Presidential Hopeful Pawlenty Criticizes Obama

CLEVELAND (AP) — Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is planning to give a keynote address during a visit to northeast Ohio, a highly contested swing state in presidential politics.

Pawlenty is expected to talk about the economy Wednesday at an event hosted by the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County in Cleveland. The former Minnesota governor formally announced last week that he was forming an exploratory committee for a 2012 White House bid.

The announcement almost certainly will lead to a full-blown candidacy for the GOP nomination in a field that has been slow to form. The winner would face the daunting task of trying to unseat an incumbent president.

Pawlenty, a conservative Republican who ran a Democratic-leaning state for two terms, has moved toward a national campaign since announcing in 2009 that he wouldn’t seek a third term.

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  1. Hmmmm says:

    This guy should stop. He is annoying and he hurt MN.

  2. barry says:

    Pawlenty should run on a ticket, that says, let me do for the United States, what I did for Minnesota……………He is a Joke. Between him and Bachman, the rest of the country is going to wonder what the hell is in the water in Minnesota.

    1. ask4j says:

      Barry–I’m with you on this–“what is in the water” is lots and lots of political right wing money that is supporting right wing elitist interests–it started in the ’70’s and Reagan was the first big shot of destroying our world while the middleclass/wage earners were pacified with good incomes, TV, sports, cheap travel, great food and unlimited consumers products we couldn’t live without, we didn’t see what was coming…..and now we have powlenty running for president and unfortunately he does have a chance because big money is behind him.

    2. Whatever Barry says:

      oh, and you forgot our two biggest prizes as far as public embarassments: Jesse Ventura and Al Franken

    3. Hmmmm says:

      I agree with you barry. Love how he says he didnt raise taxes.. only fees and making the local government raise taxes in order to meet their needs. He is a joke.

  3. Constitution Bound says:

    Americans will not consider any candidate who will not honor our Constitution. Preisdential Candidates must Meet the Eligibility Requirements “Article II, Section 1, Clause 5”, which requires that a Candidate must be born to parentS who are
    American Citizens at the time of birth. Governor Jindal was born to citizens of India. Obama was born to a Kenyan father, was never an American citizen. Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to run for president. He is a citizen, and was eligible for Governor, but not president. Republicans had committee hearings trying to change the “Natural Born Citizen” requirement, but could’nt get the backing to pass the Amendment to the Constitution. Being born in Hawaii or Texas may make you a citizen, but it does not make you a “Natural Born Citizen”.
    Pawlenty was on Hannity last night. Why is Pawlenty covering for Obama.

    1. Swamp Fox says:

      I can’t wait to see how true-blooded old school Ohio Republicans react to T-Paul’s brand of ersatz milquetoast Republican/Tea Party political concepts? This will be fun to see. Also, I hope, Gov. Pawlenty should receive an uproarious reception from the Dennis Kucinich followers. His handling of MN’s state budget should get a rousing response from Cleveland’s unemployed and disadvantaged.

      Old school traditional Republicans do have a decent political record in Ohio. The governor is going to have to change his MN brand of Republican virtues. Oh, well, good folks will see he left MN in a mess and will act accordingly. It’s hard running for President with your home state in an economic and political mess.

  4. Earthman2020 says:

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/16/pawlenty-southern-drawl/

    Pawlenty is a phony. He is exactly what our country doesn’t need.

  5. donjuan says:

    Pawlenty did nothing for minorities and will not get the black vote hes a lazy slob

  6. Arlin Carlson says:

    T-Paw’s callingcardis that he didn’t raise taxes, which of course isn’t true. The Minnesota Twins, owned by Carl Pohalnd a billionaire who laterdied, wanted a new stadium, and withenough cashand effort got it. They changed state law requiring refernedums, so the project didn’t have to face the voters. Pawlenty who had campaigned for years IN FAVOR of reredums -“letting the people decide” as the put it, signed thelaw extempting this project. The result was-the public whose polls showed a 60% disproval of the staium, now have to pay a sales tax to finance thenew ball partk.
    Pwelentyatthe same time cut 30,000 people who were unemployed single people fromhealth insurace acess during id term as Governor.. He bails out millionar baseball players, and cut the health of those in need.

  7. CHARLIE BROWN says:

    I DON’T WANT HIM TO DO ANY MORE HARM TO THE U.S. FINANCIALLY….LIKE HES DONE IN MINNESOTA!!!.. (WE GOT POKED!) ………HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT BUDGETS OF ANY KIND!!!!…………I HOPE HIS TRACK RECORD FROM MINNESOTA IS THE MONKEY ON HIS BACK ON HIS BID TO D.C.!!!…….I’M NOT A DEMO OR A REPUB……(I CAN SWING BOTH WAYS)….I JUST LIVE HERE AND DON’T LIKE WHAT HES DONE TO MINNESOTA!!………….FINANCIALLY!!!………

  8. JB says:

    He cut my pay and over 6000 jobs related in my field of work with his “policies” and cuts in Minnesota. He has the number 666 branded on his head. Don’t listen to him. I don’t even know why this man is still in politics!!!
    Heed the warning of other Minnesotans~

  9. Murph says:

    Pawlenty has been saying all the right things for the southern red neck voters,super rich and big business.When a politician such as he is starts saying they were touched by God,as has done.It’s time to put on your hip boots and hold your nose! The only thing these crackers have been touched by is big money.When they start sacrificing the old, weak and defenseless of our country.As these jokers have.It is time to unwrap that oil stained package under your tree and see what’s really in it!!

  10. don says:

    pawlenty is a racist that does not care about hispanics

  11. Worker bee says:

    Why does Pawlenty keep getting press coverage? Why does Bachman keep getting press coverage? Could it be that the rich and powerful and large corporations find them CONTROLLABLE?! They will only do what their handlers tell them to. Puppets! Follow the money….Americans should be very afraid of these two and the Tea Party. A leader and country can be judged by how they treat the old, young, defenseless, and helpless. The bell is tolling for America.

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