April 23rd, 2010
12:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty backs six more for 2010

Tim Pawlenty endorsed six more 2010 candidates on Friday.
Tim Pawlenty endorsed six more 2010 candidates on Friday.

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed two Republican Senate hopefuls and four House candidates on Friday, the latest in a series of 2010 endorsements from the potential 2012 candidate.

The newly endorsed House candidates are Joe Heck of Nevada, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Steve Chabot of Ohio and Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina.

Pawlenty is also backing Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican candidate in Illinois hoping to capture President Obama's old Senate seat.

The lone incumbent to receive an endorsement is Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma – a leading Republican voice against the health care reform legislation.

"These candidates share my common-sense approach, and will work to stop the out-of-control spending in Washington," Pawlenty said in a statement. "Americans have had enough of Washington thinking that more government is the answer to every problem."

All four House candidates that received endorsements are targeting Democrats who voted in favor of health care reform legislation.


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  1. GI Joe

    The man's idiocy has no end.

    April 23, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. katiec

    Has anyone noticed, once again, that the republicans and their so called endorsments dominate CNN's headlines. This is surpassed only by headlines comdemming our President.
    Are there any Democrats running? Are there any endorsements by prominent Democrats? We will never know as CNN is well on their way to becoming another Fox.

    April 23, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Jay

    Pawlenty who? Oh this must be another Republican wanna-be President thinking he is important to many instead of so few.

    April 23, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. a health economist

    They share your common sense approach to stopping out of control spending? Uh-oh. Looks like there will be some more interstate bridges collapsing because funds for infrastructure will be cut.

    I'm really disappointed I won't get the opportunity to vote Pawlenty out of office. But glad we will be out regardless.

    April 23, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnestoa

    Ever wonder why after the economic meltdown, T-Pers center their speeches and anger towards our government, yet remain absolutely silent over the Wall Street greed which caused the meltdown?

    The only common-sense Pawlenty has ever shown is in acknowledging he would not have been re-elected as governor.

    Strangely, he now thinks he is presidential material.

    April 23, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Love the juxtaposition this guy provides for understanding the GOPer mind...see, to them:

    Obama and his administration running around the country trying to disseminate correct information about what the HCR Bill actually contains (to correct the anger and fear generated by the GOP's "death panels" etc. misinformation campaign) or visiting a leaders of a foreign country to strengthen diplomatic ties = "campaigning" and "not doing his job."

    Governor Kartoffelkopf running around the country making ideological partisan speaches at conventions and campaign events, and generally trying to involve himself in federal politics at every turn despite having a state to run = "doing a good job."

    April 23, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    So he endorsed Joe Heck?!? Of the great idiots in NV, Joe Heck is right up there close to the top. He couldn't take the top spot though, that's reserved for Sue Lowden. I pledged 2 chickens to her campaign as a contribution. I haven't heard back yet, I guess only doctors accept chickens in lieu of money.

    Remember, in NOvember, Vote NO to the party of NO.

    April 23, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Does any of these guys really work all they do is endorse each other. The GOP spend as much in pork programs as the DNC and most of there districts are wealthier go figure

    April 23, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    So he endorsed Joe Heck?!? Of the great idiots in NV, Joe Heck is right up there close to the top. He couldn't take the top spot though, that's reserved for Sue Lowden. I pledged 2 chickens to her campaign as a contribution. I haven't heard back yet, I guess only doctors accept chickens in lieu of money.

    Remember, in NOvember, Vote NO to the party of NO.

    April 23, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Dixie

    I lived in Minnesota for many years. It never ceases to amaze me how "no sense" crackpots like Pawlenty are elected there - the state being filled with common sense people. Too many voting a straight Republican ticket, I suppose.

    April 23, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. The Clear Thinking Independent

    Pawlenty said in a statement. "Americans have had enough of Washington thinking that more government is the answer to every problem."

    Really Mr. Pawlenty ??? History does not bear this out.

    The problem with conservatives is that they are never held accountable for the countless times they have been wrong throughout history.

    Liberals are responsible for virtually every GOOD change that our country has needed .... changes that "CONSERVATIVES" railed against. These include ....

    Medicare ...

    Social Security

    Women Voting

    Civil Rights

    Freedom for Black Slaves

    The FDIC

    So before you non-thinking GOP'ers spew your venom about Wall Street Reform or Healthcare Insurance Reform, just remember that there was someone just like you saying the same types of things about these important topics.

    Unless you come up with an alternate solution that addresses the needs of people and not corporations, you are just a noise maker.

    April 23, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Michael

    Like a bridge over troubled waters...

