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  • Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum Call for Higher Minimum Wage

    05/11/2014 12:03:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 176 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/11/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    In the past few days, three candidates who ran for the last Republican presidential nomination, including nominee Mitt Romney, have endorsed a higher minimum wage. Yahoo!Finance asks Mitt Romney Calls for Higher Minimum Wage. Does it Matter? Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, called on Republicans Friday to raise the minimum wage, going against the congressional leadership of his own party. Related Stories "I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us," Mr. Romney said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”...
  • Tim Pawlenty cites John McCain, Mitt Romney in predicting Jeb Bush can win GOP nomination

    05/05/2014 1:00:00 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 108 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04-30-2014 | David Sherfinski
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday he believes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can win the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, dismissing the notion that conservatives wouldn’t elect an “establishment” candidate by pointing to the party’s standard bearer the past two presidential cycles. “See John McCain; see Mitt Romney,” Mr. Pawlenty, who ended his 2012 presidential campaign in the summer of 2011, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “In McCain’s case, a very compelling personal story and a gritty performance; in Mitt Romney’s case, obviously a man of great talent but also someone with a tremendous amount of campaign resources...
  • Barbara Bush: Oval Office not limited to political dynasties

    01/16/2014 4:55:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former first lady Barbara Bush reiterates in a new interview that presidents don’t have to be members of political dynasties. "If we can't find more than two or three families to run for office, that's silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run," Bush says in an interview that will air Monday on C-SPAN. "And I think that the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes — there are just more families than that. And I'm not arrogant enough to think that we alone are raising" presidential candidates. Her son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, is considered a potential...
  • Is Bachman the reason for Obama's 2nd Term? (vanity)

    11/08/2012 5:50:34 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 83 replies
    Would we have had a mid-western son of a milk truck driver (Pawlenty) as our nominee has she not surged up until Ames Straw poll? I am trying to trace down to the seed that germinated into re-electing Obama. That is the closest I have come. During this cycle, a more modestly wealthy mid-western governor of a Blue state may just have been the ticket. Thoughts?
  • Pawlenty quits as Romney campaign co-chair

    09/20/2012 7:45:15 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 132 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9-20-2012 | Olivier Knox
    Tim Pawlenty quit as co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on Thursday to become one of Wall Street's top lobbyists in Washington. Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota, will lead the Financial Services Roundtable. The move came with Romney's campaign struggling to find its stride with just seven weeks left before Election Day. Polls show the former Massachusetts governor running neck and neck with President Barack Obama in a contest both sides predict will be very close
  • Obama campaign rips Pawlenty, other possible Romney VP choices

    08/09/2012 1:28:00 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies
    MyFoxNews.com ^ | 8/9/12 | BRIAN BAKST and DAN SEWELL/AP
    President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies aren't waiting for Republican Mitt Romney to reveal his vice presidential choice. They're already trying to scuff up those considered by political insiders to be most likely to join the GOP ticket. The president's campaign started swinging at the potential Republican running mates this week while urging home-state Democrats to chime in about the shortcomings that - as emails to donors and supporters put it - "Americans need to know."
  • Pawlenty Says ‘We’ll Know Soon Enough’

    08/08/2012 11:02:23 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | August. 8, 2012 | Shushannah Walshe
    JACKSON, Mich. — After a brief speech at the opening of a campaign office here, Tim Pawlenty was asked if he would return to Michigan “when you’re vice president.” “We’ll know soon enough,” Pawlenty, dressed in shirt sleeves, told the crowd with a chuckle. The former Minnesota governor is believed to be on Mitt Romney’s short list of running mates and there is speculation that the choice could be made any day. Hank Choate, the chair of the Jackson County Republicans, asked the former Minnesota governor what his schedule is like Friday, asking a question many of the reporters in...
  • Pawlenty calls officials' thumbs down on Chick-Fil-A 'chilling, jaw-dropping'

    07/29/2012 5:51:03 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 54 replies
    msnbc ^ | July 28, 2012 | Carrie Dann
    CARY, NC -- Fresh from lunch at Chick-Fil-A, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said that officials' public objections to the Christian-owned fast food chain are "chilling." "Now you have the police power of government intimidating and threatening people, being used to intimidate and threaten people, based on their free speech rights and their religious views," Pawlenty said Saturday of city officials' objections to president Dan Cathy's public disavowal of gay marriage. "I mean it’s chilling. I mean it’s stunning, it is jaw-dropping. And so I think strong people who see this need to stand up and say no we don’t...
  • OH NO, Say It Ain't So: T-Paw's Got the Personality of a Broken Parking Meter!

