Rove: ‘Fresh Face’ Best Chance for GOP to Beat Hillary

Thursday on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show, former Bush adviser Karl Rove speculated on who might be the best equipped to take on Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head general election match-up.

Rove suggested a “fresh face” would be the best option and compared Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) to the current GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

“In terms of being able to match somebody head to head against Hillary Clinton, that’s going to be difficult to do. We’ve got numbers on Kasich. And he is tending to, in most of the polls, beat her. And Ted Cruz runs a lot closer to Hillary than does Donald Trump, tends to, I’ve seen in some polls beat her, but mostly slightly behind here. I think, though, that let’s say this. If we have somebody who we think has, has been battle tested, and has strong conservative principles and the ability to articulate them, and they are nominated at this convention, there will be a lot of acrimony from the people who were seeking the nomination. But if it’s somebody who has, you know, has those convictions that they can express in a compelling way, we could come out of the convention in relatively strong position, because we do have, you know, look. Donald Trump excites a lot of enthusiasm. But he also excites a lot of anger within the Republican Party and outside of the Republican Party. And a fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.

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