ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday definitively ruled out a 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate after ending his Republican bid for the White House a few days ago.

Some Republicans, including state GOP chairman Tony Sutton, were hoping Pawlenty would get right back into the ring and take on freshman Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar next year.

“I don’t know what I will be doing next,” Pawlenty said in an email to The Associated Press. “However, I will not be running against Amy in 2012.”

While still a presidential candidate last week, Pawlenty told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis he didn’t have interest in the Klobuchar race. But Republicans saw a renewed chance to recruit him after he left the presidential race Sunday.

Pawlenty, 50, ended his campaign after finishing third in an Iowa Republican straw poll. He had spent many months and millions building his campaign following two terms as Minnesota governor.

Sutton said Monday he planned to give Pawlenty time to decompress before making his Senate pitch.

“I think he’d be a heck of a candidate for U.S. Senate,” Sutton said.

Republican leaders are trying to build a field of possible rivals to Klobuchar, who has strong public approval ratings and more than $3 million stocked up so far.

Former state Rep. Dan Severson is the only Republican to step forward. He was the party’s unsuccessful nominee for secretary of state in 2010.

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Comments (13)
  1. Marcus B says:

    A recent poll shows the tea party as less popular than Muslims. Haha.

  2. Kevin says:

    I have an idea.
    New way.

    1. Money can’t buy a seat.
    2. 4 or 5 televised debates are the only campaigning allowed.
    3. The public sends in the questions.

  3. Murph says:

    Pawlenty is NO! for anything.Get a job Timmy boy! A real job,not sucking up to big shots for your money.Try paying your taxes/fees on a regular salary!

  4. GOPSUX says:

    I wish he would run for Senate, Against Klobuchar he would lose about 90% to 10%, and the 10% would be sacksuck votes. He is a career politician who can only make a living on the public teat.

  5. What a loser says:

    He won’t run because he knows he doesn’t have a chance in h_ll of winning against her and when he got defeated that means he lost two races by two different women which would totally crush his ego and he would never recover. I don’t know if he will even recover from losing to Bachmann who celebrated Elvis’s birthday on the day he died, and she wants to become President.

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      “DITTO”! LMAO!

      T-Pawl still his J.D. and MN Bar credentials. Maybe, he might find an attorney’s job and hopefully redemption helping all those folks he set to the Poorville with his gubernatorial politics. Hope he sees the light of redemption before he runs for office again.

    2. meow says:

      I hope someday soon that the Bachmann’s are just a really really bad memory. They both are beyond ridiculous, bigoted, discriminatory, religious wack-jobs. She rarely ever answers a question directly and looks like a Stepford Wife all cracked out on her megalomaniac thoughts of sitting in the White House rubbing that big red shiny NUKE button. (shudder)

  6. Babs says:

    How long does a senator have to be in office before the are no longer freshmen?
    Amy is a 2nd term senator!
    Someone should check the APs facts before posting.

    1. jimmy says:

      Amy is in her first term and is the senior Senator from the state of Minnesota.

    2. Paul Solinger says:

      Babs should check her facts. Amy is a one-term senator, thus a Freshman.

  7. Mike says:

    Pawlenty should crawl under a rock until he gets over the disgrace and failure of losing to the extremist nut job, Bachmann.

  8. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    More of that great “Minnesota nice” shining through this am. Nice to see that the best that Minnesota can offer is slander and insults. Way to make us look good internationally folks, you are doing your state proud.

    1. I'm just sayin says:

      Thank you for the compliment.

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