Tim Pawlenty

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Tim Pawlenty

Timothy James Pawlenty, popularly called Tim Pawlenty is an American politician. He served as the 39th Governor of Minnesota from 2003 till 2011. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives between 1993–2003 where he served two terms as majority leader.

Tim Pawlenty has run for the GOP nomination for United States Presidential Election, 2012, but ended his presidential campaign after coming third in the Ames Straw Poll.

Tim Pawlenty's Views and Stand

Tim Pawlenty Timeline

August 2011

August 14: Tim Pawlenty announces that he is ending his presidential campaign. Pawlenty told ABC's 'This Week' that he is ending his presidential campaign after coming third in the Ames Straw Poll. Pawlenty received 2293 votes and came at a distant third to Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul.

Pawlenty ends Presidential campaign

"Obviously that message didn't get the kind of traction or lift it needed coming out of the Ames straw poll. We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward. That didn't happen, so I'm announcing this morning, on your show, that I'm going to be ending my campaign for president."

"I wish it would have been different, but obviously, the pathway forward for me doesn't really exist, so I'm going to be ending my campaign,"

In a conference call to his staff earlier in the morning, Pawlenty said “We needed a boost from Ames that didn’t happen. We cannot envision a path forward to victory and so therefore, we made a decision to end the campaign.”

August 13: Tim Pawlenty comes third in the Ames Straw Poll. He trails to Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul. Pawlenty received 2293 votes or 13.6% of the total votes.

July 2011

July 26: Hampshire state Rep. Shaun Doherty, who is a member of Tim Pawlenty's New Hampshire steering committee has abandoned Pawlenty's campaign. Doherty criticized Pawlenty that he is not doing what's needed to win the first primary. He said that he instead plans to support Mitt Romney. "The Pawlenty campaign didn't capitalize on the momentum from its launch, and it wasn't developing into the kind of campaign that I wanted it to. I'm still a fan of his but I don't think his presidential campaign has made the right moves so far."

July 25: Tim Pawlenty attacked President Obama after the President delivered a speech on how find an agreement to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline. "Tonight's speech was all rhetoric and no results, and is another reason why President Obama needs to be removed from office," Pawlenty said in a statement.

July 22: Tim Pawlenty says that any suggestions that he will quit his 2012 presidential campaign soon is preposterous. In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union.", Pawlenty said:

"Well we're in this race to win, We're going to win the Iowa caucuses. I suppose if we came in dead last or something in the straw poll that may have a bearing. But we're not going to do that. We're already showing good progress. And our goal is to move, as I said earlier, from towards the back of the pack towards the front of the pack. And this idea that we are going to drop out after the Ames straw poll is preposterous,"

Tim Pawlenty says he also believes that he will catch up with the frontrunner Mitt Romney.

"Well, I don't see those stories about Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich or Herman Cain or the others. You know, obviously Mitt Romney he's been the front-runner, the established front-runner. We acknowledge that. But he was the front-runner last time. And there's plenty of time and plenty of room for others to catch him and we will."

Pawlenty also criticized President Barack Obama for avoiding offering specifics on the entitlement reform. "If you're the leader of the free world would you please come to the microphone and quit hiding in the basement about your proposals. And come on up and address the American people. Is he chicken?", Pawlenty said.

Tim Pawlenty comes second in the 2011 Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll receiving 16% of the votes.

Tim Pawlenty says that he checked with his senior staff who assured him that his campaign didn't push Michele Bachmann's migraine story. "No, I'm confident that our campaign did not push that story, and again it appears to have been sourced to her former staff," Pawlenty said.

July 21: Tim Pawlenty speaks to a small gathering at a church in Ames, Iowa. He urges the voters to back "somebody who can actually beat Barack Obama, Somebody who has the executive experience to have run something large and driven it to results with a public component and so that the rest of the country says, 'Yeah, that person can be president. And that they can actually function.'"

He asked the crowd to "think about the other leading candidates" and whether or not they appeal to just one segment of the Republican Party. If we put somebody forward in Iowa, or more broadly in this process, who appeals to one chunk of the coalition but not all of it – we're going to start with a disunited party or an underwhelming effort,"

"I ask you to think about it before you launch the rocket out of here, which will be the first step in the process. Make sure it's the rocket that can go all the way to the destination we seek. Everybody's gonna say they can do that. But I got elected and re-elected as a movement conservative in Minnesota."

