Pawlenty Says ‘I’m Running;’ Campaign Downplays It

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be running for president, but he’s not ready to be official about it.

Pawlenty moved quickly Tuesday to knock down a CNN story that appeared to show him officially entering the race.

During an airing of Piers Morgan Tonight, taped earlier in the day, the talk show host remarked on Pawlenty’s low standing in early polls. He asked if Pawlenty would consider being real estate tycoon Donald Trump’s No. 2 on a ticket. The former governor laughed and responded, “I’m running for president.”

Later in the interview, Morgan asked Pawlenty to clarify if that was an official announcement.

“I’ve got an exploratory committee up and running and we’ll have a final or full announcement on that in the coming weeks,” said Pawlenty, who formed an exploratory committee last month. “It won’t be too much longer. But everything is headed in that direction.”

After the show aired, Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant took issue with the way in which CNN promoted the interview throughout the afternoon and in Morgan’s online blog. That blog included a video clip of the portion of the interview. It was listed under the headline, “Tim Pawlenty says ‘I’m running for President’ and comments on Trump as possible opponent.”

“We asked CNN to release the full transcript after they reported the full quote out of context, and they refused,” Conant said. “We have expressed our displeasure with them. The full transcript clearly shows the governor did not make a final decision and will make a decision in coming weeks.”

Conant said a formal announcement by Pawlenty about running for president would come later this spring.

Later, Morgan posted on Twitter that Pawlenty had “clarified” his statement about running for president and included the quote from later in the interview.

The host’s representative, Meghan McPartland, released this email statement to The Associated Press Tuesday night: “The quotes and video we released were not taken out of context, and we made it clear from the beginning that Pawlenty said he would make it official in the near future.”

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  • John Q Public

    Run away, Very far away.

  • Disgusted

    Hey Timmy,

    You fricked up Minnesota, you might as well frick up the whole country!!

    • Lisa

      Wow do not think it was Tim. Your a liberal and how has Obama been working for you??

  • Here!

    What i think is funny is that you just say Repub and the zombies come out of the wood work, only to call names and spew lies and half-truths. I am not a TPaw supporter!!!! You people are not helping your cause you just sound like a bunch of no nothing Inbreds!

  • Steve

    Being a conservative independent voter from Minnesota I would vote for anyone but Pawlenty. That includes Obama. I wouldn’t vote for him to be a small town mayor. What a joke

  • Ugly Billy says

    T-Paw – they need help in Libya, a new government altogether. Head there, run them into the ground too and ship me the oil eh!

    T-Paw for ………. NADA

    • Rusty Shackelford

      F the rebels in Libya. You only wish you had thier courage you liberals. But they are still criminals.

      • Lisa

        Hey you fighting for our country?? Probably not until you do you have nothing to say!!!!

    • lisa

      You need to read sometime cause the U.S. oil does not come from Libya! Libya oi majorityl goes to Europe. Not the U.S!! Wow no wonder we have a democrat Pres! cause of uneducated people like you!

  • rcam

    Timmy will look pretty bad when he can’t win his home state.

    • Lisa

      Of course he won’t win his home state! Majority in Minnesota are liberal!! Not sure that is helping you at all!!!

      • Sick of this stuff

        He won’t win MN because he robbed Peter to pay Paul, had NO idea how to lead our House and Senate to balance a budget and definately did not leave MN a better place than he found it. Get your head out of the sand and quit playing parties. That’s what’s wrong with our system, no one knows how to work together to learn to live within our means and set up a fair and workable tax system.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    I hope you read this Tim. You are not nearly far enough to the right to shut these cowardly Liberals down. So we both dislike you. I am afraid it is over.

  • Pam Nevers

    Who would want you Pawlenty after leaving Minnesota in the biggest debt they’ve ever seen? You and Michelle Bachmann are no way going to get the votes from Minnesota. I don’t like you or her and never did! Give it up passo!

  • Dorkus McGorkus

    What a dork.

  • Randy

    Tim, Take a hint. Give it up. No one would vote for you.

    • Rusty Shackelford

      Let’s not kid ourselves though. Voting Democrat will be disaster.

      • Amanda

        and what is the options???? Pawlenty? Bachmann? Palin? Trump? Pleeeeeaseeee let’s get real in here

  • Elroy

    This republican would vote for Obama if Pawlenty was the nominated.

    • Lisa

      Your dumb with a statement like that! Your not even close to being a republican if your saying you would vote for Obama!! It is very apparent your showing your Ignorance!! Have fun with trying to conviince yourself of being of republican!!

  • Mike

    And really, who the f**k, wants a President with the last name of Pawlenty? Paw-lenty…. Puh-lenty (yuk) Puh-lease. What a nasty-*ss last name. “And now.. the President of the United States…. President Pawlenty”

    Horrid. Simply horrid. FAIL

    • -g

      way to judge a book by its cover. d-bag

  • Lisa

    Funny you liberals!! What has Obama done for you?? Nothing!! Tim Pawlenty for president is way better than Obama! Oh by the way liberals, Mark Dayton supports the Vikings getting a Stadium! LMAO. The state would be nothing without our sports! Oh by the way Tim Pawlenty if Donald Trump is running for president, I will vote for him over you. He loves the United States A lot more than you. You ‘Tim want to d more business in China’!

    • Mike

      Lisz-President Obama was good enough to preventing a Republican from taking the office and that is good enough for a majority of the population.

      • Lisa

        Oh really give me a break. You think that Obama was voted in because of the majority or his experience( what expericene?)? Hmm I’m thinking he was voted by minorities and women! Hmm I am a women and I am thankful I didn’t vote for him as he has done nothing for both!! Thanks for your response.

        • Worker bee

          Lisa, do you work for a tea party prince? Obama passed a health care law that is imperfect, sure, but it is better than what we had before where people were kept from health care coverage for preexisting conditions, or kicked off once they were really sick. Sure the country’s in debt, but that was largely caused by “W” who inherited a surplus from Clinton and then promptly went on a wild spending spree as well as tax cuts for the rich. I would have preferred Hillary Clinton to Obama because we get Bill back when we elect Hillary. But, the worst Democrat is better than the best Republican!!!!! At least historically under Democrats the stock market does better. Now, I’m going to sit back and wait for all you bloggers to start foaming at the mouth over this post.

    • I wonder?

      So you say that Obama is doing nothing…can you please tell me what Pawlenty did for us and how he would be a good leader nationally when he couldn’t lead a state?

  • Don't like him

    I’m just flat out not going to vote for him.

  • Patriot

    Hmmmm, President Paw-len-ty. President Huck-a-bee. How does that fare against names like Washington, Jefferson, Adams. And Speaker of the House Bone-er. Love those names! History judges.

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