March 11th, 2010
01:53 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin and Pawlenty to help Bachmann raise cash

Both Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin will help Rep. Michele Bachmann raise money in April.
Both Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin will help Rep. Michele Bachmann raise money in April.

Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty, two potential rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, will meet in Minneapolis next month to help raise money for Rep. Michele Bachmann, an outspoken conservative and popular figure among Tea Party activists.

Palin had previously announced that she would campaign for Bachmann this spring, and Bachmann's campaign followed up Thursday with the announcement that the former Alaska governor will host an April 7 fundraiser for the Bachmann's re-election campaign.

But Bachmann's campaign also announced that Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor, will be one of several "Honorary Hosts" for the fundraiser - adding an extra layer of 2012 intrigue to the event.

The other "Honorary Hosts" are also Minnesota Republicans: former Sen. Norm Coleman, Rep. John Kline and Rep. Erik Paulsen.

Bachmann's campaign said a rally with Palin is still being planned.


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. David Johnston

    The alliens will come and read their thoughts and say "leaders like these, we could take over their planet but we would become babysitters and get stuck here. Run."

    March 11, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Joel

    Now this is a shining example of the blind leading the blank

    March 11, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. ABM

    A message to all considering donating to these people:
    Give your money to humanitarian causes instead. It will be a far better use of your money.

    March 11, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. lovable liberal

    Pawlenty's trying to prove he's craaazy enough to compete in the modern-day Republican Party. (Now there's an oxymoron!) Palin is defending her base. She's against health care reform, 'cause then her voters might get the medications they need.

    March 11, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Paul Abeln

    So Pawlenty wants to paint himself as a big fan of Palin and Bachmann. These two women represent big government intrusion into women's bedrooms. These two women want to take away free choice regarding women's reproductive rights. It's not really a smart move considering Pawlenty's presidential hopes. It helps him secure the Republican nomination but at the same time it sends a loud and clear message that Pawlenty supports big government intrusion. A little cognitive dissonance with that conservatism philosophy? Hmmm.

    March 11, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. cspurgeon

    Wow, two wackos trying to help a real nutcase. Man if that picture doesn't say something to the american public we are indeed lost. I trust in fellow Americans that they will see this crap for what it is. Greed, Political hay and totally nutso....in that order.

    March 11, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Bachmann is not fit to be in office and anyone who campaigns for her isn't thinking clearly. I'm not saying you have to replace her with a democrat, just somebody who isn't crazy!

    March 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    get this hypocrit out of office, and save the country

    March 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Awaal Oastad

    Can one plough a land with a goat? I am wondering how can Sarah deliever!!! I am wondering about the mental power of those who believe in Sarah....

    -A

    March 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. MN Combat Vet

    Pawlenty is no fiscal conservative...he is a credit card NeoCon. For example he has been using interagency agreements to pay for staff positions in his office. He has been using creative accounting to balance the budget...

    America, don't be fooled by him or Bachman. When Bachman was in state government she was great at stalling out the legislative process on God/Gays/Guns issues and trying to rename Minnesota highways after Ronald Reagan instead of doing the work of the people. Oh, and hiding behind bushes at gay rights rallies.

    March 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    Ok, I have to ask the obvious. What are the good people of Minnesota who live in this woman's district thinking. They can't honestly feel that they are being properly represented. She seems a little off – ok, way off.

    March 11, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. nadine

    Raising cash for a pyscho! Minnesotanians really need to take a hard look on re-electing this psycho queen. She and Palin are two nutty women that will destroy this country.

    March 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Sandy Carey

    Okay, people - bad as Palin is, and she is certainly certifiable, Bachmann is an idiot. Support of her re-election then must render the supporter an idiot as well. We already know this about crazy Sarah, but it is troubling to now know this about Pawlenty. While he certainly has his demons and is a few bricks short of a pallet, it is shocking to learn that an individual who was considered borderline credible is such a nut case. Gee, are they ALL crazy in the Rep Party? Sure seems to be the case!

    March 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Barbara Independent in NY

    Quick! Get the net.

    March 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Mike in Dallas

    Maybe Bachman should use some of the government farm subsidies her family farm operation receives to run her campaign.

    March 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Bozzieboy

    Michelle better drop Palin ASAP. She's poison with a capital P.

    March 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. 1776

    I'm actually donating money to Bachmann's oponent. This poor excuse of a human being is one of the biggest liars and schemers out there. Like Palin, she can't justify any of her arguments.

    March 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Nelson

    How much is Sarah charging for her "help"???

    March 11, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Russ, Benton, AR

    Palin, Pawlenty, and Bachman, that should be a real brain storm. gee.

    March 11, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Brandon from WI

    Where else can one person get so much crazy so close together? Bellevue? Ringling Brothers? Beck Family Reunion?

    March 11, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Val from Seattle

    I am by no means a fan of Palin's but my comment is not meant to bash her. Is she really still considered a potential 2012 candidate? Shouldnt the future President be active in politics–as an insider and not a bystander? I've thought her projects as of late showed that she wasnt interested in being an insider anymore. I am looking forward to her Alaska documentary–just so long as she doesnt say one word in it. Her voice (and thoughts) irk me. That was a bash- but I do really think she isnt interested in being President. I find it weird that CNN keeps referring to her as a potential candidate.

    March 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Mike in NYC

    Based on economics-related comments she made, I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. But then she goes and proclaims her undying, trembling, sweaty love for Israel. Uh, oh. You blew it, babe. See ya around.

    March 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. VernisRobertson

    The Dynamic Dull . Dumb and Dumber

    March 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Cathy in AZ

    Loons ALL – As a former resident of the state of MN, I will be donating to whovever runs against her!

    March 11, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Tony in Maine

    Get them all in one place and then build a huge fence around them. It could be a new Minnesota theme park.

    March 11, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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