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Pawlenty cancels TV interviews
Star Tribune ^ | August 28th, 2008 2:23 PM | Mark Brunswick

Posted on 08/28/2008 1:06:23 PM PDT by Fred

A headline like that may seem inocuous enough, but amid the fevered speculation about whom John McCain will select as a vice presidential running mate, maybe it’s a tea leaf. Or maybe not.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in Denver as an unofficial Republican observer during the Democratic National Convention, has canceled several TV interviews that were scheduled for this afternoon, said a Republican spokesman.

Pawlenty said his travel plans — he is scheduled to be at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday — remain unchanged.

The governor, of course, has long been said to be on McCain’s list of potential veep picks.

Reports have said McCain may attend a rally with his running mate Friday in Dayton, Ohio.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalblogs.startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; huckabee; hutchinson; mccain; obama; palin; pawlenty; romeny; romney

1 posted on 08/28/2008 1:06:23 PM PDT by Fred
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To: Fred
maybe it’s a tea leaf.

Maybe it's a fig leaf.

2 posted on 08/28/2008 1:10:59 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Fred

Never heard of him. Can MinnFreeper join in the discussion and let us know about him.


3 posted on 08/28/2008 1:15:08 PM PDT by edcoil
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To: Fred

Mitt canceled his also. McCain team is playing this well. Could still be someone besides the two of them. Still wondering about SS at Mitt’s relatives. hoax?


4 posted on 08/28/2008 1:15:41 PM PDT by libbylu
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To: Fred

Maybe I’ll sit at home leafing through some weather reports if he picks this global warming fool.


5 posted on 08/28/2008 1:15:49 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: libbylu

McCain really wants this to be a surprise. All of this stuff is a smokescreen. When asked about Veepstakes, Pawlenty said he was going to be at the Minnesota state fair on Friday, as direct a denial as he could get without saying it outright.

Still think it will be a surprise dark horse.


6 posted on 08/28/2008 1:19:29 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo ("Give a man a fish, make him a Democrat. Teach a man to fish, make him a Republican.")
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To: edcoil

What would you like to know?


7 posted on 08/28/2008 1:20:31 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: Fred

The Repubs are having fun with all this. Kuddos to McCain for fighting against this media lovefest for Obama. How else do you get any press?


8 posted on 08/28/2008 1:20:51 PM PDT by Hattie
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To: Dr.Deth

I keep thinking maybe McCain team is better than we have given them credit for... and this is all a big ploy to capture the attention when he does make his VEEP. It has to go over better than the text message at 3:00 a.m.

By the way, the dims who wanted private phone calls etc to remain private are sure being sneaky about how they are getting cell phone numbers.


9 posted on 08/28/2008 1:21:09 PM PDT by JFC
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To: Dr.Deth

I keep thinking maybe McCain team is better than we have given them credit for... and this is all a big ploy to capture the attention when he does make his VEEP. It has to go over better than the text message at 3:00 a.m.

By the way, the dims who wanted private phone calls etc to remain private are sure being sneaky about how they are getting cell phone numbers.


10 posted on 08/28/2008 1:21:18 PM PDT by JFC
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To: voteNRA

What the press won’t tell us, is he a good governor? What are his strengths and weakness at the state level.

Is he trusted? Has he done any “Arnolds” like our Republican out here. Arnolds are flip-flops or promising one thing and doing the opposite.


11 posted on 08/28/2008 1:23:42 PM PDT by edcoil
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To: edcoil

He is conservative about some things but knee deep in the global warming crap. But keep in mind he is governer in Minnesota, a very liberal state. He is very prolife. I have heard some Minnesotans say they don’t like him but its almost impossible to be a pol and liked in Minnesota. They do like their liberals however. So maybe thats good that Pawlenty has managed to get a bunch of libs to dislike him.


12 posted on 08/28/2008 1:36:21 PM PDT by beckysueb (Drill here! Drill now!)
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To: Fred

I would be very happy with Sarah Palin.


13 posted on 08/28/2008 1:37:44 PM PDT by beckysueb (Drill here! Drill now!)
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To: Fred

Can only hope it is because he was NOT picked. . .


14 posted on 08/28/2008 1:39:03 PM PDT by cricket (Damn Political Correctness; before it irretrievably, damns us all. . .)
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To: Fred

Pawlenty cancels TV interviews

Me too.
15 posted on 08/28/2008 1:39:12 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: edcoil
In my view he has done a good job as Gov here. He has had Dems controlling both the State house and senate and has managed to hold the line on new taxes while erasing around $4 Billion in deficit.

He signed our CCW law both times and comes off as an avid outdoors guy (he started our "Governor's Deer Opener" as an example)

On the environment, he is a bit of a "Globull Warmer" but I think that he will tone that down. One thing that burns me a lot about him was his pushing of ethanol, but that is/was a huge deal here in the upper midwest.

