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.
Basically, yup. A clod in the bottom echelon of our current Governors. He wouldn’t have won reelection had the bubble-headed RINO apostate that Pawlenty’s Dem opponent chose as a running mate hadn’t opened her mouth.
please, NO! not yet... not this time around...
None of those four, I hope. Maybe it’s deliberate that McCain would want an unaccomplished non-entity who doesn’t overshadow him. In which case, we’re probably going to get someone really crappy.
Yeah, but that’s like taking home a serious date to meet the parents, and they’ve been informed he’s done a stint in prison, but instead of being a multiple-murderer, he only robbed a bank and permanently crippled a guard. :-\
Great point. And indeed we do.
Not destructive enough for ya ? You want the WHOLE ultimate trojan horse rodent.
Romney is a drug that takes the sycophant on a Magical Mystery Tour and causes them to actually believe that Flip is a conservative. Yup, they believe that with their whole mind, body and soul.
Hopefully nObama does not find out what the formulation for that drug is because these same folks will be spewing the conservative virtues of nObama if he does.
Hoping it ain’t him. I’m not convinced yet.
Dude - my friend and very worthy adversary :) = you can’t be happy with Pawlenty = are you?
All because he wanted to get to have a long lunch at...
Hope the steak was worth it, Slick Willard.
Not true, I don't know anyone here who's from Paris!
We would have lost with TWO old rich white guys...
Especially Romney born with a silver spoon in his mouth...
Obama is given a speech to combat Romney...
Its more of the poor humble beginnings...American Dream..hard work led to success story...
Pawlenty comes from regular working folk...
And is YOUNG...47
Pawlenty was born on November 27, 1960, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and raised in nearby South St. Paul, one of five children of a milk truck driver and a housewife. When he was 16, his mother died of cancer. Pawlenty took to hockey and played on his high school’s junior varsity squad.
In 1983, Pawlenty received a degree in Political Science at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. In 1986, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. In law school, he met fellow student Mary Anderson and one year later they married, settling in Eagan, Minnesota.
As a practicing attorney, Pawlenty’s first job was as a labor law attorney at the firm Rider Bennett, where he had interned during school. Later he was Vice President for the internet company Wizmo Consulting Group.
In 1994, his wife Mary was appointed as a judge of the Dakota County District Court in Hastings, Minnesota and the two began raising their two daughters, Anna and Mara. After he was elected in 2002, the family remained at their Eagan home instead of moving into the Governor’s Residence because of Mary’s requirement to stay in her judicial district. In 2007, she left her judicial position to become General Counsel of the National Arbitration Forum, a dispute resolution company based in Minneapolis. She stayed on only briefly before departing for another dispute resolution company, the Gilbert Mediation Center.
Of Polish and German heritage, Pawlenty was raised a Roman Catholic. His conversion to an Evangelical Christian faith is largely attributed to his wife Mary, who is a regular member of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The church is part of the Minnesota Baptist Conference, and the senior pastor, Leith Anderson, is the president of the National Association of Evangelicals.
what if it were J-Lo instead of Palin?
Check post #79 for my opinion on that. Always remember that I judge ALL those with “R’s” with the same ruler. They’ve either succeeded, or they’ve failed.
The judge in the picture you posted looks a lot like the woman who was counting the roll call votes at the Dem convention last night.
Well, Sean Hannity did tell me that it’s 100% corn fed beef cooked in a 1500 degree oven. That’s a lot to pass up.
Hot wife. Bad Governor.
Two for the price of one.
Now who said that before? ;-) LOL!
It’s a small world and Lord knows that the Dems give promotions to people like her, so it could have been her. Never know...