March 31st, 2010
07:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty throws weight behind Senate, House candidates

Tim Pawlenty is expected to make seven endorsements Wednesday night.
Tim Pawlenty is expected to make seven endorsements Wednesday night.

Washington (CNN) - In a Facebook town hall Wednesday night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce that he will endorse seven Republicans candidates seeking office in 2010.

According to a Pawlenty adviser, the potential 2012 presidential candidate will back five congressional candidates and two Senate hopefuls.

"Washington is headed in the wrong direction," Pawlenty is expected to say. "We need to help good people running for office who understand that the federal government is overreaching and are willing to stand up and say, 'Enough!' These candidates share my common-sense approach to governing, and will work to stop the out-of-control spending in Washington."

The five House candidates are Tim Burns of Pennsylvania, Robert Dold of Illinois, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Charles Djou of Hawaii and Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania. Pawlenty will also endorse Senate candidates John Hoeven in North Dakota and Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.

All seven of the candidates are challengers, a move that could help Pawlenty portray himself as an Washington outsider.

The Facebook Town Hall is part of an ongoing effort that Pawlenty is making to reach out to the online community. During the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington last month, Pawlenty hosted a happy hour with bloggers, and he has been active on a number of social networks including Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. On Facebook, Pawlenty has over 31,000 fans.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. markf

    Who really cares who Pawlenty endorses? He is not even a good endorsement for himself.

    March 31, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Lucy

    Really? What a surprise! Does anyone at all care? And doesn't CNNhave anything better to do?

    March 31, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. RTB

    "Common Sense" and Tim Pawlenty is an oxymoron.

    Where was this moron when Bush and team were raping and pillaging the U.S. economy. He was right there with that dumb grin encouraging more of the same.

    March 31, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. john in Cal

    The wrong direction was what we just went through for over 8 years. Now I see some common sense, and am feeling that at least we are not on as much of a downward trend. We have along way to go to overcome the disastrous years of the Bush debacle. I'm hoping that my fellow citizens see the sense in keeping a party as dishonest as the Republicans from returning to their campain of systematically destroying all that made this country great. They even want to take away medicare and SS that help so many folks. they cut money for school lunch programs and programs that helped senior citizens. That is un- patriotic and shows little compassion. Party first that is their motto.

    March 31, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Pawlenty is lost in the forest of no mans land, better known as Republicans.

    March 31, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. rar

    OK Tim we hear you. You can shout "Enough" but tell us what YOU would do. You decrided the Stimulus Bill but took the money anyway. You claim to have a "common sense approach" to government but support Michelle Bachmann who doesn't have a grain of common sense or truth for that matter in any of her far right positions. Talk is cheap but actions are needed for us to believe anything you say. Tell us what you've done as gov. about health care reform. That's what we want to hear.

    March 31, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. Toni - Phoenix, AZ

    An mystery – a lightweight throwing his weight

    March 31, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Eli

    What about Rand Paul? He's a real limited government constitutionalist! Once again anyone with the last name of Paul gets a blackout from the media and establishment Republicans!

    March 31, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. ED FL

    Isn't this guy the same governor that allowed the state to be 6or7 months without a representing senator because of phoney delays while he tried to bypass a legitimate candidate that won the election. that should give him a lot of prestige and honor at least to the Citizens of Minnesota who tried to STEAL an election.

    March 31, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Do not EVER vote for Pawlenty, he WILL destroy the country I can promise you that.

    March 31, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    Throwing your weight behind a candidate is a perfect expression for supporting a GOP candidate. After, at the national level, they are nothing but road-blocks to progress. I imagine those GOP Senators as those big barrels full of sand that serve as road-blocks. It takes a lot of weight to sand-bag the people the way they have.

    March 31, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    This guy has no original ideas- they're all old and proven wrong. He borrowed the line about standing up and saying "Enough!" from President Obama and the folks he endorses would lead the country backwards instead of forward............but that's the republiCANT way.

    March 31, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Hwy91

    And we care who Pawlenty endorses.... why?

    March 31, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. Northwest

    Who let the Parrot or Chipmunk out of their cage? I hate to downgrade birds/ animals but at least the parrots do say something that makes some sence and he just chatters with hot air . Could Palin and Bachman be his sisters?

    March 31, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    As is often the case with T-Paw related news, NO ONE CARES.

    March 31, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Jacob

    That's my governor! Glad to see he's helping to elected people who will get our country back on the right track.

    March 31, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Steve

    Under Tim Pawlwenty's "No Taxes" leadership in Minnesota (my State), bridges are falling down and poor kids with chronic health challenges are having their health care cancelled.

    As a citizen of Minnesota, who has seen what Tim Pawlenty and his ilk do to (not for) the citizenry:

    NO!!! to Tim Pawlenty.

    March 31, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. timz

    Doesn't Slick Timmy have to *have* some weight before he can throw it behind anybody?

    March 31, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. ProfBill

    Tim WHO? Tiny Tim?

    March 31, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Desmond in Canada

    What weight?

    March 31, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |