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Tim Pawlenty presidential campaign, 2012

 

Tim Pawlenty presidential campaign, 2012

Tim Pawlenty for President 2012
Campaign U.S. presidential election, 2012
Candidate Tim Pawlenty
Former Governor of Minnesota
Affiliation Republican Party
Status Withdrew, August 14, 2011[1]
Headquarters St. Paul, Minnesota
Key people Nick Ayers (Manager)
Receipts US$5,965,502 (2012-3-31)
Website
Pawlenty 2012

Former Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota began a movement for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for President of the United States shortly after the 2010 midterm elections.

On March 21, 2011 Pawlenty announced on exploratory committee with the Federal Elections Commission. He formally declared his candidacy in Iowa on May 23, 2011.[2] The day after finishing third place in the August 13, 2011 Ames Straw Poll,[3] Pawlenty ended his presidential campaign.[1]

Contents

  • Background 1
    • Staff 1.1
  • Book tour and political positions 2
  • Campaign developments 3
    • Announcement 3.1
    • Rivalry with Michele Bachmann 3.2
    • Withdrawal 3.3
  • Endorsements 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Background

In February 2005, ABC News identified him as a potential candidate for president.[4] Pawlenty decided not to seek a third term as governor, and so was not a candidate in the November 2010 gubernatorial election. Later, he regretted the decision, which was made in part due to wanting to avoid having to fight with the Democratic-controlled legislature, because Democrats lost control of the legislature in the same election.[5]

In September 2008, MinnPost mentioned that Pawlenty was a potential candidate in the 2012 presidential election.[6] In October 2009, a CNN article suggested that Pawlenty was contemplating a 2012 White House bid.[7] Among those advising him in preparation for a potential presidential run is lobbyist and former Congressman Vin Weber.[8]

In late 2009, Pawlenty began taking steps that many saw as leading to a 2012 presidential bid.[9] He visited [12][13]

Staff

Newt Gingrich, defected to Pawlenty's campaign in June 2011, when at least 16 of Gingrich's staff quit.[14] Elise Stefanik served as his policy director.[15]

Book tour and political positions

Pawlenty at a book signing in February 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Pawlenty went on tour for his book Courage to Stand, and as of January 18, his book had reached #1,979 on Amazon.com's list of bestsellers.[16] Pawlenty calls himself a social conservative.[17] In his extended interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, he said he thinks United States Social Security and Medicare need to be cut to balance the federal budget.[18]

Pawlenty believes that state governments should outlaw abortion, except for cases of rape, incest, and to save a woman's life. He thinks the United States Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade wrongly, abortion being a state, not a federal, matter. He opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions. He would like to reinstate "Don't ask, don't tell" should he become president. Answering a question from talk radio host Bryan Fischer, he replied, "... I have been a public supporter of maintaining Don't Ask, Don't Tell and I would support reinstating it as well".[17]

In December 2010, Pawlenty was one of three U.S. governors who publicly declared solidarity with Christian-right group Family Research Council.[19]

Pawlenty's tour passed through Minneapolis, San Francisco and Dallas, ending in Iowa in January where the Iowa Caucuses are scheduled for February 6, 2012. "That will come up fast," he said, "if I do run."

In a December 2010 column in The Wall Street Journal, Pawlenty argued in favor of the historical benefits of "private sector" labor unions and strongly against "public sector" labor unions, whose collective bargaining rights he would like to see curbed: "The rise of the labor movement in the early 20th century was a triumph for America's working class. In an era of deep economic anxiety, unions stood up for hard-working but vulnerable families, protecting them from physical and economic exploitation." He also criticized modern unions: "The moral case for unions—protecting working families from exploitation—does not apply to public employment... Unionized public employees are making more money, receiving more generous benefits, and enjoying greater job security than the working families forced to pay for it with ever-higher taxes, deficits and debt."[20]

