By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

NEW YORK (WCCO) — Tim Pawlenty has a Bible verse for almost every situation. He relaxes by watching hockey fights online. And his advice for members of Congress responsible for America’s complicated tax code: Do your own taxes.

That’s the former Minnesota Governor — from elected office to the talk show circuit — promoting his new book “Courage to Stand,” which hit bookshelves on Tuesday.

In New York, Pawlenty was on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The View,” as well as Fox New’s Neil Cavuto.

A probable 2012 presidential candidate, Pawlenty won’t say whether he’s running, but is willing to joke about it, as he did on “The View” with co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

“Potential running mate?” she asked. “Who would be ideal for you do you think?”

“Whoopi!” Pawlenty quipped, grabbing host Whoopi Goldberg’s hand as the audience laughed and cheered.

“Courage to Stand” describes Pawlenty’s blue collar beginnings in South St. Paul, Minn. and his rise to the governor’s office.

On “Good Morning America,” he suggested Washington is out of touch with real people. He told the interviewer that members of Congress should be forced to fill out their own tax returns.

“I’d like every one of those individuals to have to do their own taxes every year,” said Pawlenty. “And live with the mindless burdens we visit on the American people every year.”

But back home in Minnesota, not all the book reviews are good ones.

A left leaning labor coalition, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, launched a website to tell what they say is the story that Pawlenty won’t.

Alliance director Denise Cardinal said Pawlenty “kicked the can down the road” while running for president, leaving behind a $6.2 billion deficit.

“He left behind what we’re referring to as really some rubble,” said Cardinal. “He’s had Minnesota in the rear view mirror for far too long. For the latest two years, in fact.”

At every stop, Pawlenty found himself defending former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who’s been under intense criticism after the Arizona shootings because of rifle cross-hairs on her website.

He’s telling interviewers while it’s not his style, overheated political rhetoric is not responsible for the actions of one person.

The fiercest Pawlenty criticism so far:  that he’s too nice.

Preparing to run for national office, Pawlenty said he’s unlike other candidates — he doesn’t have a lot of money, or any political novelty.

“I don’t have any of that, but I’ve got a great record,” he argued. “I think I’ve got a good heart. I think I understand what the country needs. And I think I can help.”

WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler Reports

Comments (13)
  1. john says:

    What they for get to mention is that he could only do so much under a Democrat senate, house and I believe congress as well, maybe someone will shed some light on that for sure. hard to get things done when 1 Republican versus all democrats don’t you think. I for get the Democrats don’t take blame for any thing. The problem with both parties is thou they spend like drunken sailors, thinking oh well the tax payers will pay for it and if we need more money we will just raise their taxes , they can’t do anything about it anyway, they are the governments followers right. Just give them more Kool-Aid to drink.

    1. leight says:

      It’s kinda like where Dayton is doncha think? You don’t hear the Dems crying in thier beer do ya? Pawlenty was the worst Governor ever. He allmost made Ventura look good. But, He was just as bad! Where did the 600 billion go?

    2. Ignorance must be bliss says:

      Well 1st of all maybe you do not know about the record # of veto’s that T Paw had made while he was in office. So when you state that he could not get anything done you are extremely far from the truth. He held up a lot of things that could have benefited the MN public but instead was trying to jockey his way into where he is right now by not doing right by the people who voted him in. He sat behind his smug little smirk and proclaimed that he knew what we better for MN than all the house and senate did as well as the MN public and made it so our schools, health care, and law enforcement were taken from and then said that he was improving these areas. He raised property taxes, wait, what I meant to say is property “fees” as he claims that he never raised the tax. This guy was telling so many stories and the funny part is people like you believe his bold face lies and then shout at others that they drink kool-aid. By the way, how did kool-aid get such a bad name? I still drink it. If you think that you are going to pay higher taxes under Dayton you really need to wake up and read something as I doubt you make enough money to be under his tax increase plan. This shows the ignorance of people that they hear something and just run with it instead of looking into things. The last thing I would like to say about this is “for get” is 1 word as is “any thing”.

  2. Murph says:

    Still waiting for him to talk about the district court and his dictator ambitions.Not to mention the one man “DEATH PANEL” decision he made regarding doctor order food supplements.That is the real Tim Pawlenty and some thing he thought would make him a ‘conservative hero”.It made him unelectable and if he wasn’t so full of himself he would know it and slink away!

    1. Leight says:

      You are absolutely right. The rat deserves to “slink” away.

  3. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    WOW WCCO WOULD YOU PLEASE GET OF PAWLENTY’S JUNK PILE!!!!!! I was hoping that we would not have to hear anything about this weasel now that he is not affiliated with the state politically. Seriously, if any of us cared about him being on talk shows, WE WOULD WATCH THEM! There has got to be real news out there that does not have to do with this A hole.

  4. Bryson Powers says:

    He is the worst governor we’ve ever had. What an ego it must take to entitle your own book “Courage to Stand”. I can disagree with most politicians who don’t represent my views but I hate this man. He is the worst demagogue that ever got elected in this great state. Pawlenty is worthless.

  5. leighte says:

    Like Arne Carlson said;
    The Monkey can’t run a state. How does he think he can run the United States?

  6. Murph says:

    Tim never had the courage to call his taxes TAXES! Doesn’t he see how ridiculous his run for POTUS? Does he think that because the pundits have yet to mention the lady district judges shoe that wiggles around behind him.That nobody will mention it. All of Minneota those of us who are near Minnesota know about it.The nation will surely find out eventually!

  7. MEB says:

    hmmm, evil, spiteful, political retoric is out of control on what side of the isle? Maybe I am missing something but sure sounds like you people arn’t on the “right” and are being political “head hunters”. You people make me sick. I may not have liked T-Paw that much as I think he could have put his foot down more than he did, but I would never say I “hated” him…. wow!

  8. thekhanvict says:

    Worst governor ever.

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