Karl Rove Speaks at Canisius College

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM EDT

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September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) One thing is for sure, Karl Rove did not hold back when sharing his view on the political landscape in Washington as well as Western New York.

A sold out crowd at the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College welcomed the former advisor to President George W. Bush as he gave a lecture about elections, political expectations, and what voters really look for this time of year.

"Most of the time most people are paying attention to what is it that these people represent for the future of this country," Karl Rove said.

Rove met with the media before his lecture, answering questions on a variety of political topics including a local congressional race right here in Western New York.

"I think that we're likely to see a Republican pickup in this place, in this region of the state with Chris (collins). It's going to be a fight," Rove stated.

The staunch Republican and GOP supporter also did not sway with his pick to win November's election.

"If I were a betting man I would bet on Romney. I see a clear path for him to win," the FOX NEWS contributor and best selling author predicted.

Outside of Rove's lecture, a handful of protestors gathered to express their displeasure with the speaker and his message.

"We want the common good. We don't want the rich to continue to get richer on the backs of most vulnerable," protestor Victoria Ross of the WNY Peace Center said while beating a bongo drum.

"The people who are out of touch are the people in the Occupy movement who better understand that they better go apply for a job and get a skill and make their way in life and not depend upon everybody else providing everything they want for free,"> Rove replied.

Rove added that among the many factors of the November election, that the youth vote will be extremely important in deciding key swing states and could decide the outcome and the Presidency.