Tim Pawlenty Articles

Happy Hour: Ask a Libertarian

6:00 PM, Jun 15, 2011

Head on over to Reason for today's engaging "Ask a Libertarian" series from Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie. "What's the Libertarian Position on Abortion?" is a good place to start.

"Lawmakers sue President Obama over Libya"

Mike Murphy: "Pawlenty’s Poor Debate Showing Risks Donor Flight"

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Pawlenty Goes Soft on 'Obamneycare': I Was Just Quoting Obama!

11:19 PM, Jun 13, 2011

Tim Pawlenty said on Fox News Sunday that Obamacare and Romneycare are essentially one and the same: "We now have essentially the same features" between the two programs, which he dubbed "Obamneycare." Given the chance to defend his attack during the GOP presidential debate Monday night, Pawlenty avoided making a substantive argument and said he was just quoting Obama.

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The Obama Economy: Worst Since the Depression

Growth has barely surpassed 1930s rate.
3:42 PM, Jun 13, 2011

Tim Pawlenty projects in his economic plan that the gross domestic product (GDP) would grow by 5 percent in real (inflation adjusted) dollars every year for a decade. The debate is now raging over whether such projections are realistic, but the more important consideration is whether the growth rate actually achieved by the Obama administration is sufficient.

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Land of Pawlenty

Can he win Iowa?
Jun 13, 2011


Council Bluffs

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Pawlenty Rips 'Obamneycare'

11:05 AM, Jun 12, 2011

Tim Pawlenty has been reluctant to take any direct shots at Mitt Romney. During an interview with Steve Hayes the other week, "Pawlenty steadfastly—even stubbornly—refused to offer criticism of the frontrunner." 

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‘Fundamentally Different Worldview’

In speech and interview, T-Paw body checks Obama.
12:35 PM, Jun 07, 2011

In a speech that calls for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, a slashing of corporate and income tax rates, and emergency presidential powers to rein in spending, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty laid out his economic vision for the country in Chicago today.

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Republican Candidates Seek Values Vote at Faith and Freedom Conference

1:00 PM, Jun 05, 2011

The Faith and Freedom Conference, organized by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, met in Washington this weekend and previewed several Republican presidential primary candidates—including Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, who are both committed to seeking the GOP nomination, as well as Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman, who are considering a run.

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Pawlenty's Narrative

9:32 AM, May 31, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty released this video, giving a glimpse of the narrative he's trying to build: 

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Pawlenty on the Individual Mandate

1:14 PM, May 27, 2011

Via Dave Weigel, a new web video of mysterious origins is highlighting some Tim Pawlenty's more moderate statements. His past support of cap-and-trade is well known and he's already walked it back. The video includes a soundbite that might be problematic for Pawlenty.

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Did Tim Pawlenty Confuse Iraq and Iran?

12:53 PM, May 27, 2011

Ben Smith points out that on Wednesday Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty referred to "Iran" and "Iranians" a few times when he was actually talking about Iraq. Jonathan Chait pounces: "He didn't just mishear the question. And he didn't simply misspeak.

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Pawlenty: If I Can't Pass My Own Plan, I'd Sign the Ryan Plan

2:18 PM, May 26, 2011

GOP presidential contender Tim Pawlenty says he'll be releasing his alternative plan for Medicare reform soon. He's been dogged by the press (and the DNC) about whether he'd be willing to sign Ryan's budget.

Pawlenty tells reporters in New Hampshire: 

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Ethanol: A Tale of Two Candidates

1:40 PM, May 26, 2011

In a moment of candor after his political career had ended, former vice president Al Gore averred that his support of ethanol was in part driven by “a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”

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DNC Chair Questions GOP Candidates' Commitment to American Exceptionalism

10:37 AM, May 26, 2011

This morning, the newly appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), told reporters she questioned whether Republican presidential candidates like Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman believed in American exceptionalism.

"I’m concerned about their commitment to American exceptionalism," said Wasserman Schultz.

