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At Ames, Pawlenty Goes Down In Flames

August 16, 2011 by  

At Ames, Pawlenty Goes Down In Flames

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced Sunday that he is no longer seeking the Republican nomination in the 2012 Presidential race. After finishing a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, well behind Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas), Pawlenty said his “message didn’t get the kind of traction or lift that we needed and hoped for” going into the poll.

“It’s been a great honor for Mary and me and our team to convey the message of trying to get this country back on track,” Pawlenty said on ABC’s This Week. “But obviously that message didn’t get the kind of traction or lift that we needed and hoped for coming into the and out of the Ames straw poll. We needed to get some lift to continue on and to have a pathway forward. That didn’t happen.

“I wish it would have been different. But, obviously, the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist. And so we’re going to end the campaign,” Pawlenty said.

Asked what went wrong, Pawlenty said fundraising played a significant role. “Obviously, we had some success raising money, but we needed to continue that, and Ames was a benchmark for that. And if we didn’t do well in Ames, we weren’t going to have the fuel to keep the car going down the road.”

Pawlenty also said that he did not think he was the sort of candidate Republicans are looking for in this election cycle: “What I brought forward I thought was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.”

According to POLITICO, at just 12 hours, Pawlenty set a new record for a Presidential candidate dropping out after a disappointing Ames finish.


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  • Morduin00

    Pity. I think Pawlenty had some good stuff. However, the tiff he had with Bachmann on the last debate left me wondering about his electability. Not because he challenged a woman, but because he seemed to be on the defensive. We need a president that will lead not defend.

    Since Bachmann and Pawlenty seemed to disagree on the facts of their own voting record and the timing, and Bachmann sometimes has a problem remembering facts… who was snowballing who? Who was telling the truth about their records? I am curious to know.

    Overall, I think Pawlenty is right… the electorate weren’t looking for his type of candidate.

  • home boy

    looks like the people of iowa saw plenty of b.s. from plawenty.

  • RandyH

    He couldn’t commit to supporting the second amendment so good riddance.

  • newspooner

    Maybe Pawlenty finally realized that patriotic Americans want to steer away from anyone who might be another George Quincy Bush. They are looking for a more reliable constitutionalist, like Ron Paul.

  • MichaelR

    Good for Pawlenty. He has the sence to know that nobody wants him as president. Would that other losers like Newt has have the same good sence. My fellow Minnesotan has earned my respect.

  • Christin

    You are right Randy H.

    According to “National Gun Rights” (NAGR) “Tim Pawlenty REFUSED to say where he stood on the important Second Amendment issues.” Pawlenty refused to return the firearms survey to tell gun owners where he stood on this issue.

    Tim Pawlenty is RIGHT We the People are not looking for Freedom killing presidential candidates…

    “The winners of the Straw Poll, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, are solid , pro-gun candidates and returned their National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Candidate Survey 100% pro-gun.”

    I also personally think Iowa sent a strong message that they do NOT like RINO Republicans (nor Socialist Democrats… like they voted for Obama in 2008) and will stand with the Tea Party Republican, Michele Bachmann, or the Libertarian Republican, Ron Paul.

    • TML

      “…We the People are not looking for Freedom killing presidential candidates…”

      Then they should stop standing with Michele Bachmann since she voted to extend the Patriot Act, even though her supporters urged her not to. I would say that is every bit as bad as Pawlenty and his stance on guns. The only reason she is on top is because the media, and people like this Marcy Bonebright, through her into the spotlight while, suppressing Ron Paul. Interesting that even with the media censoring Ron Paul, she just barely beat him in the Straw Poll. The People, need to learn the truth about her.

      • Allan

        The question is, who would earn more votes head to head against Obama, Bachmann or Paul?

        • knights templer

          Ron Paul wants to give our enemies a nuclear weapon. When I heard that I was deaf about everything else that came out of his mouth. He’s nieve in world affairs and has a globalist mentality. Need their be more to say about Paul. He should retire. Paul is dangerous to America and the second ammendment.

  • Allan

    Pawlenty was stupid, stupid, stupid to go after Bachmann with eight people on stage. Should have gone after Obama and laid out SPECIFIC solutions to problems. Better to out the weakness now than to have another President doing on the job training.


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