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Pawlenty preps 2012 campaign team
Politico ^ | 10/1/09 | Jonny Martin

Posted on 10/01/2009 12:35:07 PM PDT by Nonstatist

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been quietly assembling the blueprint of a presidential campaign and will announce Thursday the support of a group of high-level political strategists and donors...

Pawlenty, under the radar of D.C.’s political community, has locked up some of the key operatives who engineered then-President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign — a significant feat for a little-known Midwestern politician. The moves underscore, and will lend credence to, the emerging belief among many establishment Republicans that Pawlenty is becoming the sole viable alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a potential Republican primary rival. The Minnesota governor has even gone so far as to contact some of Romney’s former supporters. Pawlenty, who previously has had little political infrastructure, is now being advised by a trio of GOP consultants with presidential experience: Terry Nelson, Sara Taylor and Phil Musser.

The second-term Minnesota governor, who is not seeking reelection next year, is focused on twin political goals, his advisers say: helping elect two Republican governors this fall from his perch as Republican Governors Association vice chairman and using his PAC to aid like-minded candidates running in next year’s midterm elections.

But Pawlenty is doing far more than that to establish his presence in the minds of Republican voters. He is also traveling the country at a fevered clip, appearing at scores of GOP and conservative events to speak to the party faithful, and becoming a frequent national TV presence, especially on cable television, where he’s able to offer sharp critiques of President Barack Obama’s latest moves.

And behind the scenes, he’s engaged in a far more subtle campaign against another possible presidential rival. Pawlenty has been phoning aides and advisers to Romney’s 2008 campaign, ostensibly to introduce himself and solicit their advice.

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(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: pawlenty; pawlenty2012; rino
Pawlenty...A kinder, gentler Romney.
1 posted on 10/01/2009 12:35:09 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Nonstatist

Hunter/DeMint 2012


2 posted on 10/01/2009 12:36:24 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Nonstatist

LOL — Can RINOs be graded?


3 posted on 10/01/2009 12:36:24 PM PDT by Tarpon (Oba-Mao is a reader, not a leader ...)
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To: Nonstatist

DOA


4 posted on 10/01/2009 12:36:38 PM PDT by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: Nonstatist

MAJOR RINO ALERT! Let’s NOT let the “media” pick our candidate this time.


5 posted on 10/01/2009 12:36:43 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Nonstatist

If he is NOT a Tea Party pusher - than he is just another RINO... Actually, I use to think highly of him, but the silence of Republicans to what is happening is deafening!

I’m not sure that there is anyone that really understands the dissatisfaction with government today (except Sarah Palin).


6 posted on 10/01/2009 12:38:59 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Nonstatist

Does anybody know anything about this guy? I have no clue where he stands on the issues.


7 posted on 10/01/2009 12:40:20 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Nonstatist
Yawnlenty.

Good heavens, is this the best we can do?

To heck with the "establishment" Republicans.
8 posted on 10/01/2009 12:40:34 PM PDT by Antoninus (Attention GOP -- Mitt Romney = Fail. If we want to win, we need a conservative.)
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To: pissant

Being a SC resident, I’m going to have to switch it up on you:

DeMint/Hunter 2012

Pawlenty can stay home. We need true conservatives.


9 posted on 10/01/2009 12:43:36 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Nonstatist
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the 2012 Republican candidate for president!


10 posted on 10/01/2009 12:44:32 PM PDT by Antoninus (Attention GOP -- Mitt Romney = Fail. If we want to win, we need a conservative.)
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To: Nonstatist

Don’t do us any favors, RINO.

We’re NOT interested.

NO SALE


11 posted on 10/01/2009 12:45:05 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: bolobaby

I can live with that, if need be.


12 posted on 10/01/2009 12:45:48 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Antoninus

If Pawlenty can get elected in Minnesota, I think he can get elected throughout America.


13 posted on 10/01/2009 12:45:55 PM PDT by MitchAccord
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To: Deagle

I don’t think I ever saw Palin at any of the tea party rallies either


14 posted on 10/01/2009 12:46:32 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Fiscal conservatism without social conservatism is dead.)
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To: Uncle Hal

All I know he believes Algore’s fairy tale about global warming.


15 posted on 10/01/2009 12:46:40 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Nonstatist

..a weak counter by the GOP establishment types to Sarah Palin’s book success...


16 posted on 10/01/2009 12:47:42 PM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: ari-freedom

Ah...true! She is one of the few that do NOT need to glorify her credentials! What does that say? She actually was probably one of the few who actually inspired those Tea Parties - just with her actions and beliefs! Amazing that someone could be inspiring without even being a part of the revolt...


17 posted on 10/01/2009 12:48:55 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Nonstatist

I will be contacting the RNC very soon to tell them unless they put out a genuine conservative, they won’t receive a dime from me.

Some of the RNC should be “thrown out”.


18 posted on 10/01/2009 12:51:42 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: MitchAccord
If Pawlenty can get elected in Minnesota, I think he can get elected throughout America.

Or not. His kind of middling, bland country club type is not going to be very persuasive with a steaming, angry electorate you're going to see in 2012, after 5 years of climbing unemployment. He's the perfect guy for 000bama to run against; he can't excite anyone, not even Minnesotoans.

19 posted on 10/01/2009 12:57:52 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: MitchAccord
If Pawlenty can get elected in Minnesota, I think he can get elected throughout America.

