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Pawlenty Forming Exploratory Committee For Presidential Bid

March 23, 2011 by  

Pawlenty forming exploratory committee for Presidential bidFormer Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has become the first high-profile candidate to announce his intentions to run for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.

Pawlenty, a champion of Tea Party values, announced on March 21 that he is forming an exploratory committee for a Presidential bid. In a video released on his Facebook page, he advocated for job creation, limited government and reforms to entitlement programs such as Medicare.

"There is a brighter future for America," he said during the video "We need to encourage the dreamers and innovators, the small business owners, the hard workers."

According to The Boston Globe, Pawlenty has made frequent visits to Iowa since last summer, and he is scheduled to appear in the Hawkeye State again next week. His advisors are banking on a strong showing at the Iowa caucuses, the first major event in the nominating process, next February.

A Gallup Poll last month indicated that Pawlenty has a lot of work to do in order to raise his profile among American voters. Only 3 percent of respondents said that they would vote for the former leader of Minnesota, falling behind six other potential candidates for the Republican nomination. Former governors Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin were the top three favorites, according to the poll. 

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  • DENNIS PECK

    I LIVED IN MN DURING PAWLENTYS TERM AND KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BLOWHARD (VENTURA AND OBAMA) AND A REAL PATRIOT STATESMAN. I WOULD (WILL) VOTE FOR HIM AS IT STANDS NOW.

    • patty

      Dennis-I have plenty of problems with Pawlenty. I still live here. He is barely just this side of extreme left. I have the new HennCty Tax to prove it. That new baseball stadium? There was a law put into place since the Timberwolves stadium debacle, that anything to do with raising the state sales tax would have to go to a public vote. We have a stadium now, with no public vote. They knoew it would never pass. So, how did we get it? They went around the other way and attached it to a County tax. I wouldn’t vote for him. He is the same thing different name.

  • http://AOL.COM FRENCHIE

    I’VE GOT NO PROBLEM WITH TIM PAWLENTY, BUT I JUST THINK WE’D BE BETTER OFF WITH RON PAUL RUNNING THE SHOW AFTER THE CURRENT DISASTER IN WASHINGTON. MAYBE HE COULD EVEN RUN AS RON PAUL’S V.P. I’VE HEARD RUMBLINGS ABOUT THAT BEING A POSSIBILITY ANYHOW. WHILE I WOULD PERSONALLY PREFER PAT BUCHANNAN AS V.P., PAWLENTY IS A POSSIBILITY AS WELL. THEN HE COULD RUN FOR PRESIDENT AFTER RON PAUL HAS 8 YEARS TO FIX THE LAST COUPLE ADMINISTRATION’S MESSES WITH THE NOMINATION AS REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE ALREADY LOCKED IN.

    • newspooner

      I have never voted for a Democrat or a Republican for President, and I have been voting since 1968. But I have already voted for Ron Paul for President, and I don’t mean just in a Primary. When Ron Paul ran for President in the General Election as the Libertarian candidate some years ago, I voted for him. If he is the Republican or Libertarian or Constitution Party candidate I will vote for him again. Better yet, I would love to see him be the Democratic Party candidate. If you don’t think there are any good Democrats, i guess you have forgotten about Larry McDonald. Yeah, I know, it is hard to find one even half as good today. But there aren’t that many excellent Republicans either.

  • Eddie47d

    Tim better work fast with Sarah’s world wind tour breathing down his neck. He might consider booking the next flight out.

  • Freddie

    Why can’t Thomas Jefferson come back?!

    • barbm

      if he did, he’d have a heart attack and die again when he saw the mess we’re in.

  • Bus

    did he advocate deep sixing Obamacare?

    • barbm

      “One year ago today, President Obama signed into law the Federal government takeover of health care, one of the most flawed and misguided laws in modern history. Obamacare takes our health care system in the wrong direction, failing to reduce costs and improve quality. The law infringes on individuals’ and states’ rights by forcing individuals to purchase a good or service, which is why I joined a lawsuit calling the law unconstitutional. If courts do not do so first, as President, I would support the immediate repeal of Obamacare and replace it with market-based health care reforms.”

  • barbm

    i like gary johnson/ron paul or vice versa. i see no reason to mess with medicare. they need to work on medicaid instead. but nobody wants to mess with the lazy including pawlenty. if medicaid recipients had to pay a monthly premium, an annual deductible, and 20% of most and 100% of some procedures as medicare recipients do, they’d quit abusing it. they should not be allowed to go to an emergency room for non-emergency issues. cost of a doctor visit – $85. cost of the emergency room – about $500. the only way i’d vote for Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin is if one of them was running against obama and there were no other candidates in any other party running. i voted for paul in the last primary and baldwin of the constitution party in the general. i knew mccain couldn’t beat obama.

    • http://AOL.COM FRENCHIE

      HMMM, I DON’T KNOW, BARB. I THINK McCAIN COULD’VE WON EXCEPT FOR 2 REASONS…1) HE PICKED SARAH PALIN INSTEAD OF RUDY GIULLIANI TO RUN AS V.P. & 2) AS MUCH AS IT PAINS ME TO SAY THIS, HE OFTEN CAME OFF AS BEING TOO CLOSE TO OBAMA ON TOO MANY THINGS. THEREBY, FAILING (MISERABLY) TO DISTINGUISH HIMSELF AS VASTLY DIFFERENT FROM OBAMA WHERE IT MATTERED. HE TRIED TO PLAY “MIDDLE OF THE ROAD” TOO MUCH & IT KILLED HIS CHANCES. I DO AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT HUCKABEE, PALIN & ROMNEY, THOUGH. NICE PEOPLE, BUT SADLY NOT WHITE HOUSE MATERIAL AT ALL. GOOD TO KNOW I’M NOT THE ONLY RON PAUL FAN AROUND HERE, TOO !!!

  • http://com i41

    McCain would have gotten beat worse if he didn’t have Sarah Palin. I hope Herman Kane runs, we have enough of these degreed dumb bastards who never created any thing but paper work and don’t know a tax to get rid of. Onumnutts just proves the point, elected on b–l s–t and speeches written by another degreed puke. MsQuirrel was another envior idoit and thinks like Onumnutts on cap and trade crap, all s–t the young snot nosed idoits think is a cure all for jobs. We will get a chance come 2012 on how marxist/communism has worked out.

  • jopa

    I think i41 would be great on the ticket with Orly Tates.I bet he wouldn’t even need a teleprompter and we would see the last of the Mohicans.

  • barbm

    Gary Johnson

    •Never raised taxes during his 8 years as governor of New Mexico
    •Cut over 1,200 government jobs without firing anyone
    •Cut taxes 14 times
    •Vetoed over 750 bills
    •Was the biggest advocate in the country for school vouchers
    •Started his own small business and became a multi-millionaire

    • Greg

      Oboma……YOUR FIRED

  • http://com i41

    Yes jopa, I would do away with all reservation and make everyone get off this minority b–l s–t thinking, either be American or get he hell out of here. None of this hyphnated American crap.

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