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Rove says there’s no 2012 presidential front-runner for GOP

Former Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and Fox News contributor Karl Rove (left) talks to media alongside California Assemblyman Dan Logue (right) as Rove stopped in for a promotion for his book, at a function hosted by Dan Logue at South Ridge Golf Club Saturday, November 6, 2010 in Sutter, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Halley - Chico Enterprise-Record)

Former Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and Fox News contributor Karl Rove (left) talks to media alongside California Assemblyman Dan Logue (right) as Rove stopped in for a promotion for his book, at a function hosted by Dan Logue at South Ridge Golf Club Saturday, November 6, 2010 in Sutter, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Halley - Chico Enterprise-Record)

Political strategist Karl Rove says there’s no front-runner for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination.

The Fox commentator and former top political adviser to George W. Bush says it’s good for the party that there will be a contest featuring a long list of 2012 contenders.

Those he mentioned by name included former Govs. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney.

He said the contenders have about 15 months to demonstrate they have the ability and support to successfully run for president and hold the office.

Rove spoke to about 500 people attending a Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

Two protesters yelled briefly at Rove during his speech before being escorted out. Rove didn’t interrupt his talk.

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