Governor Tim Pawlenty Announces He’s Running For President

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination today via this web video.

Tim Pawlenty: A Time For Truth

He is scheduled to give a speech in Iowa later today formally announcing his candidacy.

Governor Pawlenty wrote an article in USA Today titled “Pawlenty: Real change is about telling hard truths”.

In the third year of Barack Obama’s presidency, unemployment is at unbearable levels, gas and food prices are skyrocketing and federal government spending is out of control. “ObamaCare” is unconstitutional, and it is already driving up health costs — not reducing them.

The president’s policies simply aren’t working. And more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about the problems we’re facing and what it’s really going to take to get America back on the right track.

As a candidate for president, it would be easy for me to just tell the American people we can solve our debt crisis and fix our economy without making any tough choices. But we have now seen where that type of leadership gets us.

Leadership isn’t about fancy speeches and empty promises. It’s not about telling people just what they want to hear. It’s about telling the truth. Like too many Washington politicians, President Obama governs with an eye toward the next election, at the expense of the next generation. He would rather pretend there is no crisis and attack those who are willing to stand up and try to solve it rather than risk doing anything about it himself.In Washington, they call that “smart politics.” But I’m not from Washington.

And in Britain they call it “Smart Alec”.

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  • Zim

    He is really running for VP

  • MamaGrizzly

    Very dynamic commercial.

    If he hits hard and consistent, and runs with West or Cain, it could happen. Better happen.

  • Capn Angus

    “T-Paw” has been running for 2 years & has a book out (which judging by the sales most people didn’t know)…
    Still can’t poll above 3-5 % in most polls
    Bachman is more relevent Minnesotan

    YAWN ZZZZZZZZZ T-Paw is a non-factor.

  • MamaGrizzly

    VP with who?

  • donh

    T-paw has a high super geek factor . He reminds me of the Nationwide Insurance salesman. I am expecting T-paw to sell me some scam promise of turning our deficit into a vanishing deductable tax….

  • wtd
  • MamaGrizzly

    Cain can relate best to people. Kind of agree with the geek factor, but WAY BETTER THAN OBAMA, for sure. I don’t quite trust Tom, but need to know more about him.

  • Oldsailor

    Well, let’s see what the Douchnozzle has to say.

  • chuck in st paul


  • Pat the First

    I hope that Pawlenty wins the nomination. He is my favorite of the field. He knows how to run in a deeply blue state. I want someone who will beat Obama. I don’t want a pie-in-the-sky person. We will not survive a second Obama administration.

    I think a Pawlenty for Pres. and Palin or Jindal or maybe Bachmann (Rubio and West both say that won’t run. Cain is too inexperienced. We have just had 2.5 years of inexperienced.) for V-P might give Obama a good run for it. Not sure Palin would run for VP again. Especially with another new anti-Palin book coming out from one of her former aides. She might need to sit it out for another election cycle.

  • M1

    He’s a AGW believer and supported Cap & Trade. He’s a big gov RINO.

  • M1

    MamaGrizzly commented:

    Is there a thread here that you don’t mention either Cain or West or both? Give us a break please. You look foolish.

  • Tell us the truth about your support for Cap and Trade.

  • mcc
  • mcc

    Oh, and here’s someone else I dream about:

    Also, Palin in latest Gallup poll is statistically tied now with Romney (from Drudge, I think).

    Cain’s performance on FOX News Sunday was less than stellar, I’m afraid. And what I did see of his canidacy announcement was off-putting: the sunglasses and too showman-like, for me anyway.

    West, the other day, said once again he’s not running. Pretty much all my favorites aren’t running.

  • jorgen

    The truth? But can the US handle the truth?

  • Pat the First

    Pawlenty sent a letter to Congress 2 years ago after researching more about Cap and Trade stating that he regretted his support of Cap and Trade. It was a mistake and he apologized for his support of Cap and Trade. He APOLOGIZED for his support when he learned the truth about global warming. It takes someone who is completely different than Obama to admit his mistakes and apologize. Obama only apologizes to those who want us dead.

  • RedBeard

    We could do a lot worse than Pawlenty, from what we know at the moment.

  • Cynic

    Even if the negative spin from all the media regarding all the GOP candidates were true none of it even comes close to the lies and lawlessness used by this administration to bring down our country.

