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Karl Rove to address GOP leadership conference in Twin Cities

The Republican Party of Minnesota confirmed that Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, will address attendees of the Republican Midwest Leadership Conference, October 7-8 at the Bloomington Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.

"One is tempted to introduce Karl Rove with the cliché 'a man who needs no introduction,'" said Minnesota GOP chairman Tony Sutton, "but that would do Karl a grave injustice. Even his critics tend to underestimate the extent of his accomplishments and his influence on American politics."

"People tend to view Karl as if he were suddenly dropped out of the sky as a political superstar," said Sutton. "The fact is, like the activists attending the Midwest Leadership conference, Karl got his start working for candidates up and down political tickets. What he learned, what he will share with conference attendees, has provided conservative Republicans with a blueprint for winning elections"

Before Rove became known as "The Architect" of President Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and non-profit groups. His clients included more than 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states and the Moderate Party of Sweden.

Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004-2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process. Today he retains his influence as a Fox News contributor and a Wall Street Journal columnist. He authored the New York Times Bestseller, "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight." He has written for various publications, including The Daily Beast, Financial Times, Forbes,,, Newsweek, The Times, Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

Rove joins a speaker lineup that includes Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, syndicated talk show host Jason Lewis, and political commentator Michael Reagan.

The Midwest Leadership Conference will gather Republican leaders and activists from Republican National Committee's Midwest Region - Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota - and around the nation. The conference includes speeches by GOP presidential hopefuls, activist training sessions, and speeches by notable conservative leaders.