Skip to comments.McCain's Vice President: Tim Pawlenty (redstate calling it for Pawlenty)
Posted on 08/28/2008 5:22:12 PM PDT by Fred
I'm confident enough to put this up now, but willing to be wrong.
Right now though, every sign, signal, and background chatter indicates John McCain will pick Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota's governor, as his running mate.
UPDATE: A source close to the campaign now confirms for me that it "more likely than not" is Pawlenty. He does, however, caution me that the campaign does not actually want to leak tonight lest the Obama camp get too much of a chance to play the victim card with a sympathetic media.
Below the fold, I've compiled data on Pawlenty that you might find useful. Protecting the Unborn
Recognized as a pro-life leader by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life *
Has appointed judicial conservatives to the bench, and recently drew praise from pro-life advocates for his appointment of Eric Magnuson as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court *
Fought for and signed pro-life measures including: Womans Right to Know (requiring 24 hour waiting period and required information be provided before an abortion), a fetal pain awareness act (requiring notice and information regarding pain experienced by fetuses) and positive alternatives to abortion act (providing funding and support for organizations promoting alternatives to abortion). *
Believes life begins at conception *
Strong desire to overturn Roe v. Wade *
Opposes embryonic stem-cell research while supporting adult stem cell research
Protecting the Taxpayer
Achieved long-standing state goal of moving Minnesota out of the top ten highest taxed states according to the U.S. Census Bureau *
In 2003, resolved the largest budget deficit in state history and the largest budget deficit in the nation at the time (as percent of state budget) without raising taxes *
Vetoed all bills which increased taxes, including setting single session record for vetoes (34) by a Minnesota Governor *
Supported Performance Pay for politicians, which would dock the pay of state office holders if a balanced budget is not passed by the constitutional deadline *
Has keep state employment roles essentially flat during his 5+ years in office. *
Proposed and signed into law welfare reform that requires able-bodied people to seek work *
As majority leader in Minnesota legislature, fought for and achieved historic tax cuts. *
Supports an Initiative and Referendum Amendment to the state constitution to empower citizens to make and repeal laws
Potecting Law Abiding Citizens
Cracked down on meth dealers and sex offenders with tougher penalties *
Required released sex offenders to wear GPS tracking bracelets *
Proposed re-introducing the death penalty in Minnesota *
Fought for and signed conceal-carry legislation *
Strongly supported and endorsed by the NRA
Fighting Illegal Immigration
Required visa expiration dates printed on driver licenses for legal resident aliens *
Blocked passage of the DREAM Act which would have allowed in-state tuition for illegal immigrants *
Fought Minneapolis and St. Paul sanctuary laws, which prevent police and other city agencies from inquiring about immigrations status *
Proposed state law enforcement task force to crack down on illegal immigration *
Proposed state fines for the hiring of illegal workers *
Proposed increased penalties for using false identification documents
* Strongly supports constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage and authored statutory changes supporting traditional marriage as a legislator
Promoting Faith-Based Solutions
* Established an office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to assist social organizations increase their effectiveness by gaining better access to the financial resources of state and federal governments
Accountability in Education
Developed and implemented nation-leading reforms in education, including performance pay for teachers. *
Strong supporter of school choice.
People who post on sites like that (and here) are extreme parisans...alot of moderate dems will vote for McCain. As long as he keeps being who he is.
So he's like McCain, which makes the choice explainable.
Not as bad a pick for him as Biden for Obama, but Biden at least has energy. Does Pawlenty?
Doesn't hurt McCain because those already supporting him despite protestations they'll stay home without a real conservative as VP are full of hot air. They said they wouldn't support McCain, and they caved. Won't help him because Pawlenty's probably not exciting enough to appeal to the Dem women and not conservative enough to get those still holding out onboard. Safe pick in line with McCain's own values that maintains the status quo. If this is true, McCain must be confident he can remain competitive and doesn't need an added edge.
Better add that Pawlenty is a rock ribbed supporter of sportsmen ( hunting and fishing ).
I disagree. Jindal has refused and doesn’t want to go anywhere. Palin has not and does want the position. And aside from someone like Marsha Blackburn, she’s the only possible pro-life conservative woman that he could pick. If he picks a woman, it would pretty much have to be Palin.
While Palin hasn’t been in the Gov’s office that long, she has many more years of executive experience than Jindal. I would not put her on the ‘no’ list at all. Especially since there are some mumbles that RNC sources have said off the record that the pick is a female. KBH took herself out earlier.
That leaves Whitman (totally inexperienced, pro-abort), Palin, Blackburn, that Italian chick that’s on the poll up above and someone else we haven’t thought of yet.
Out of those choices I bet Palin.
You Romney supporters are so cute when you pretend to be conservative.
Mitt Romney couldn't lock up MI if you gave him the master key.
Then Pawlenty is truly a very ugly woman, IMHO.
Yeah, he is totally guilty.
Many PUMAs will not vote for anyone in the Presidential election. Some will vote for Obama and some will vote for McCain. One website can not possibly speak for all PUMAs.
“She would be a great choice - pro-life, pro-energy, a fiscal conservative, etc..”
However, both her and Pawlenty are NOT solid in the stand against the homosexual agenda. However, that being said, I would still prefer Pawlenty or Her over Romney.
“You have a stronger stomach than I.”
Apparantly my hypocracy knows no bounds.
It was truly bad enough when Rudy dressed in drag!
Obama is such an inferior candidate, only McCain can make McCain lose, and I hope he picks a strong pro-lifer.
why? why? why? i whole-heartedly disagree... a woman on the ticket would surely lead to an Obama presidency...
“However, that being said, I would still prefer Pawlenty or Her over Romney.”
I would, too. While Romney is better than Lieberman, Charlie Crist or Ridge, I’m not sure if Romney is solid enough on the life issue.