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  • Branstad wants to keep GOP event, end straw vote

    12/15/2014 3:06:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 12/14/2014 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad says he would support a statewide Republican fundraising event in Ames next summer where GOP presidential hopefuls are invited to speak as long as no vote is taken as had been the practice during past straw polls that have been the focus of controversy. Branstad added that he did not want to see Iowa face possible sanctions that could cost delegates to the 2016 Republican national convention for conducting a poll in advance of the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses that could run afoul of new party rules. “I’m willing to agree to a statewide meeting...
  • 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...
  • A Lot Of People Fail At Their First Job (pic)

    08/30/2012 5:04:29 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
    I can see liberals' blood boiling over this one, after all he was a U.S. Senator and Illinois State Senator before becoming president....and? 
  • The Excuses President (pic)

    08/30/2012 12:12:52 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
     
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Michele Bachmann rains on Tim Pawlenty's parade

    01/08/2011 8:52:02 PM PST · by pissant · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/8/11 | Kendra Marr
    Well, that’s awkward. News that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is considering a presidential bid has not only sparked a mini media frenzy, but it’s rained on the parade of her home state colleague, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. On the eve of the release of Pawlenty’s memoir, “Courage to Stand” — the subject of an upcoming media blitz that has the all but announced a White House candidate booked on a number of national shows including “Good Morning America,” “The View” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”— the Bachmann trial balloon has the GOP governor and his backers gamely...
  • Tim Pawlenty: GOP 2012 field goes from serious to Hulk Hogan [disses SP]

    04/13/2011 5:45:15 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2011 | Kendra Marr
    Tim Pawlenty implied Tuesday that there are some less-than-serious presidential hopefuls eyeing the race, with a quip that seemed to lump Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump together with wrestling icon Hulk Hogan. "You're going to have, you know, Mitt Romney who will start out as the front-runner with the most name-ID and money..." Pawlenty told CNN’s Piers Morgan in handicapping the race. "And on the other end of the continuum, you'll have perhaps Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, or I don't know, maybe Hulk Hogan will get in the race too. Who knows? But I think in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Perry-Pawlenty 2012

    08/30/2011 2:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2011 | Guy Benson
    While the presidential horserace will consume much of the political media’s attention over the next year, muted Running Mate Match Game speculation is already underway. One figure that generates a disproportionate amount of discussion on this front is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Despite a series of public demurrals, Rubio-for-VP buzz is unlikely to dissipate any time soon. In Rubio, Republicans have a gifted politician, a very effective communicator, and someone who has earned near-universal admiration among conservatives. He also hails from a critical swing state, and could almost single-handedly put a coveted and growing demographic into play, virtually overnight. Rubio...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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 Quitting Presidential Race

    08/14/2011 6:07:08 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 301 replies
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  • 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!
  • (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 ...
  • Bachmann and Pawlenty have a lot riding on this month’s Ames straw poll

    08/03/2011 8:55:04 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    PoliticsInMinnesota.com ^ | August 3,2011 | Paul Demko
    In just over a week, thousands of Republican activists from across Iowa will descend on Ames for the Republican presidential straw poll. The exercise will have no concrete bearing on who ultimately wins the GOP presidential nomination. In fact, it’s often derided as a political beauty contest with candidates practically bribing participants to support them with offers of free bus rides, food, entertainment and air-conditioned tents. “It’s a media event is what it is,” said Steffen Schmidt, a political science professor at Iowa State University in Ames. “If there were no reporters, it would be like the sound of a...
  • An alternative to neocon nonsense

    07/24/2011 5:52:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies
    star ledger ^ | 07.21.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Listen to what Michele Bachmann has to say at the 1:08:50 mark of this video. She honestly appears to believe we could direct the secretary of the treasury to pay off all "pay off all debts of the United States, all interest, all obligations" now. (Note: I inserted the exact language and employed the italics because I noted that in the comments section various Bachmannites were claiming she called for paying off only the interest. If you can't understand plain English, this is not the blog for you.)  She then goes on to say she would balance the budget.  Huh?...
  • ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FL (Sept 23, 2011)

