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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.”Read more
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.Read more
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, DRead more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
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.Read more
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