Without taking names, Pawlenty criticized both Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney, saying "We got one leading candidate in this race who's running away from his record. We got another leading candidate in this race who has no record. I'm running on my record. That's a big difference," "Well I think when you want to think about making somebody president you want to know some things. You want to know what have they done, not just by flapping their jaw or giving speeches or offering failed amendments in Congress. What have they really done? What results have they achieved?"

Tim Pawlenty's television commercial - The Only Candidate

Tim Pawlenty releases a television commercial, the second in two days where he says that he has a specific plan and can eliminate Obamacare and will fix the tax code. View the commercial.

Pawlenty calls 'Jesus Christ' one of his political heroes

Tim Pawlenty calls 'Jesus Christ' one of his political heroes. When asked by one of the voters in Iowa about influential figures in his life, Pawlenty first spoke about his father - "a big guy, a Polish guy, kinda joyful, strong". He then listed the others - "I've got a lot of political heroes too, I love Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus Christ." He also mentioned about his website PawlentyFaith.com which he said is "dedicated to our view of our faith and how faith connects to the public square."

July 20: Tim Pawlenty speaks at a sports bar in Indianola, Iowa.

Says presidential candidates should prove that they can do all of the job, all of the time

"I don't know enough about her particular medical situation to comment. I just don't have enough facts on me. I certainly would defer to the judgment of the medical professionals, but setting that aside all of the candidates, I think, are going to have to be able to demonstrate they can do all of the job all of the time,"

"If you're going to be president of the United States you've got to be able to do the job every day, all the time. There's no real time off in that job,"

"Well again as a general requirement for the office I think that applies to all of us. But as to her particular medical situation I would defer to the health care professionals as to how it might impact her ability to function,"

Tim Pawlenty releases a new television commercial. The television commercial will be released in Iowa. "Out here, you're tested, You face an opponent experts say can't be beat. You fight, you bleed, you prevail. Our country's done but we're not out. To come back, we need a leader with a proven record, not just rhetoric. I took on the unions, and won. I shut down a government, and won. I moved a liberal state in a conservative direction. Join me, and prove the experts wrong."

Appearing on Van Susteren's tonight show, Pawlenty said that Michele Bachmann's migraines are just a sideshow.'

"I've observed Congresswoman Bachmann, I've never seen her have a medical condition or impairment that would seem to be a concern. What I said today generally applied to all candidates, not her. Whoever does the job of course has to be able to do all of the job all of the time 24/7, that's just common sense, it's not a debatalble proposition. But as applied to her obivously we would defer to the medical professionals in that regard, but I've never observed any concerns or problems with her in that regard. The real issue ....the economic headache Barack Obama's giving them."

Tim Pawlenty visits a handgun instruction facility in Iowa. Speaking about the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees citizen rights to own guns, Pawlenty says “It’s not government’s place to further limit or impinge upon those rights,”

July 19: Tim Pawlenty makes a speech to 80 potential caucus-goers gathered at a library for a mid-day town hall meeting in Marshalltown, Iowa. He warns that President Barack Obama could win a second term if the Republicans don't nominate a candidate who can beat the incumbent.

“The main way we’re gonna goof this up as Republicans is to nominate the wrong candidate,”
“We’re going to beat Barack Obama – we just need to make sure we have a candidate who can do it, can really be the nominee for the whole conservative coalition and who can really be president of the United States.”
“I don’t think the country wants to make the mistake again of putting somebody in the Oval Office who hasn’t had executive leadership experience running a large enterprise under difficult and challenging circumstances with a public component to it and driving it to results. I think that’s a necessary prerequisite to being president of the United States and she doesn’t have it.”
On Michele Bachmann's migraine headaches
When asked whether voters should take note of Bachmann's migraine headaches, Tim Pawlenty said that he would leave the assessment to doctors.

"I would need to know more about the situation before I could comment on it but that's really something that health professionals should address. Its not something that people that don't have that kind of background or expertise could address."


July 18: Tim Pawlenty begins his 'Road to Results' tour, where he will travel 13 counties and 18 cities and will drive nearly 700 miles in a RV this week.

July 15: Tim Pawlenty has reportedly reserved $200,000 for television advertising which will run from Monday through the Ames Straw Poll. This is part of his efforts to boost his campaign ahead of the straw poll.

Tim Pawlenty appears on CNN's 'American Morning' where he admits that his campaign needs to show progress in national and state-wide polls. He says that he is confident that the progress could be achieved once the voters become familiar with his achievements and with his record.

