Aide: Pawlenty Running For President

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will announce his bid for the GOP presidential nomination on Monday in Iowa, according to an aide.

The Associated Press said the adviser has direct knowledge of the plans and told them that Pawlenty will declare his candidacy at a town hall style event in Des Moines, Iowa.

The AP said the adviser told them the information on condition of anonymity.

Once he makes the announcement in Iowa — the state with the lead-off nominating caucuses — he will travel to Florida, New Hampshire, New York and Washington, D.C.

The bid has been expected and many believe that Pawlenty has been planning a 2012 presidential run for some time.

The two-term governor had a high-profile presence at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul and on the campaign trail for 2008 GOP presidential nominee, John McCain.

Since being passed over as McCain’s vice presidential nominee, he has worked to boost his national profile, appearing on numerous national news programs as well as a January appearance on ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ where he promoted his book “Courage to Stand.”

Pawlenty, 50, left the governor’s post in January, set up an exploratory committee in March and has built campaign operations in several key states, all while positioning himself as a Republican with a record of resisting increases in taxes and government spending.

Advisers acknowledge that Pawlenty must win or turn in a strong showing during next winter’s caucuses in the neighboring state of Iowa to have any chance of becoming the Republican who will challenge President Barack Obama, a Democrat, next November.

In the early stages of the campaign, he has struggled to raise his standing in polls or attract a niche constituency as Republicans with more star power — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and celebrity businessman Donald Trump — dangled themselves as possible candidates, only to opt out of bids.

Pawlenty has some big obstacles as he seeks the GOP nomination in a wide-open field.

He is not nearly as well known nationally as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and even libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul. And others with even bigger names — Sarah Palin — still may enter the fray. So too may a fellow Minnesotan, Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is a darling of the tea party and has indicated she’s likely to launch a campaign soon.

The low-key Pawlenty also is fighting an impression at least within the GOP establishment that he’s too bland to excite voters. He also has no personal wealth and isn’t uniquely aligned with any one Republican faction — like social conservatives or fiscal Republicans — as are other candidates.

But in a GOP field with no clear favorite, Pawlenty hopes that he can cobble together a winning coalition of voters by attracting a wide array of Republicans, from religious conservatives to tea party adherents to establishment figures. As he travels the country, he boasts of reining in state spending and blocking tax hikes during two terms as Minnesota’s governor, as well as stressing his working-class roots and evangelical Christian faith.

“I’m the only candidate in the field who can unite the whole Republican Party, not just one part of it, in a genuine and authentic way, and then go out an appeal to the whole country,” Pawlenty said this week before a fundraiser in Minnesota.

He points to his record in Minnesota as proof that he can have appeal across the ideological spectrum.

Pawlenty, who passed up an opportunity to run for a third term as governor to seek the presidency, won the governors’ office twice without a majority of the vote in races that included third-party candidates. During his tenure, Pawlenty had to contend with a Legislature that was partly or fully controlled by Democrats the eight years he was governor.

Minnesota’s divided government led to repeated legislative battles and a partial government shutdown one year. Pawlenty also frequently vetoed tax and spending bills, earning a reputation in the GOP as a fiscal conservative. He pleased social conservatives as well by signing new abortion restrictions and laws favored by pro-gun groups.

But some of his past actions also have drawn tea party skepticism.

Even some Republicans flinched when he used billions in federal stimulus dollars and once agreed to hike state cigarette charges to balance Minnesota’s budget. And Democrats pound him frequently over the $5 billion deficit his Minnesota successor is coping with for the upcoming state budget, although the state will turn a small surplus this summer when the last fiscal year under Pawlenty’s direct control ends.

Pawlenty’s former embrace of energy policies scorned by conservatives — such as a cap-and-trade system to limit emissions of greenhouse gases — have also been problematic. Pawlenty has disavowed his former stance and apologized for the “clunker” in his record.

Even so, it’s not his record that’s likely to be his biggest challenge. It’s being heard in a crowded field.

Part of the reason: unlike others, he typically shies from the caustic comments and headline-grabbing issues. It’s part of a strategy to come off as a serious-minded candidate in sober times. But his approach has also played into the characterization of him as dull.

