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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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1 posted on 08/28/2008 5:22:12 PM PDT by Fred
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To: Fred

My source is hinting it’s Palin. Or at least a woman.


2 posted on 08/28/2008 5:24:48 PM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: Fred

I’m actually not disappointed.


3 posted on 08/28/2008 5:25:43 PM PDT by MNReaganite (Bobby Jindal for President)
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To: Fred

Don’t know much about Pawlenty, but it kinda seems like a Wonder Bread type of pick.


4 posted on 08/28/2008 5:25:49 PM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: DrGunsforHands

“My source is hinting it’s Palin. Or at least a woman.”

Who is “your source”?


5 posted on 08/28/2008 5:28:37 PM PDT by devere
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To: Obadiah

It’s the policies that matter. Everything points to Pawlenty I wouldn’t put it past the McCain team to make a bolder move.


6 posted on 08/28/2008 5:28:49 PM PDT by Williams
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To: DrGunsforHands

If you wanted to get the Obama people to leap, you’d get an underling to leak disinformation. That’s what I think this might be. Shoot their wad early and wake up with a different Veep.

Best,

Chris


7 posted on 08/28/2008 5:28:56 PM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "Jesus is Coming. Everybody look busy...")
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To: devere

Were all being played. it’s Jeb.


8 posted on 08/28/2008 5:29:36 PM PDT by RED SOUTH
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To: MplsSteve

If Tim Pawlenty is the nominee, than McCain must think that he will deliver Minnesota. But how popular is the Governor there? I’ve gotten mixed messages on that front.


9 posted on 08/28/2008 5:31:21 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Fred

This is laughable.

Is Redstate a part of the DNC?


10 posted on 08/28/2008 5:31:26 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American History)
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To: Fred

It`s a lock Intrade has him at 85%

Tim Pawlenty to be Republican VP Nominee in 2008

http://www.intrade.com/

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11 posted on 08/28/2008 5:31:34 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: devere

Ok, it’s not “my” source, it’s “Drew” in the comments on the “Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President” website.
http://palinforvp.blogspot.com/2008/08/online-victory-party.html


12 posted on 08/28/2008 5:31:47 PM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: Obadiah

This article was written by Jason Lewis, local talk radio host that fills in for Rush. Pawlenty has definitely turned to the left. He and McCain have alot in common.

But in 2005, signs of his “progressive” instincts emerged. In a quest for new revenue, Mr. Pawlenty supported a 75 cents per-pack cigarette tax. He called it a “health impact” fee. No one was fooled. User fees are generally charged to ensure that those who use a government service pay for the cost of providing that service. In this case, however, it was obvious that smokers were just being tapped to fund health-care entitlement programs.

Following the tax hike, the governor pushed through a state-wide smoking ban in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Aggressive, Nanny-state government seems to be big with Republican governors these days — although policies such as smoking bans do little to stem the costly tide of state-run health care.

In 2006, liberal Democrats (there is no other kind here) proposed a universal health-care behemoth to cover all residents. Mr. Pawlenty responded with a more limited proposal to expand the state’s child health-care program, Minnesota Care, to cover all children. More recently, the governor’s Health Care Transformation Task Force recommended imposing a mandate — à la Massachusetts — on residents to buy health insurance.

On prescription drugs, Mr. Pawlenty set up the state’s RX Connect Program to import price-controlled Canadian drugs. The South St. Paul populist also advocated a temporary ban on ads paid for by pharmaceutical companies. Not exactly the stuff of which markets are made.

Not everything has been bleak for the right during Mr. Pawlenty’s tenure. Last session he vetoed several major spending bills pushed by the Democratic Farmer Labor Party; they were so profligate that his vetoes elicited barely a whimper from Minnesota’s reliably liberal media. Nevertheless, Mr. Pawlenty has presided over back-to-back biennial budget increases of 12.4% and 9.8% respectively. Last year the governor’s proposed budget survived essentially intact but still spent the state’s $2 billion surplus, with half the general fund increase going to education. Minnesota, with five million people, now has a biennial budget of nearly $35 billion.

Mr. Pawlenty’s proactive government stance extends to support for mass transit and sport stadium subsidies, as well as for hiking the state’s minimum wage, which is now $6.15 an hour for large employers (the federal minimum wage is $5.85). But it is education and the environment where Mr. Pawlenty hopes to establish his progressive bona fides.

He calls for accountability in education, but does little to buck the most powerful lobby in state politics, Education Minnesota. Indeed, Mr. Pawlenty has courted the unions, telling the Minnesota Business Partnership that “I can’t have the Republican governor talk about changing the school system without having the support and help of the teachers’ union and my friends on the other side of the aisle. It just won’t work.”