    07/16/2012 8:21:57 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 63 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 16, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Rumor has it Mittens has 'made his decision'- and it is lame Uh, HELLO! Anybody on Team Romney remember boring Republicans losing elections they should have won like Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, and GHW Bush? Look in the tapes, Mitt... you could use some help... And Tim Pawlenty makes those guys look like Johnny Carson! How bout the TEA PARTY Mitt- couldn't throw us a bone, for chrissake? WHY NOT Sununu... West... Rubio... or Bachmann? Yeah, things look good for us right now, what with Obama blowing $100M on negative attack ads to little or noone effect, but are you...
  • Clash breaks out at GOP rally supporting Mitt Romney in Parma (video, photo gallery)

    07/05/2012 9:36:55 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 5 July 2012 | Brandon Blackwell
    PARMA, Ohio -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sent two GOP heavyweights to northern Ohio Thursday to beat President Barack Obama's similar bus tour to the punch. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, traveling on Romney's campaign bus, stopped at Parma's Kentown Plaza to emphasize what they say is a gap between what Obama has promised and what he has delivered. But a physical clash between Romney supporters and protesters overshadowed the Parma campaign stop by the prominent pair, who are often mentioned as possible running mates for Romney. The quarrel broke out as soon as...
  • Tim Pawlenty's stock soars in Romney-world (Jumps to top on VP short list)

    06/20/2012 6:49:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/20/2012 | Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei
    Tim Pawlenty has jumped to the top of the vice presidential shortlist of several Mitt Romney advisers after emerging as the most effective — and well-liked — surrogate for the GOP nominee-to-be, according to several Republicans familiar with campaign deliberations. The former Minnesota governor has impressed top Romney officials with his winning onstage presence at a grueling roster of Republican events throughout the country and with his low-maintenance personal style that has made him a favorite with the campaign’s tight-knit inner circle at the Boston headquarters. Pawlenty is strong where Romney is weak — with the regular-guy, working-man connection with...
  • Romney still must woo conservatives even with Santorum gone

    04/15/2012 2:47:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    UPI ^ | April 15, 2012 | NICOLE DEBEVEC
    The exit of Rick Santorum from the Republican presidential primary essentially clears the path Mitt Romney is traveling to become the party's nominee against U.S. President Obama in November but Romney still has to win the hearts of GOP voters as well as the party's nomination. Romney had 573 delegates per the Republican National Committee's count to Santorum's 202 delegates when the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania withdrew last week. But he has yet to stir a fire in the belly of the party's evangelical and conservative wings as he moves closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the...
  • Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann bury hatchet

    04/11/2012 7:39:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    politico ^ | 4/10/12 | Robin Bravender
    Fellow Minnesotans Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann appear to have buried the hatchet after bitter sniping last year on the campaign trail. Bachmann donated $2,000 in March from her congressional leadership PAC to Pawlenty’s presidential campaign to help him retire the debt he accumulated during his failed presidential bid, according to a campaign report released Tuesday.
  • (Bain Capital cronies and) Mitt Romney helps bail out Tim Pawlenty

    01/31/2012 11:36:14 AM PST · by maggief · 12 replies
    POLITICO ^ | January 31, 2012 | ROBIN BRAVENDER and KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Mitt Romney, his family, staff and supporters donated a combined $66,000 to help Tim Pawlenty retire the debt left over from his presidential campaign. Romney, his wife, five sons and brother, as well as his associates from Bain Capital were among those cutting maximum checks to Pawlenty, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign filings released Tuesday. Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, dropped out of the race last summer after a disappointing showing in the Ames straw poll, and quickly endorsed Romney. At the time, there was talk that Romney’s campaign would help Pawlenty’s retire its debt, then in the...
  • Mitt Romney helps bail out Tim Pawlenty