Advisers hope that Pawlenty’s ability to connect with small crowds in diners and living rooms will help him win over skeptics in the places where he needs to shine — Iowa and New Hampshire, where voters demand their candidates engage in that type of retail politics. He’s somewhat of a natural at it. He’s good with small talk, often makes goofy poses in keepsake photos and sticks around to shake all hands, helping explain why he’s notoriously behind schedule.

In those settings, he discusses not just what he’d do for the country but also much about his personal story: his boyhood in a blue-collar household in a meatpacking town, his mother’s death of cancer in his teen years. As an adult, he went on to a white-collar job as a lawyer and set down a political path took him from a suburban city hall to a seat in the state Legislature to, eventually, the governor’s post.

“He is doing the soft sell and the soft sell works in the long run,” said Andy Brehm, a Republican strategist in Minnesota. “This is an entirely self-made guy. I don’t think you could ask for a better spokesman for the free market ideas. He’s worked himself up really from nothing.”

Pawlenty and his wife, Mary, a former judge. They have two teenage daughters, Anna and Mara.

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  • Ikmukute

    More bad news for America.

    • Mike

      Tim who?

  • Ben Horn

    How do you spell anticlimactic?

  • carlotta

    Breaking news? Hardly. Breaking wind, maybe.

  • No tea

    Ho hum…

  • Mary Ann

    Oh this would be a slap in the face. He sold our state, caused billions in debt. Think what he’ll do nationally.

  • Gracie


  • IWonderIF


  • James

    Iowa, really? Why not here? Oh, I know, it’s because all of the laughter here in MN would drown him out. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA another nut job craving power.

  • konjokris

    Big Hairy Deal. More embarrassment to the great state of Minnesota.

  • trl the alligator

    …this goof is an embarrasment and a mockery of Minnesota….he doesn’t stand a chance yet he’s doing this anyway……….he’s just a self serving pretentious fool who only wants to be able to say that “one day i ran for the Presidency”……same as Bachmann.

  • Harper

    He left Minnesota in billions of debt and state government in a terrible condition due to the machinations of his political appointees.

  • August Berkshire

    Why is this news? He’s been planning this for over a year. We can date it to when he started destroying the economy in Minnesota.

  • BeenThereDoneThat

    Remember we elected that idiot Franken to the Senate, and we can’t forget Jesse! I guess we will reap what we sow.

    • Job seeker

      At least Franken is doing his job not like the other 2 idiots Bachman and Pawlenty

      • malory

        Right, how has Franken failed us??

      • Debra

        seriously???? what has that drunk joke Franken done for anyone?????

        • Gary Lee

          Well, he has sponsored bills and voted on others. For example, he has sponsored bills for programs for returning veterans. You know, those guys we all say we support when they are overseas, and then cut off from medical care when they come home wounded. Franken has stood by them. Then again, they probably didn’t mentiion that on Fox News.

          • MNMom

            Guewss he didnt have any good ideas himself so he had to run on someone elses coat tails. Try to come up with an original idea and write your own bill!

          • MNMom

            GUESS. thought I should point that out before the spelling police show up!

  • Debbie

    T-paw has my vote! You people are just dumb liberals. he did not put our state in debt. welfare and lazy people who scam the system has put our state in debt and what does mark dayton want to do to fix it. raise taxes for people who work for a living to earn they’re own money and give it to the sleeze bags who don’t.

    • MikeD

      I agree Debbie, but I doubt he will get very far in the primaries.
      Oh, he also was our governor during the worst recession in decades! No one would’ve made the state money during those tough times… To quote Homer Simpson “Lousy Democrats!”

      • James

        um, Colorado balanced it’s budget. so that’s not entirely true.

      • Sharon E

        WOW!!! With the likes of Pawlenty, Bachmann, Palin, Limbaugh, Gingrich, and now Homer Simpson as representatives of what the GOP stands for, how can they lose? LOL….. On the serious side though, if I was held captive, tortured and forced to vote or show support for any of the above, Homer would be the man.

    • Carin

      “you people” – says a lot about you Debbie. I am sure you’ll be torn once Bachmann announces her candidacy.

    • v

      “they’re own money”. Hilarious. Calling liberals dumb, then following it up with a 2nd grade spelling error. Classic.

      • Debbie

        I couldn’t care less about my spelling error ,doesn’t get in the way of my common sense or my morals.

        • James

          bad spelling is immoral.

        • Shannon

          Or your ego. You must be one of those “compassionate conservatives”.