    08/03/2011 6:37:50 PM PDT · by Syncro · 9 replies
    Conservative.Org ^ | Aug 3, 2011 | Staff
    ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FL For Immediate Release: August 3, 2011Contact: Kristy Campbell, (703) 836-8602, KCampbell@conservative.org   ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FLAll-star Panels to Feature Bill Kristol, Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed and Jim Talent ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced eight-time New York Times’ bestselling author Ann Coulter will be a headliner at CPAC FL – the organization’s first in an inaugural series of regional events expanding on the legacy of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Additionally, ACU announced several national conservative leaders will serve on CPAC FL panels, including the founder...
  • Ames Straw Poll Speaking Order Set

    07/28/2011 5:13:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 07/27/2011 | Craig Robinson
    Sources tell TheIowaRepublican.com that the speaking order for the Ames Straw Poll has been determined. Candidates were able to place their name in a speaking slot based on the amount they paid for their lot on the grounds at the Iowa State Center. That means that Ron Paul had first pick of when he wanted to speak at the event since he paid the most for his space. Paul will speak second, behind Rick Santorum. Here is the speaking order that was given to TheIowaRepublican.com: Rick Santorum Ron Paul Tim Pawlenty Michele Bachmann Thad McCotter Herman Cain Quick Thoughts: Santorum...
  • 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 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...
  • Bachmann links Pawlenty to Obama

    07/24/2011 1:49:57 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/24/2011 | Gabriella Schwarz
    (CNN) – After repeated attacks on her record from Republican presidential rival and fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann hit back Sunday, vehemently contrasting her record in Congress with his as governor. Bachmann said that while she was working against excessive spending, cap and trade, TARP and the individual health care mandate, Pawlenty was praising the same plans and leaving his state with a budget crisis. "Executive experience is not an asset if it simply means bigger government and more intrusive government," Bachmann wrote in a statement. "Actions speak louder than words." Ahead of the high stakes Ames straw poll...
  • CNN Poll: Perry near the top in GOP nomination race

    07/22/2011 5:31:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | July 22, 1011 | Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
    As Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes closer and closer to jumping into the race for the White House, he's also close to the top of a new national survey in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination. A CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday indicates that 14 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP pick Perry as their first choice for their party's nomination, just two points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House. Romney's two point margin over Perry is within the survey's sampling error. ....former New York City...
  • Pawlenty hits Bachman and Romney in a single slam

    07/21/2011 6:30:40 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 35 replies
    CNN Blog ^ | Thursday July 20, 2011 | Shannon Travis
    Dodge City, Iowa (CNN) – On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty put a fresh twist on his recent tactic of calling out his GOP opponents — in this case lumping Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann together in a single slam. [......] “We got one leading candidate in this race who’s running away from his record. We got another leading candidate in this race who has no record. I’m running on my record. That’s a big difference,” Pawlenty said. He continued: “Well I think when you want to think about making somebody president you want to know some things. You...
  • Bachmann Releases Doctor's Note on Migraines

    07/20/2011 2:40:24 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 135 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 20, 2011
    Bachmann Releases Doctor's Note on Migraines as Pawlenty Says Candidates Must Be Able 'To Do All of the Job, All of the Time' July 20, 2011 4:12 PM ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@matthewbjaffe) reports from Indianola, Iowa: When Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty descended on Iowa today, both faced questions about whether or not Bachmann's migraines would impede her from doing the job of president. Meanwhile, Bachmann issued a letter from the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress arguing that Bachmann's migraines occur "infrequently and have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how...
  • Oh my! PPP drops T-Paw from some poll questions

    07/19/2011 3:47:19 PM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 7/19/11 | Jazz Shaw
    The Daily Caller is reporting that Public Policy Polling is not only treating Tim Pawlenty as a candidate with, shall we say, “less than first tier status” these days, but is taking the additional step of not even including him as a choice in certain poll questions. As a result of Tim Pawlenty’s poor performance in its latest national poll, Public Policy Polling will no longer include the former Minnesota governor on the list of candidates it polls in a direct match-up against President Barack Obama at the state level. Pawlenty will still be included in PPP’s Republican primary polls
  • Pawlenty finally sees some good polling numbers, passes Mitt Romney (TCJ)

