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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: 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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To: Pharmboy

Do you want a VP or a MILF?


51 posted on 08/28/2008 6:12:51 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Clintonfatigued

His approval rating the other day was over 50%. For this state, and he being a Republican, that is pretty good.

If it is Pawlenty, I can live with that. He is my governor, and I think he can hold his own in a debate. He is very, very smart.


52 posted on 08/28/2008 6:13:55 PM PDT by Shelayne (Tagline still laughing at Obama bin Biden....)
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To: Pharmboy

She’s fine, but she hasn’t been the Governor all that long, and what good does she do for McCain in the battleground states?


53 posted on 08/28/2008 6:14:20 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Pharmboy

She’s fine, but she hasn’t been the Governor all that long, and what good does she do for McCain in the battleground states?


54 posted on 08/28/2008 6:14:27 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Fred

I don’t see Cantor on the list of speakers at the convention yet I do see Pawlenty, Palen and Romney as a scheduled speakers.


55 posted on 08/28/2008 6:14:30 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: big'ol_freeper

“What about Mitt!!???”

If it’s between Romney and Pawlenty, I’d rather have Pawlenty. Romney’s universal healthcare in MA scares me, and Romney wants a partnership with Red China.

Of course, my favorite would be Duncan Hunter, but Senator McCain would never pick anyone that conservative.


56 posted on 08/28/2008 6:17:02 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Rome2000

I do not think those are incompatible...


57 posted on 08/28/2008 6:19:06 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: snarkytart
The dummocrats can't really attack her on "inexperience" now, can they?
58 posted on 08/28/2008 6:20:40 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Sun

Well reasoned post. While I often overlook Hunter, I am looking for a conservative. Mitt Romney is about as much a conservative as Joe Lieberman.

Once this is behind us though, we have a serious battle ahead of us. nObama MUST be defeated. I do believe that our nation’s very survival is at stake.


59 posted on 08/28/2008 6:22:28 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper (A vote for third party is a vote for nObama)
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To: Fred
John McCain

The top three are fine with me. I can support Pawlenty, Palin, or Romney, but think one or the other of the "P"s would be better.

2 peas in a pod
60 posted on 08/28/2008 6:24:21 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (¬ďAnybody who has used or advocates using a contraceptive knows when life begins¬Ē.)
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