    • Steve

      He points to his record in Minnesota as proof that he can have appeal across the ideological spectrum. Sorry Deb, I am not a liberal. I am a conservative independent. Pawlenty couldn’t run a state much less a nation. He is a liar and a double talker. He said no new taxes and raised fee’s. Plenty of fee’s. If by some slime chance he gets on there ticket, I am my like minded friends will vote for Obama. Pawlenty is a looser and not qualified for any national office.

      • Aj Janssen

        You are correct sir!

    • James

      Could we have a conversation and leave out the negative adjectives? sheesh!

    • Chuck

      Go get ’em Debbie!!!

      Thanks for stepping up against some of these whiners…

      taking shots at T-Paw that are not justified…

      I am not saying he should or will win, but he did a decent job for MN!

      • Aj Janssen

        your moronic too

    • Barry N. Peterson

      I’m one of those sleaze bags, baby. I grew up in a wealthy family, my friend’s family business is valued at $36 Billion in South America, and I have medical problems that were transmitted genetically. I’ve volunteered in my schools and in the broader community, and in Europe and Central America., baby.

      You appeal to me as a blind hick who has no notion of the real world. Probably a suburbanite whose daddy bought you a car for graduation. My parents thought better of us and supported us with morale and guidance, and not with money to make a point that not all rich kids will panhandle their parents.

      I speak four languages and have gone to school in three nations, with significant leisure travel over the course of four months while away from school in Europe. My depression didn’t affect me until I was in my late twenties and early thirties. I dealt with death threats physical abuse from two other students, and was ignored by University of Minnesota cops, baby.

      Do you wonder if I use the term “baby” frequently. I don’t. Only for louses like yourself with some mediocre sense of supremacy. Take a shower and get a life.

      • Not2impressed

        Hey “Baby” – Talk about a display of a mediocre sense of supremacy. The only part you left out is where during your inflated discourse we are all expected to genuflect and kiss your feet.

    • Aj Janssen

      your not very smart are you.

  • Murph

    He’s been running away from his court conviction since January of 2010! He hopes all these reporters who stupidly say is is a viable candidate keep his dirty past a secret! Keep posting the truth people,Timmy the ghoul mst be stopped in his tracks!

    • Chris

      Murph… we thought that we were lucky enough to avoid hearing from you… guess not. Save your breath (again) …

      • Murph

        Chris ,I take it your parents or grandparents are extremely healthy,have all the money in the world and can pay big$ if THEIR doctor orders food supplements for them.It was Pawlenty who decided others could just go ahead and die before he would ok such an extravagance as food for the Mn vulnerable,endangered and poorest citizens.You are either uninformed or deformed by republicanism.Don’t spar with the truth! Go to FOX with your gibberish praise for a ghoulish politician! Death Panel Timmy! I will run his sorry ash tray into the ground until he quits!

  • Don_J

    …getting tight in the GOP clown car.

    • Vanetta


  • josh

    Pawlenty would have my vote also. He did so much good for Minnesota and those who say he put us in debt read the article again. We will have a surplus for the final quarter he was in direct control of. I heard that months ago when he was in office we would have that surplus only 1 way to goof it up was to start spending it which Pawlenty did not do he gave it to the next governor and guess what he has done that. Remember Dayton won’t start talking about budget until they come closer together at least Pawlenty went in there and said get it done and worked with lawmakers to accomplish it. LET GO PAWLENTY FOR PRESIDENT.

    • debbie

      Agreed Josh!

      • Iconoclast

        Read my reply below Debbie. You and Josh are just believing what you want to believe. I understand, the Repubs are notorious for tugging at your gut instead of your head. It’s an old but effective trick. At some point you have to grow up though and see how you are being manipulated.

        • Chuck

          Icononobody… what kind of general babble was that? Just going with BS that cannot be supported? Don’t try to give Debbie the guilt trip over nothing… as you are just blowing smoke!

      • Jill

        rotflmao You agree with Josh and you two are the only ones who like Pawlenty with all the current posts. Love it. That is about the same percent of people who will vote for him if he runs for national office. Once they look at his record and see he is full of sh it they will vote for a good canidate. Not fee’s Pawlenty

      • Barry N. Peterson

        Debbie is a blind cheerleader for a bunch of ne–re–do-wells who think that by cutting employees from government will be good for the state. Unlikely. This track we’re on shows little statesmanship and no real long-term thinking. Raise taxes on the 2%. Those that manage their money well will continue to have surpluses for investments, outings, and philanthropy. Those pretending to be super-rich and without modesty will tank — exactly where they belong.

