Karl Rove talks about Washington at annual banquet

By WEEK Creative Services

February 22, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Republican Strategist Karl Rove was in central Illinois Friday night as The Creve Coeur Club's annual Washington Day banquet speaker.

Rove became known as "The Architect" of President Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns, as well as the originator of a Super-PAC which backed conservative candidates in the 2012 elections.

But Friday night, Rove was talking about the man the banquet is named for: George Washington.

"Its hard to think of anybody else in this tiny country, sliver along the eastern seaboard of this gigantic continent. That for seven long years could of kept the continental army together long enough to bring about victory and that was the indispensable man, George Washington," said Political Strategist Karl Rove.

Rove was the target this week of an editorial by Republican Newt Gingrich, who said Rove's Super-Pac to back establishment candidates over more conservative ones was comparable to Chicago's Democratic machine in its level of corruption.

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