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Former Bush strategist Karl Rove speaks in Buffalo

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The man credited with making George W. Bush president says Mitt Romney will be the next president. Karl Rove says Rommey is making a better case for election than President Obama is making for re-election.   

Rove spoke to a packed house at Canisius College Monday night in Buffalo. 

Rove was senior advisor to President George W. Bush and a veteran of many years of political wars in Texas and nationally.

Rove runs a super PAC called American Crossroads, which he told reporters will spend $300 million for the Republican ticket, which he says balances what he claims will be $450 million by unions on behalf of the Democratic ticket. 

Rove said the goal of a campaign is to convince a majority of voters the candidate can be president.
Rove says voters don't always agree with a candidate on everything.

"In a campaign, you try to get 50 percent plus one of the people to agree with you.  But they don't need to agree with you 100 percent of the time.  In fact, many times people vote for somebody with whom they have strong disagreements.  But they believe that on the big issues or an important issue or in important ways that person is qualified to be in the office," said Rove.

Rove said Obama hasn't done the things he promised to do, especially in his first two years when he had majorities in both houses of Congress to press his agenda.

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Activist Victoria Ross protested against Rove's Buffalo appearance outside the Montante Cultural Center on Main Street in Buffalo.

Rove's visit brought out a small group of protestors from Occupy Buffalo outside the Montante Cultural Center on Main Street Monday night.

Activist Victoria Ross attacks the Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited spending on presidential campaigns.

"We need to stand up and have integrity and not let the money do the talking. Money is not free speech. we need people speaking with people," said Ross.

Ross said the group was smaller than usual because many local Occupy people were in New York City for major protests.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.