MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty answered his successor’s sharp criticism over the state’s fiscal shape during an appearance on national television Thursday.

Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show, the likely Republican presidential candidate responded to Democrat Mark Dayton’s remarks during his first State of the State speech as Minnesota governor. Dayton said he inherited a “horrendous fiscal mess” from Pawlenty.

Pawlenty said Thursday the state’s $6.2 billion deficit isn’t unusual; that in fact 49 of 50 states are running a deficit caused by the “worst economic collapse since World War II.

Asked what might stop him for running for president, Pawlenty joked it would only be his wife. Then he went on to say his family is supportive of any decision, but that a run for president creates a burden on the candidate’s family. Pawlenty says he expects to make a final decision in a month or so.

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Comments (12)
  1. lib says:

    Mr. Pawlenty is a very good politician, before being Governor, he was rated “C” by conservatives. He knows how to make a deal with lawmakers. Hence the budget shhortfall, but it certainlly could be worse. He would not be my vote for Pres as i am a conservative, and am tired of the “deals” to get things done, as a nation we can’t afford it.

  2. Tom says:

    Bad joke but only a joke that conservatives would love and probably not the farthest thing from truth in his case!


    I forgot about that comment until you brought it up. But that comment probably wasn’t far from the truth either. That is how conservatives think in reality.

  3. Ralph says:

    A lack of money will also prevent him from running

  4. Fred says:

    If it would have been 48 other than us states you would have something to run on Governor.

  5. boris K says:

    OHHH Please Mrs Pawlenty please DO NOT LET YOUR HUSBAND RUN!! If that what it takes we should pled that she talks him out of wasting a ton of money and our time…..please tell him not to run!

  6. GoodRiddanceTimmy says:

    I would think the fact that nobody outside of Minnesota knows who the heck he is may stop him from running…

  7. MJS says:

    He doesn’t have the charisma to pull off a run for the Presidency. Like him or not, he’d get eaten alive in Washington. He’s a boyscout, and I say that in the kindest way possible….

  8. Worried says:

    He’s a John McCain retread. If Pawlenty made president there would be more wars and more police state. He’s a NEO CON and we don’t want anymore NEO CONS like McCain or Bush

  9. Rob Wagner says:

    I hope he runs and I hope he wins. Did a great job. Wait and see what this idiot does.

  10. marius says:

    Pawlenty is a psychopathic empty suit, dangerously willing to do or say anything for power. His 8 years of power in Minnesota have been a disaster.

  11. shelagh connolly says:

    Let him run, and everyday let us remind the world of the blood on his hands, starting with the cronyism that led him to appoint his Molnau (sp?) as head of MNDOT and the subsequent 35w bridge collapse. May God rest their souls, and may Pawlenty’s god have mercy on him. And may God protect us from this monster

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