September 6th, 2009
11:20 PM ET
5 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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  1. Jean

    Pawlenty doesn't think Sen. McCain made a mistake in choosing Palin and that should give everyone a glimpse into his fuzzy logic.
    Sen. McCain would have done much better without Palin. Her ignorance and incompetence dragged him down. People who loved McCain were horrified at the remote possibility of Palin, with so little knowledge of the world, becoming President. Palin is why he lost.

    September 6, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. SD in NY

    Typical Liberal CNN Headline.

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

    The headline makes it seem like Pawlenty doesn't think Palin can compete for anything, which is not what Pawlenty said at all. If you read the article you'll then see how CNN can't help themselves but put a liberal twist on it.

    No wonder FOX rules and CNN gets about 10 readers.

    September 6, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Joe

    Why cant rethuglicans just go away, I mean after the last clowns that just left office, aren't you people ashamed enough? Just remember President Barack Obama has a 53% approval rating and my stock portfolio is up 17% on the year, while little man syndrome bush approval rating was an outstanding 23%, and everyone including bush supporters lost money because of him. Suckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Emma

    lovely ... with all of the wackiness going on with the Obama administration, you choose to focus on Sarah Palin, a PRIVATE CITIZEN?? Hey CNN readers, if you want to see all the news that you're missing, try some conservative blogs. You'd be surprised what the MSM ISN'T reporting.

    September 6, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. MrPragmatic

    Can we simply agree here that neither Pawlenty nor Palin have any business being within 100 miles of the Oval Office? Seriously, CNN, is this supposed to be comedy?

    September 6, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. lucy from pa

    what i want to know is who is calling the shots in the republican party? various people – tom ridge for one, mccain for another – start to speak a mild truth about the cheyney regime and suddenly recant and deny what they said on tape or in print. why? what is going on? why are they all such mindless sheep? who are the powers behind them? rove again? cheney, wolfowicz and rumsfeld? dick morris? what's going on? where are the journalists?

    September 6, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Ted

    To all you ignorant republicans supporters who believe the myth that Obama is heading the country downward by spending, why don't you check your facts, and you will see that Reagen, Bush I and Bush II spent a combined 7 trillion of the 10 trillion dollars that is facing our national debt, where were the conservative liars who were so worried about their children and grandchildren future then? Just please people already think of the right as dumb, ignorant, and uneducated check your facts before speaking!!!

    September 6, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. pharo

    2012 will change the formula and the dems (dims) will crawl back into their caves and stop the rush to Socialism. Good riddance!

    September 6, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. David In West Virginia

    Why should Pawlenty see Palin as a competitor; afterall, they're two peas in the pod. It's the GOP that will run the show if either get elected President, God forbid!!!!!!

    September 6, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. don’t view her as somebody who’s a competitor for anything

    could she really be a viable canidate for anything having caved at the lawsuits being brought her way to the point of quitting her service early

    and Paw-lenty has displayed himself as a peice of work as well

    too people that need the public eye to feel validated

    September 6, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. skeptic1

    "The Minnesota Republican [Pawlenty] added that he did not think McCain made a mistake in choosing Palin as his running mate."

    Excellent, I'd really like this guy to be POTUS, ha! Only kidding – I knew he was not so bright from earlier accounts. Guess he just sort of iced his cake.

    September 6, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. John

    Palin a "remarkable leader for Alaska"?

    huh?

    Please run in 2012, Gov Pawlenty.

    Democrats and President Obama need another four years.

    September 6, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Concern citizen

    Please president Obama we need help. I know anything you do, you are being criticized. Please, we need Universel health care, do not listen the people who keep spreading all these smears..... Just do what you have to do, anyway even by helping people, you will always be the bad guy, the hitler, the joker, the communist, the socialist,...etc...keep doing what you have to do, they do not like you, you will keep being criticized anyway!!! Thank you for everything you are doing.

    September 6, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. jon

    I'm glad Governor Pawlenty doesn't regard Sarah Palin as a competitior, because he has the charisma and leadership ability of a TV test pattern. Palin is the real deal and the criticism of liberals is the proof.

    September 6, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Jon

    I believe that former Gov. Palin is the best candidate for the Republicans in 2012. Her travels and her been there done that "experience" has given her the tools to prepare for the next presidential election. Besides, one bloggers comment above is accurate - anyone including Daffy Duck - is a better choice than the socialist and elitist Obama.

    September 6, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. DeeDee

    I hope the Republicans have to live with Sarah Palin for a long time. They created and fed this monster and I hope she eats them alive. The Republicans have become and perhaps have always been in recent years a hateful, racist, mean-spirited, hypocritical party, I'm looking forward to Palin and company setting the switch of its self-destruction.

    September 6, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. ItIsMe

    America is merely a shell of itself with its silly, childish partisan politics. You're all deeply embarrassing...

    September 6, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Orlando O.

    who cares about either of these two. Another GOP news sunday, great job CNN.

    September 6, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Jacob

    Democrats should all go vote for Sarah Palin in the 2012 primary as revenge to Rush Limbaugh's operation chaos. It would be fun to watch Barack mop the floor with Palin in a talking match.

    September 6, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. Jim

    Republicans are not conservatives. Palin will give the Republicans plenty of difficulty in th future. That's why the Republicans protest so much.

    September 6, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Jilli

    Two strikes...
    “And I think she’s somebody who has been a remarkable leader in Alaska under difficult circumstances."

    "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"

    If Pawlenty actually believes what he said in those two statements above, he doesn't have the sense God gave him, or he's a shameless political hack. My bets on the later.

    September 6, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. carlos, that one

    they don't even want him anywhere near the state capitol........should say something about him..........

    September 6, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Joe

    Pawlenty only looks good cause Dems run Minnesota well.

    September 6, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Son of G-dubb

    I view her as a friend and a remarkable nutjob that doing everything to fatten her pockets and still make everybody thinks that she cares about them, god bless and goodnight.

    September 6, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. gg

    Sarah Palin (Dick Cheney with lipstick) realized that the best thing she could do for Alaska was resign. Why don't the rest of the Republican governors including the idiot Pawlenty do the same thing and help make America a better place.

    September 6, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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