    07/18/2011 2:13:48 PM PDT · by TeaPartyBob · 2 replies
    The Conservative Journal ^ | 7/18/2011 | The Conservative Journal
    Glad to see Tim Pawlenty finally seeing a little positiveness in his campaign performance. TCJ has him behind Bachmann by 20, but ahead of Romney by 1. Pretty sure that's the first time he's been up. In other news, TCJ has crosstabs for this cycle. Check em out. http://www.theconservativejournalblog.com/2011/07/18/tcj-research-714-715-michele-bachmann-leads-iowa-caucus-mitt-romney-falls-into-third/
  • Pawlenty makes $200k ad wager, largest yet in race

    07/16/2011 9:57:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 07/16/2011 | AP
    Tim Pawlenty, whose poll numbers have been stagnant in Iowa, has reserved roughly $200,000 of television advertising time in the state, the largest purchase yet by anyone in a 2012 presidential race that’s much more frugal with advertising dollars than four years ago. The ad buy represents a substantial wager for the former Minnesota governor, who reported Friday that he had $1.4 million to spend on the 2012 primary campaign at the end of June. Despite more than a year and a half of networking in his neighboring state of Iowa, polls show support for Pawlenty in the single digits....
  • In Iowa, Bachmann, Paul, Palin on the Rise: Romney can't capitalize w/Huckabee, Trump, out of race

    07/13/2011 5:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | July 13, 2011 | Kevin Derby
    A poll unveiled this week from American Research Group shows that three Republican presidential candidates -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska -- are gaining serious momentum in Iowa, site of the first presidential caucus. Bachmann, who declared her candidacy in June and has been surging in polls at both the national and state levels, topped the poll with 21 percent. Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts placed second with 18 percent. Paul, who was the Libertarian candidate in 1988 and ran for the Republican nomination in...
  • Pawlenty Aims to Slow Bachmann in Iowa

    07/12/2011 6:43:54 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 07/12/2011 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Last week Tim Pawlenty was reluctant to criticize Representative Michele Bachmann, a fellow Minnesotan and one of his chief rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, saying in an interview only that “everybody brings different strengths to the table.” But now, that reluctance appears to be waning. In an interview Sunday on “Meet the Press” on NBC, and again on Fox News on Monday morning, Mr. Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, derided Mrs. Bachmann’s record as a member of Congress and her lack of executive experience. “I like Congresswoman Bachmann,” Mr. Pawlenty said on NBC. “I’ve campaigned for her. I respect...
  • Pawlenty Criticizes Bachmann’s Record (T-Paw goes for the throat on the Sunday talk shows)

    07/11/2011 7:02:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/11/2011 | Brian Bolduc
    On Meet the Press this morning, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty took a swipe at fellow presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.). “I like Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve campaigned for her. I respect her. But her record of accomplishment in Congress is non-existent,” he said. “We’re not looking for folks who just have a speech capability.” Bachmann is a major threat to Pawlenty in Iowa, where a Des Moines Register poll puts his support at only 6 percent — and Bachmann’s at 22 percent.
  • Tim Pawlenty: Don't Raise The Debt Ceiling !

    07/10/2011 2:33:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/10/2011 | Zeke Miller
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the latest GOP presidential candidate to oppose raising the debt ceiling, The New York Times reports. “I hope and pray and believe they should not raise the debt ceiling,” Pawlenty told Iowa voters last week. “These historic, dramatic moments where you can draw a line in the sand and force politicians to actually do something bold and courageous are important moments.” He joins Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the tea-party favorite who devoted her first campaign ad to opposing a debt limit increase, and the libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who also opposes issuing new...
  • Tim Pawlenty Ominously Downplaying Iowa

    07/10/2011 12:35:02 PM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 13 replies
    TPM ^ | 7/9/11 | Benjy Sarlin
    Tim Pawlenty and his top staff are increasingly downplaying the importance of Iowa in interviews, a strange turn given its central importance to his campaign so far. Pawlenty told reporters that "this week is the first time that I've campaigned in earnest in Iowa," according to the Des Moines Register despite the fact that he's been pouring huge amounts of time and resources into the state for months. Earlier this week, top aide Vin Weber lowered expectations for the campaign by labeling Pawlenty's rival Minnesotan Michele Bachmann the frontrunner, who has been surging in the polls. "It's going to be...
  • Pawlenty: Let’s face it, Bachmann hasn’t accomplished much while in Congress (Battle of Minnesota)