  • wtd

    In April, Mr. Pawlenty delivered the remarks that probably best reveal his views on the environment. “It looks like we should have listened to President Carter,” he told the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group.

    then there is this recent gem from March:
    Pawlenty wants Minnesota to test mileage tax

    From 2007, via Star Tribune: Pawlenty’s big ideas: A sampler

    Big idea: Took no-new taxes pledge, promising not to raise state levies. Result: Pledge made a powerful campaign theme, and Pawlenty pushed through a belt-tightening budget in his first year, balancing a record shortfall without state tax hikes.
    Big idea: Proposed restoring Minnesota’s death penalty in the wake of the Dru Sjodin murder. Result: Lack of legislative support quickly killed the plan.
    Big idea: Declares war on high prescription drug prices; crosses FDA by launching state website for Canadian drug purchases; attempts to pressure drug giant Pfizer through state pension fund stock holdings. Result: Website gets only light traffic; Pfizer policies unchanged.
    Big idea: Demands Indian tribes share casino profits with state, suggests Mall of America casino deal with northern tribes if they don’t. Result: No change in state gambling policy.
    Big idea: Proposes health impact “fee” on tobacco to break budget deadlock, insisting it does not break his no-new taxes pledge. Result: Revenue from fee breaks budget stalemate; fee upheld in court.
    Big idea: Proposes broad action to deny services to illegal immigrants. Result: No significant change in state policy.
    Big idea: Announces plan to provide health insurance for all children in Minnesota. Result: Only a minor expansion of coverage is enacted.
    Big idea: In wake of bridge collapse, reverses course and says he would consider signing a gas-tax hike. Result: Nothing so far.

  • Amjean


    1. State under his leadership billions in red.
    2. Support for cap ‘n tax although he later flip flopped.
    3. Support for taxing autos by the mile.
    4. Support for interst free Sharia friendly loan programs.
    5. Supports Michelle Obama’s food police.
    6. Raised property taxes by the billions – $2.5 ?

    He is a typical politician with no courage of convictions. What he is saying now has
    been said before. He is trying to come off as tough, not weak; we will see if it works
    out. I think not.

  • Max

    I won’t vote for the guy. I used to be from MN, but moved to a conservative state.

  • catwoman368

    Born in Texas, vote republican and so i would vote for pawlenty, but i think he is a RINO.Considering our state and the hits it takes from mr smarty pants we are better off than others. I hope that Perry runs and gets Paul Ryan as vp. That ticket will take care of 16 years a democrat is out of the White House. My parents raised wheat and cattle here and they despised democrats. with good reason, especially LBJ. Mom said he was a crook.I still will vote for the person on the R side, just hope i dont have to hold my nose. May God bless and hold the people of Joplin in His hands.

  • money gets votes

    I would not vote for him or Christy they are both FAKE conservatives–both support sharia law -and way. And CAP&TAX??? He knows nothing about the coal or oil, forget it. I do not see anyone that can beat obama–again we are stuck with scrip readers, and BSer’s. I want someone who can get rid of these communists in the white house and who are enjoying the power of America but hating Americans—-parasites!!! Our young and retiress need the jobs first–stand in line illegals just like they do in canada and austrailia–americans are first!!!!!

  • mcc

    #20 “wtd” should be fair: that first link is from an article posted in ’08 and the second link is from an article in ’09. Both read as if they were this year.

    I’m keeping an open mind about Pawlenty, but those former(?) positions don’t help.

  • wtd

    You’re right, MCC. I should have posted the dates. Nonetheless, Pawlenty appears to be a mixed bag . . .leaning RINO. So far, CAIN is the only true conservative throwing his hat in this race. Time will tell.

  • Pat the First

    Amjean commented:

    #7 is not correct.

    #6 is suspicious. Property taxes are assessed by counties, not the state.

  • Pat the First

    “CAIN is the only true conservative throwing his hat in this race.”

    It will be very hard for Cain to win the White House. His message on Fox on Sunday was poor at best. It will very difficult for him to win over the independents. Without the independents, 2012 goes to Obama.

  • Yawn!

  • MamaGrizzly

    Shut up M1. Fact is you look foolish. Can you share with us all your ideas about how to go forward?

