFine #TCOT”

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Karl Rove Super PAC Ad Attacks ‘Cool’ Obama

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Conservative super PAC American Crossroads released a new ad on Thursday that aims to make President Obama’s “coolness” an issue, asking young voters how America’s “biggest celebrity” has helped recent college graduates find jobs.

The ad echoes language used back in 2008, when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., dubbed Democratic nominee Obama “the biggest celebrity in the world,” comparing him to the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.  The campaign ad went viral and, thanks to a bikini-clad Hilton who quickly retorted with her own campaign video, became one of the most memorable ads of the election.

The new ad from the Karl Rove-backed super PAC features footage of President Obama dancing with Ellen DeGeneres, “slow jamming” the news with Jimmy Fallon and singing an Al Green song during a fundraiser.  The Obama 2012 campaign has since turned the president’s rendition of “Let’s Stay Together” into a ringtone.

“Four years ago, America elected the biggest celebrity in the world, and America got one cool president,” the text of the ad reads alongside a clip of Obama drinking beer.  But then continues: ”After four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?”

The ad then lists grim statistics about unemployed college graduates and the skyrocketing amount student loan debt nationwide.

American Crossroads has raised nearly $100 million together with its sister group, Crossroads GPS.  The super PAC also announced this week that it has $24 million cash on hand, demonstrating the potential power of the super PACs in the upcoming election.

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Karl Rove’s American Crossroads GPS Rakes in $76M

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- American Crossroads GPS, the group co-founded by Karl Rove in 2010, has been fueled by massive donations since its inception, according to recently released tax documents.

The group’s tax filings reveal mostly large donations, coming from either wealthy individuals or corporations. Since the group’s inception, 24 donations of over $1 million have accounted for 87 percent of its total fundraising.

Only donations of more than $5,000 are disclosed to the IRS, but among those the average value has nearly equaled $800,000. In its most recent tax documents, dating back to last June, GPS’s largest donation amounted to $10 million; the second largest, $4.3 million. The group has taken 12 donations of more than $2 million and two donations of $10 million or more since its founding.

The group has raised at least $76.8 million in total.

Crossroads GPS does not disclose its donors, making it difficult or impossible to know where the money came from. The group released its tax filings to reporters on Tuesday.

Encouraged by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie dreamed up two new outlets for Republican megadonors: the super PAC American Crossroads and the 501(c)4 American Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS). Both take in unlimited corporate donations and spend them on election ads. As a super PAC, American Crossroads discloses its donors to the Federal Election Commission; Crossroads GPS, as a “social-welfare” group under IRS code, keeps its donors secret, but is required by the IRS to expend less than half of its effort on direct electoral politics.

To maintain that balance, Crossroads GPS has spent $17.1 million on campaign politics and $27.1 million on “grassroots issue advocacy” – a category that includes issue ads that can mention a candidate, and even express an opinion of that candidate, as long as the IRS does not deem them tantamount to election advertising.

The Campaign Legal Center and other advocates have called for an IRS audit of Crossroads GPS to determine whether a majority of its activity crosses the campaign-politics boundary and violates the requirements for “social welfare” tax-exempt status under section 501(c)4 of the U.S. tax code.

The group has also donated $15.9 million to related tax-exempt, GOP-aligned groups. The largest beneficiaries have been Americans for Tax Reform (which received $4 million), the National Federation of Independent Business ($3.7 million), the Center for Individual Freedom ($2.75 million), and National Right to Life ($2 million).

While Crossroads GPS does not control how that money is spent, and while those groups do engage in political activity, those groups are subject to the same stipulations over campaign-politics and issue-advocacy.

Together, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS have spent at least $94.5 million since their creation. The 501(c)4 Crossroads GPS has spent more than twice its super PAC counterpart: Crossroads GPS has spent a total of $64.7 million, while American Crossroads has spent $29 million.

This month, Crossroads GPS began running its first anti-Obama ad of 2012, attacking the president for high gas prices.

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Gingrich Praises Clint Eastwood Superbowl Ad

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Karl Rove said he was offended by Chrysler’s Clint Eastwood halftime Super Bowl ad and other Republicans grumbled that the ad subtly promoted the interests of President Obama, who has made the bailout and the seeming resurgence of the U.S. car industry a major economic sales pitch for his re-election.

But Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker from Georgia who is running for president as a Republican, said Wednesday that he liked the ad.