    Mitt Romney, his family, staff and supporters donated a combined $66,000 to help Tim Pawlenty retire the debt left over from his presidential campaign. Romney, his wife, five sons and brother, as well as his associates from Bain Capital were among those cutting maximum checks to Pawlenty, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign filings released Tuesday.
  • Romney Continues to Bribe His Way to the Top as Romney Literally Pays Off Pawlenty

    01/31/2012 12:09:49 PM PST · by libertarian neocon · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | Robin Bravender & Kenneth Vogel
    Mitt Romney, his family, staff and supporters donated a combined $66,000 to help Tim Pawlenty retire the debt left over from his presidential campaign. Romney, his wife, five sons and brother, as well as his associates from Bain Capital were among those cutting maximum checks to Pawlenty, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign filings released Tuesday. Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, dropped out of the race last summer after a disappointing showing in the Ames straw poll, and quickly endorsed Romney. At the time, there was talk that Romney’s campaign would help Pawlenty’s retire its debt, then in the...
  • Freepers: Help redefine "OBAMA" for the world

    03/07/2009 7:17:48 AM PST · by ferrgus · 22 replies · 1,551+ views
    Many of you have seen the new bumper stickers from various conservative groups that goes something like this: OBAMA = One Big A$$ Mistake, America! That definition has now been added to UrbanDictionary.com, and with your help, it can be "thumbed-up" to the top-ranking position. Left-wingers succeeded in labeling Bush as a "failure." But we can turn the tables and get America to realize that Obama really is one big mistake! Click here to give this new definition the "thumbs-up." Thanks!
  • Pawlenty campaign aides unload on former campaign director Nick Ayers

    09/13/2011 6:26:39 AM PDT · by martosko · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/13/2011 | Alexis Levinson
    As the team on Gov. Pawlenty’s now concluded presidential campaign works to recoup a campaign debt of some half-million dollars, their fingers have begun pointing toward the campaign’s manager, Nick Ayers, as the person to blame for the decisions that put the campaign into debt — and, by many accounts, as simply an unpleasant human being to work with. “I would blame him 100 percent for racking up the debt,” said one senior staff member of the Pawlenty campaign. Ayers declined to weigh in on that statement, or any of the others made in this story. “I believe a campaign...
  • Two GOP frontrunners get big endorsements (Jindal for Perry, T-Paw for Romney, now co-chair)

    09/12/2011 4:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    New England Cable News ^ | September 12, 2011 | Lauren Collins
    Big name support came Monday for the two men at the top of the GOP race. Rick Perry picks up the endorsement of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney gets a new national co-chair in a former rival. "There are many reasons I'm endorsing Mitt Romney for president," said Tim Pawlenty in remarks delivered in South Carolina. Pawlenty left his mark on the 2012 race with the phrase Obamneycare but said Monday Romney is the candidate who can turn the economy around. Pawlenty ended his bid last month, out of money and in third place in the Iowa Straw...
  • Pawlenty endorses Romney for president (Establishment is worried)

    09/12/2011 5:42:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/12/11 | Daniel Strauss
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) endorsed former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) on Monday. Pawlenty, who dropped out of the presidential race after a disappointing showing in the influential Iowa Straw Poll, called Romney "the complete package" and said that Romney's economic experience was a deciding factor in winning his endorsement. "I believe he is going to be our party's nominee," Pawlenty said on Fox News's "Fox and Friends." "I think he's going to be a transformational and great president for this country," Pawlenty added. Pawlenty also said he would not consider being the Republican vice presidential nominee. In...
  • Tim Pawlenty endorses Romney

    09/12/2011 5:29:47 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 35 replies
    Pawlenty Endorses Romney for President ^ | September 12, 2011 | Kristin Brown
    He may have dropped out of the running for the presidency, but Tim Pawlenty isn't sitting on the sidelines - the former presidential candidate has endorsed Mitt Romney for president... "There's one candidate in this race who's unmatched in his skills and experience and talent when it comes to turning around this economy and growing jobs, and that's Mitt Romney," Pawlenty said. "I believe he's going to be our party's nominee, and I think he's going to be a transformational and great president for this country." Romney's private sector experience, Pawlenty said, was a deciding factor in his endorsement, along...
  • Tim Pawlenty Likes the "Talented" Lady Gaga

