Skip to comments.Can Pawlenty Win Evangelicals and Moderates (Unlike Palin and Huckabee)?
Posted on 07/31/2009 12:45:39 PM PDT by steve-b
It's striking that today's Associated Press profile of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, excludes mention of his evangelical faith and strong ties to the evangelical world. I was struck by the same absence in a recent New York Times Pawlenty profile.
How solid are Pawlently's evangelical bona fides? The pastor of his home church is president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the nation's largest evangelical interest. Last year, as John McCain struggled to win over evangelical leaders, Pawlently quietly tried to arrange a meeting between the Republican presidential nominee and National Association of Evangelical bigs, but to no avail....
Unlike prospective Republican White House contenders like Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, Pawlenty doesn't talk like a culture warrior, which helps explain why Pawlenty coverage in the national media ignores his faith-based side. But can his less strident tone help him win independents in a way that Huckabee and Palin have failed to, while his evangelical side makes him a hit with the GOP's social conservative base?
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An impossible position, social liberalism requires non fiscally responsible big spending.
Wheelock Whitney’s involvement with Pawlenty has never bothered me.
It’s some of the things that Pawlenty stands for that bothers me!
Pawlenty is a loser!
Pawlenty is yet another RINO and the GOP presidential race in 2012 doesn’t need any more, thanks, we’ve got our limit.
Gov “Asleep at the Switch” is a non-starter for a lot of folks.
” I am not interested in Pawlenty. The only decent thing out of Minnesota is Bachmann.”
Well stated. She’s the kind of representative who we need
Pawlenty couldn’t even get a pub senator elected from this state.
Not that Norm is any prize, but he’s better than Franken
They already did that in the last election with Grandpa Munster running against Obama. And Pawlenty was first in line to endorse him.
I don't see why you can't think abortion should be legal and that homos should be allowed to marry each other (if this is what social liberal means) and not hate taxes and government spending. I'm sure plenty of everyday people feel that way.
However in elected politicians that alignment is unheard of. Those who have claimed it are liars who aren't fiscal conservatives at all. Jesse Ventura for example. "Fiscally conservative, socially liberal" was his friggin motto. And he wanted to hike taxes. Mark Kirk and the twins from Maine are so 'pro-choice' they want taxpayers to fund abortions.