September 6th, 2009
11:20 PM ET
9 years ago

I don't view Palin as a competitor for anything, says Pawlenty

Gov. Pawlenty said Sunday that he views former Gov. Palin as a teammate rather than a competitor and that he didn't think Sen. McCain made a mistake in selecting Palin as his 2008 running mate.

Gov. Pawlenty said Sunday that he views former Gov. Palin as a teammate rather than a competitor and that he didn't think Sen. McCain made a mistake in selecting Palin as his 2008 running mate.

(CNN) – Minnesota’s Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is widely considered to be a likely contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, said Sunday that he does not view himself as being in competition with his party’s most recent vice presidential nominee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Asked about his own 2012 plans, Pawlenty was coy and judicious, suggesting that his recent travels to many states likely to be important in the next White House race were because of his duties as the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association.

“Part of my responsibility,” Pawlenty told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King on Sunday’s State of the Union, “is to travel the country when appropriate, as time allows, to help Republican candidates for governor get elected or re elected. So that’s part of it. And, as time allows, I’m going to speak to issues that I think my party needs to improve on – both here in Minnesota and nationally. I believe that’s an important opportunity and responsibility.”

But Pawlenty was clear that he does not view himself as competing with former Gov. Palin.

The former Alaska governor is “a friend,” Pawlenty told King, “I don’t view her as somebody who’s a competitor for anything. I view her as a teammate.”

Pressed on his view of himself relative to Palin, Pawlenty reiterated, “I view her as a friend. And I think she’s somebody who has been a remarkable leader in Alaska under difficult circumstances. I don’t know what the future holds for her.”

Pawlenty also appeared to hold no ill will over Sen. John McCain’s reported decision to pick Gov. Palin over Gov. Pawlenty for the vice presidential nod on last year’s Republican ticket.

“I’m a huge fan of Sen. McCain. I think he made the choice he felt was right for not only his ticket but for the country in the circumstances of the time,” said Pawlenty. The Minnesota Republican added that he did not think McCain made a mistake in choosing Palin as his running mate.

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Pepou

    Why, not even on Saturday night live ?

    September 6, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Richard L

    Of course the Party of No is gunning for President Obama. How else could you explain their moronic criticism of Michelle's sleeveless blouse and her shorts, and keeping their children out of school so they don't hear the president tell children to stay in school?

    September 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Tony from Michigan

    This is about how I view Pawlenty...."some one who’s NOT a competitor for anything" just another right wing extremist.

    September 6, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Alfred E. Neumann

    And this is the daily CNN report on Sarah Palin. Whether she says or does anything on any given day, CNN is here to give you, the liberal, an opportunity to vent.

    Today, Tim Pawlenty mentioned her name and that was more than enough to mention Palin's name ahead of that of Pawlenty in the headline, as it were.

    And you thought Fox News was bias to the right – by a mile.
    Take a hard look and see if what Pawlenty thinks about the 2012 election race in 2009 is newsworthy. Take a hard look – left.

    September 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. S M R

    Let me tell you something Mr Pawlenty, No GOP Candidate has a chance after what Bush/Cheney did to OUR GREAT COUNTRY.

    September 6, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Simmy

    God, please break the Palin spell off CNN, IJN......

    September 6, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    Who are you fooling? The only difference between YOU and PALIN is that she QUIT before her term was up as governor and you are sticking with yours until it ends... YOU and PALIN are in competition and you are both LOSERS!!!

    On your travels, please refrain from coming to Virginia because McDonnell already lost and you will be wasting a trip.

    September 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Charlie

    The headline makes it seem that Pawlenty was brawling with Palin. Typical of CNN to print something like that. A left wing organization is what CNN is. GIve it up, you're not in the middle as you claim.

    September 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Hope

    Yeah right! McCain made a hugh mistake choosing Palin. She's the horror film that keeps rewinding!

    September 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Jeff in Houston

    I would not be so sure sir. She has an innate talent for stirring up the mindless cattle in her herd; one cow runs in a direction, they all run in a direction. They don't know why they are running, they just are. You seem like an intelligent man, looking at the situation through the eyes of reason.