Campaign developments

Announcement

On March 21, 2011, Pawlenty announced, via [23] On Twitter, his spokesman said CNN took his comments out of context.[24]

On May 23, 2011, Pawlenty launched his candidacy for President in a speech in Iowa stating: "I'm going to try something a little unusual in politics. I'm just going to tell the truth."[25][26] A YouTube video[27] appeared a day before.[28] The Wall Street Journal wrote of his candidacy, and the luck he experienced in the GOP's field, that Pawlenty has a "golden chance to become the chief rival to... Mitt Romney".[29]

Rivalry with Michele Bachmann

Before fellow Minnesota politician Michele Bachmann entered the race in mid-2011, Pawlenty said, "I have a lot of respect for Michele Bachmann … Whether she runs or not, it's gonna be a big field. There's gonna be five, six, seven, eight people running … Whoever wants to run can run. The more, the merrier."[16] In the weeks leading up to the Ames Straw Poll hosted by the Iowa GOP, however, Pawlenty expressed frustration with the perception that Representative Bachmann was the outsider in Minnesota politics and that he was the establishment.[30] In a debate hosted by Fox News Channel and the Washington Examiner shortly before the poll Pawlenty challenged Bachmann, claiming that "in Congress, [Bachmann's] record of accomplishment and results is nonexistent."[31]

Although Pawlenty had a top three result in the Ames poll on August 13 (after Bachmann and Ron Paul) and stated that "[w]e made progress in moving from the back of the pack into a competitive position for the caucuses",[32] some analysts were of the view that with him receiving less than half of Bachmann's vote, Pawlenty had failed to reassure his prospective supporters and donors that his campaign was not stalled.[33][34]

Withdrawal

Pawlenty speaking at the Ames Straw Poll, the day before withdrawing from the race.

Following his poor showing in the Ames Straw Poll, where he received only 13.57% of the votes cast,[3] behind second-place Ron Paul and winner Michele Bachmann, Pawlenty announced on ABC News's This Week he was ending his campaign for the Republican nomination:[1]

"It [his finish in the straw poll] was disappointing. But let me first say, Jake, this has been an incredible process. It's been a great honor for Mary and me and our team to convey the message of trying to get this country back on track -- and I think it is off-track -- but bringing my record forward as a two-term governor of a blue state, doing things like getting government spending under control, doing health care reform the right way, and much more. But obviously that message didn't get the kind of traction or lift that we needed and hoped for coming into and out of the Ames straw poll. We needed to get some lift to continue on and to 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, but I'm very, very grateful for the people of Iowa, the people of this country, who I had a chance to make my case to, and for my supporters and staff and friends who've been so loyal and helpful. I really appreciate all of them. I wish it would have been different. But, obviously, the pathway forward for me doesn't really exist. And so we're going to end the campaign."[35]