In my opinion he is a likable guy who can get things done and can play hard-ball to get what he wants.

16 posted on 08/28/2008 1:39:18 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: voteNRA

Is he pro-life?


17 posted on 08/28/2008 1:54:13 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.cotlife2000.com)
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To: voteNRA
I agree with your assessment of Pawlenty.

He pushed ethanol hard during his re-election campaign and I think he needed to back then because of the corn industry in the state. Since the folly of ethanol has become more widely known I think he will back off on it. I think he has been very effective considering the amount of control the DFL has over the state government.

Many comments on FR refer to him as being a boring and whiney speaker. I don't agree with this. They are forming their opinion on just one viewing or interview here or there. He doesn't pound on the desk when he speaks but he can be animated when needed.

18 posted on 08/28/2008 2:03:13 PM PDT by toast
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To: edcoil
Sorry I started responding to your post without reading the whole thing.

As far as any "Arnolds", all that comes to mind is he signed a "no new tax" pledge when he was first elected which he technically followed but he raised all sorts of fees.

An example: he assessed tobacco products with a "health impact fee" which I can hardly type with a straight face.

19 posted on 08/28/2008 2:03:21 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: diamond6

Yes he is pro-life.


20 posted on 08/28/2008 2:05:38 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: voteNRA
he assessed tobacco products with a "health impact fee"

ooo...That was a classic.
The local talk shows had fun with that one.

He's pro-life.
He's decent on immigration. Tried to redesign drivers licenses to identify immigration status.
He did direct more money to highway projects in the metro area that were long overdue.

21 posted on 08/28/2008 2:16:22 PM PDT by toast
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To: Fred

While I would prefer Romney, Pawlenty is a good pick. He puts Minnesota seriously in play, likely delivering it, he can whup Biden in a debate, he has more executive experience than the entire Democrat ticket, he’s young but not too young, and fills in some gaps for McCain.


22 posted on 08/28/2008 2:19:22 PM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: voteNRA

Thank you!


23 posted on 08/28/2008 2:20:40 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.cotlife2000.com)
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To: Fred

Pawlenty has bought into the global-warming scam. That means no effective remedy to the high fuel prices, higher taxes, etc., . Romney will be a lot better V.P.


24 posted on 08/28/2008 2:24:34 PM PDT by Mogollon ($5/gal Gas....Kick the Jacka$$es Out!)
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To: toast
As a fellow Minnesotan, you have to admit that having Carol Molnau take over as Gov would be fun. I don't know how she would preform, but thinking about watching the local lib's heads explode brings a smile to my face!

For those outside MN, lieutenant governor Molnau is blamed in the local media for everything around here. The press has been after her head ever since she was elected.

25 posted on 08/28/2008 2:27:48 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: mbraynard
While I would prefer Romney, Pawlenty is a good pick. He puts Minnesota seriously in play, likely delivering it, he can whup Biden in a debate, he has more executive experience than the entire Democrat ticket, he’s young but not too young, and fills in some gaps for McCain.

Well put!

26 posted on 08/28/2008 2:30:58 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: mbraynard
He puts Minnesota seriously in play, likely delivering it...

He barely won in 2006, only squeaking in against two Democrats. There is absolutely no guarantee he'll carry Minnesota, and no bearing on any other states.

27 posted on 08/28/2008 2:34:23 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: voteNRA
having Carol Molnau take over as Gov would be fun.

She even looks a little like Dick Cheney.

28 posted on 08/28/2008 2:34:31 PM PDT by toast
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To: toast
She even looks a little like Dick Cheney.

LOL! that is exactly the image that comes to mind.

She was also the state arm-wrestling champ back in high school. (please don't make me look it up just take my word for it.)

29 posted on 08/28/2008 2:41:10 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: Non-Sequitur
He barely won in 2006, only squeaking in against two Democrats.

Who was the other D besides Hatch?

30 posted on 08/28/2008 2:47:07 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: voteNRA

Peter Hutchinson. He ran as an independent but had held office as a DFL.


31 posted on 08/28/2008 2:51:40 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur

Thanks, I even looked it up but forgot he was DFL before Independence.


32 posted on 08/28/2008 2:57:12 PM PDT by voteNRA
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To: diamond6

BARF


33 posted on 08/28/2008 3:22:25 PM PDT by Fawn (Who are these idiots who would vote for 'Obama Bin Biden' ????)
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To: Fawn

Are you feeling ill? Maybe you should lie down.


34 posted on 08/28/2008 3:33:21 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.cotlife2000.com)
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To: Fred

Who’s Paul Enty?


35 posted on 08/28/2008 3:35:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
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To: Fawn
Oh barf yourself.

This is a deal breaker for anyone with a conscience.

36 posted on 08/28/2008 3:41:19 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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