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T-Paw Defends Defense

4:26 PM, May 25, 2011

Dave Weigel reports that Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty argued against cutting the military earlier today at a speech and press gathering at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.:

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Pawlenty: I'll Release Alternative Medicare Plan Soon

3:38 PM, May 25, 2011

Former Minnesota governor and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty reiterated today that while he thinks Paul Ryan is a "very bright, courageous congressman," he doesn't wholeheartedly support Ryan's budget"I think in general the direction of it is positive, but I'm going to have my own plan," Pawlenty said during a question-and-answer session at the Cato Institute in Washington, D

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Pawlenty Says No to Ethanol Subsidies in Iowa

Will other Republican candidates follow?
9:51 AM, May 24, 2011

Philip Klein notes an important pledge Tim Pawlenty made in his presidential campaign announcement in Des Moines, Iowa yesterday. Federal ethanol subsidies "have to be phased out,"  Pawlenty said, countering much of the the agricultural community in Iowa, including many conservative Republicans in the state.

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Pawlenty's In

11:44 AM, May 23, 2011

It's now official: Tim Pawlenty is running for president. 

In Des Moines, Iowa, the former Minnesota governor just delivered the following announcement: 

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Pawlenty: 'Together We'll Change Our Country'

"And this time, it will be for the better."
7:38 AM, May 23, 2011

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has released this preview video, in advance of his official announcement later today that he'll be running for president, called "A Time for Truth." 

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The Next President Isn’t Currently Running (Updated)

6:35 AM, May 23, 2011

There’s no GOP operative for whom I have higher regard than former RNC chair and senior Bush advisor Ed Gillespie. He deserves to be taken seriously when he says (according to Politico): "For all intents and purposes, the field is set. The waiting is over. It's possible someone may get in later on, but Republican activists, officials and donors are going to begin picking a horse from the current field, and things are going to accelerate pretty quickly now. We have a field that will produce a nominee capable of beating Obama next November."

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Pawlenty to Announce Presidential Bid on Monday; Cain Tomorrow

12:11 PM, May 20, 2011

In what could be interpreted as a sign that Tim Pawlenty is betting big on Iowa, the former Minnesota governor will announce that he is running for president on Monday in Des Moines, the AP reports.

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Morning Jay: What's Missing from the GOP Field?

5:00 AM, May 19, 2011

There is definite discontent among plugged-in Republicans about the GOP field. From what I gather, lots of people feel as though no candidate offers the right combination of conservatism, authenticity, and excitement. Those seem to be the main grievance points.

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The Daily Grind: Al Qaeda has a New Leader?

6:30 AM, May 18, 2011

"Egyptian Saif al-Adel now acting leader of al Qaeda, ex-militant says"

The Newt implosion continues apace.

"Democrats' Oil Subsidy Repeal Bill Is Actually Unconstitutional" ... says Talking Points Memo?

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Pawlenty's Advice for Obama's Meeting with Netanyahu

4:36 PM, May 17, 2011

In a statement released by the Pawlenty for President Exploratory Committee, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty offered advice for the president on his upcoming meeting with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Pawlenty's Promise and Peril

5:04 PM, May 05, 2011

Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty arguably has the most to lose or gain in tonight's Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina. That's because he seems to be the only one of the five candidates participating in debate with a good shot of actually becoming the Republican nominee.

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Morning Jay: Democrats Should Worry about the GOP Field

5:00 AM, Apr 29, 2011

The conventional wisdom is that the emerging Republican field for 2012 is a very weak one. However, like so much else in the topsy-turvy age of Obama, the conventional wisdom on this one is completely upside down. The idea of a weak GOP field is almost as ridiculous as a debate about a fifty-year-old birth certificate just as the economic recovery comes grinding to a halt. Almost.

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Former RGA Director to Head Tim Pawlenty's Campaign

10:01 AM, Apr 11, 2011

The New York Times reports that Nick Ayers, the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association, will be joining the Tim Pawlenty 2012 team as its campaign manager. The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise to political insiders, since Ayers's successful tenure at the RGA came while Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, himself considered a potential presidential candidate, led the organization. Ayers was thought of as a close ally of Barbour.

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Special Report Panel on Obama's Reelection Announcement

7:14 AM, Apr 05, 2011

Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Tim Pawlenty and the 'Goldilocks' Strategy for the Republican Nomination

5:00 AM, Apr 01, 2011

It's difficult at this point to try to determine who has the best chance to be the Republican candidate in the 2012 election. Still, it's fair to say that Tim Pawlenty could pursue a potentially successful "Goldilocks Strategy" for the nomination.

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