WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty – mentioned as a top contender to be John McCain’s running mate – said Thursday that the Republican Party needs to change its image and outreach geared toward young voters.
“I don't think we're doing a very good job reaching out and attracting the support of young people right now and that is part because we need to freshen up the party a little bit,” Pawlenty told CNN Headline News’ Glenn Beck. “Doesn't mean we dilute our values or change our values. We just have to do a better job of making sure we translate that them into the modern generation.”
Watch: Pawlenty on GOP, guns, bailouts
Veepstakes speculation has recently surrounded Pawlenty, a governor from a state in play this year. Political analysts say the Minnesota governor – who possesses a Washington-free resume - could take some of the same-old/same-old feel off the Republican ticket, counterbalancing McCain's age and decades in Congress with a light touch.
Watch the full interview on Glenn Beck tonight at 7 p.m. ET on Headline News.
Pawlenty also touched on a hot-button issue: Gun rights.
“[I’m a] strong supporter of the second amendment and I have been supported in all my elections by the NRA,” he said. “I'm the only governor in the USA to sign the concealed carry legislation twice. Once after the court threw it out and once before.”
When asked if car companies such as GM, Ford and Chrysler – who have fallen on hard times with a sagging economy – need a bail out, Pawlenty said the government “can be in the business of bailing out every large company that's in trouble.”
“We'd be bailing out the airlines we'd be bailing out lots of other companies, I think the answer is to have those companies … be competitive and compete in a world marketplace.”
The Minnesota governor also praised McCain’s ideas on tax credits for people who purchase next generation vehicles, which he said includes low emissions, fuel efficiency and next generation cellulite battery technology for their cars.
No amount of freshening-up would help a candidate (Senator McCain)who is so out of touch with the American people.
(1) He makes fun of the American people concerning the value in inflating tires.
(2) His campaign wishes another 9/11 attack for their political gain
(3) He thinks the economy is great as it is
(4) He wants the troop to stay in Iraq for another 100years or more
(5) His advisor believes that America is a nation of whinners
(6) His campaign is packed with lobbyist
(7) He wants to give billions of $ of tax break to the oil industry
(8) He has no knowledge of the world
(9) He would rather 'bomb, bomb, bomb Iran' and 'wipe out Iran with cigarette'
(10) All he is good at is mocking Obama and his plan, but he has no idea of his own
(11) He has flip-flopped million times: on troop withdrawal, on talking with Iran , on value of proper tire-pressure etc
Senator McCain would be the worst thing to have happened to America, if he were to be elected as President.
The only problem with Pawlenty is that he ticked off 56,000+ permit-holders in his state when he failed to keep a promise he made in November of 2006. He said that he would inform the Department of Public Safety to actaully start following the MN Citizens Personal Protection Act (the law so nice he signed it twice). We are still waiting, and a whole bunch of us have been busy telling GOP fund raisers that the GOP will not get one thin dime until the Governor keeps his promise.
Don't you think there is a typo in this article ['can' should be 'can't"]?
– When asked if car companies such as GM, Ford and Chrysler – who have fallen on hard times with a sagging economy – need a bail out, Pawlenty said the government “CAN be in the business of bailing out every large company that's in trouble.”–
Pawlenty said that the government canNOT be in the business of bailing out every large company that's in trouble. Come on CNN. Proof read your articles.
Given the "state of the state" in MN since Pawlenty took office: downturn in economy, loss of jobs, extreme increase in property taxes, and need we mention the fact that Pawlenty VETOED increased spending on transportation in a state where a major freeway COLLAPSED, I don't think Pawlenty would be much help to McCain. (Not that we wouldn't be happy to get rid of him...)
Oh well, doesn't matter anyway, because McCain/Whoever will be out of jobs in November, anyway.
you're not reaching voters because the mccain camp is a pathetic joke.
They can work on that for the next eight years and by that time the Democrats will have gotten this country back on track
Pawlenty must really want to be VP if he says this...
How about if you start by giving your republications geography books, then teach them how to use computers and the internet and exercise sending and reading email via devices like blackberry and iphones, then get them off offering their wives for topless contests at bikers rallies and for a one step closer to being a modern person, get off alcohol. I think thats a good start.
Headline from Minneapolis paper. Seriously.
"Pawlenty says he likes Paris Hilton's way of thinking"
Reach out to younger voters with Grandpa Munster as your candidate?? Not gonna happen!
Many good options for VP. Senator McCain should consider Sen Joe Biden. I remember telling my wife during the early days that JB is a Dem that a Dem or Rep can vote for. His ideas really make sense and could mesh well with Sen McCain with some hard sitdowns.
He is not different. Once a rethug always a rethug. He agrees with Bush in almost everything. So Pawlenty/ McSame=Bush third Term. We are not fooled here in the land of 10000 lakes
As a young Republican myself, the party needs to branch away from the social-conservative issues which make it so abrasive and focus on what Barry Goldwater wanted, minimal government in private life, free markets, and strong national defense. Gay marriage, gays in the military, abortion, the death penalty, etc all contradict the core of the Republican Party, Government should not be telling people what to with their own personal lives. If young people realize you can be socially liberal and economically conservative then there would be a huge increase in young participation.
Pawlenty said the government “[b]can[/b] be in the business of bailing out every large company that's in trouble.”
is that a misquote? cause it seems from context that he meant to say "can't"
The right-wing conservatives like Rush, Glenn Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, are really stirring the pot. Instead of spewing hatred (and pretending it's because they don't like Obama's policies), they should be working overtime to heal the divisions in our country. What's going to happen when Obama DOES become president and they've created an internal war zone in the U.S.A. for their children and grandchildren? Then no one will be safe!!! Don't they see what they're doing??? Can't they STOP???
If your candidate is so great, talk about him, and stop dissing Obama!
I'm a Christian and voted Republican all my life due to Christian values. But these Republican media moguls are really damaging our country with hatred, and I can't support it as a Christian.
Sorry, REPUBS, you're going to lose the Evangelical vote this year!!! That was the swing vote that got Bush elected the last 2 terms.
Why do CNN moderators allow offensive Democratic vitriole, but censor reasonable McCain supporters?
Mr. McCain, only words are Senator Obama said, Senator Obama said, Senator Obama said.I think McCain eats, sleep and dream those words.
luckily the world is not built on the youth or we would all be soylent green.... turn around and read what you write and you will see how radical you are... your space in time is between your ears.... wake up you are not alone on GOD'S GREEN EARTH///
The Repugs are so out of touch with the needs of the public. This is the worst I have seen since I have been voting for over three decades. The rich are richer, the rest of us trying to make a living every day are getting poorer over these past eight years. As long as the Repugs have big business in their back pocket, the trend will continue. Time for new blood. Obama 08/12
Kinda hard to start anew with old fogey leading the way!
Gov. Pawlenty is absolutly right. They do need to target young voters better, because right now the Democrats are winning a large majority of the younger generation. On a side note, I wonder if the reason for Bush's adminstration to suddenly be in sync with Sen. Obama is because they are trying to make Sen. Obama look more like Pres. Bush and Sen. McCain to look less like Pres. Bush. Oh well, I don't think the Republicans have an honest bone in them and that's why I'm for Sen. Obama.
we are more educated...we can look at the facts and make our own decisions. That means the Republicans will have to 'uneducate' us.
Why dont John McCain hold press conferences anymore, the Republican are afraid he might loose his cool. Ha–Ha–Ha.