    07/07/2011 12:10:39 PM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 44 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 7/7/11 | Brian Koenig
    Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty, also known as "T-Paw", has confessed to a dazzling love affair with the gay activist and pop artist Lady Gaga - with her music that is. In a video interview with the entertainment website Glittarazzi, he said: “Well you know, in terms of the beat, I like ‘Bad Romance. I gotta say, even though she’s a little unusual, ‘Born this Way’ has some appeal. She’s actually very talented. Now if you go to the end of the HBO special, the Lady Gaga HBO special, and you watch her sing a cappella “Born This Way,” she can...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Pawlenty's staff met all week with Chris Christie, trying to persuade him to run in 2012

    08/19/2011 1:36:31 PM PDT · by martosko · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/19/2011 | Amanda Carey
    Since Tim Pawlenty ended his bid for the presidency last Sunday, his former staffers and key fundraisers have held off from endorsing another candidate or moving to another campaign. There’s a reason. Team Pawlenty is waiting on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to make a decision about entering the field as a presidential candidate, The Daily Caller learned Friday. Key staffers who formerly made up the Pawlenty campaign have been in discussions with Christie all week and the talks are still ongoing, sources told TheDC. They are reportedly very anxious to have Christie officially place his hat in the ring....
  • Pawlenty staffers, fundraisers in talks with Chris Christie to enter presidential race

    08/19/2011 1:05:31 PM PDT · by supahstar2005 · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2011 | Amanda Carey
    Since Tim Pawlenty ended his bid for the presidency last Sunday, his former staffers and key fundraisers have held off from endorsing another candidate or moving to another campaign. There’s a reason. Team Pawlenty is waiting on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to make a decision about entering the field as a presidential candidate, The Daily Caller learned Friday. Key staffers who formerly made up the Pawlenty campaign have been in discussions with Christie all week and the talks are still ongoing, sources told TheDC. They are reportedly very anxious to have Christie officially place his hat in the ring....
  • APNewsBreak: 2012 dropout Pawlenty a no for Senate

    08/17/2011 12:41:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:27 PM EDT | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday definitively ruled out a 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate after ending his Republican bid for the White House a few days ago. Some Republicans, including state GOP chairman Tony Sutton, were hoping Pawlenty would get right back into the ring and take on freshman Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar next year. "I don't know what I will be doing next," Pawlenty said in an email to The Associated Press. "However, I will not be running against Amy in 2012."
  • Pawlenty Rules Out Senate Run After Ending Presidential Bid

    08/17/2011 1:49:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Aug. 17, 2011 | Joshua Miller
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination this week, will not take on Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in 2012. Pawlenty told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he did not know what his future plans would be, but he would “not be running against Amy in 2012.” Pawlenty told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he was ending his presidential campaign after placing third in the Ames straw poll in Iowa the day before. “I wish it would have been different. But, obviously, the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist....
  • Nails in the GOP coffin: Thoughts on the Iowa straw poll results

    08/14/2011 11:35:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Twin Cities Daily Planet ^ | August 14, 2011 | Professor David Schultz, Hamline University School of Business
    Bachmann wins, Pawlenty is out. What do learn from the Iowa straw poll? Whatever political moderation existed in the Republican Party, it rapidly disappearing as the GOP is being remade in the image of Palin and Bachmann. Bachmann The headline clearly is that Bachmann received nearly 29% of the vote. No surprise there. Bachmann has narrative that clearly appeals to a demographic of social conservatives and Tea Party members. For months I argued that mobilizing this vocal and active segment of the part would make Bachmann a major force in Iowa. With a divided field she had captured a large...
  • The real reason Pawlenty failed

    08/14/2011 10:19:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 14, 2011 | James Poulos
    Tim Pawlenty is exiting the race for the White House the same way he came in — on a tidal wave of conventional wisdom. He was too even-tempered, they say, to catch on with a white-hot electorate. He was too level-headed, they say, to connect with a grassroots that’s gone to extremes. He was a nice guy — “boring,” in the parlance of our times — so he finished last. Breaking news: The conventional wisdom is wrong. Pawlenty’s personality problem wasn’t a charisma deficit — it was a wimpiness surplus. But the wimp factor is meaningless relative to the flaw...
  • With an overnight change of heart, Tim Pawlenty becomes the first to leave GOP presidential race

    08/14/2011 11:23:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    MinnPost ^ | August 14, 2011 | Doug Grow
    Somewhere between 6 p.m. Saturday and his morning announcement of the end of his presidential campaign, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty must have had a very sobering conversation. Pawlenty had been trying to find a silver lining in his third-place finish, far behind Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, in Saturday's Iowa straw poll. His first comment — a very brief congratulatory tweet: "Congrats to Rep. Bachmann on win. Our campaign needed to show progress and we did. I'm eager for the campaign ahead." That was followed by an e-mail message to his supporters. "As I said all along we needed...
  • Pawlenty Quitting Presidential Race

    08/14/2011 6:07:08 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 301 replies
    Foxnews TV ^ | 08-13-11
    Story to Follow Breaking News Alert Only from Fox at 850h on TeeVee...
  • Bachman wins Iowa Straw Poll. Paul second. Pawlenty third. Romney fourth, er, seventh.

    08/13/2011 4:03:48 PM PDT · by DRey · 435 replies
    Bachman bests Paul. Pawlenty third. Romney fourth. Works for me!
  • Iowa's Straw Poll Suicide: Ames Now Irrelevant (The Left's early spin on Iowa)

    08/13/2011 7:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 13, 2011 | Steve Clemons, Washington Editor
    With Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul leading the Ames Straw Poll and Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain next -- ahead of Rick Perry and Mitt Romney -- only the local buttermilk cows should be holding their heads high. Sometimes Iowa picks 'em -- and some times not. Today NOT. In the GOP-sort out straw poll held in Ames, Iowa, Tea Party diva Michele Bachmann bested libertarian favorite Ron Paul as the winner. But more importantly, no one in the top 5 had any real chance of leading a 2012 GOP ticket. Iowa is making itself irrelevant in the...
  • Pawlenty Takes on Bachmann in Iowa Debate (Video)

    08/11/2011 8:59:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 8/11/11
    So much for "Minnesota Nice".
  • Bachmann, Pawlenty challenge each other in debate

    08/11/2011 7:27:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 11, 2011
    AMES, Iowa (AP) - Fellow Minnesotans Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann directly challenged each other at the GOP debate in Iowa, with Pawlenty calling her a failure and Bachmann likening her Republican competitor to President Barack Obama. The two sparred face-to-face during Thursday's debate, just two days before the crucial early test vote in Ames. The exchange began with a question whether the two have pushed the limit of civility, known as "Minnesota nice."
  • (LIVE THREAD!) Republican Presidential Debate #3 - Aug. 11, 2011 9pm/6pm: Iowa (FOXNEWS)

    08/11/2011 4:15:45 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 1,437 replies · 2+ views
    Broadcast on: FOXNews Broadcast time: 9pm EDT/6pm PDT The Candidates: Michele Bachmann Bachmann is serving her 3rd full term in the U.S. House. Founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, she earned a Master of Laws degree, worked as a tax attorney, and was a foster mother for 23 teenagers. She is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Herman Cain Cain is the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He lost the Georgia Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004. He was recently...
  • Fox News confirms 8 candidates in Aug. 11th Iowa debate

    08/10/2011 4:52:19 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 33 replies
    Election Central ^ | AUGUST 9TH, 2011 | NATE
    … Participants: Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich Date/Time: Thursday, August 11th – 9pm EST / 8pm CST on the Fox News Channel ...
  • Pawlenty: Raise Social Security retirement for young (yes to illegals, global warming, higher taxes)