    07/08/2011 7:43:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 140 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2011 | Allahpundit
    It’s a fair cop. Her four and a half years in Congress are notably thin on bills passed and committees chaired and thicker than expected on earmarks. There are ways to spin that — “I went to Washington to stop runaway government, not enable it,” etc — but if/when Palin and Perry get into the race, this’ll be their chief line of attack on her too. They’ve governed states. What has Bachmann done except cast marginal dissenting votes and wave the Gadsden flag?Now, show of hands. How many people expected three months ago that Michele Bachmann, not Mitt Romney, would...
  • Let ethanol have a go in a free market

    06/26/2011 6:20:11 AM PDT · by rhema · 38 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 6/25/11 | Jason Lewis
    When the gasohol governor marches into Iowa and says that ethanol's subsidy days are numbered because "we simply can't afford them," you know the times they are a-changin'. Tim Pawlenty's courage may have been borne of necessity, but nonetheless, it is in stark contrast to Newt Gingrich, who went to Des Moines and got on bended knee in front of the Renewable Fuels Association. Or for that matter, Al Gore, who not long ago admitted that the only reason he supported ethanol in Iowa was to secure the presidency. Profiles in courage they're not. But now, a bipartisan majority in...
  • Michele Bachmann Sets A Very High Bar at Right Online

    06/18/2011 9:29:52 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 69 replies
    Red State ^ | June 18, 2011 | Erick Erickson
    Michele Bachmann Sets A Very High Bar at Right Online Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile) Saturday, June 18th at 1:28PM EDT Michele Bachmann was scheduled to speak for 17 minutes at Right Online. She took an extra 18 minutes and 30 seconds. The whole speech felt like it was only a few minutes. It was funny, fascinating, informative, and powerful. She set the bar very, very high for other candidates. Her tax lawyer background showed in her speech, as did her faith. She used a dollar bill, folding it to show how Barack Obama’s policies have devalued it 14% and...
  • Pawlenty: Yeah, I should have gone after Romney

    06/17/2011 11:18:03 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/17/11 | Ed Morrisey
    Yesterday, Allahpundit noted Tim Pawlenty’s admission on Twitter that he missed an opportunity at Monday’s debate. Later in the evening, Pawlenty appeared on Fox with Sean Hannity, who led into the discussion by defending Pawlenty’s approach in the debate, approving of focusing attacks on Barack Obama rather than other Republicans. Pawlenty disagreed and launched into an attack on Mitt Romney as a “co-conspirator” of ObamaCare (via The Corner):
  • Tim Pawlenty Attacked by Activists With Glittery Confetti in San Francisco

    06/16/2011 6:50:01 PM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    Tim Pawlenty was minding his own business running for president, signing books at an American Health Insurance conference Thursday when two women representing Reproductive Rights and CODEPINK sprinkled pink, glittery confetti on the former Minnesota governor. Complaining that the Republican doesn't have "the courage to stand up for gay rights and women's reproductive rights," the two women opened manila folders filled with confetti and doused the man who in 2010 vetoed a Minnesota bill that would have allowed gay couples the right to the remains of their deceased partner. SNIPYouTube video of attack.
  • Huckabee to TPaw: Give your staff the boot

    06/16/2011 3:55:01 AM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/14/2011 | Caroline May
    Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had some harsh words for presidential hopeful and fellow former governor Tim Pawlenty Tuesday, telling him to give his staff the boot. In an appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show, Huckabee gave his analysis of Monday night’s CNN’s New Hampshire Republican primary debate. According to Huckabee, Pawlenty’s staff is not serving him well. “He needs to get rid of some of his consultants,” said Huckabee. “I saw this with [Mitt] Romney four years ago and I’m seeing it with Pawlenty now: over coached, over consulted. Get rid of ‘em!” Huckabee advised that the former Minnesota...
  • Huckabee to Pawlenty: After last night, I’d fire some of my consultants if I were you

    06/15/2011 7:14:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/15/2011 | Allahpundit
    Via the Laura Ingraham Show, skip ahead to 6:00 or so. Say what you will about him, but if Huck got a softball about RomneyCare last night like the one served up to T-Paw, he would have hit a line drive off of Mitt’s head. Said GOP consultant Alex Castellanos to Politico: “Debates are competitions – they are alpha dog battles,” explained longtime GOP ad man Alex Castellanos. “To win one, you have to create what I call an ‘MOS,’ a moment of strength. Tim Pawlenty had a chance to get in the ring tonight with the heavyweight champion and...
  • Thomas Sowell : Is Pawlenty Plenty? The Case for the Former Minnesota Governor

