Students with RoveLast month, Young America’s Foundation asked those on our Facebook fan page and via email to submit questions for Karl Rove.  Mr. Rove is a frequent speaker for Young America’s Foundation on college campuses and is a New York Times best-selling author.

Here are a few of the questions we received and Mr. Rove’s answers.


Isn’t it unconstitutional for a university to charge an extra security fee when a student group hosts you on campus, just because of angry protesters, such as what apparently happened last month at UC Santa Barbara?

Adam Kissel, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education 

Great question, Adam.  While I am not a constitutional law scholar, it does seem unfair to me that student organizations are penalized for the irresponsible actions of a small number of radicals.   

I read that you discuss in your book that you regret not defending George Bush against the attacks from the Left who said that he lied about WMD’s. Why did you not defend him? Why did he not defend himself?

Lauren Scirocco, Ramapo College of New Jersey


Courage and ConsequenceThanks, Lauren.  I should have stepped forward and pressed for a full-scale response to the cynical and hypocritical attacks that “Bush lied,” but I didn’t see how damaging this assault was at the time.  I was preoccupied with the upcoming campaign and the pressure of the daily schedule in the West Wing. Some felt it was beneath the dignity of the president to refute such outlandish charges and that our task was to focus on winning the war, not relitigating the past.  You can read much more about this in Chapter 21 of my book 

I would like to know how President Obama and the Congress are able to go around the constitution by forcing Americans to purchase health insurance. Is there also a legal issue involved in insuring non US citizens.

 Sarah O’Rourke, 10th grade, San Diego, CA 

You’ve identified a major problem with the President’s health care bill, Sarah. Most Americans disapprove of the federal government forcing individuals to purchase insurance simply as a condition of being alive.  I can’t find that power in the Constitution. This bill will do catastrophic damage to our health care system and our economy.  It will drown us in debt, dump millions more on to the Medicaid rolls, cause premiums to skyrocket and turn 1/6 of our economy over to the federal government. 

As the expert craftsman of so many long-term success strategies for others, I imagine you also started with a master plan of your own career trajectory. If so, when and how did you come to know it? How did it change over the years?

Katie Poedtke, Fordham University

Thanks for your question, Katie!  I’ve always been interested in history and politics and an avid reader. When I was young, I was drawn to conservatism because it reflected the individualism and personal responsibility I grew up in the Mountain West.  I was a high school debater and thanks to one of my high school teachers, volunteered in my first campaign.  There was never a “master plan” for myself, I worked hard for ideals and individuals I believed in.  You can read all about my early years in politics in the first couple of chapters in my new book



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