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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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....
  • Pawlenty Quitting Presidential Race

    08/14/2011 6:07:08 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 301 replies
    Foxnews TV ^ | 08-13-11
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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 ...
  • 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 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...
  • Pawlenty Lowers Expectations, So He Can Beat Them

    07/21/2011 5:25:05 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 21, 2011 | Michael Shear
    Pawlenty Lowers Expectations, So He Can Beat Them By MICHAEL D. SHEAR July 21, 2011, 7:19 am There was a time not too long ago when Tim Pawlenty was actively positioning himself as the No. 2 heavyweight in the Republican presidential race of 2012 and the obvious alternative to the front-runner, Mitt Romney. Not so much anymore. Now, with national polls showing him stalled at the bottom of the pack, Mr. Pawlenty and his staff are busy trying to lower expectations for the former Minnesota governor. The new Tim Pawlenty has his sights set on placing “sixth or seventh” in...
  • Pawlenty once praised Bachmann's “leadership” and "guts"

    07/14/2011 5:24:46 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 14, 2011 | Christian Heinze
    Pawlenty once praised Bachmann's “leadership” and "guts" By Christian Heinze - 07/14/11 06:00 AM ET Despite his recent remarks that Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) record in Congress is “non-existent," Tim Pawlenty praised her “leadership,” “guts,” and “persistence” at a fundraising dinner last year. He gushed over his Republican rival for the presidential nomination in March 2010 at a fundraising dinner for the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that opposes abortions rights. “I can give a personal testimony only to what you already know and what you are witnessing on television and the halls of Congress and in advocacy all...
  • 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 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...
  • Will Republican Race’s First in Be the First Out?

    07/07/2011 7:28:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 7, 2011 | Jeff Zeleny
    AMES, Iowa — Tim Pawlenty was first in line to enter the Republican presidential race. He is now fighting to avoid becoming the earliest major candidate to be shown the door. No contender for the Republican nomination has followed the conventional playbook more than Mr. Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota who began introducing himself two years ago during a prospecting trip to Iowa. Yet his path has been complicated by fresher faces, an unruly nominating contest and a handful of missteps that swallowed his summer momentum. The voting will not open for at least six months, but Mr. Pawlenty...
  • A. McCarthy: Pawlenty's Foreign Policy (like John McCain's?)

    07/04/2011 4:52:25 PM PDT · by Clairity · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | July 2, 2011 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Tim Pawlenty winced audibly when The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg made the obvious explicit. In the race for the GOP presidential nomination, the columnist posited, "I guess you represent the John McCain-Lindsey Graham foreign-policy wing." Mr. Goldberg's question, after all, was asked only after listening to Pawlenty's speech at the Council on Foreign Relations - a McCain redoubt where dreams of a progressive world order frequently substitute for the world that is. Pakistan, is urging the Afghans to dump the United States and look not just to Pakistan and Iran but also to China for help striking a deal with the...
  • Christie calls TPaw 'serious' candidate

    06/25/2011 5:30:03 PM PDT · by randita · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/25/11 | Maggie Haberman
    Christie calls TPaw 'serious' candidate By: Maggie Haberman June 25, 2011 02:23 PM EDT Chris Christie has made clear he's not endorsing any candidate for president yet, if ever, but he did have warm words about Tim Pawlenty when asked why his former fellow governor is struggling in terms of polls and fundraising: "Because he was the governor of Minnesota, and a lot of people don’t know him," Christie told POLITICO. "I think anybody who knows Tim Pawlenty [knows] he’s a very serious guy and I think he’s got real life experience, both as a politician and as a person,"...
  • 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...
  • Romney, Bachmann dominate gracious GOP debate

    06/13/2011 11:04:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 75 replies
    Mitt Romney easily survived his first debate of the 2012 primary with barely a nick to his early frontrunner status. Tarred as a flip-flopping phony during his 2008 White House bid, Romney looked at ease during the two-hour live forum, and none of his lesser-known rivals made him squirm. Eager to make pleasing first impressions on a national audience, they all passed when handed opportunities to attack Romney. A picture of the former Massachusetts governor and corporate executive in an open-collared shirt and tie -- posted on Twitter just minutes before the debate in an obvious attempt at campaign image-making...
  • (LIVE THREAD!) Republican Presidential Debate #2 - June 13, 2011 8pm/5pm: New Hampshire

    06/13/2011 4:49:56 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 1,315 replies
    Broadcast on: CNN Broadcast time: 8pm EDT/5pm 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 the...
  • Pawlenty's 5 Percent Growth Vision

