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Karl Rove is a very intelligent college drop out. He went to college, but he dropped out to get into politics. He was a rising star, so when he dropped out he moved to Illinois. After he dropped out of college, He was given a position to organize young Republicans for Ralph Smith at the University of Illinois. He was good with the Young Republicans because he knew how to get young people motivated in politics. Then, he moved in 1971 to Washington where he was hired as a paid executive director of the College Republicans.
He was born on Christmas Day 1950. He grew up in Sparks, Nevada. Rove was a republican every since he was a young boy. The irony is that he came from humble beginnings. His father was geologist which caused them to move around a lot. His mother once lived in a run down hut.
Rove is a very low key guy. He is the mastermind behind the scene. He does what ever he has to do to get his candidate elected. He puts a lot of energy in to his candidate's campaign. His first candidate being independent was Clement. Clement was running for governor of Texas in 1978. He was running against the very favorable attorney general, John Hill. The race was supposed to be a losing race for Clements because in 1978 Texas was majority a Democratic state. John Hill is a democratic, so it appeared he had the race. However, there was a situation that came up in a Christian Boy's home. The boys living in the home were being beat with paddles made of pine. They were being force to kneel down on hardwood floors, and into solidity confinement while listening to many hours of the pastor's recordings sermons.
He filed a civil suite against the boys' home, and it was closed down.
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Working with George Bush J., seem to be Rove biggest challenge. He was selling Bush to the Republicans to get him the nomination. Early on, Bush's availability to money was essential and very helpful to his campaign and Rove knew that. For instances, In less than three weeks Bush announced his candidacy for president his campaign had already raised 36.4 million. Since fund raising wasn't a big issue, he focused on buying up websites like bushsucks.com to prevent embarrassment and he was flying around every state trying to set up headquarters. His strategy was to get sell bush to the voters as Robin Hood to as the book says it to "upend the status quote" (133). Next, he had to get full support for his candidate. . This was hard to accomplish because he was up against a really big opponent --John McClain senator of Arizona. McClain was a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. He was shout down and was taking captive as a POW. While he was imprisoned he was beaten and tortured for five years. He still has a walking limp.
One of Rove tactics in winning in South Carolina was to run dirt attack ads against McClain, so of course the fight between McClain got really dirty for South Carolina even though Bush was probably going to win South Carolina regardless of the mudslinging campaign against McClain. There were so many rumors going around about McClain. It was said he was Gay and he had an illegitimate child. Bush won South Carolina, but he and McClain's relationship was damaged forever.
At the beginning, Rove played to Bush's strengths, limiting most of his public appearances to small gatherings and reminding him to repeat the simple themes of his campaigns. For instances, in South Carolina, Rove and Karen Hughes wanted bush to mention reform as frequently as possible when traveling around South Carolina. Reform was one of the main themes in the Bush administration. He got so good at it he placed reform a half dozen in his victory speech. Bush said, "The victory of a massager who is a reformer with results."
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