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McConnell's Campaign Lesson For The GOP

Published in Wall Street Journal on July 24, 2014

In politics, candidates want to be on the offense, pressing their agenda and attacking opponents. But sometimes the best offense is a good defense that sets the record straight and flips the issue. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did this superbly last week, showing why he is likely to win in Kentucky in November.

His Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, appeared in an ad sitting with a retired miner who wanted to know why Mr. McConnell "voted to raise my Medicare costs by $6,000. How are my wife and I supposed to afford that?" He and Ms. Grimes then stared at the camera for five seconds, before Ms. Grimes said, "I don't think he's going to answer that."

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How To Run Against ObamaCare

Published in Wall Street Journal on July 17, 2014

Liberal columnists and Democratic strategists have taken to arguing that ObamaCare is working and no longer a political negative, implying that Democratic candidates should tout it on the campaign trail. Republicans should pray they do, assuming the GOP knows how to respond.

As presidential scholar George Edwards III observed in his 2012 book "Overreach," the Affordable Care Act is "perhaps the least popular major domestic policy passed in the last century." It remains so today. A June 3 Fox News poll found 38% were "glad the health care law passed" while 55% "wish it had never passed." 

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Karl Rove's Predictions For 2014 Midterm Elections

Aired on Happening Now on July 16, 2014

What states are in play this election cycle? Which seats are most likely to change hands this November? Karl Rove joins Happening Now to analyze the playing field and give his latest predictions for the 2014 Midterm Elections. 

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Rove: Both Perry And Rand Paul Benefit From Feud

Aired on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on July 14, 2014

Former Bush senior adviser Karl Rove weighs in on war of words between Governor Rick Perry and Senator Rand Paul on foreign policy and Attorney General Eric Holder's 'racial animus' comments.

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What Karl's Reading

By Karl Rove

My reading for pleasure has virtually come to a halt as I work feverishly to finish a manuscript for an American history book due to Simon and Schuster this spring, hence the slow pace of updates to this list.  In the meantime, I hope you will sign up to receive my weekly email for the latest news on my upcoming book and other updates. Visit www.rove.com/signup.


By Doris Kearns Goodwin

In a particularly vivid work, Doris Kearns Goodwin tells a rollicking tale about two presidents - their friendship, its destruction, and their subsequent rivalry - in a rapidly changing country with even more rapidly evolving media and politics.  Goodwin has a gifted eye for detail and insight.  


By Rich Lowry

In his new book, 'Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream -- and How We Can Do It Again,' National Review Editor Rich Lowry provides a masterful account of Abraham Lincoln's climb to the presidency from humble frontier beginnings.  It is a fantastic take on the sixteenth president's convictions, discipline, and ambition which allowed him to live the American Dream and be in a position where he was able to make it possible for others to do so as well.  


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