ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he might have stayed in the Republican presidential race longer had he known it would be this volatile.

Pawlenty reflected on his decision to drop out after his official state portrait was unveiled Monday night. He left the race in August after finishing third in the Iowa GOP’s straw poll in which he says he invested heavily.

Pawlenty says he would have persisted in the race “if I would have known then what I know now.” He says his campaign was in debt and lacked, in his words, “additional chips to see the next card in the hand.”

He has endorsed former rival Mitt Romney in the race. He says he is pursuing private-sector career options but won’t rule out a future political run.

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Comments (7)
  1. hesux says:

    Why won’t this turd go away and leave us in peace?

    1. Governor Pawlenty, You're The Man says:

      Thanks, Governor Pawlenty, for a fantastic Presidential run. We look forward with great anticipation to your future political ambitions.

      How about taking on Senator Amy Klobuchar? She is vulnerable and needs to be removed from office.

  2. Get out of the state says:

    The only reason the sob teamed up with Romney is he thinks he has a position in the adminstration if Romney wins. What a pos. Tim just move to Iowa. We don’t want you here.

  3. Bullwinkle says:

    Can anyone tell me the difference between Romney, Pawlenty,Perry or Cain? There is no differnece. You can shuffle them around like pixie stix and you’d get the same flavor. The only republican candidate that offers anything different is Ron Paul and they don’t like him, but the public loves Ron Paul. Go figure

    1. snowman says:

      The public loves Ron Paul? Seriously?

  4. frozenrunner says:

    Short memories by all. Tim P. forgot that he was loved by very few and was given money by even less. Bullwinkle thinks less that receiving 0.5% of the votes in a national election means everybody loves you.

  5. james2 says:

    DId you hear that? I don’t want a real job, I want to run for something again. How about getting some therapy for being such a bigot.

    The wall of shame in the Capitol building will house your portrait.

    Now please go away!

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