Endorsements

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid".  
  2. ^ "Pawlenty headed to Iowa to formally declare candidacy". CNN. 
  3. ^ a b Reinhard, Beth (August 13, 2011). "Bachmann Boom; TPaw Bust?".  
  4. ^ Ambinder, Marc (February 9, 2005). "Conservatives Say Pawlenty Is Potential Presidential Candidate". ABC News. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.greensboro-nc.com/news/article/pawlentys-regret-no-third-term
  6. ^ What's Next for Tim Pawlenty? Minnesota Post.
  7. ^ "Pawlenty rolls out new health care proposals". CNN. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ Foster, Daniel (January 27, 2011). "Pence Out, Republican Presidential Field Open".  
  9. ^ Jonathan Martin (October 1, 2009). "Pawlenty preps 2012 campaign team". Politico. Retrieved 3 Jun 2010. 
  10. ^ "Pawlenty in Iowa: Republican party must unite to take power from Democrats | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs". Blogs.desmoinesregister.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  11. ^ Peters, Jeremy (January 29, 2011). "Political Blogs Are Ready to Flood Campaign Trail". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ ByKendra Marr (January 14, 2011). "Pawlenty: No VP thoughts this time". Politico. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ Davenport, Reid (January 18, 2011). "Tim Pawlenty: If I run, it will be for the presidency".  
  14. ^ a b Tumulty, Karen and Chris Cillizza (June 9, 2011). "High command quits Gingrich campaign". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  15. ^ Jamie Weinstein. "Elise Stefanik wants to go to Congress". The Daily Caller. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Weiner, Jay (January 18, 2011). "In campaign-like appearance, Pawlenty shows off 'Courage to Stand' ... and to sit, signing books". MinnPost. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Bryan Fischer and Tim Pawlenty. AFA's Bryan Fischer Interviews Tim Pawlenty. YouTube (Google). Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  18. ^ Exclusive - Tim Pawlenty Extended Interview (Episode #16007). The Daily Show (Comedy Partners). January 12, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  19. ^ Duffy, J.P. (December 15, 2010). "FRC, Members of Congress, Governors, and Conservative Leaders Release Open Letter Calling for Civil Debate, End to Character Assassination". Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  20. ^ Pawlenty, Tim (December 13, 2010). "Government Unions vs. Taxpayers".  
  21. ^ Marr, Kendra (March 21, 2011). "Tim Pawlenty forms 2012 presidential exploratory committee".  
  22. ^ Camia, Catalina (March 21, 2011). "Pawlenty launches committee to explore White House bid".  
  23. ^ Pawlenty, Tim (April 12, 2011). CNN Official Interview: Tim Pawlenty 'I'm running for President'. CNN via YouTube (Google).  and in context Tim Pawlenty Tells Piers Morgan: "I'm Running For President". CNN via PoliticsNewsNews via YouTube (Google). Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  24. ^ "@CNN report of @TimPawlenty on @piersmorgan is out of context. Obviously, Pawlenty has exploratory committee to run for President. Not VP," wrote Alex Conant, his spokesman, in Wallbank, Derek (April 12, 2011). "Tim Pawlenty accidentally confirms the obvious, then walks it back". MinnPost. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Real change is about telling hard truths".  
  26. ^ Pawlenty 'betting it all on Iowa' in presidential run. KARE-TV (Multimedia KARE). May 23, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  27. ^ Tim Pawlenty - A Time for Truth (Preview of Monday's Announcement). YouTube (Google). May 22, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  28. ^ Shear, Michael (May 22, 2011). "Pawlenty Announces Candidacy a Day Early". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  29. ^ Seib, Gerald F. (May 23, 2011). "Is America Ready for President TPaw?". The Wall Street Journal (Dow Jones). Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  30. ^ Sharpiro, Walter. "The Tragedy of Tim Pawlenty: He Did Everything Right. And That's The Problem". The New Republic. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  31. ^ Sean Hannity Bachmann's Post-Debate Reaction: Pawlenty Attacks Needed to Be Addressed Fox News Channel 11 August 2011
  32. ^ Bachmann Wins Iowa Straw Poll; Pawlenty Distant Third New York Times 13 August 2011
  33. ^ Peter Hamby, Questions for Pawlenty after straw poll finish CNN blogs, 13 August 2011
  34. ^ Ramesh Ponnuru, Bachmann Wins Iowa, For Now Bloomberg News 14 August 2011
  35. ^ 'This Week' Transcript: Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann 8/14/2011
  36. ^ http://www.timpawlenty.com/articles/congressman-joe-wilson-endorses-tim-pawlenty-for-president
  37. ^ http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44265

External links

  • Pawlenty 2012 official campaign site
  • Tim Pawlenty at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
  • Profile at Project Vote Smart
  • Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
  • Campaign contributions at Follow the Money (U.S. House)
  • Campaign 2002 – Minnesota Governor Minnesota Public Radio
  • Campaign 2006 – Tim Pawlenty Minnesota Public Radio
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