“I have to confess I liked the Clint Eastwood halftime ad,” Gingrich told a crowd at Jergens Inc. during a campaign stop in Cleveland. “I mean, I liked the tone of that ad. The world has counted us down before and we’re just regrouping and I believe with your help in the primary and your help in the general election, we can, in fact, develop an approach that will put America back on the right track.”

In the ad, which ran Sunday night, Eastwood said, “It’s halftime in America, too. People are out of work, and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re going to do to make a comeback. And we’re all scared because this isn’t a game. The people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together, now Motor City is fighting again.”

Amid criticism from the Right, Eastwood later issued a statement saying, "I am certainly not affiliated with Mr. Obama."

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Warren Strikes Back at Karl Rove on TARP Ad

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a fierce rebuttal to a Karl Rove-sponsored ad released Thursday that aims to paint her as a big-government, bank-bailout supporter.

“I can’t find the right words to describe how wrong that is, factually wrong and morally wrong,” Warren told the Boston Herald Friday. "Karl Rove is not telling the truth, and I think anyone who is not telling the truth shouldn’t be running ads in this race.”

The ad, put out by Rove’s Super PAC Crossroads GPS, says Warren oversaw “how your tax dollars were spent bailing out the same banks that helped cause the financial meltdown.”

Warren was involved in the TARP bailout, but served only in an oversight capacity as the head of the congressionally appointed board that monitored how the Treasury Department handed out the $700 billion bank bailout, which was passed during the Bush Administration.

The Congressional Oversight Panel was highly critical of which banks got funds and the Treasury’s lack of transparency in handing them out. Warren has since then worked with the Obama Administration to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which works to prevent the unsound investment practices that led to the financial meltdown.

“Karl Rove was part of the inner circle when President Bush pushed for TARP bailouts,” Warren said, according to the Herald. “Now he’s using Wall Street money to attack me for being too cozy with Wall Street? I was calling out Wall Street over the TARP bill from the beginning.”

Crossroads GPS has poured more than $1 million into the Massachusetts Senate race in the past two months.

The race between Warren and Republican incumbent Scott Brown is expected to be one of the most contentious in the nation as Republicans fight to win the three seats necessary to gain control of the Senate. Even though the primary is not until September, Warren is widely expected to win the Democratic nomination and take on Brown next November.

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Karl Rove Hits Back at Palin over 2012 Predictions

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Karl Rove, the former top political advisor to George W. Bush, says that Palin has "thin skin" after taking him to task for predicting she would soon announce her intention to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

What makes this growing feud particularly interesting is that it's taking place on Fox News where both Rove and the former Alaska governor are paid contributors.

Rove took aim at Palin on Greta Van Susteren's On the Record program following a posting on Palin's SarahPAC blog that put down "any professional pundit" with "wrong" and "misleading" information about her future plans.

Dismissing Van Susteren's contention that Palin might not have been aware of the posting, Rove mused, "It's a 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'd be upset."

He went on to say that if Palin decides to jump into the race, she would have to sever ties with Fox News and face scrutiny from less friendly media, adding, "I mean, that's not going to be a pretty sight."

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Karl Rove Predicts Sarah Palin Will Run for President

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Whether Sarah Palin decides to run for president is anyone's guess at this point but one GOP strategist who knows a thing or two about what it takes to put a candidate in the White House guesses the former Alaska governor is getting ready to jump in the race.

Karl Rove, the mastermind of George W. Bush's two successful campaigns for president, said this weekend that Palin will likely announce very soon that she'll join an already large field of hopefuls in seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Should that happen, it will certainly shake the already wild race to its core, if not propel the 2008 vice presidential candidate toward the top of the list of Republicans looking to unseat President Obama next year.  That list includes current GOP favorites former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Rove told Fox News, where's he a regular political contributor, that Palin's schedule in the coming days is more suited to someone running for office than the type of celebrity appearances she's been making.

A major announcement could occur at a Sept. 3 Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa, where Palin is the keynote speaker.

On her Facebook page, Palin posted the following generic statement about the event: "We hope to see many of you there as we gather to discuss the direction of our country and the way forward with our fundamental restoration of all that is good and strong and free in America."

According to Rove, Palin is running out of time if she's serious about running for president, asserting, "This is the last chance.  She gets in or out.  I think she gets in."

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