    Can you tell me, sir, anything the Republican Party has handed out to their followers that is based in reason? You better watch your step. Look at what has happened to Republicans that question the party dogma and its leaders.

    Have you been veted by Rush yet?

    September 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Proud American

    I see them both as Idiots..

    September 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Runofthemill

    Who are these two people, and why are they in a news story?

    September 6, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Whoa - he doesn't even realize one of his teammates is pitted against another teammate for Idiot of the Century.

    Bachmann v. Palin

    Vote now for the BIGGEST IDIOT.

    September 6, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. steven harnack

    How they can spout this stuff with a straight face just amazes me.

    September 6, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. bassman

    She had David Letterman apolozing after interviews with Matt Lauer and Wolf Blitzer, she had her legal council take out MSNBC, NY Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post ( amazing considering she is supposed to be incompetent) after the luducris embezzlement charge. Now she won the debate over "death panels" The book Your Life, Your Choices proves her point for her. She is subjected to sexism. The left dismisses her. She has over 1000 invitations to speak. This is a Woman that should not be over looked.

    September 6, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Farrell in Houston

    I have to agree with Pawlenty on Palin, she was right for McCain who has no educational background as well as Palin, but Pawlenty and his wife both have the credentials. What a low blow to think anyone would rate Palin is a competitor for anything, she's a quitter and that's why it took 5 colleges and 7 years for her to attain a lousy journalism degree.

    September 6, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Independent

    You are no competitor either Pawlenty

    September 6, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Jane/Seattle

    If the MSM would stop beating a dead horse and let this lady go into obscurity, then she would be done! Someone wants to keep her in the media storm in order to continue to manipulate the press, citizenry and anything else they can to groom her for further plans that may have already been determined. Anyone else think of this? Peace 🙂

    September 6, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. zago

    Though I agree with Gov Pawlenty and Gov Palin's inability to compete on anything, I think Gov. Pawlenty overestimates his own ability to govern when he lets a major bridge on an interstate highway collapse on his watch killing hundreds of innocents people. I doubt that he could handle complex issues like national security, the economy, national infrastructure, etc..

    September 6, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Expat American

    Sarah Palin is a private citizen now; besides the occasional ridiculous and insignificant public appearance and the like, I'd be amazed if the GOP places their trust and their nomination in her for 2012 or beyond. She proved herself to be a white trash uneducated, bigoted bully who crumbled when she actually had to account for her words, her actions and her lack of intelligence. She burst on the scene boasting that she was a pit-bull with lipstick but ended up looking like a whipped government mule.

    Go on, take the money and run Mrs. Former governor. You will always be loved in certain pockets of the 'Real America'; as these same pockets will always be home to the most uneducated, isolationist, racist, and bigoted of American society.

    September 6, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Kevin from Chicago

    The headline for the article in very misleading.

    September 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. cspurgeon

    Pawlenty is proving himself to be an idiot. I was watching with interest and I would never vote for him....

    September 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. On the other hand...

    More than 40% of Americans agreed with Pawlenty; The McCain – Palin ticket was what we needed to take America forward in 2009. Oddly enough, more of what McCain said in his campaign came true when compared to what Obama said, even though Obama is the one who won and had the opportunity to affect the outcome. Less than a year into the new term, many of the mistakes McCain said would happen with a Democratic Administration and congress did happen and have already proven to have been bad decisions. It's costing America a lot of time and money, but hindsight is 20:20.

    September 6, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Deb

    Pawlenty isn't competition for the Dem's either. The Republicans are a sure sign that inbreeding can lead to dangerous outcomes. Palin, Pawlenty, Rush, Hannity, Bush/Chenney, etc. are prime examples. The right only wants to bring down Obama and this country because they are sore losers and wanted to do it themselves and finish what Bush screwed up. The right yells they want thier country back, sorry Bush and the Republican's took it from the average citizens years ago and gave it to the few priviledged and rich.

    September 6, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Xavier

    I dont care if its Palin or Pawlenty, or both on a joint ticket, I will never voter republican. After seeing their behavior on healthcare, and the Sotomayor hearings I am convinced that there are to many individuals within the party that would be happy to see our country return to the dark days when separate, but equal was the norm.

    September 6, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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