    08/06/2011 10:43:01 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    UPI ^ | 2011-08-06
    MIAMI, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- GOP presidential hopeful and ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he would tell young workers they'd have to work to an older age to collect Social Security. People born after 1959 now have to wait till age 67 to collect full benefits. "If you're on the program now or anywhere near eligibility, you shouldn't have your benefits impacted," Pawlenty told The Miami Herald during a campaign stop. "But if you're in the next generation, we're telling you now, with several decades of warning, we're going to gradually raise the retirement age over time. If you're lower...
  • Langone Rounding Up Funds for Christie Presidential Run/vowed to raise more than $200 million

    08/05/2011 9:39:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 22 replies
    FxoNews ^ | 080511 | Charlie Gasparino
    How much does the business community want New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be the next president of the United States? So much so that a major financier has vowed to raise more than $200 million to help him win the Republican nomination and then unseat President Obama in the 2012 elections, the FOX Business Network has learned. Financier Kenneth Langone has been telling people that he had commitments from as many as 15 people to raise as much as $15 million each for a 'Christie for President' effort, the FOX Business Network has learned. Christie’s answer? Depending on who...
  • Can Any Republican Beat Obama in 2012? (They want Milt!)

    08/05/2011 6:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | August 5, 2011 | James Joyner
    In my ridiculously early handicapping of the 2012 Electoral College, among my caveats was “Presuming that the Republicans nominate a plausible candidate (Romney, Perry, Huntsman, or Pawlenty would all qualify).” Let’s revisit that in light of some other pieces going around. Public Policy Polling’s Tom Jensen uses state-by-state surveys to proclaim “if the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney it’s a toss up. And if they nominate anyone else it’s 2008 all over again.” Obama’s holding his ground against everyone but Romney in Nevada because voters there find the whole GOP field even more unpalatable than him. Romney comes close to breaking...
  • Meet Rick Perry, the Anti-Romney

    08/04/2011 9:06:42 AM PDT · by Clairity · 94 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Aug. 4, 2011 | Editorial STaff
    With potential to unite tea partiers and mainstream Republicans, party insiders say the Texas governor is a leading 2012 contender. Republican political operatives continue to see former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the frontrunner for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry has become his primary challenger according the this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll. At the same time, some of the biggest names in the GOP have now become afterthoughts to lead the party in 2012: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who remains a popular figure among conservative Republicans, has tumbled to eighth spot in...
  • 2012 Presidential Hopefuls' Immigration Stances

    07/28/2011 5:56:32 PM PDT · by rob777 · 16 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 07/27/11
    ... Why these people? Their appearance here is based on the interest they have shown in potentially running for President, and in the interest that the news media has in them, plus their standing in preference polling. We will be adding other people to – and removing people from – the grid as these levels of interest shift. Why these categories? The 12 categories on this grid deal with the vast majority of problems with current immigration policies that grant more than 1 million permanent work visas to immigrants each YEAR, and which allow an estimated 7 million jobs in...
  • Pawlenty says wealthy must receive fewer Social Security benefits

    07/29/2011 4:12:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Des Moines Register | July 27, 2011 | Jens Krogstad
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/07/27/pawlenty-says-wealthy-must-pay-more-into-social-security/?odyssey=obinsite
  • Michele Bachmann’s migraines shouldn’t disqualify her (And why Sarah Palin is winning)

    07/25/2011 11:07:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Louisiana State University Daily Reveille ^ | July 25, 2011 | Austin Casey, columnist
    It's funny how liberals claim they're feminists, yet when a powerful, conservative female comes along they jump at the opportunity to smear her as incompetent. The most recent attack is on Michele Bachmann, whom liberals have declared a sickly woman incapable of being president because she gets migraines. Several news outlets questioned her ability to be president because of the headaches, like the Los Angeles Times column titled "Bachmann's migraines matter." Similarly, The New York Times ran a column last week warning us to pay attention to the way Bachmann deals with her migraines, because it would "speak volumes about...
  • Bachmann flattens Pawlenty