    I don’t think the “white guys” can take back the WH by themselves. Sorry, but that’s how it plays out there. So “Multi-Culti” and all. We need a multi-culti ticket.

    So YES I KEEP THINKING ABOUT West or Cain for obvious reasons. If West isn’t ready, Cain seems to be. I agree Pawlenty is a RINO and Cain doesn’t have experience. He hasn’t been in politics and politics are a problem because it doesn’t work like business, but he would get a lot of experience as VP. Someone said he’s “Hinkey.” Don’t know about that.

    Both are better than Obama, though.

    Still, I don’t totally trust Pawlenty. But compared with 4 more of Obama. Definitely I would vote for him.

    No one here is into Romney, saying the same about him. He’s a RINO and can’t win. I don’t have a problem with Romney. They say Palin can’t win. They say NO ONE but Obama can win. Oh–except mayb the guy who was an Obama appointee in China. Yeah he’s just super . . . not.

    West, Jindahl, Cristie, Palin, etc. don’t want to run. What can we do?

    About Pawlenty’s geek factor. Maybe because he’s from Iowa?

  • Gary

    I think Bachmann has announced that she is running. So Cain isn’t the only conservative in the race.

    I guess a Perry/Ryan ticket would look good, but if you’re right about that, then Palin and Bachmann will both be out of luck for the next 16 years. So that’s not good. They are less squishy than what I think Ryan will ultimately turn out to be. (speculation on my part, of course)

    Agreed. We have got to stop jumping on the Cain and West bandwagons. This is so easy to attack from the Left. They just call the Republicans racist for putting a black candidate. There is no victory to be had. Cain won’t get the black vote from Obama. It just looks like a desperate move to copycat the Dems. Cain can wait another cycle or two. Besides I thought his “Free at last” thing sounded kind of lame and opportunistic.

  • MamaGrizzly

    Didn’t hear Cain’s latest.

    With two white candidates it will be white against black. Terms like “old guard” will be everywhere. GOP hoping to reinstate the status quo will be everywhere.

    With a black candidate they can say we’re copy cats. If the candidate was a good conservative it might be a good idea because we can talk about issues.

    Who knows at this point.

  • Ben

    Amjean is a liar.

    1. State under his leadership billions in red. — MN must constitutionally balance the budget every 2 years. It can’t be “billions in red”. It can’t borrow to fund operations. Amjean lies.

    Pawlenty has real problems, including #2. But #1 is just a lie.

    #6 is also false (and a Democrat talking point). It’s not Pawlenty’s fault when local governments overtax. They didn’t ask his permission to raise property taxes. He pushed for a cap on property tax increases.

    We should chose our candidates based on the truth, not based on lies and Democrat talking points.

    I might support Pawlenty. I’d rather have Rand Paul, or Rick Perry, or Michelle Bachmann though. Pawlenty isn’t my favorite.

  • Molon Lobe

    Oh what excitement! Here’s a guy who let Franken get elected due to massive voter fraud and he was incapable of putting an end to it. Am I supposed to be impressed with this imitation of Dole but lacking the wow factor?

  • Spider

    Not my favorite, but will pull the lever if nominated.

  • Old Fan

    Mr. Pawlenty is top notch, and sound center-right conservative Republican.

    Glad he is in the race, and it probably will end up being a battle between he and Mr. Romney.

    The fashion best get a sense of reality, for they may have to accept what they have so negatively stereotyped.

    Today’s fad in the conservative arena seems to come and go within minutes, no longer days.

    The same fan fare was actually hyping TRUMP, a lackluster Bloomberg con artist – a liberal/moderate player.

    Time to slow down, get a grip, and study the basis.

    We need a sound CEO with proven credentials, especially in terms of turning around economic failure. Pawlenty, Romney, Cain, (perhaps Christie), are fine offerings (even with some major mistakes and flaws).

    WE can, yes we can, easily beat the Disastrous Democratic Party – we just have to have substance, no Celebrity image-identity based weakness.

    We will get there, just let the over the top emotional sophistry go, and all will work out just fine.

  • mcc

    Have a look at this:

    Bill Kristol betting Ed Gillespie the one who’ll beat BO has yet to enter the race – or reenter…

    (I particularly loved seeing Mike Pence’s name on the list.)