Hard work will end recession, Rove tells Kentucky audience

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The United States can rescue itself from recession by relying on the values of innovation, free enterprise and hard work that helped build the country, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Tuesday.

"Now is the time for prudent optimism," he said. "Now is the time for expansion ... while everything else is frozen."

Rove, who served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, spoke to about 1,800 people at the University of the Cumberlands' "Leadership in Today's Economy" event.

He didn't mention the 2010 elections. And he made only vague references to Washington, where Democrats control Congress and the White House, saying there was "an uncertain regulatory environment."

"And we have a new concern about what this newfangled health care bill is going to do to this country," he said.

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