September 3rd, 2009
08:54 AM ET
10 years ago

Pawlenty back on the Trail

Sen. Olympia Snowe is part of the bipartisan so-called 'Gang of Six' negotiating on health care.

Sen. Olympia Snowe is part of the bipartisan so-called 'Gang of Six' negotiating on health care.

(CNN) - New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie gets a helping hand today from a high profile surrogate.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will join Christie on the campaign trail at a meet and greet with volunteers in Bergen County, New Jersey. It's an event that will be seen by many who cover national politics as the latest high profile step for Pawlenty toward a possible run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Last month Pawlenty was the keynote speaker at a major dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Florida. In July, he addressed top party members at a Republican National Committee conference in San Diego. Next month, Pawlenty heads back to California, as a featured speaker at the Western Conservative Political Action Conference.

Earlier this summer, the two term governor announced he would not run next year for a third term, a move seen by many as a signal that Pawlenty is interested in running for the White House. Since that announcement, Pawlenty has stepped up his criticism of President Barack Obama.

"It is time we stand up to President Obama," Pawlenty said to members of the Republican National Committee last month. "It is time we stand up for our principles, and it is time we stand up for the American people."

In July, he teamed up with House Minority Leader John Boehner to release a report that took aim at Democratic plans for health care reform. Since then, Pawlenty has increased his opposition to health care reform proposals supported by Obama and congressional Democrats.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only states holding gubernatorial contests this year. Democrats are defending both seats. While local issues and the candidates themselves will dictate these two contests, they also have national implications, as Republicans try to make the two races a referendum on Obama and the Democrats who control Congress.


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. haren

    It is time we stand up for our principal.
    what principal? running country in to ditch in last 8 years.
    Just to oppose him and say NO for everything.

    September 3, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. rob

    and where was this ass when Bush was doing all his crap for 8 years ? Never opened his mouth then. So why would anyone with a sane mind listen to anything he has to say

    September 3, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. george

    Just another right wing born again christian nut job.

    September 3, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Hobie

    Governor Pawlenty, you don't speak for this American voter.

    September 3, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. carlo

    After dealing with Bachman, I don't want to hear from any more Republicans from Minnesota.

    September 3, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    This country needs an enema. Seriously.

    Elections have to matter!

    When we lost and got Bush and Republican majorities in the Senate and House, we got an invasion of Iraq and a huge debt. Where were the Blue Dog Fraudocrats then?

    Now the country has been left a mess and we've won. We have Obama and Democratic majorities in the Senate and House and still the Republicans win.

    I suppose screaming like lunatics at town hall meetings and wearing guns to political events matters more than voting.

    So who cares who wins the election and becomes governor of NJ?

    September 3, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Georgia

    Pawlenty' approval ratings in MN have plummeted (I grew up there – and hear this from family up there). They don't want him back for a 3rd term. He has come up with an inventive way of Renaming Tax Hikes by calling them "Fees". Another Hypocrite!

    In other words – He would be a PERFECT Republican Presidential candidate!

    September 3, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Barbara Independent in NY

    Hey Pawlenty, just what are Republican principals? All the American people hear is lies and hypocrisy. This guy has been on Fox too many times to be believable.

    September 3, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. John W. Racine, WI

    Governor Pawlenty: you don't know a thing about Republican principles or American principles; in point of fact, you are devoid of all principles; you, like most of your Republican bretheren, simply want to attack President Obama because he is an Afro-American President with REAL PRINCIPLES...

    September 3, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "It is time we stand up to President Obama," Pawlenty said to members of the Republican National Committee last month. "It is time we stand up for our principles, and it is time we stand up for the American people."

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    "It's time we stand up for the American people." That's what your suppose to be doing all the time you idiot. i hope Tim isn't seriously thinking of running for POTUS. He doesn't look presidential and doesn't look like he has any backbone.

    September 3, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. steve

    Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida sent a letter condemning President Obama for his planned speech to school children on Sept 8th.
    This is followed by call by Tea party groups and Glenn Beck for parents to keep away their kids from attending school on 8th sept.
    What is happening in the Republican party?
    The message from the president is simple.
    Work hard in school.
    Stay in school.
    Graduate with good knowledge to contribute to the society for a stronger and prosperous nation.
    The insanity in the GOP now is clearly frightening but revealing.
    Can somebody step in and reclaim their party from the grip of fear and hatred .

