ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is passing on the chance to criticize Republican predecessor Tim Pawlenty, who is expected to announce a run for president in Iowa on Monday.

Asked about Pawlenty Friday, Dayton said only that anyone who wants to run for president has “a perfect right to do so.”

Dayton is the state’s first Democratic governor in 20 years.

He has blamed the state’s budget problems in part on Pawlenty, saying earlier this year that he inherited a “horrendous fiscal mess” from his predecessor.
Minnesota’s budget is running $5 billion short over the next two years.

Dayton and the state’s first entirely GOP-controlled Legislature in 38 years are deadlocked over taxes and spending. The stalemate threatens to push the legislative session into overtime and toward a possible government shutdown.

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Comments (30)
  1. jimmy says:

    Unlike the GOP Dayton shows class.

  2. sam says:

    the headline is written as if we were all expecting Dayton to critize it.

  3. Murph says:

    Dems leave all the goofy criticism to the GOP. It’s done so well for their 2012 POTUS candidates that if the Dems just let them flap their lips,stamp their feet and destroy the little people in the process. Obama will be a lock for a second term! There are no classy republicans in the race,just a bunch of stinking trash!

  4. Paul says:

    This is how bad politics are. It is now a news headline when someone DOESN’T criticize another person.

  5. Carl says:

    Dayton doesn’t have to criticize Pawlenty. There are plenty of us Independent conservatives from Minnesota who will mount the criticism. Pawlenty is and was a joke. A double talking Joke. Mr Fee’s

  6. Jack Hoff says:

    He may not criticize, but I will.

  7. AK47 says:

    In ’06, Dayton was rated by Time magazine as one of America’s “Five Worst Senators”, which also labeled him “The Blunderer” for such “erratic behavior” as his temporary closure of his office in 2004, his complaints about “limited power in a chamber where authority derives from seniority”, and in February 2005 that the Mayo Clinic in Rochester was “worth a hell of a lot more than the whole state of South Dakota” – Now that’s the essence of class…and both parties are just as guilty of it.

    1. Citizen says:

      I think the Mayo Clinic IS WORTH more than the whole state of South Dakota. People come from all over the world for its truly wonderful medical staff and caring atmosphere. South Dakota is a great state, but it isn’t the physican to the world that Mayo is. We Minnesotans are lucky we don’t have to travel far for Mayo’s first class medicine. Dayton is a classy human being who has admitted his mistakes and is trying to live his life for the better. Humility is supposed to be a virtue. I’d take Mark Dayton as a person any day over some of the sanctimonious, self-aggrandizing, holier-than-thou conservatives who like to post on this website. To hear most of them tell it, they have all the answers and have never made a mistake in their lives and can certainly pass legislation to make the rest of us live lives as saintly as theirs are! You go, Mark! The rest of us can criticize the T-Paw for you.

    2. David J. Conklin says:

      Always dig for the past when you have nothing to offer in the present.

      1. T Party Sux says:

        So… pretty much what the Republicans did to Kerry and Obama?

  8. tom hasbrouck says:

    Pawlenty threw the state under the bus to pursue his own misguided ,selfish agenda. What a clueless loser.
    He left the state in shambles but he was in good standing with the extreme right. Thank God the idiot has no chance for his presidential aspirations.

  9. Citizen says:

    It would be nice if he would take all his campaign contributions to run for President and donate them to Minnesota to balance the budget that he left in such a disaster! Now, that would be a grand gesture.

  10. goodguy says:

    Tim tried to reign in spending. He felt institutions like the U of M didn’t need an annual 30% increase in funding. We are one of the highest taxed states in the nation. You get to the point where you need to get a grip on reality. We are in a mess because we have very high taxes and lost a bunch of revenues when we went into a recession. Tim is a pretty moderate republican. I am surprised the dems have so much hatred for him. I think he would make a good president.

    1. Jack says:

      Well said. I didn’t agree with everything Pawlenty did, but he did his level best to curb spending and cut back whenever (and wherever) possible. That’s something dems don’t get and seem incapable of. Dems want everything taxed and spend like the economy and private citizens are all wealthy and money problems don’t exist.

    2. Steve says:

      Well I am not a Democrat Nor am I a Republican. I am a Conservative Independent who happens to think Pawlenty is a double talking liar. He was not a good governor and would not make a viable canidate for a higher national office.

  11. Jack says:

    That’s the first decision Dayton made that I respect him for. I don’t like the decisions he’s made so far but, because of his maturity in this matter, I’m willing to give him (and his agenda) a little more time before I speak against his governorship.

    As for others who think the GOP do all the criticizing… think again. The Dems couldn’t stop whining and criticizing during Pawlenty or Bush’s time in office. I’m NEITHER a Dem or Rep, for the record. My point is that BOTH parties EQUALLY do their own mudslinging, criticizing and bullying.

    1. Andy says:

      Here Here Jack, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Unfortunately both parties have created a system, fueled by the media, that puts themselves up against each other.

    2. danoj says:

      Jack, you’re an idiot. I’m a Conservtive and I can even admit or party has gone to hell. We criticize constantly. I knew it would bite us. Obama go elected, Dayton got elected. The country is sick of smear politics – which the Republican Party is the leader in.

  12. lisa says:

    Tim “The Tool” Pawlenty’s poor record speaks for itself.

  13. jobry monk says:

    Tell Tim pawlnty what ever his name is . He will not near nomination nor to get a vote, He only know for himself. He just a basket mouth .

  14. T-Rav says:

    HOW? how has Pawlenty threw us under the bus? Your doing exactly what everyone did about the recession and blamed it on Bush, which I can’t even begin typing about all the reasons its not his fault in this little box. If Bush were still president we would be 2 years out of this recession but instead its going to take us a little over 1 year to get obama out of office and get someone like pawlenty into office then we’ll have another 1 to 2 years to fix everything! And for anyone who says Obama has 2012 locked in is high, there is not a chance in hell he’ll get elected. He hasn’t done one thing right since he got elected, the only good thing he did was captured oba.. i mean osama, and that was only because that was one of the Bush Policies he didn’t get rid of, he just kept them going.. if it wasn’t for Bush’s plan Obama would have never been able to catch him,

    1. danoj says:

      So that surplus Pawlenty inherited and destrpyed over his years in office…I suppose that’s Dayton’s fault too?
      Keep drinking the Kool-Aid…

    2. Zed says:

      If Dumbya was still president we would all living in the streets by now…

    3. shirley says:

      T-Rav,where the hell have you been ? The radical republican’s have always been for tax breaks for the rich,,,cause they bring jobs in (you know the jobs they sent overseas) and President Clinton left a surplus when he left office and the bush’s left us a big debt.President Obama inherited a big mess when he took office. Listen to the radical repub’s all they talk about is taking away meicare, medicade, soc. sec. and your rights to negotiate a respectable wage, safety regulations and decent work ethics.COME ON, what part do you not understand??????

  15. Zed says:

    Pothole Pawlenty left our state in shambles…Our once heralded “Minnesota Quality Of Life” will now (probably forever) be a thing of the past. It will be a joyous event to watch this clown crash on the national stage.

    1. SCSU Fan says:

      Along with Bachmann. Our state has never looked worse.

  16. tom hasbrouck says:

    Tim Pawlenty a good president? What planet you living on?

  17. Alan says:

    All the Republican criss crossing the country with their entourages is great for the economy. Take from the rich and blow it. Then they criticize the Democrats for wanting to tax the rich and spend it. Irony.

  18. Kevin says:

    Will any media outlet please post a picture that shows Mr. Google eyes not apearting to be going dod doo in his depends? I mean really come on now!

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