GOP strategist Karl Rove on Sunday said he could see a Republican candidate for president in 2016 endorsing gay marriage.

Participating in an ABC This Week panel discussing the issue of marriage equality as it relates to two upcoming cases before the Supreme Court, Rove was asked by moderator George Stephanopoulos, “Can you imagine the next presidential campaign, a Republican candidate saying flat out, 'I am for gay marriage?'”

“I could,” Rove replied before changing the subject. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In a statement to ABC News after the program aired, Rove's office clarified that while Rove could see a GOP candidate endorsing marriage equality, it won't likely be the nominee.

Rove was the 2004 chief strategist for then-President George W. Bush's reelection campaign. And he is credited with devising an anti-gay marriage strategy that placed ballot initiatives on the issue in several states as a way to increase the turnout among evangelical Christians, a crucial GOP voting bloc.