    06/11/2011 3:41:36 PM PDT · by Graneros · 8 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | June 11, 2011 | Larry Kudlow
    Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty turned out a blockbuster economic-growth plan this past week, including deep cuts in taxes, spending, and regulations. It's really the first Reaganesque supply-side growth plan from any of the GOP presidential contenders. And he caps it all off with a defense of optimism as he charges ahead with a national economic growth goal of 5 percent. That's right: 5 percent. Pawlenty calls this target aspirational. Okay, fine. But deeper down, he's basically saying no to the declinists and pessimists who seem to populate the economic landscape these days. Big government doesn't work. Let's try something...
  • Ethanol issue slips behind jobs, deficit in Iowa

    06/09/2011 9:26:42 PM PDT · by quantim · 17 replies · 1+ views
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 9, 10:57 PM EDT | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gone are the days when ethanol topped the list of policy priorities in Iowa, the corn-rich state that hosts the leadoff presidential caucuses. But apparently some of the 2012 Republican presidential field isn't giving up on the issue, magnifying the relevance of ethanol subsidies to suit their campaigns. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty calls ending the subsidy a hard truth, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says his opposition to the subsidy is why he won't bother to campaign there. But powerful Iowa Republicans also want to phase out the federal tax credit for ethanol,...
  • Pawlenty Snaps Up Former Gingrich Co-Chair [Sonny Perdue]

    06/09/2011 4:09:52 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | June 9, 2011 | Katrina Trinko
    Pawlenty Snaps Up Former Gingrich Co-Chair June 9, 2011 5:49 P.M. By Katrina Trinko While there’s plenty of buzz over what Newt Gingrich’s team resigning means for Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty’s team has already added Gingrich’s former national co-chair, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue. “Tim Pawlenty is a great man, he was a phenomenal governor, and he is the person I now believe stands the greatest chance of defeating President Obama. He is the only candidate who has laid out a real plan to grow the American economy, and his track record in Minnesota is proof he’s the right man...
  • Republicans still firmly against raising debt ceiling without big cuts

    05/29/2011 4:46:32 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/29/2011 | Peter Nicholas
    Two top Republicans said Sunday they oppose raising the nation's debt ceiling without major moves to slash the federal deficit, a stance that suggests the GOP may be heading toward a high-stakes showdown with Democrats as the deadline for congressional action nears. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he is prepared to keep the ceiling in place "unless we do something really significant about debt and deficit.'' Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican candidate for president, also challenged the Obama administration's contention that failure to lift the debt limit would trigger an...
  • Pawlenty Promises To Trim Federal Workforce

    05/26/2011 2:34:32 PM PDT · by CNSNews · 7 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 5/26/11 | Penny Starr
    ( – Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty says he wants to trim the size of the federal workforce and bring pay and benefits of public employees in line with the private sector. But when asked Wednesday whether that would include eliminating any federal agencies, Pawlenty did not name any and would only say that he would scrap Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two formerly federally-sponsored financial services institutions that were made independent of the federal government in 2008. He made the remarks at the Cato Institute, as part of his “It’s Time to Tell the Truth Tour.” “When I was...
  • Oh my: Pawlenty calls for Medicare and Social Security reform — in Florida

    05/25/2011 11:40:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/25/2011 | Allahpundit
    First he goes after ethanol in Iowa, now this. What’s next? Telling Texans it’s time to wean themselves off of barbecue? Good lord. This isn’t a campaign, it’s an intervention.Alternate headline: “Tim Pawlenty now unelectable in not one but two early primary states.” A day after telling Iowans their beloved ethanol subsidies will have to go, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty used a stop in senior-heavy Florida to call for reining in Social Security and Medicare benefits for future retirees…It’s part of a tough-medicine tour, designed to highlight Pawlenty’s willingness to tell “hard truths.” He’s also planning to visit Washington...
  • T-Paw’s Five Greatest Challenges (The 5 questions Pawlenty must answer, and fast!)

