Rove Predicts Democratic Challenger 'Will Be Strong'

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Rove Predicts Democratic Challenger 'Will Be Strong'


Byline: Donald Lambro, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Whoever wins the Democratic presidential nomination will pose a serious challenge to President Bush's re-election bid in 2004, White House political adviser Karl Rove says.

"I think at the end of the day whoever emerges from the Democratic process of selecting a candidate for president will be strong," said Mr. Rove, Mr. Bush's chief campaign strategist. "Nine times out of 10, the process of selecting the presidential candidate strengthens the eventual nominee, not weakens him."

The Washington Times reported Monday that the White House was repressing any talk of the 2004 presidential election until after a resolution of the military showdown with Iraq. But Mr. Rove's remarks in an interview Tuesday indicate that presidential politics is never far from his mind.

Mr. Rove also said that Republicans were making significant inroads into the Democratic Party's black and Hispanic voter base and in state legislatures, the training ground of candidates for higher office.

He said the White House was not offended by criticism from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota over Mr. Bush's handling of the Iraq crisis and did not believe that they were playing politics with national security.

"Look, people can have an honest disagreement on this. They disagree with the president's policy, but I would suspect that it is not out of politics, that it is out of conviction, and you've got to respect somebody's convictions," he said.

Although the White House says it is avoiding presidential politics for now, others suggest that Mr. Rove is spending much of his time plotting strategy and recruiting candidates for the 2004 elections.

Mr. Rove met privately yesterday for lunch with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez to discuss a campaign against Sen. Bob Graham, Florida Democrat, who was seeking his party's presidential nomination.

Florida was the pivotal state that led to Mr. Bush's election in 2000 after the U.S. Supreme Court settled a bitter ballot count dispute.

The state's large Hispanic vote will be critical in the 2004 elections, and Mr. Bush's supporters in Florida want a strong Hispanic Republican candidate on the statewide ballot. The president's brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, won 40 percent of the Hispanic vote last year in his successful re-election bid for a second term.

Mr. Rove refused to discuss whom he was recruiting for key Senate and gubernatorial races, but a national party official said the White House was "talking to a number of potential candidates. …

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