    06/14/2011 4:59:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/14/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    He lacks charisma and pyrotechnic rhetoric. And that’s a good thing. The Republicans’ confused assortment of announced presidential candidates — as well as unannounced candidates and distant possibilities of candidates — seems to be clarifying somewhat. The withdrawals of Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee, as well as the withdrawal of much of Newt Gingrich’s staff, seem like a much-needed weeding out. Although Mitt Romney has been leading in the polls, his lead over other potential rivals has been slim. Being a “frontrunner” this far ahead of next year’s nominating convention would not mean much, even if Governor Romney’s lead and...
  • Oh my: Pawlenty attacks “ObamneyCare”

    06/12/2011 11:54:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    hot air ^ | 6/12/11 | Allahpundit
    Via the Corner, I can’t shake the strange feeling that (a) we might hear him use this coinage again on the trail a time or two, starting tomorrow night in New Hampshire, and (b) the expected gang-up on Romney at the CNN debate is going to be way fiercer — and more entertaining — than anyone expected. Just one question: Will it work? According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday morning, three-quarters of Republicans and GOP leaning independent voters say they want a party nominee who can defeat President Barack Obama in 2012, even if that person doesn’t...
  • Tim Pawlenty’s Transit Strike (How he stood up against Minnesota's Unions as Governor)

    06/09/2011 10:04:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/09/2011 | Katrina Trinko
    In 2004, Tim Pawlenty faced a choice: accede to the transit union’s compensation demands or risk igniting a strike that would seriously disrupt commuters’ lives. Pawlenty chose the strike. That’s a decision the Minnesota governor has highlighted recently, no doubt hoping to benefit from the same sort of enthusiasm that made Wisconsin governor Scott Walker a Tea Party favorite for his dogged fight to limit public-employee unions’ collective-bargaining powers. “I took on the public-employee unions before it was popular to do it,” Pawlenty said two weeks ago in his speech in Iowa announcing his candidacy. “On the 45th day of...
  • 'You lie' Congressman Joe Wilson endorses Tim Pawlenty for president

    06/09/2011 9:12:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/2011 | Jordan Fabian
    GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty on Friday picked up the endorsement of Rep. Joe Wilson (R), who hails from the key early primary state of South Carolina. Wilson will serve as a co-chairman to the former Minnesota governor's campaign in South Carolina. "Congressman Wilson has been a strong conservative voice for the people of South Carolina over the past decade," Pawlenty said in a statement. "I am honored to receive his support in this campaign to restore America." Wilson called Pawlenty "the best man to get our nation back on the right track," one with "a remarkable record of conservative...
  • Former CNNer Bob Franken: Pawlenty Plotting 'Oligarchy'

    06/08/2011 6:21:19 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's kind of fun to watch former MSM "reporters" turn into totally-out, liberal partisans once they leave their "reporting" gigs. Take Bob Franken. For years a big-time national correspondent for CNN, the network let him go in 2007. Franken is now free to let his liberal freak flag fly. Witness Bob on MSNBC this evening. Commenting on Tim Pawlenty's tax-cut proposal, Franken fulminated that the former Minnesota governor is planning nothing less [cue spooky music] than to lead an "oligarchy" in which the rich would be "buying back the government." Franken also took a scatalogical shot at "trickle-down" economics. View...
  • Tim Pawlenty Sparks Fire in Voters With Strong Talk On National Defense and Traditional Values

    06/05/2011 6:49:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/05/2011 | Stephanie Samuel
    WASHINGTON – Generally identified in the polls as a candidate struggling to draw excitement, presidential contender Tim Pawlenty roused up a large faith audience Friday with strong talk on national defense and traditional values. Like the other candidates to grace the stage at the Faith and Freedom Conference, Pawlenty denounced the government for overstepping its bounds in the work and health care sectors. Providing a solid national defense, however, is within the government's bounds, said the former governor of Minnesota. Given that role, he said he would take on the role of Commander-in-Chief with authority. "We can't ... continue to...