    05/24/2011 6:46:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/24/2011 | Ramesh Ponnuru and Rich Lowry
    Tim Pawlenty is making it official today. For a candidate in the low single digits, he’s been given strong odds for winning the nomination by some analysts. George F. Will said a couple of weeks ago that the former Minnesota governor is one of three people who might be sworn in as president in 2013 — and the other possibilities include only one actual candidate, Barack Obama (the other was Mitch Daniels). The rapidly congealing conventional wisdom is that all the no-shows in the field benefit the former Minnesota governor. There’s no doubt that Pawlenty has real strengths. He compiled...
  • Tim Pawlenty's Cash Problem (The major flaw that could sink his campaign)

    05/23/2011 1:15:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    New Republic ^ | 05/23/2011 | Walter Shapiro
    With Mitch Daniels officially out of the presidential race, it seems like the entire GOP is emulating Ethelred the Unready. Well, not quite everyone. In a contrarian move at odds with the Reluctant Republican ethos of the party, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will actually make it official by declaring his candidacy today in Des Moines. Along with the obligatory yawn-inducing “can you win Iowa?” question, Pawlenty almost certainly will be asked again about his ability to compete financially with Mitt Romney, the Daddy Warbucks of the truncated Republican field. Pawlenty recently answered that query with a nod to GM’s...
  • I think Tim Pawlenty will be the last man standing and get the nomination (vanity)

    05/23/2011 9:22:50 AM PDT · by Signalman · 113 replies
    5/23/2011 | Self
    This is just, of course, a prediction on my part but here's why: 1. As a former governor, he has executive experience and, from what I understand, he was a pretty good governor. After 4 years of Obozo's incompetence, the American people are longing for a competent administrator. 2. Unlike Romney, who still refuses to disavow Romneycare, Pawlenty came out of the gate admitting he was wrong on Cap and Trade. That was a smart move, and it takes takes that monkey off his back. And two other competing governors, Daniels and Huck, are out of the race. 3. Unlike...
  • Pawlenty's Record

    05/23/2011 10:13:57 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 21 replies
    WSJ ONLINE ^ | 23 FEBRUARY 2008 | WSJ
    "The era of small government is over . . . government has to be more proactive, more aggressive." But in 2005, signs of his "progressive" instincts emerged. In a quest for new revenue, Mr. Pawlenty supported a 75 cents per-pack cigarette tax. He called it a "health impact" fee. No one was fooled. User fees are generally charged to ensure that those who use a government service pay for the cost of providing that service. In this case, however, it was obvious that smokers were just being tapped to fund health-care entitlement programs. Following the tax hike, the governor...
  • DOA? Tim Pawlenty’s Hometown Newspaper Puts Campaign Announcement On The Obit Page

    05/23/2011 8:57:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5/23/11
    iming, as they say, is everything. And if you make a big announcement that you’re running for president–and you hope to make the front page of your hometown paper–perhaps make your announcement, as City Pages points out, on any day other than that following a natural disaster. “Any other day, it would have made the front page. But that’s what he gets for making his big publicity push the day after a deadly tornado rips through his home state.” With tornado coverage taking up the front of the paper, TPaw’s big announcement landed in the somewhat less desirable–but certainly more...
  • Tim Pawlenty drops Web video before Monday announcement of presidential run

    05/22/2011 6:22:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 22, 2011 | Jeff Winkler
    It’s officially about to be official! Tim Pawlenty released a Web video Sunday announcing that he is about to announce his intent to join the 2012 presidential race. In the official video, the former Minnesota governor says he plans to make his official announcement to run as the Republican candidate at his “first campaign stop, in Iowa” on Monday. The pre-announcement announcement also gets quite meta. “I could give a speech, and tell you I’m running for president. I could have a podium with my campaign logo on it. I could have balloons,” says Pawlenty in a voice over, as...
  • Breaking- Pawlenty: "I'm Running for President of the United States" (With Video)

    05/22/2011 5:02:28 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 44 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/22/11 | Aurelius
    Today, Tim Pawlenty's campaign site released a video. In it, Mr. Pawlenty announced that he would be running for President of the United States... Here is a short transcript of the video: Pawlenty- We need a President who understands that our problems are deep and who has the courage to face them. President Obama doesn't. I do. Tomorrow, my first campaign stop will be in Iowa, and that's where I will begin a campaign that tells the American people the truth. I'm Tim Pawlenty and I'm running for President of the United States. I believe with all my heart that...
  • Aide: Tim Pawlenty running for president (will announce his candidacy on Monday)

    05/20/2011 11:03:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 05/20/2011 | Brian Bakst
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a laid-back Midwestern Republican who governed a Democratic-leaning state, is running for president and will declare his candidacy on Monday in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, an adviser told The Associated Press. The adviser, who disclosed the plans on the condition of anonymity in advance of next week's announcement, said Pawlenty will formally enter the race during a town hall-style event in Des Moines, Iowa. He's choosing to make his long-expected bid official in a critical state in his path to the GOP nomination. Advisers acknowledge that Pawlenty, 50, must win or turn in...
  • Pro-Life Gov. Tim Pawlenty Announcing GOP Presidential Bid Monday