    • Sue

      You are so naive, Pawlenty didn’t work with lawmakers or said get it done, he used his mighty power and slashed it himself because no one else went along with him and then it went to the courts and they said he abused his authority and didn’t have the power to eliminate things by himself so that is why we still have a 5 billion deficit and he said oh well I’m leaving anyways to run for president. Scrum bag.

    • Iconoclast

      Just because you want to believe something does not make it true. T-Paw balanced the budget by using accounting tricks and the questionable practice of unallotment. Property taxes also skyrocketed under T-Paw. It’s like I took over your finances, told your mortgage lender you would pay twice as much next month, stopped paying for routine maintenance then smiled and told you -“Look how much money I saved you”. Then I leave and make fun of the next guy when he has to ask you for more money to fix what I didn’t deal with. Get your head out of the GOP propaganda zone Josh.

      • dan

        Property Taxes skyrocketed? You must live in a different state than I do. I live in Wright county and I did not see my State portion of Property tax increase by more than 10% over the period Pawlenty was in office. I am comparing the actual taxable value vs amount owed.

        • Gary Lee

          Dan, it might be true the state portion of your property tax did not rise. T-Paw didn’t raise the state portion, he just pushed a bunch of the bills over to your county government, leaving them with the choice of cutting services or raising your county property taxes. That way he doesn’t take the heat for cutting services, and he doesn’t take the heat for raising your taxes, while somehow getting credit for balancing the budget. Sort of like if you gave all the household bills to your wife and then said now that you had balanced your budget it was her problem to deal with her bills.

          • dan

            That part is wrong also Gary Lee,

            The Township portion did not increase only the school referendums that we voted on. soory, but the skyrocketing comment is a bit outlandish to say the least.

    • Chris

      Agreed again, Josh!

  • B-Rabbit

    Good luck “FEE” boy!

  • BeenThereDoneThat

    The only clown I can think of it the current POTUS. Out only true ally in the middle east and he shoves them under the bus. I can never understand where his mind is, or who is givng him advice…

  • Breaking What

    Everything to CCO is breaking news these days. Its called click bait. They also do this on tv with 10 second breaking news bait to watch their news. Stories that would never be breaking news 5 years ago.

    • solly

      Very true. Also, all newscasters, local or national, only have to be reasonably attractive and able to read a teleprompter to have jobs. Many errors are made by local reporters, including those at CCO. Example is Cindy B on evening news pronouncing city of Braham as BRA ham rather than Bray am.

  • Gregg A. Iverson

    Total junk JOSH
    August he could give you a religious moment

  • lefty

    good the more morons from the repubikin side that say they want to run the better not one of these idiots could lead this country they can’t even lead a horse to water

  • Patrick

    Not gonna happen T-Paw. Your two bit republican weasel act with zero charisma and an occasional fake southern accent is gonna go nowhere. You took one of the best states in the nation and pointed it directly toward mediocrity. You won’t get a chance to do it to the nation. We saw it before with Bush and the fact remains you aren’t a good enough politician to play nationally. I can’t wait to see your endless ambition come face to face with reality.

  • Jake

    Those who do not support his politics will oppose him. Even so, he’s bright, reasonably articulate, and serves well in the brutal spotlight of politics. He would be a good president.

    I am pretty confident the people who use these opportunities to slam Pawlenty, Franken, etc. have never sought any office of any kind. It’s an amazingly difficult enterprise. The minute you put yourself out there, about 50% of the public feels compelled to tell you you are corrupt, unintelligent, evil, etc.

    It’s part of being in a democracy, and people who run are well aware of those conditions, but I can’t help but think the punishment we mete out on those who serve tends to diminish the pool of quality people willing to serve. So, for anyone who levels personal attacks and name-calling at our candidates, as opposed to respectable debate about policy and differences in governing philosophy, you should accept your role in creating what you find to be an unsatisfying list of candidates.

    • Paul

      Your smoking some weird sh it

  • mind control

    tim,your a moron and dont have a chance,,,,repent for your deads in minnesota..your for torture,,your so far from being a good man of God…..christains dont torture……fact……repent for your evil mind…

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