On the environment, Mr. Pawlenty imposed some of the most aggressive renewable energy mandates in the country. Other states will be requiring, in coming years, that energy producers get 20% of their electricity from “renewable” sources such as wind, solar or animal manure. In Mr. Pawlenty’s Minnesota, the state’s largest utility will be required to generate 30% of its power from renewable sources by 2020.

Mr. Pawlenty is using his influence through the National Governor’s Association to export his ideas across state lines. The NGA meets in Washington, D.C. next week. Look for Mr. Pawlenty to be on hand and stumping for renewable mandates.

In April, Mr. Pawlenty delivered the remarks that probably best reveal his views on the environment. “It looks like we should have listened to President Carter,” he told the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group. “He called us to action, and we should have listened. . . . Climate change is real. Human behavior is partly and may be a lot responsible. Those who don’t think so are simply not right. We should not spend time on voices that say it’s not real.”

At times it seems that Mr. Pawlenty’s first political instinct is to placate liberal critics, as he did following the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis last August. When Rep. James Oberstar, a Democrat, tried to exploit the tragedy that killed 13 people and injured 100 others — by blaming it on a lack of federal gas tax revenue — Mr. Pawlenty responded by calling for a state gas tax increase. Thankfully, the governor started backpedaling on that idea almost immediately after proposing it. He now promises to veto any tax increase to come out of the legislature this year (handing down one such veto yesterday).

That’s good. But it doesn’t mean that he’ll be able to deliver the state for Mr. McCain. In the run-up to Super Tuesday earlier this month, Mr. Pawlenty stumped hard for Mr. McCain only to watch as Republican voters delivered Minnesota overwhelmingly to Mitt Romney.

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13 posted on 08/28/2008 5:32:53 PM PDT by Minn. 4 Bush (Barack Obama = All hat, no cattle)
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To: DrGunsforHands

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


14 posted on 08/28/2008 5:33:22 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Obadiah
It would mean that all the Republican candidates will have their futures pinned to John McCain and John McCain alone. If Pawlenty is the one, this build up to nothing is going to make the Biden pick look exciting.

For the sake of what used to be the Conservative Republican party, I hope it's not the case.

15 posted on 08/28/2008 5:33:37 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Fred

He’s OK; but I think he would be smart to put a woman on the ticket.


16 posted on 08/28/2008 5:33:58 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: Williams
"It’s the policies that matter"

No, its the votes that matter. Thats why it isn't Pawlooney.

17 posted on 08/28/2008 5:34:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American History)
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To: Fred

Who in the hell is Tim Pawlenty?


18 posted on 08/28/2008 5:34:37 PM PDT by Terrence DoGood
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To: Fred

What about Mitt!!???

19 posted on 08/28/2008 5:35:20 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper (A vote for third party is a vote for nObama)
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To: Para-Ord.45

“It`s a lock Intrade has him at 85%”

At 6 PM on election day in 2004 intrade had John Kerry at 85%.
It was no lock; as “President” Kerry.


20 posted on 08/28/2008 5:35:26 PM PDT by devere
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To: Fred

Do we really need a 2nd global warming koolaid drinker on the ticket. Yikes.


21 posted on 08/28/2008 5:36:07 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Fred

Seems like a reasonable choice that will not hurt McCain. I’ll give a fuller reply once the choice is revealed by McCain.


22 posted on 08/28/2008 5:36:26 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: DrGunsforHands

One can only hope its Palin.


23 posted on 08/28/2008 5:36:40 PM PDT by Shortwave (Islamofascism is NOT America's greatest enemy, our apathy is.)
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To: Fred
Picture time:
24 posted on 08/28/2008 5:37:12 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: Fred

False flag, diversion, smoke and mirrors........distraction !!

just my opinion ......:o)

Stay safe Fred !


25 posted on 08/28/2008 5:37:45 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: DrGunsforHands

You have sources?


26 posted on 08/28/2008 5:38:23 PM PDT by jlasoon2
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To: Fred

Hannity announced on his radio show today that Pawlenty has several speaking engagements lined up the next several days that for some unexplained reason had to be abruptly cancelled.

Could be a good clue!


27 posted on 08/28/2008 5:38:29 PM PDT by diverteach (http://foolishpleasurestudio.com/eyewool/slap_hillary.html)
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To: Fred

The only issue with Pawlenty is that he may have a problem with some Catholics since he left the RCC. But I’m Catholic and in my opinion he’s more Catholic than the posers Biden and Pelosi et.al.


