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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: 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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To: Obadiah

“Wonder Bread” is putting it kindly. How about “crashing bore?” “Babyfaced nobody?” “Bush league obscurity?” “Wholly inadequate lightweight?” This guy could face down the Russians or the Iranians if McCain were incapacitated while in office? This guy has the gravitas to replace McCain? If he’s the selection, it’s because McCain has such an ego, he can’t risk the possibility of selecting someone who could potentially overshadow him such as Mitt Romney. This represents a monumental lack of judgment on McCain’s part. Another in a long line of foul ups that have characterized his political career. I won’t vote for him.


61 posted on 08/28/2008 6:24:57 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: Comparative Advantage

I’m so getting tired of this. IT WILL NOT BE A HARDCORE CONSERVATIVE. It can’t. Period. He wants to win and in order to win he needs Hillary Dems. What part of that don’t you understand. HE HAS TO WIN... HE HAS TO WIN...


62 posted on 08/28/2008 6:25:43 PM PDT by Hildy ("We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.")
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To: Terrence DoGood

Exactly!


63 posted on 08/28/2008 6:26:29 PM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: Fred

I think it’s Pawlenty. Too bad the Romney fellators are already trashing the guy.


64 posted on 08/28/2008 6:27:57 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Fred

I will vote for this ticket. I just hope that Pawlenty isn’t as boring as some say.


65 posted on 08/28/2008 6:30:43 PM PDT by Grunthor (McCain! If he doesn't pick a liberal or pro-baby-murder VP.)
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To: Minn. 4 Bush

Sounds like a northern version of Huckabee


66 posted on 08/28/2008 6:31:00 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: big'ol_freeper

I still think it’s going to be Mitt. I’ll believe that until I hear McCain say otherwise.


67 posted on 08/28/2008 6:33:27 PM PDT by toomanygrasshoppers ("In technical terminology, he's a loon")
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To: RED SOUTH


68 posted on 08/28/2008 6:33:48 PM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: Pharmboy
Well ... yeah ... Sarah Palin does look better than a walleye ... I'll have to give you that ;).
69 posted on 08/28/2008 6:33:49 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

I didn’t know anything about him. Here’s a website.
http://www.governor.state.mn.us/welcome/aboutgovernorpawlenty/index.htm

He definitely is qualified.


70 posted on 08/28/2008 6:34:54 PM PDT by sneakers (Liberty is the answer to the human condition.)
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To: Pharmboy

YoughZaaa!


71 posted on 08/28/2008 6:34:54 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Obama: The presumptuous democratic nominee)
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To: toomanygrasshoppers

Putting Palin on the ticket and being the first woman VP in history would breakthrough those 18000 cracks in the glass ceiling....Palin for President in 2012.


72 posted on 08/28/2008 6:35:02 PM PDT by Blue Turtle (I)
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To: Grunthor

You have a stronger stomach than I.


73 posted on 08/28/2008 6:35:19 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Rome2000
Do you want a VP or a MILF?

Both.

74 posted on 08/28/2008 6:35:44 PM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: beckysueb

Since the other thread is locked - I’d go for Sarah Palin.

Pawlenty isn’t credible.


75 posted on 08/28/2008 6:36:07 PM PDT by sauropod (There's no stoppin' the cretins from hoppin')
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To: Minn. 4 Bush

Fabulous — another big government republican.


76 posted on 08/28/2008 6:36:46 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: sneakers

If you don’t mind a smoke nazi, Algorian VP with no military experience, I guess he’s qualified


77 posted on 08/28/2008 6:37:18 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Ramius

Since the other thread is locked...

Don’t be an azzz. Hussein? You gotta be kiddin’


78 posted on 08/28/2008 6:38:22 PM PDT by sauropod (There's no stoppin' the cretins from hoppin')
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To: Clintonfatigued; JRochelle; rabscuttle385; ejonesie22; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; ...

Pawlenty brings nothing to the ticket. A subpar squish who presided over a total wipeout of the MN GOP on his watch (ALL separately elected statewide GOP incumbents, a Congressmember, blowing the U.S. Senate race, loss of the MN House majority (from over 60% down to 36%) and losing 1/3rd of the State Senators). A disaster.

There’s no evidence he’ll put MN in the GOP column since he has NEVER won a majority of the vote in his runs for Governor. BAD choice (not as bad as Slick Willard, but still unacceptable).


79 posted on 08/28/2008 6:39:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Minn. 4 Bush
Pawlenty has definitely turned to the left. He and McCain have alot in common.

No fecal matter, Holmes. Pity that more can't see that here.

80 posted on 08/28/2008 6:40:54 PM PDT by sauropod (There's no stoppin' the cretins from hoppin')
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To: sauropod
I have never been a McCain fan - don't know much about Pawlenty, so if it is really him, I am not enthused. Would have preferred Sarah Palin, Haley Barbour, or Eric Cantor. I keep praying this is simply disinformation being leaked out. Or whatever. Since the RNC is next week, we'll get to hear Pawlenty speak and see if he has what it takes. He is not the attack dog type. I guess McCain will have to do that all himself. He only brings youth and possibly MN, IA, WI - but I feel all he does is just make those potential losses slimmer for McCain. This is not going to energize the base. Is McCain trying to fumble this away?

