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Karl Rove: ‘I could’ imagine GOP presidential candidate supporting gay marriage

By Dylan Stableford

Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff under President George W. Bush and current Fox News contributor, says he can envision the 2016 Republican presidential nominee supporting gay marriage.

“I could,” Rove said during a roundtable discussion on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday when asked if he could imagine a same-sex marriage supporter on the top of the GOP’s next ticket.

The comment from Rove, one of the party’s former top strategists, comes about a week after Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman said in an editorial that he now supports gay marriage, and as the GOP looks to regroup—and rebrand—following its loss in November.

As ABC noted, Portman—who in 2012 was one of several vice presidential candidates considered by Mitt Romney—is the only sitting Republican senator to publicly support same-sex marriage.

Rove also said the GOP must focus on outreach to Latino voters.

“We need to take our spokesmen, like Susana Martinez and Brian Sandoval, governors of New Mexico and Nevada and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and get them out there along with the rest of the party, communicating around the country,” Rove said. “It’s amazing to me—in Texas, a Republican naturally campaigns everywhere in Texas, including Latino communities, African-American communities, Anglo communities, rural, urban. But in other states that’s just not normal. We need to make it normal.”

Of the GOP’s somewhat pubic post-election brainstorming, Rove said, “I think this is a constructive process. And I see a lot coming out of it.”

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