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Rove Predicts Clinton Will Be Democrats' Nominee

By Shelley Kofler

Dallas – Bush Presidential Strategist Karl Rove told a Dallas audience Thursday that Hillary Clinton will probably be the Democratic Party nominee.

The former White House advisor made no prediction, however, for which Republican might face her on the November ballot.

On the day after a bruising G-O-P debate in which contenders ripped each other apart, Rove spoke to guests of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a free-market think tank, and offered some advice his party's eventual nominee.

"The most important thing for our candidate to do in the immediate aftermath of securing the nomination is not to talk mostly about her. I think there is going to be a moment right after our nominee is selected to go out and talk about who he is," said Rove.

Rove said the successful candidate will have to do something Republicans don't always do well: talk about bread-and-butter and butter issues.

"Sort of the family things we talk about around the table. Can we afford to send our kid to college? Is my job threatened by trade? We've got to be able to engage in these issues," he suggested.

When asked if the Republican nominee will have to run away from George Bush , who is now mired in an unpopular war and low polls numbers, Rove said, "they will make a grave mistake if they do. He still has a lot of friends."

He added they're friends who vote Republican. Left unsaid is was that they also write big checks for the candidates they're backing.

Shelley Kofler KERA News