"I see a clear path ... for him to win," said Rove, speaking with reporters at Canisius College Monday night.
Rove spent a few minutes with the media prior to lecture in the Montante Cultural Center.
Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to extensive government support. He added that as a candidate for the White House, "my job is not to worry about those people.
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Rove says Romney has spell out in detail what plans he has for the country, and then welcome the controversy when President Obama attacks him on it. Rove says Romney will be outlining a five-point plan for the middle class.
"More affordable supplies of American energy; making sure every American has the skills to succeed; making trade work for America; putting our fiscal house in order; and championing small business," Rove said.
And Rove said Obama didn't really offer anything new in his convention speech -- citing these examples.
"[Obama said] We're going to train 100,000 teachers; four years ago he said we're going to train an army of teachers. He said we're going to cut in half net oil imports by 2020; four years ago, he said, within eight years, we're going to end imports from the Middle East," Rove said.
He visited Canisius College to speak on the relationship between campaigning and governing -- and how that relationship has changed.
Known as the architect of President Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove served as senior advisor to President Bush from 2000-200 and deputy chief of staff from 2004-2007. He oversaw the offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. Rove also served as deputy chief of staff for policy. In this role, he coordinated the White House policy-making process.
A Colorado native, Rove currently serves on the University of Texas Chancellor's Council Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and Texas State History Museum Foundation.