No More Mr. Nice Former Governor?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We’ve all heard of Minnesota Nice — but it seems former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is trying to shake that image.

He had some strong words for President Obama while making an appearance on Fox News Monday morning, which isn’t really like him.

The last time politicos were talking about a Minnesotan in Iowa testing the presidential waters, it was Michele Bachmann. But Pawlenty is also in Iowa this week on a book tour.

On “Fox and Friends” Monday morning, Pawlenty seemed to be ramping up his tough guy talk about Obama, calling him “chicken.”

“He’s got all this soaring rhetoric, but the fact of the matter is he’s too chicken to address the real issues,” said Pawlenty.

Pawlenty also said the American voters aren’t ninnies and called the president “chicken” a second time today on Fox News.

Pawlenty is not known for this kind of trash talk and that’s one big criticism this potential presidential candidate has heard — that he’s “too nice.”

Click here to check out the entire interview from “Fox and Friends.”

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  • dunnski57

    Timmy always portrayed himself as a boy scout, but to those who dealt with him in the legislature he was always a Crip or a Blood – ready to stab you in the back if he could advance himself at your expense. For those who claim they want real action instead of “some old, same old” – let this be a lesson in cutthroat, self serving politics – Pawlenty cares nothing for citizens – he cares only for himself and his own ego.

  • Ralph

    Pawlenty is the chicken. He ran away when the state was in a 6 billion dollar hole he created. A real chicken is more concerned about his own good, then the good of others. Gov Tim fits that bill.

    • John

      Mr. Pawlenty left our state to try and go fix the 10 trillion dollar hole that sad excuse for a president got us in.

      Pawlenty 2012

      • helper

        Boy you’re obviously a misinformed moron. Pawlenty will fade into the twilight just like all those racist tea-baggers…

        Obama 2012. It’s almost a sealed deal now…

      • Little Tin God

        You obviously mean George W. Bush.

      • jeff

        You mean Bush right? Funny how Obama gets credit for something that happened before he was elected.

  • tst



      That’s right; Pawlenty is a mean self absorbed idiot who got Minnesota into debt. Please don’t let him be President. After all the Bush years Pawleny getting in will be the ruination of our nation.

      • tst

        obama getting in was the ruination of our nation…. and considering Minnesota has one of the lowest debts in the country its not to bad considering we are in a depression and theres not a chance in hell obama will get us anywhere near back to normal the way he’s spending

  • WT?

    I’m sorry, but using the word “Ninny” doesn’t exactly make you out to be a tough guy. As for the first poster, can you imagine a Crip or a Blood saying– I’m not a Ninny?!?!?!

  • Chad1165


    Before you come on here and post some B.S that doesn’t make sense why don’t you go back and check your facts? Republicans are the reason this country, state, and economy is where we are today. Think about it. Before Obama we had a Republican president for 8 years. We had a Republican governor longer than that. And you want to blame Obama? Why don’t you go back to smoking your weed. It seems to be doing wonders for your brain.

    • Johne

      well if mr. bush were still president we would be long out of this recession… and mr. obama racked up just as much debt as bush did only thing is bush did it over 8 years obama did it in 2… and you can go check you facts. all you liberals have the same limited view on the world only looking in one direction and i don’t blame you for your facts being off because you probably watch cnn…

  • Hugh

    Good riddance. All he did was shift the tax burden from the state to local governments. You may or may not agree with this policy. However, he should not proclaim that on his watch taxes did not increase. If someone with half a brain questions him about his record, the full truth will be known. Bullheadedness is not an admirable political trait. It was his way or the highway. Mark Dayton is a much more reasonable and sensible person. Good luck Tim, your record is not on your side.

  • Pavel

    Pawlenty and George W. Bush…a nice team!

  • Weezy

    Minnesota has sent Wisconsin a $58.7 million bill for back taxes.
    That’s the amount Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says his state is owned by Wisconsin stemming from an old tax-reciprocity agreement.
    Under the agreement, taxpayers who lived in one state but worked in the other could file a single income-tax return. The agreement called for the states to reimburse each other, but Wisconsin always ended up owing Minnesota because more Wisconsin residents used the arrangement.
    Minnesota officials confirmed a letter was sent Friday to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Dayton’s letter asks that the debt be paid “in the very near future.”
    When asked to comment, Walker press secretary Cullen Werwie said, “Governor Walker is working with Secretary Chandler to review all of the options available for payment to Minnesota for tax reciprocity.”

  • Weezy

    I have to believe that this could have been avoided had it been taken care of right away. Unless there was another agenda, and whose agenda do you think it was?

  • Murph

    Pawlenty could not even defeat poor,old sick and disabled Minnesotans.Although he even went so far as to violate the MN Constitution a district court conviction that he fails to explain in his many publicity tours! Wailed about non existant death panels and then took away doctor ordered food supplements for endangered adults and children.He is perhaps the single most shameful example of self service in Minnesota gubenatorial history! How many Presidents of the U.S. were ever elected with a district court conviction on their record? He’s a ninny alright!

  • Diane Pearce Loves Barack Obama

    Just wanted to say that I am eployed at a big Pharmaceutical corporation in Clayton NC and I support Barack Obama with all my heart. I would love for all my friends and colleagues to re-elect Obama in 2012!! I LOVE YOU OBAMA

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