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McCain's Vice President: Tim Pawlenty (redstate calling it for Pawlenty)
RedState ^ | Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 06:34PM | Erick Erickson

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

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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: Woman’s 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

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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

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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

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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

Protecting Marriage

* 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

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Developed and implemented nation-leading reforms in education, including performance pay for teachers. *

Strong supporter of school choice.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; huckabee; mccain; obama; obamatruthfile; palin; pawlenty; romney
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Looks like after all the posts etc. we’re both gonna be bummed...


151 posted on 08/28/2008 7:51:16 PM PDT by Scarchin (Romney for VEEP)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

And drain their bubble baths...


152 posted on 08/28/2008 7:56:16 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: fieldmarshaldj

They both like the latter a bit too much for my taste, but I stopped listening to Hannity when he was into the NY Italian sausage last year. Not that there’s anything wrong with that...


153 posted on 08/28/2008 7:56:35 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (McCain/Anyone But Myth Romney 2008)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Maybe once Willard’s hopes are finally dashed, his botnet will stop DDOSing the damn site...it’s been slow as all hell for days.

Must cost them a fortune in BW overages.


154 posted on 08/28/2008 7:59:02 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (McCain/Anyone But Myth Romney 2008)
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To: Scarchin

We may have all been wasting our collective time trying to save McCain’s sorry butt for the November election. Leave it to him to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


155 posted on 08/28/2008 8:08:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Gee, at least Rudy was honest about being a liberal... sorta...
156 posted on 08/28/2008 8:10:24 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Yeah, what in the blue flock is up with the slowdown ? I have a fast cable connection and I don’t remember using AOL dial-up when it was dragging this bad. If it’s this bad now, Election Night will be a farking fiasco and totally crashed.


157 posted on 08/28/2008 8:13:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Jim Robinson
Yeah, what in the blue flock is up with the slowdown ? I have a fast cable connection and I don’t remember using AOL dial-up when it was dragging this bad. If it’s this bad now, Election Night will be a farking fiasco and totally crashed.

From my experiences with my own servers, the traceroutes look like it's under a DOS of some kind, but one can't know definitively from here.

You'd think they'd have blocked it off by now though. Maybe Jim can shed some light.

158 posted on 08/28/2008 8:18:22 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (McCain/Anyone But Myth Romney 2008)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I will be SO happy if it’s not Bombney.


162 posted on 08/28/2008 8:26:12 PM PDT by Antoninus (The greatest gifts parents give their children are siblings.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

This is a complete disaster pick. just think of the headlines and the new direction this could have all gone if he had picked Palin. A strong women conservative. Instead he picks a boring nobody from an upper mid west state.

Hello President Obama.


163 posted on 08/28/2008 8:26:50 PM PDT by CSI007
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To: DrGunsforHands

I have heard the same thing with Palin which would make the Dems heads explode — Governor and a woman! My sources said who it wasn’t going to be and left the rest to guess.


164 posted on 08/28/2008 8:28:31 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN/PAWLENTY/CANTOR 2008! McCainNow.com; LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: Freddy33
"Sounds a lot like more Mormon bigotry by some."

Schtick's old, Fred.

"Pawlenty will not carry MI or probably MN."

Perhaps not.

"Romney can carry MI"

No proof of that whatsoever. No member of his family has won a majority of the vote for an office there in 42 years. His mother lost in the single greatest landslide for a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan history.

"and he can also handle Biden in the debates."

What fun. They can one up each other in the bullcrap department. They're both masters. The poor audience will be buried alive.

165 posted on 08/28/2008 8:31:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Fred
Pawlenty doesn't add anything for McCain. He may not turn voters off, but I can't see him turning too many voters on either. This race is too close for McCain to go with someone as unknown and unexceptional as Pawlenty.

Pawlenty seems too be a decent guy, but not a political heavyweight. I'm concerned about how he will fare against Biden.

McCain should pick someone who is perceived as being capable immediately assuming the role of POTUS in the event he cannot finish his term of office, which at his age is a greater concern than it will be with Obama.

To be honest, Pawlenty doesn't strike me as someone ready to be POTUS. Of course, Obama doesn't seem ready to be POTUS either and there is the problem with picking Pawlenty, or Palin or Cantor for that matter. They may be good up and coming conservatives, but are they ready for the immense responsibilities and challenges of being President at this stage of their careers?

If you are going to declare Obama unfit for office because he lacks the experience to be President you can't pick a young VP who also lacks enough experience for that position.

Romney would be the better choice.

166 posted on 08/28/2008 8:33:12 PM PDT by Norman Arbuthnot
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To: Antoninus; perfect_rovian_storm; greyfoxx39

See, now, you just hate LSD members. Yup, yessirrebob.

Oh, wait...

LDS.

Nevermind. Muh bad.


167 posted on 08/28/2008 8:34:00 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Freddy33

Hmmm... Romney making a little comeback on InTrade.


168 posted on 08/28/2008 8:37:55 PM PDT by Tuxedo (This Species has Amused itself to Death)
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To: CSI007

ABM


169 posted on 08/28/2008 8:41:08 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tuxedo

Pawlenty dropping like a rock on InTrade. It ain’t gonna be him. Numbers don’t add up - someone else must be getting some action!