July 14: Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign will report $4.5 million since entering the presidential race in March. He has spent $2.45 million in the second quarter of 2011. Pawlenty's campaign has $2.45 million of cash in hand at the end of second quarter and another $600,000 in donations allocated for general election campaign.

July 13: Tim Pawlenty releases a new video where he and his wife, Mary, talks about their religious faith. In the video, Pawlenty explains his views about opposition to abortion and that marriage should be only between a man and a woman.

He joins the growing list of republican candidates who declines to sign the marriage pledge from The Family Leader. In a statement, Pawlenty said:

"Rather than sign onto the words chosen but others, I prefer to choose my own words, especially seeking to show compassion to those who are in broke families through no fault of their own,"

July 11: Tim Pawlenty appearing on Fox's 'Fox and Friends' continued his criticism on Michele Bachmann.

On Michele Bachmann's accompolishments in Congress
"It's not a stretch to say that we need somebody in the Oval Office, who's going to be president of the United States and commander in chief, who has executive experience leading a large enterprise in a public setting, getting results and balancing budgets, cutting taxes, doing health care reform the right way -- no mandates, no takeovers. Not just talking about it, not just giving speeches at rallies, but leading as an executive. With all due respect, she just doesn't have that kind of experience, And secondly, her record in Congress, as I mentioned before, is, you know, again, great remarks and great speeches, but in terms of results and accomplishments, nonexistent."

Trading tweets with Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien pokes fun at Pawlenty in a tweet, saying: "Is it too early to predict that Tim Pawlenty will not be a popular Halloween costume?". Pawlenty, in a couple of hours, fires back in a tweet, saying: "@ConanOBrien Wait until I unveil my Team Coco wig then everyone will want the costume. It might even deliver IA for me #ginger #iacaucus"

July 10: Tim Pawlenty says fellow presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has a light record of accomplishment in Congress. In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Pawlenty said:

“I like Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve campaigned for her. I respect her. But her record of accomplishment in Congress is non-existent,” “We’re not looking for folks who just have a speech capability.”
“I think it’s self-explanatory,” “Everybody brings strengths to the table. My strength is I’ve had executive leadership with accomplishments and results as it relates to cutting taxes or reducing spending … as it relates to Congresswoman Bachmann’s record in Congress, the same can’t be said.”
“I’ve got the record of toughness better than anyone else in this race,” “My goodness. I was the first governor in Minnesota’s history to shut down the government. I set a record for vetoes. I took more money out of the budget using executive authority than all the governors combines in my state.”
Tim Pawlenty at CPAC 2011

On Homosexuality and gay marriage
Tim Pawlenty spoke about homosexuality saying that he is uncertain whether it is biological or a lifestyle choice. He said that he prefers to defer the question to the scientists. In NBC's 'Meet the Press', Pawlenty said:

“As I understand the science, there’s no current conclusion that it’s genetic,”“There’s no scientific conclusion that it's genetic. We don't know that. So, we don't know to what extent it's behavioral,”“That's something that has been debated by scientists for a long time.”

He also said that he would oppose the legalization of gay marriage.

“I'm a supporter of traditional marriage between a man and a woman,” “I have not supported the issues of allowing gay couples to have the same benefits in public employment as traditional couples.”

July 8: Tim Pawlenty in a speech to about 50 Iowa voters at Beck’s Sports Brewery in Waterloo said:

“If any other Republican candidate were standing here, they’d say about the same thing on the issues. The big difference in this race is, I’ve actually done it. There’s a big difference between flapping your jaw and getting stuff done. This isn’t about rhetoric. This isn’t about fancy speeches. We’ve had enough of that with Barack Obama.”

July 7: Tim Pawlenty speaks at a town hall meeting in Iowa. He reminds that he is still tough as he is an old hockey player.

"The loudest guy or woman in a bar usually isn't the toughest," "I'm an old hockey player and I've probably been in more fights than all these candidates combined."
"You can be nice and strong, You don't have to be a jerk to be strong."

Tim Pawlenty, who is in Ames, Iowa talks about Lady Gaga.

"In terms of the beat, I like 'Bad Romance,'" he said, and a version of "Born This Way" is also worth listening to. She can definitely sing. She's talented, interesting, talented and a little weird."

