Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced his intention to run on the GOP Presidential ticket in 2012 on Monday. In his speech, the candidate had harsh words for President Barack Obama.
“If we want a new and better direction, we need a new and better President. President Obama’s policies have failed. But more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about what it’s really going to take to get out of the mess we’re in,” Pawlenty said.
Pawlenty accused the President of making “fluffy promises of hope and change” that did not bear results, and said he wanted to “take a different approach” with his campaign.
“I am going to tell you the truth,” Pawlenty said. “So here it is. Government money isn’t ‘free.’ You and I either pay for it in taxes, or our children pay for it in debt. The reforms we need are not in the billions, but in the trillions of dollars. And the cuts we need to make–the cuts we must make–can’t just be to somebody else’s programs.”
Pawlenty stressed that his policies would not be very popular, saying “Conventional wisdom says you can’t talk about ethanol in Iowa or Social Security in Florida or financial reform on Wall Street. But someone has to say it.”
Pawlenty also discussed his record as Governor, suggesting that the State faced many of the problems that are ubiquitous across the United States. Pawlenty claimed to have solved those issues without giving up conservative ideals.
“Leadership in a time of crisis isn’t about telling people what you think they want to hear, it’s about telling the truth. President Barack Obama refuses to do that,” Pawlenty said. “In 2008, Barack Obama told us he would change America… and he has. In 2012, we will change America again… and this time, it will be for the better.”