170 posted on 08/28/2008 8:42:45 PM PDT by Tuxedo (This Species has Amused itself to Death)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
See, now, you just hate LSD members. Yup, yessirrebob. Oh, wait... LDS. Nevermind. Muh bad.

That's such a joke. Some of my favorite people in the world are LDSers. Flip Romney isn't one of them. He's a phony.

Heck, if Romney was as strong a conservative as the other LDSers I know, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.
171 posted on 08/28/2008 8:43:01 PM PDT by Antoninus (The greatest gifts parents give their children are siblings.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I have been told it is not Romney, Ridge, or LIEberman earlier this evening but I also think it is not going to be Pawlenty from info received not too long ago. My guess is Palin or Cantor now. A lot of disinformation being spread but my money is on Palin until the next email.


172 posted on 08/28/2008 8:44:50 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! McCainNow.com; LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: PhiKapMom

I’m with you...that’s where my money would be. Honestly, that’s what I hope he does too. It just feels right.


173 posted on 08/28/2008 8:49:46 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (McCain/Anyone But Myth Romney 2008)
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To: Fred

Huckabee not going to Dayton per FOX. Does that point to Romney?? Or not??


174 posted on 08/28/2008 9:00:17 PM PDT by cookcounty (Joe Biden: Because Obama needs industrial-sized embellishments.)
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To: Comparative Advantage

“I think that Lieberman is being used as a decoy so that conservatives will swallow someone like Pawlenty.”

I believe you are right.


175 posted on 08/28/2008 9:11:47 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Antoninus

Of course, point that out to his unhinged supporters that you’re judging him as an individual and nothing more and they’ll still call you anti-Mormon... no diff than “You’re racist if you don’t support Obie.” All a big steaming pile...


176 posted on 08/28/2008 9:22:27 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Darnit Nana!! You had me googling “Michelle Steele” hoping to see a hottie! ;)


177 posted on 08/28/2008 9:43:51 PM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: cookcounty

Huck’s attacks on Romney over the last few days leads one to believe that he thinks its going to be Romney.


178 posted on 08/28/2008 10:06:11 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American History)
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To: Williams
It’s the policies that matter. Everything points to Pawlenty

Paelenty's position is that of a liberal RINO bum.

179 posted on 08/28/2008 10:27:55 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Have you accepted Obamessia as your personal lord and savior?)
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To: Freddy33
Sounds a lot like more Mormon bigotry by some.

I take offense at that comment. I married a Mormon and never found her to be bigoted in any way.

180 posted on 08/29/2008 3:30:40 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper (A vote for third party is a vote for nObama)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“From what I can tell about Sean Hannity, he prefers to wrap his mouth around a nice rare Mormon sausage.”

You know, I can come up with no legitimate reason why you haven’t been banned for your gross vulgarities on Freeper threads. You have such a low class mentality that you inflict on others. That was a disgusting thing to say about both Sean Hannity and Mitt Romney. Filth, that’s what you seem to thrive on. Come on moderator, nip this in the bud before he multiplies his postings.


181 posted on 08/29/2008 3:48:51 AM PDT by flaglady47 (South Ossetia = Kosovo - thanks Bill Clinton)
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To: DLfromthedesert
He’s OK; but I think he would be smart to put a woman on the ticket.

The Rats would just accuse McCain of pandering (something THEY never do).

182 posted on 08/29/2008 3:55:22 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Five Year Plans and New Deals, wrapped in golden chains...)
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To: Sun
Sun, I am shocked, stunned, and pleased with this VP pick! Soooooooo much better than any of the people on the short list! Who would have thought McCain would do this?
183 posted on 08/29/2008 9:24:08 AM PDT by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: flaglady47
Methinks the loonie doth protest too much. I know you're just in a hissy because McCain didn't drink the Kool-Aid and choose that Socialist con-man fraud of yours for an important position of trust. So I only have one thing to add...


184 posted on 08/29/2008 1:12:56 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
OK you're batting zero for predictions on vice president for both parties, not to mention JoCo DA. Whaddya think of the choice?

And let me hasten to add I wasn't any more accurate on my veep predictions than you were.

185 posted on 08/29/2008 5:35:33 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur; Clintonfatigued

I only made a prediction on the Dem side for VP, but it wasn’t a definitive one (that being the KS Governor). The choice of Biden was astonishingly stupid. Had he picked Gilligan-Sebelius, it would’ve taken the luster off McCain’s pick (and made McCain look desperate — indeed, KGS might’ve even curtailed Palin being picked). For the GOP side, I was hoping McCain would go for one of our top three most experienced Governors, but he chose Palin, one of our up-and-comers, instead, and fortunately for McCain, not a divisive choice.

McCain, of course, should be able to win now, but the race isn’t over, yet, and he still has a habit of making lots of gaffes. I’d put Palin out front and center more than himself. She combines looks, a pleasant personality AND an air of authority, too. If McCain wins, she may well find herself as President in less than 4 years, which I give better than 50% odds on.


186 posted on 08/29/2008 5:48:35 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I predicted Sebelius and Romney, and was wrong on both counts.


187 posted on 08/30/2008 11:41:55 PM PDT by Clemenza (Barack Obama: Black and White and RED all Over)
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To: Clemenza

Fortunately you were wrong about the latter and that McCain was smart enough to have not chosen Slick Willard, but unfortunately for Obama, he was wrong not to have picked the former.


188 posted on 08/31/2008 12:12:53 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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