    07/25/2011 8:14:58 AM PDT · by balls · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/25/2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Tim Pawlenty thought he’d go after Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), thereby showing he really isn’t a wimp. The objective was to dent Bachmann’s image; instead Pawlenty has been mowed down by some of the most effective-counterpunching we have seen in recent memory. Pawlenty went on CNN’s “State of the Union” to repeat his dig on Bachmann’s experience. Bachmann’s campaign leveled the boom on the former Minnesota governor in a written statement: These are serious times that require serious solutions — not more of the same. Being right on the issues is critical — it is what the American people demand....
  • Tim Pawlenty campaign manager: Michele Bachmann won’t last over the long haul

    07/24/2011 7:13:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Tim Pawlenty’s campaign manager yesterday sent out an e-mail outlining Pawlenty’s accomplishments and assuring supporters that the former Minnesota governor’s fan club will continue to grow, while enthusiasm for other candidates — most implicitly, Michele Bachmann — will fade.“In 2008, voters elected a member of Congress with no executive experience. We can’t afford the cost of inexperience any longer, and Iowans are getting that,” Ayers wrote. “[A]s more Republican primary voters start to tune in to the race, they are finding out that the governor’s record and message will stand the test [of] a brutal campaign. Other candidates’ records (or...
  • Tim Pawlenty continues focus on Michele Bachmann's migraines

    07/24/2011 8:34:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The State Column ^ | July 23, 2011 | Staff
    Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty continued his focus on reports that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann suffers from serious migraines, saying Friday that his campaign is not “pushing” the story. “I checked with our staff,” Mr. Pawlenty said Friday. “They said they did not push the Bachmann story. In fact they reminded me that the sources for the story were her, apparently, her former staff.” Mr. Pawlenty’s comment comes just days after The Daily Caller reported the story, citing sources close to Ms. Bachmann. “All of the candidates I think are going to have to be able to demonstrate they can...
  • Tim Pawlenty chief says Michele Bachmann won't last over long haul

    07/24/2011 2:26:58 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 33 replies
    Pollutico ^ | Sunday July 23, 2011 | Jonathan Martin
    Tim Pawlenty manager Nick Ayers sent a blast email today to supporters making the case why Iowans will rally to the former Minnesota governor and Michele Bachmann will fade. After reiterating Pawlenty's accomplishments in St. Paul, Ayers wrote: "This doesn't make great fodder for cable news but as more Republican primary voters start to tune in to the race, they are finding out that the Governor’s record and message will stand the test a brutal campaign. Other candidates’ records (or lack thereof), and plans for the future (or lack thereof) won't." The manager also claimed they "had a record week...
  • Pawlenty: Obama not showing courage in debt crisis

    07/24/2011 6:10:32 AM PDT · by MulberryDraw · 9 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | July 24, 2011 | Unknown
    GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says President Barack Obama is showing no courage in the debt showdown. "If you're the leader of the free world, would you please come to microphone and quit hiding in the basement about your proposals, and come on up and address the American people?
  • Perry on Romney’s Tail (The Texan Closes in On Two Polls)

    07/22/2011 9:50:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/22/2011 | Katrina Trinko
    Mitt Romney remains the frontrunner in two new polls, but Rick Perry is a close second in both polls. Results from the Fox News poll of GOP primary voters: Romney (17 percent), Perry (14 percent), Michele Bachmann (10 percent), Rudy Giuliani (9 percent), Sarah Palin (9 percent), Ron Paul (9 percent), Herman Cain (5 percent), Newt Gingrich (4 percent), Tim Pawlenty (2 percent), and Rick Santorum (2 percent). Romney has lost six percentage points since an early June Fox poll, while Bachmann has gained six points. Perry did not appear on the early June poll. If options are limited to...
  • Report: ABC Sports slapping Pawlenty campaign with cease and desist letter

    07/21/2011 8:10:40 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/21/11 | Jeremy Herb
    Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s new “Miracle on Ice” ad is reportedly being hit with a cease and desist letter for using footage from the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team. The Des Moines Register is reporting that ABC Sports is preparing a cease and desist letter for improperly using the hockey footage in its political ad. "It's a violation of our copyright and exclusive proprietary rights," said Louise Argianas, director of rights and clearances for ABC Sports, told the Iowa paper. She said ABC Sports retains exclusive rights in the U.S. for the footage. Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant responded that the...