Yeah, cause everyone knows Minnesota is a microcosm of America (rolls eyes).
20 posted on 10/01/2009 12:59:46 PM PDT by Antoninus (Attention GOP -- Mitt Romney = Fail. If we want to win, we need a conservative.)
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To: Nonstatist

I would vote for him in the GE and may even give a dollar or two. In an election cycle like 2000, he might have won. But, MN Nice is no match for Chicago Thug.


21 posted on 10/01/2009 1:01:48 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Go Rogue on 11/17/09)
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To: Nonstatist

Country Club Republican - sorry to say. We do not yet have any Conservative running or planning to run (yet) to save America...


22 posted on 10/01/2009 1:02:12 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Deagle
Country Club Republican

... who bears part of the responsibility for 'Senator' Al Franken.

23 posted on 10/01/2009 1:04:41 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Nonstatist
So this is the NYT, MSM, and all the other ass-suckers' new pick for the 2012 GOP candidate ala McCain's 'selection'....

NOT ..... GONNA .......HAPPEN

Too many of us took it up the keester voting for McLame.

IT WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN !

24 posted on 10/01/2009 1:06:24 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: bassmaner

Well...I don’t think of Democrats as a party except maybe one of Chicago’s offshoots. I guess their reaches extend far into many states...heh. Corruption is a major part of the Democrats and with the help of ACORN, they are become national.


25 posted on 10/01/2009 1:08:22 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: diamond6
I will be contacting the RNC very soon to tell them unless they put out a genuine conservative, they won’t receive a dime from me.

The RNC does not put out anyone, there are primaries and people vote for a candidate.

26 posted on 10/01/2009 1:13:45 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: Uncle Hal

“Does anybody know anything about this guy? I have no clue where he stands on the issues.”

Clue #1 that he’s a spineless RINO reach across the aisle type.

If you’re not out on the floor, on the air or on the streets standing up and in opposition to this Marxist administration out on a regular basis then you’re part of the problem


27 posted on 10/01/2009 1:15:46 PM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Nonstatist

I have had plenty of the Pawlenty type. Put a no vacancy sign out on the Republican candidate list when he inquires about an opening.


28 posted on 10/01/2009 1:16:42 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We are an Oligarchy)
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To: MitchAccord

Pawlenty is pro-amnesty and a believer in manmade global warming. Using your logic, if Giuliani can get elected in NYC, he can get elected throughout America.


29 posted on 10/01/2009 1:25:08 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Nonstatist

30 posted on 10/01/2009 1:30:11 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Nonstatist

yep..When I go into a Baskin-Robbins, I never order vanilla...next candidate please


31 posted on 10/01/2009 1:49:07 PM PDT by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: Nonstatist
Pawlenty has been, on average, as good as any and better than most. His failing is rhetoric to convince nut cases that they have a case that needs a hearing.

Movers and shakers who encourage Pawlenty only do so because Sarah Palin scares the bejeebers out of them. She can motivate people.

If a candidate has a real shot at getting elected from the conservative side, I'm not sure if I would wish it on my worst enemy. On the other hand, I hope Sarah Palin is serious if she chooses to run.

If he would take the job, I think Pawlenty might make a good VP candidate.

32 posted on 10/01/2009 2:31:43 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Nonstatist
Thank you but no thank you... We already have our candidate...


33 posted on 10/01/2009 2:37:51 PM PDT by avacado
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To: MitchAccord
If Pawlenty can get elected in Minnesota, I think he can get elected throughout America.
Except that Pawlenty has never won a majority vote in Minnesota. Without the Independence Party candidate messing with the vote, Pawlenty might never have been elected at all.
34 posted on 10/01/2009 2:42:55 PM PDT by MN Doc
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To: kabar

Pawlenty is quite a bit more conservative than Giuliani, and also has a spotless personal life.

Pawlenty has a likability that will persuade independents and moderates to vote for him.

Sarah Palin gains enthusiasm only among the most conservative, people who would be voting Republican anyway. Palin might make a good VP pick if she does well in the Presidential primaries but can’t defeat Pawlenty.


35 posted on 10/01/2009 2:45:55 PM PDT by MitchAccord
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To: MitchAccord
Palin might make a good VP pick if she does well in the Presidential primaries but can’t defeat Pawlenty.

He'd never beat her in a Primary of Republican voters . Its only as a default candidate that he would win, and we already tried that with McCain. This time will be different; things are much more stark right now. We have some rolling back to do, to say the least.

36 posted on 10/01/2009 3:05:34 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: US Navy Vet
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37 posted on 10/01/2009 3:13:10 PM PDT by Former War Criminal (My senior Senator (who served in Vietnam) said so.)
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To: MitchAccord
Pawlenty has a likability that will persuade independents and moderates to vote for him.

That's the kind of reasoning that got us McCain. I met Pawlenty at a receptiion he sponsored at CPAC. I was singularly unimpressed. The GOP should reject his candidacy if they want to win.

38 posted on 10/01/2009 3:19:08 PM PDT by kabar
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To: MitchAccord

Pawlenty is a global warming cultist. Therefore he has proven himself incapable of rational thought and should be nowhere near the White House.


39 posted on 10/01/2009 4:12:16 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: MitchAccord

Lindsay Graham could also get elected in Minnesota. But not with my vote.


40 posted on 10/01/2009 5:45:45 PM PDT by WayneM (Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: Former War Criminal

Great Statement!


41 posted on 10/01/2009 5:54:35 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!)
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To: Nonstatist

Can Pawlenty explain what he meant when he said, “The era of small government is over…government has to be more proactive, more aggressive.”?


42 posted on 10/01/2009 6:40:53 PM PDT by WayneM (Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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