Rove talks economy, Sarah Palin


But will she get another crack at presidential politics?

Sarah Palin is making perhaps the biggest effort to change the impression that she was a drag on the Republican ticket.

At the Republican Governor's Conference, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said she's looking to the future, but not as far as you might think.

"And the future for us is not that 2012 presidential race it's next year and our next budgets and the next reforms," said Gov. Palin.

However since the election, she's done high profile interviews on FOX, CNN and NBC.

President Bush's former political strategist says Palin's political future is whatever she makes of it.

"If she wants to lead the Republican Party, she now has four years. And during those four years, people are going to raise their standards about you didn't need to know where Abkhazia and South Ossetia when you run for vice president," said Rove. "But when you run for president, if she wants to run for president, there is going to be a different standard applied and how's she going to do, it all depends on her."

Rove says Palin will have to step up her game.

"I think this is the one time that I think Karl Rove is actually speaking the truth, or one of the few anyway," said ABC7 Political Analyst Prof. Bruce Cain, Ph.D.

Professor Cain says there is no question Palin has to raise the bar on her own performance.

"She has to come across as a much more serious policy person, and she has to get out of the attack dog mode that she got herself into during the campaign. And so far she hasn't done either one of those things," said Professor Cain.

On the Democratic side, former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards is making the rounds in what appears to be an attempt to rehab his political image. Unlike Palin, Edwards isn't talking with reporters.

He came to San Francisco to debate Karl Rove at the Commercial Financial Association's Convention -- but not in front of reporters.

Professor Cain says Edwards's future an elected official is probably over.

"Because once you get into a campaign, people are going to dig up the misstatements about his affair, the inappropriateness of it and I think that would be a killer particularly for a candidate running out of the conservative South," said Professor Cain.

Professor Cain believes Edwards could try the route of former President Clinton.

Get involved in charitable work, do some good, stay out of trouble and in five or six years he could be serve on a board or be a voice for the issues he championed before he blew up his political career.

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