Baffled in Texas.

81 posted on 08/28/2008 6:41:41 PM PDT by Tuxedo (This Species has Amused itself to Death)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

So basically another RINO? Sheesh.


82 posted on 08/28/2008 6:41:47 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Don't steal. John McCain and Barack Obama hate competition.)
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To: DLfromthedesert
He’s OK; but I think he would be smart to put a woman on the ticket.

I've said this all along too, a woman would have sealed it for McCain. I do think Obama will have a great chance of defeating McCain in Nov. if this is his pick!

83 posted on 08/28/2008 6:42:35 PM PDT by blondee123 (NO-BAMA for President in 2008!!!)
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To: Fred

No kidding. :)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2070189/posts?page=8#8


84 posted on 08/28/2008 6:43:23 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Driving a Phase-2 Operation Chaos Hybrid that burns both gas AND rubber!)
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To: Tuxedo
Is McCain trying to fumble this away?

Yes. I don't believe he really wants the job. He just wanted the nomination to feed his monstrous ego and assuage his sense of hurt from 2000.

85 posted on 08/28/2008 6:45:32 PM PDT by sauropod (There's no stoppin' the cretins from hoppin')
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Red State pulled this out of their a$$.

This whole thing has been too well orchestrated to end with Pawlenty.

McCain does not want the name leaked tonight and I don’t think it’s gonna be. From what I’m reading around all the blogs, it sounds like he’s picked someone that isn’t even on the radar, meaning Not the following:

NOT Pawlenty
Not Romney
Not Lieberman
Not Ridge


86 posted on 08/28/2008 6:46:17 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (McCain/Anyone But Myth Romney 2008)
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To: pissant

Sorry pissant, but I don’t know anything about him other than what I’ve read on that website. I just heard the guys name several days ago.


87 posted on 08/28/2008 6:47:47 PM PDT by sneakers (Liberty is the answer to the human condition.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Agreed though that it is a bad choice. However, if it’s true, the silver lining is that he didn’t pick Slick Willard.


88 posted on 08/28/2008 6:48:30 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (McCain/Anyone But Myth Romney 2008)
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To: Repeal 16-17

Speaking as a Minnesotan, he won’t deliver Minnesota; in two elections, never got more than a 46.7% plurality. Wouldn’t have won either one without a third party splitting the lib vote. He’s only a year older than Obama, too; doesn’t add much gravitas. He will look like Quayle in the debate.


89 posted on 08/28/2008 6:49:42 PM PDT by ER Doc
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To: Fred

Sounds good...now, how would he hold up in a debate against the verbosity of that Nimrod Biden?


90 posted on 08/28/2008 6:49:45 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: big'ol_freeper

“I do believe that our nation’s very survival is at stake.”

I believe the same. It’s frightening that so many people even voted for Obama in the primaries. But then, I think it’s frightening that so many people are registered Dems PERIOD.


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

Yeah, all these self-appointed gurus had Ruby Julie-Annie elected before the primary in 42 states...

Illegal aliens???


92 posted on 08/28/2008 6:50:06 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Hildy
It can’t. Period. He wants to win and in order to win he needs Hillary Dems.

He's not going to get the Hillary Dems. I was checking out the PUMA site earlier & they have a new saying "Nothing at the top" in other words, do not punch anything on the ballot for President.

I also read some of their posts, many are saying they cannot vote for McCain, so they won't vote at all for the Presidential slot, only for Dem. senators!

93 posted on 08/28/2008 6:50:34 PM PDT by blondee123 (NO-BAMA for President in 2008!!!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Lovely Michelle Steele is on FoxNews.com


94 posted on 08/28/2008 6:51:56 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

MS says Pawenty is a good choice and can take Biden


95 posted on 08/28/2008 6:52:56 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Fred

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

My work is done here...


96 posted on 08/28/2008 6:53:09 PM PDT by Scarchin (Romney for VEEP)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Add Not Ridge, Not Palin to that. palin has a future to be sure, but if he is gonna take a chance on youth, Jindal was the one.


97 posted on 08/28/2008 6:53:09 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooo

MICHAEL Steele


98 posted on 08/28/2008 6:54:03 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Fred

Well, he wasn’t my first choice but I have to say, reading the above on him makes me feel a lot better. He appears to be a straight-line conservative, favors low taxes, strong on law-and-order, against homo marriage.

Again, not my first choice, but he’s a heck of a sight better than Lieberman, Ridge or Hutchison.


99 posted on 08/28/2008 6:55:01 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: blondee123

I guess this will offset the minority that will cut off their nose to spite their face from the GOP and not vote for McCain, we’ll see.


100 posted on 08/28/2008 6:56:53 PM PDT by tpanther (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing-----Edmund Burke)
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