    April 23, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz

    T-Paw's alignment with Sarah "Pay Me" Palin and Michelle "Psycho Talk" Bachmann has a no win situation. You've lost all credibility. Kick rocks! Your endorsement means nothing to middle class Americans. While we're trying to move the country forward, conservatives are trying to take us back to the 19th century.

    April 23, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. as an american

    "Americans have had enough of Washington thinking that more government is the answer to every problem." said pawlenty
    ------–

    Thanks for your input pawlenty but i'm an american and i don't really car what you have to say

    April 23, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. ramtruck2500

    I really do not understand this guy at all. Does he see himself as some kind of kingmaker? thats actually pretty funny. As screwed up as minnesota has been lately he should be working there and staying out of other states ans their electorates business. I really despise out of state busy bodies getting involved in my state. I thought that republicans were all for staying out of others business? Oh well another exception I guess!

    April 23, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. jack

    If Tim has endorsed you, then I will vote against you.

    April 23, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Hears is a little known secret to all voters.

    A canidate needs outside endorsements when they have done a lousy job of communicating to their own consituents about their positions and qualifications. So instead of the voters knowing their position on the issues, they are hoping that someone votes for them because Palin says so.

    Turn in your voters IQ card.

    April 23, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Laverne

    This guy is like eating meatloaf, boorring!

    April 23, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Clint in Houston

    Does this clown every do his job as governor? What a waste of tax payer money.

    April 23, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Linda

    I still love watching the press conference Pawlenty held as Governor when he cut transportation budgets across his state (he was so proud of himself). Ooops, and then the bridge (one of a majority in his state rated substandard - in fact, Minnesota infrastructure, like most states, has a lot of crumbling infrastructure) falls down and Minnesotans are killed and rather than letting this political hack get off, he should have been sued and put in jail.

    April 23, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. David

    Social security, medicare, and defense represent 3/4 of our total government spending. These are sacred cows that won't be touched. There isn't enough waste in the remaining 1/4 of the budget to even come close to a balanced budget.These politicians claim they will balance the budget by cutting waste and cutting taxes. Notice they NEVER identify EXACTLY what spending will be cut. In addition, tax cuts make the deficit problem worse folks because we're cutting revenue. Over a third of the so called 'spending' in the stimulus bill that the Tea Baggers are angry about is tax cuts.

    People want to believe there are simple solutions (common-sense approach) but we're only fooling ourselves until we DO THE MATH and include all the spending including SS, medicare, and defense.

    April 23, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Minnesota Resident

    Unfortunately Minnesotans know who Pawlently is. He has almost single-handily taken a State from one of the top ranked 'livability' areas to an 'also ran'.
    Remember, he was the Governor who's side-kick (Lieutenant Governor) thought spending $50K to $100K to xray a bridge structure that had repeatedly been written up as questionable was too much money . Thirteen Minnesotans lost there lives when the bridge collapsed. While there were design issues in the bridge, the xray'ing would have detected the stress.
    Now I understand in each of his stump speeches he refers to the part in his life that God plays. Hummm- Interesting – As Governor this year he has cut thousands of people from 'safety net' medical care, wants to reduce nursing home payments – Somehow he must have missed the parts in the New Testament that relates to caring for those less fortunate. When budget cuts hit different areas of State government, Mr. Pawlenty raided a Veteran's trust fund to part of the Executive Branch's shortfall.
    But there is good news! He's not running for re-election for Governor!!

    April 23, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Pawlenty who? Is this the same incompetent who is the absentee
    governor of the State of Minnesota who tanked the state's economy,
    who blamed deficits on Ventura when he was sworn in, or better
    yet won because an independent ran and took votes away from
    the Democratic candidate who would have won?

    Mr. light-weight Pawlenty, please resign and go away.

    April 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Mike in Minnesota

    I'm glad Minnesota can look forward to having a new governor, as eight years of Pawlenty is way too many. How he got in in the first place I don't understand as the only thing he is capable of standing up for is protecting the assets of millionaires and billion-dollar corporations, and the working class which is the backbone of society seemingly isn't even worth his bother to acknowledge. He's done whatever he can to end programs to help the poorest, the sickest, and the handicapped whenever he could, to better pamper the rich. He calls himself "Christian conservative?" If that's what "conservative" is, I want nothing of it. "Christian?" Not hardly. The Jesus I know would hang his head in shame. Doesn't the Bible tell us to help the poor, the lame, the sick, the least among us? Pawlenty's policies and priorities are why our state is in the shape it's in. Here's hoping for a really good governor next time, one with some compassion and some working-class values.

    April 23, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. scott

    he won relection by only one point in 2006 and he thinks he's very popular n minnesota.give me a break!

    April 23, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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