    September 3, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. marie

    I just want everyone to know.........Pawlenty was a lousy governor of Minnesota. He did not do one thing good for our state. m

    September 3, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Mike in Texas

    Slogans are not enough to regain the White House. Please elaborate how you are going to stand up for the American People. Are you going to oppose health care reform while big insurance companies are fattening your wallet? Way to stand up for the little guy Tim. Same old, same old. Different face, same tired stale message.

    September 3, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It is time we stand up to President Obama," Pawlenty said to members of the Republican National Committee last month. "It is time we stand up for our principles, and it is time we stand up for the American people."
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    Having run Minnesota into the ground during his tenure as governor, Pawlenty is now setting his sights on a national presidential run?

    Typical republican - can't get the *locals* to vote for them anymore so they go national by stirring up the anger against President Obama.

    So, T-Paw, what have you done for Minnesota lately, and how are you planning on solving a national crisis when you haven't even begun to come to grips with the crisis Minnesota is facing as a result of your own inexperience?

    September 3, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Steve in Denver

    Mr. Pawlenty: I hope you are standing up for the older Republican principles, rather than the neocon crap the Republican party has embraced. Does this mean you will embrace morality, or are you joining the C street vermin? Are you going to promote open, thoughtful, and inclusive debate of issues, or join Limbaugh and Hannity in the "lie loud, lie often, and shout it louder to drown out anybody else" mantra? Are you going to be honest in advocating for fiscal restraint, as Goldwater might or Ron Paul does, or are you just going to shout about Obama's spending after endorsing the reckless spending that occurred from 2001 to 2008?

    I'd love to see a Republican with actual principles, and actual values. You'd have no competition on the Republican side.

    September 3, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Zach K

    Does it surprise me that he almost LOST reelection in 2006?

    Seriously, the polls even indicate that his home state favors Obama over this clown.

    September 3, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Aspen Professor

    "It is time we stand up to President Obama," Pawlenty said to members of the Republican National Committee last month. "It is time we stand up for our principles, and it is time we stand up for the American people."

    Lets see if I got this right.
    Pawlenty wants to just say NO.

    Wants to stand up for the Repub principles of blantant lying about Health Care, act like an arrogant fool, and voice the now-normal Repub hypocritical BS.

    And, as to standing up for the American People, just more flag waving crappola drolling out of a Repub mouth when he has nothing to say about anything.

    September 3, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Reagan was wrong

    "It is time we stand up for our principles"

    No thanks, we spent the last 8 years living under those "principles", and now we're paying the price.

    September 3, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Chris in CO

    "It is time we stand up to President Obama," Pawlenty said to members of the Republican National Committee last month. "It is time we stand up for our principles, and it is time we stand up for the American people."

    I wonder what Gov. Pawlenty was standing up for for the 8 years prior to President Obama? Could it have been his own self-interest both then and now? The American people overwhelmingly voted for change from Republican self-interest when they voted in President Obama and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. Just which Americans is he standing up for?

    September 3, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Mississippi Mike

    New Jersey needs a Republican in office to put them back on the right track. any government run by liberals ends up going bankrupt financially and ethically. Republicans aren't perfect but their agenda doesn't lend itself to abuses of power like the platform of the Democrats does.

    September 3, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. vic nashville , Tn

    I feel sorry for republican party they don’t have leader

    September 3, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Jane

    I see our gov is going out now to help other state's finances get fouled up. America – he's no financial genius!!!!

    September 3, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Liberal and PROUD of it!

    Typical old style rethuglican with no ideas, no solutions and for the rich only. THanks, but NO thanks!

    September 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. republicans destroyed America!

    Who in their right moral mind would oppose Health Care Reform. Jesus healed all sick, not just the ones who could afford to pay.

    September 3, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. MnResident

    I can't wait till Pawlenty is not our Governor any longer ! He is a phony Conservative that has raised fee after fee after taking a " no new tax " pledge. I guess if it comes out of my wallet as a fee its not supposed to make as mad as a tax.

    September 3, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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