Pawlenty Says He Should’ve Stayed In The Race

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is back home from the presidential campaign trail — and talking.

It’s the first we’ve heard from the former governor since he dropped out of the presidential campaign in August. He said he doesn’t have regrets, exactly, but he would do some things differently.

His top priority now? Getting a job.

The harsh-sounding Pawlenty who ran for president this year is not the affable governor Minnesotans remember. In retrospect, he said on Minnesota Public Radio, that was a mistake.

“You get all these people telling you what to do, but in the end I think you are better served as a candidate and the campaign is better served if you just be yourself,” he said.

In fact, looking at the GOP presidential field now as a former candidate, TPaw revealed to reporters, he should have stayed in the race.

“There are decisions that led up to that. Had I known then what I know now, I probably would have done it differently,” he said.

The former governor said fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann’s popularity did not hurt his presidential campaign.

He’s endorsing Mitt Romney, ruling out running as Romney’s vice president and all but closing the door on a presidential bid in 2016.

And Pawlenty won’t be running for U.S. Senate next year against Democrat Amy Klobuchar, either.

“I think clearly she is in a pretty strong position, but nothing is impossible,” he said.

One thing that Pawlenty did not rule out? Another run for governor.

“I’m not ruling it in, and I’m not ruling it out,” he said.

The two-term governor is more relaxed these days, dressed in jeans and cowboy boots. And says he spent the last couple of months catching up.

“I’m almost caught up on the honey-do list at home,” Pawlenty said.

On Tuesday, Pawlenty’s portrait joined Minnesota’s other former governors on the wall of the State Capitol.

His portrait was done by an artist from Atlanta, who also has painted portraits of George W. and George H.W. Bush.

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  • Dan

    Go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just go away

    Tim your an idiot. Go back to Iowa

  • daneen

    No he shouldn’t have. He did the “right” thing by backing out. We have enough to deal with in Michelle.

  • j speedbag 64

    christ…this guy again….

  • Kevin

    I think its good for all politicians to experience unemployment for awhile so that they have a personal understanding of what it means to people.

  • Starter P

    PAWLENTY MORE!, for the RICH! PAWLENTY LESS! for the middleclass-lower middleclass and poor.

    Go away Pawlenty.

  • addin

    All of you on this board are idiots.

    But seriously, any candidate would do better than obama.

    I personally am picking Cain. Lets elect a real black man this time. Just one with a pair of balls who will actually lead.

    • woot

      Cain all the way, with Pawlenty as VP.

    • red

      Does that mean you to?

    • Dale Gribble

      If blacks weren’t inferiors, I’d vote for Cain.

  • Rene

    Pawlenty drove Min into the ditch and he drove his campaign into the ditch, he is not smart enough to be elected dog catcher.

    • Marcus B

      Don’t insult dog catchers.

  • AntiTeabagger

    Will this guy ever go away?

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