28 posted on 08/28/2008 5:39:23 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: Shortwave
"One can only hope its Palin."

But which one? - There may even be two that hope for Palein.

29 posted on 08/28/2008 5:39:30 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American History)
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To: Minn. 4 Bush

Oh...swell.


30 posted on 08/28/2008 5:39:31 PM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: section9
If you wanted to get the Obama people to leap, you’d get an underling to leak disinformation. That’s what I think this might be. Shoot their wad early and wake up with a different Veep.

That would be the smart thing to do. If McCain had ads ready to go about Biden, there might be someone with enough brain cells at the Obama camp to have planned similarly. Let them spin their wheels making Pawlenty and Ridge ads, and then announce someone else...someone who appeals to conservatives...

Please?
31 posted on 08/28/2008 5:41:45 PM PDT by LostInBayport (John McCain is the Luckiest Man Alive...mere mortals such as we can only wonder why...)
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To: SMCC1

Well said.


32 posted on 08/28/2008 5:42:02 PM PDT by Shortwave (Islamofascism is NOT America's greatest enemy, our apathy is.)
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To: ThePythonicCow
Did you say picture time?? Top this, bubba:

Sarah Palin

33 posted on 08/28/2008 5:45:40 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: SMCC1

Catholics are FAR MORE interested in a candidate’s position on life than they are with his religious affiliation. Pro-life Catholics DID NOT vote for Kerry in 2004 and Obama, Biden and Pelosi are driving even more away from the ‘Rats.


34 posted on 08/28/2008 5:47:13 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Pharmboy

You DO know that’s a photoshop job, right?


35 posted on 08/28/2008 5:48:29 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: Terrence DoGood

Minnesota governor


36 posted on 08/28/2008 5:50:18 PM PDT by beckysueb (Drill here! Drill now!)
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To: ThePythonicCow

Them freshly caught walleyes make durned good eatin’.


37 posted on 08/28/2008 5:53:42 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: TexasNative2000
What about this?

And this?

And this?

And this?

38 posted on 08/28/2008 5:55:09 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy
Those are all true-blue.

(And red-hot).

39 posted on 08/28/2008 5:57:03 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: TexasNative2000

I actually love her for her mind...the rest is just a bonus.


40 posted on 08/28/2008 5:59:34 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Minn. 4 Bush
Mr. Pawlenty supported a 75 cents per-pack cigarette tax. He called it a “health impact” fee.

Ahhh... the ol' "a fee is not a tax" game. I expect this kind of cr@p from liberals.

41 posted on 08/28/2008 6:01:21 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Fred

Everybody is trying this prediction thing. It’s a new fad.


42 posted on 08/28/2008 6:02:42 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: diverteach

Could be a decoy.


43 posted on 08/28/2008 6:02:45 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: Obadiah

[Don’t know much about Pawlenty..]

Don’t know much about Geometry...


44 posted on 08/28/2008 6:03:28 PM PDT by littlehouse36
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

This seems to be the growing concensus. The controversy over the number of houses McCain owns appears to have been the final blow to Romney’s chances (Romney has four, himself). Also, polls show that McCain is running very close to Obama in Minnesota, which hasn’t supported a Republican for President since 1972.

If Tim Pawlenty is the choice, that chances are the McCain camp has done a whole swath of polls in Minnesota. And losing that state will cause huge headaches for the Obama campaign.


45 posted on 08/28/2008 6:03:39 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I don’t see much of a controversy over the number of houses anyone has. Dems tried to make it one, but I have heard ZERO people talking about it other than briefly on the net. Not an issue. And, even if they did bring it up, with the ads McCain is running, I’m sure they have that one handled.


46 posted on 08/28/2008 6:05:36 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: Pharmboy

This “Vogue” cover w/Palin is a Photoshop! I hope, hope, hope she is not warped enough to pose in this manner.


47 posted on 08/28/2008 6:05:49 PM PDT by littlehouse36
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To: DrGunsforHands

My source is hinting it’s Palin. Or at least a woman.

Are you for real?


48 posted on 08/28/2008 6:07:09 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Fred

Thanks for the info. about Pawlenty.

He sounds like a REALLY great man, and I trust him more than Romney on the life issue (my litmus test).


49 posted on 08/28/2008 6:08:08 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: DrGunsforHands

“My source is hinting it’s Palin.”

She would be a great choice - pro-life, pro-energy, a fiscal conservative, etc..


50 posted on 08/28/2008 6:11:00 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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