Rove: How to Beat Hillary

Republican mastermind defines strategy for GOP nominee
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2007 7:23 PM CST
In this photograph provided by "Meet the Press," White House political adviser Karl Rove appears on "Meet the Press'" Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at the NBC studios in Washington. (AP Photo/Meet The Press,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Blast away at Hillary for now, Karl Rove tells GOP hopefuls, but he warns that next year’s nom must go further and risk controversial stands to win. In his first Newsweek column, Rove advises the nominee to tackle tough topics like health care and minority issues. “Against a Democrat who calculates almost everything, being seen as someone who says what he believes in a direct way will help.”

Many call Hillary the next president, Rove concedes, but "in reality, she's eminently beatable." Her lack of political charm and history on health care help "explain why, for a front runner in an open race for the presidency, she has the highest negatives in history." But the GOP must tackle tough topics like health care, the economy, and minority issues to show why the presidency "should not go to another person named Clinton."