Rove Says Palin Excitement Will Pass; Polls Agree

VP candidate's negatives up over last week
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 2:28 PM CDT
Karl Rove leaves CBS studios after appearing on "Face the Nation" in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Excitement over Sarah Palin won’t last, Karl Rove told the AP last night. The Republican strategist said Palin was picked for “political” reasons, and acknowledged she was not the most qualified VP candidate available, although he feels she is ready for the job. Opinion polls support Rove on the Palin bounce: approval ratings for John McCain’s running mate have fallen in the past week.

Daily Kos poll data showed Palin had a 52% positive approval rating, with 35% negative, on Sept. 11, two weeks after her debut. But the Alaska governor’s ratings have sunk to 42% positive, and 46% negative today.