    05/20/2011 8:53:56 AM PDT · by julieee · 47 replies ^ | May 20, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-Life Gov. Tim Pawlenty Announcing GOP Presidential Bid Monday Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce on Monday that he is officially declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. The governor has built up a pro-life record that is appealing to social conservatives.
  • Pawlenty Attracts Wealthy Donors

    05/13/2011 10:56:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/13/2011 | PATRICK O'CONNOR
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty remains little-known beyond his home state, but he has begun to line up wealthy donors, a critical constituency. Even as he draws low single-digit support in early polls, Mr. Pawlenty has amassed a substantial roster of well-connected GOP donors and fund-raisers in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination. Their preference for Mr. Pawlenty could pose a challenge to his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has used experience as a 2008 candidate and background as a private-equity investor to build what is widely regarded as the largest network of high-impact fund-raisers...
  • Facebook Fans Help Predict More Than 70% of Key Races

    05/08/2011 8:31:05 PM PDT · by unseen1 · 12 replies
    Facebook ^ | November 3, 2010 | U.S. Politics on Facebook
    The ability for social media participation and activity to predict election results has been widely discussed over the past several months as political campaigns across the country turned to Facebook to communicate authentically with voters as well as organize supporters. But are Facebook fan totals an indicator of how citizens will vote at the polls? Or are Facebook and other social services merely online popularity contests that have no correlation to the real world? With most of Election Night’s races already decided, the Facebook political team took a look at whether Facebook “likes” did help predict the 2010 House and...
  • Governor Tim Pawlenty to headline Greater Boston Tea Party Tax Day rally (RINO Suck-up Alert)

    04/15/2011 4:59:49 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 9 replies
    Greater Boston Tea Party ^ | March 30, 2011 | cvarley
    The Greater Boston Tea Party will hold its third annual Tax Day rally on Friday, April 15th, 4:00 – 6:00PM at the Boston Common Bandstand. The Greater Boston Tea Party is an all volunteer, non-profit public policy advocacy organization that works to restore and defend the Constitution of the United States. Formed in 2010, the organization conducts open-to-the-public rallies, meetings, candidate meet-and-greets, grassroots activist trainings and legislation education events in the Greater Boston area. Members of the organization are excited to welcome Governor Tim Pawlenty’s message of fiscal discipline to our annual Tax Day TEA Party rally. ”Governor Pawlenty’s leadership...
  • Report: Tim Pawlenty to announce presidential exploratory committee

    03/21/2011 12:02:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Tim Pawlenty’s Facebook site asks people to drop by at 3 ET for “a special message exclusive to Facebook supporters.” CNN reports that the former Minnesota governor will announce his first official step into the 2012 presidential race and become the third Republican to launch an exploratory committee: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce Monday the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, several sources tell CNN. Such a committee allows candidates to start raising money and is seen as the first concrete step towards a run for a party nomination.The formation by Pawlenty has long been expected...
  • A perfect GOP candidate is hard to find (AP)

    03/22/2011 9:37:36 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 81 replies ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is the godfather of what Republican critics call Obamacare. Newt Gingrich is an adulterer on his third marriage. Tim Pawlenty is too green — environmentally, that is. Jon Huntsman worked for President Barack Obama. And Haley Barbour has come off as dismissive of racial segregation. Is any potential Republican presidential nominee without vulnerabilities that could alienate voters, especially those in the GOP primaries, and provide ready-made attacks for opponents? Not in this crop. The 2012 Republican field is deeply flawed, lacking a serious GOP contender without a personal misstep or policy move that angers the party...
  • President Obama, Mitch Daniels roast potential 2012 candidates

    03/12/2011 11:04:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 12, 2011
    President Obama mocked his potential 2012 GOP rivals — and poked fun at himself — while Mitch Daniels returned fire and got in his own shot at Sarah Palin at Saturday night’s 126th annual Gridiron Club dinner of Washington politicos and journalists. Obama, in his first address to the group as president, pounced on Haley Barbour’s weight – by highlighting First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to end obesity in the country. “Haley, when Michelle said you should run, she didn’t mean for president,” he cracked. The president didn’t spare Tim Pawlenty either. “Tim Pawlenty’s not here, but he’s hit the...