July 6: Vin Weber, one of the top advisers for Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign apologizes for the 'sex appeal' remark he made against Michele Bachmann. Weber earlier said, “She’s got hometown appeal, she’s got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but she’s got a little sex appeal too,”. Weber in a statement released through Pawlenty’s campaign said:

“I made a mistake that was disrespectful to my friend, Congresswoman Bachmann. I was not speaking on behalf of Gov. Pawlenty’s campaign, but nevertheless, it was inappropriate and I’m sorry.”

July 5: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and the former political director of his presidential bid signed on with Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign. She will be the senior political adviser to Tim Pawlenty. Her first task is to lead Pawlenty's campaign at the Iowa Straw Poll.

July 1: Tim Pawlenty's spokesman Alex Conant says that Pawlenty's presidential campaign raised $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2011. In a statement by spokesman Alex Conant,

"Gov. Pawlenty will report that his campaign has raised about $4.2 million, and begins the third quarter with more available cash-on-hand than the Republicans who won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary had in July 2007,"

Tim Pawlenty will tour in Iowa for two days next week and will visit Clear Lake, Ames and Urbandale.

June 2011

Tim Pawlenty

June 30: In a brief interview, Tim Pawlenty speaks about Michele Bachmann.

“I like Michele. I respect her. I’ve campaigned for her. Every candidate brings different strengths and weaknesses to the table. That’s what campaigns are about. I like her. I respect her.”

June 28: Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He was accompanied by veteran state fundraiser Tamara Hallisey. Hallisey was in John McCain's camp in the last presidential election where she did a tremendous job raising funds for the McCain's camp. She has been raising funds for Pawlenty quietly for the past two weeks.

Read the full text of Tim Pawlenty's speech on Foreign Relations.

June 27: Tim Pawlenty downplays a poor rating that he receiving during a weekend poll. In an appearance on the NBC 'Today' show, he said "These early polls aren't a good predictor of how the race is going to come out... There's still plenty of time to do well in Iowa and beyond,"

He announces his Iowa Legislative Steering Committee.

June 23: Tim Pawlenty's presidential camp starts sending mails to households in Florida. It says that investing in his presidential campaign will pay off if it prevents Barack Obama from leading the country into financial crisis. Pawlenty also promises that he will eliminate national deficit and debt and fix entitlement programs.

Tim Pawlenty's camp says that he will address a major foreign policy address on June 28 in New York. The aide says:

"Governor Pawlenty will address President Obama's failed leadership, approach, and philosophy of how to approach the entire Middle East region. He will touch on the need for the Republican Party to continue its support for a strong foreign policy."

June 22: Tim Pawlenty becomes the first Republican Presidential hopeful to go up with television commercials in Iowa. Iowa holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar. In the commercial, Pawlenty says

"A lot of candidates will come to Iowa and say the same things, the question is have they done it. If I can do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington."

Later in the evening, Tim Pawlenty appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" to respond to President Obama's troop reduction in Afghanistan.

I thought his speech was deeply concerning. Look how he phrased the outcome of this war. He said we need to end the war, quote unquote, responsibly. When America goes to war, America needs to win. We need to close out the war successfully, and what that means now is not nation-building. What it means is to follow General Petraeus's advice and to get those security forces built up where they can pick up the slack as we draw down.
I supported the surge, and I would have supported it even at a higher level as General McChrystal recommended. I supported President Obama's decision to surge even at the levels that he did, but it shows you a window in his thinking on the very night that he announced the surge, he very quickly announced a deadline for withdrawal.

Tim Pawlenty receives endorsement from conservative activist Jennifer Horn for President.

When asked if he is open to having Gen. David Petraeus as a running mate for the 2012 Presidential Election, Pawlenty said that though he is not on his short list, Petraeus is well qualified to do the job. He also said that Petraeus's role as CIA director in Obama administration would not disqualify him from Vice Presidential slot.

“Well, he’d be on the short list for a lot of things. He is a remarkable leader, exemplary leader. He’s somebody I think the country owes a debt of gratitude to. He’s knowledgeable, strong. He’s served his country so well. He could serve in any number of positions, and I think he’ll be on many people’s list for vice president, and could certainly serve in that position well. We’re going to have a wealth of riches in that regard, Hugh. You look at the governors and the senators around the country, and the business leaders around the country, we’re going to have lots of people to consider in that category.”

June 21: Tim Pawlenty expressed concern that the GOP is shifting towards isolationism. Speaking to the media, he said that he is worried that President Obama is bringing combat troops home from Afghanistan too quickly.

