WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the United States followed Greece into democracy but should take steps so the country does not follow it into bankruptcy.

In a speech Thursday to start a book tour, the Republican criticized the economic policies of Obama. Who may face a challenge from Pawlenty in 2012. Pawlenty says the United States needs to reexamine its economic, education and health care priorities or face grave peril.

Pawlenty says he has not decided whether he will seek the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. But his book tour is taking him to Iowa, New Hampshire and Ohio — strategic states in a White House run. In strong language that will appeal to Republicans in early nominating states, he says Greece’s economic crisis should be a warning for the United States.

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Comments (22)
  1. Meme says:

    But, its OK for you to increase the MN budget deficit to 6.2 BILLION.

    Your a Genius Pawlenty!

    This guy is such a sorry sad political figure. Almost as stupid as palin!

    1. The Truth says:

      It’s “you’re” or “you are”.

      Pawlenty is very intelligent and has common sense also. He isn’t a self-serving-ego-driven-liar like Clinton. He also can make decisions based on his own thoughts and experience. He won’t just read what others write for him and make decisions on his own. Now that would be refreshing.

      1. The Truth says:

        Leaders like Tim Pawlenty and John Thune are what this country needs to get back on track.

    2. john says:

      He tried to save Minnesota but the senate was democrat you fool! its there fault we are in this mess. quit giving free hand outs and make Government smaller and you would see Minnesota grow to be the greatest ever. and let companies stay here instead of leaving to Mexico where the labor is cheap and the taxes are less.

  2. Patrick Lilja says:

    We’re trying to fix things, but your Republican pals aren’t helping.

    1. jerry says:

      How about making the “We’re” less about Republican or Democrat and more about being an American. The financial problems in this country are owned by all of us – no matter what party we belong to. Solutions – not vitriol.

  3. Kevin says:

    Pawlenty didn’t increase the MN budget deficit by 6.2 Billion.

    Rather, the people of the State of Minnesota did that by their never ending demand that goverment do everything for them from cradle to grave.

    1. Mike says:

      Were do I sign up for that or are you just spinning the Republican talking points?

  4. Doc Savage says:

    Thanks for the wake up call TP. What a tool.

  5. Murph says:

    I wonder if Pawlenty cleans all the straw that falls from beneath his clothing when he is done sneaking,oops.. speaking somewhere! He could have been a good straw man for 2012.But he keeps talking and dwindling even below that stature.Tim,the want someone to act moderate ,they have all the conservatives they need.You should have figured that out by now.The GOP has no plans at all for you now! It’s plain to see.Look up straw man in the dictionary Tim,that’s the best you could once have hoped for!

  6. Doc Savage says:

    TP is a classic case of a schlub somehow marrying a woman a hair out of his league who then thinks he’s somehow charismatic and has thoughts others should hear. A Narcissistic megalomaniac with thoughts of grandeur. Dude you’ve reached your level of incompetence already, stop the damage already. Get a corporate “Vice President of Looking Out the Window” position already or be a lobbyist or something.

  7. DC says:

    His arguements on national TV are just below “I know you are but what am I” and the classic “Mty dad vcan beat up your dad”. His sophmoric attempts at humour are just down right embarrassing, unclever, always fall flat, and are always at someone else’s expense. Maybe he should go back to being a “telecom consultant”, that was pretty lucrative for him.

  8. BK says:

    I don’t particularly want Pawlenthy to run for President, but I don’t think he’s an idiot either. Do you guys honestly think that Obama would do better than Pawlenty?

  9. GH says:

    How many of you geniuses voted Ventura in? Give the guy a break!! You wouldn’t talk so much smack about Minnesota and its problems if you had any idea what other states are dealing with right now…bunch of BABIES!!

  10. Mike says:

    6.2 billion is for paying for health care and food stamps for the Muslims and Mexicans that flock here for the free money, why do u think its a Liberal state, people don’t come here for the weather!

  11. Bryson Powers says:

    I can’t believe this charlatan jerk is being taken seriously on important issues. What an empty suit.

  12. insignificant says:

    the economy problem isn’t fixed until the private FED RESERVE central bank is ended,who, by the way OWE THE UNITED STATES,but is erraneously reported it is us that owe,an illusion,like the Fed Reserves balances…politicians like Pawlenty won’t have any respect until they learn to be real leaders ,concerned about the citizenry,and expose the corruptions!

  13. Btjohan says:

    Ventura looked brilliant compared to where Pawlenty took the State of Minnesota while he was in office.

    1. StraycatStrut says:

      But only in a wrestling garb.

  14. dunnski57 says:

    Try this one on for size, Timmy:

    United States – don’t become a feudal society”, cuz that’s the path that conservatives are leading us.

  15. Dan says:

    The US Deficit is caused by a recession that sharply reduced revenue, the Bush tax cuts, and off budget war expense. Responsible management of the problem requires temporary stimulus spending and extension of the Bush tax cuts to get the economy to recover and restore tax revenue. After the economy improves, as it is starting to do, the deficit will be addressed as war costs decline, tax revenue increases, and spending is reduced. This is exactly what Obama is doing.

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