In an interview with London's Daily Telegraph, the GOP strategist and former top adviser to George W. Bush says Palin lacks the "gravitas" to be president. Rove cited in particular Palin's upcoming foray into reality TV, implying it's not becoming of someone who wants to be in the White House.
"There are high standards that the American people have" for the presidency, Rove told the Telegraph. "They require a certain level of gravitas. … They want to look at the candidate and say, 'That candidate is doing things that [give] me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world.'"
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The ex-governor's reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," doesn't fit that bill, Rove said. "With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel -- I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of 'That helps me see you in the Oval Office,'" Rove said. The strategist said the show's trailer—in which Palin says she'd rather be in Alaska than in "some stuffy old political office"—is particularly damaging and could haunt a potential 2012 campaign.Read More »from Rove says Palin lacks ‘gravitas’ to be president