June 18: Tim Pawlenty reiterated his pledge to grow the country's economy 5 percent a year if he becomes president. Pawlenty said, "Well, if China can have 5 percent growth, and India can have 5 percent growth, and Brazil can have 5 percent growth, the United States of America can have 5 percent growth. Kennedy didn’t say, ‘Let’s have a space program and go to the clouds.’ He didn’t say, ‘Let’s have a space program and see if maybe, maybe, maybe we can get to one orbit.’ He said, ‘Let’s have a space program and put a man on the moon.’ And so we need to have this kind of growth."

Tim Pawlenty's commercials

Tim Pawlenty Calendar

Date Time Event Location
August 2, 2011 Speaking to the National Republican Committee meeting Tampa, Florida
August 2, 2011 Attending a fundraiser Orlando, Florida
August 2, 2011 Attending a fundraiser Coral Gables, Florida
August 2, 2011 4:00 pm Hosting a meet and greet at Buddy Brew Coffee Tampa, Florida
July 29, 2011 7:00 am Hosting a Council Bluffs Meet and Greet at Earl and Dianne's Main Street Cafe Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 29, 2011 7:00 pm Speaking at the Republican Party of Pasco Reagan Day Dinner Wesley Chapel, Florida
July 28, 2011 8:00 am Hosting a Jefferson Meet and Greet at Greene County Republican Headquarters Jefferson, Iowa
July 28, 2011 11:00 am Hosting a Meet and Greet at the Carroll Pizza Ranch Carroll, Iowa
July 28, 2011 2:00 pm Hosting a Cherokee Meet and Greet at Carey's Café and Restaurant Cherokee, Iowa
July 28, 2011 6:00 pm Hosting a town hall meeting at Sioux City Public Library – Wilbur Aalfs Branch Sioux City, Iowa
July 27, 2011 7:00 am Speaking to the Westside Conservative Club at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant Urbandale, Iowa
July 27, 2011 11:00 am Hosting a Story City Meet and Greet at Pizza Ranch Story City, Iowa
July 27, 2011 1:00 pm Hosting a Meet and Greet at Huxley City County Chamber Huxley, Iowa
July 27, 2011 6:00 pm Hosting an Ankeny Town Hall at Otter Creek Golf Course Ankeny, Iowa
July 26, 2011 8:00 am Meet and greet at the Washington Public Library Washington, Iowa
July 26, 2011 11:00 am Meet and greet at the Fairfield Public Library Fairfield, Iowa
July 26, 2011 1:00 pm Hosting an Ottumwa Meet and Greet at the Vine Coffee House Ottumwa, Iowa
July 26, 2011 4:00 pm Hosting an Osceola Meet and Greet at Clarke Electric Osceola, Iowa
July 26, 2011 7:00 pm Speaking to the Polk County GOP Meeting Des Moines Iowa
July 22, 2011 7:00 am Speaking to the Rotary Club of Des Moines Des Moines, Iowa
July 22, 2011 12:00 pm Hosting a "Pucks and Pizza with Pawlenty" event Urbandale, Iowa
July 21, 2011 8:00 am Hosting an Ames Meet and Greet Ames, Iowa
July 21, 2011 11:00 am Hosting a meet and greet at Briggs Wood Gold Course Webster City, Iowa
July 21, 2011 1:00 pm Hosting a town hall meeting at Fort Dodge Public Library Fort Dodge, Iowa
July 21, 2011 6:30 pm Hosting a town hall meeting at Town Craft Building Perry, Iowa
July 20, 2011 10:00 pm Fox News's "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren" Television appearance
July 14, 2011 7:00 pm CNBC's "The Kudlow Report" Television appearance
July 13, 2011 10:00 pm Fox News's "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren" Television appearance
July 8, 2011 9:30 am Hosting a meet and greet at Beck's Sports Brewery Waterloo, Iowa
July 8, 2011 12:30 pm Hosting a meet and greet at the Ar-Jay Center Cedar Rapids, Iowa
July 7, 2011 12:30 pm Polk County Town Hall Iowa Pawlenty for President Campaign Headquarters, 3590 109th St., Urbandale
July 6, 2011 12:30 pm Clear Lake Town Hall Surf Ballroom, 460 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake
July 6, 2011 5:00 pm Speaking to Judge Joseph Story Dinner hosted by the Story County Republicans Hickory Park Restaurant, 300 S. 17th St., Ames, Iowa