May 23rd, 2010
10:32 AM ET
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'Be for change,' Pawlenty tells incumbents

'It’s not just anti-incumbent. It’s what that incumbency represents,' Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said of the political climate Sunday on CNN.
'It’s not just anti-incumbent. It’s what that incumbency represents,' Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said of the political climate Sunday on CNN.

Washington (CNN) – One of the possible contenders for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nod has some guidance for incumbents running in 2010’s tough, anti-establishment political environment.

“I think the best advice for anybody running is to be for change,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Wearing the hat of a political strategist for a few moments, the Republican governor parsed the current political climate which is toppling incumbents in Congress even before November’s midterm general election.

“It’s not just anti-incumbent. It’s what that incumbency represents. It represents a commitment to – or a sense of a commitment – to a flawed past, flawed strategies, out-of-control spending, out-of-control deficits, an economy that has not yet recovered … is sputtering.

“So that’s not just against incumbents. It’s dissatisfaction with the substance underneath it and it really relates profoundly to the economy,” Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty is widely considered by political observers to be laying the groundwork for a White House bid in 2012. His term as Minnesota’s chief executive is up early next year and in the past two weeks he has emerged victorious in a budget stand-off with the state’s Democratically controlled legislature.


Filed under: 2010 • State of the Union • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. cando

    I couldn't have said it better BeverlyNC, as for Ridgeway I can see clearly who the creep is.

    May 23, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Anonymous

    I want to see November 10 elections blow up in Republicans face. The people they are recruiting are too extreme for me or any of my friends to take seriously. The message is wrong and when they have someone like Palin endorsing candidates that got to make you pause and ask "what are they smoking". Pawlenty is no different he is dying for Palin to endorse him, maybe he need more Tiger analogies for his campaign; Now, that's change.

    May 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Florence

    I want to see November 10 elections blow up in Republicans face. The people they are recruiting are too extreme for me or any of my friends to take seriously. The message is wrong and when they have someone like Palin endorsing candidates that got to make you pause and ask "what are they smoking". Pawlenty is no different he is dying for Palin to endorse him, maybe he need more Tiger analogies for his campaign; Now, that's change.

    May 23, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. tom

    BP could seal this leak yesterday by using liquid nitrogen. They won't do it because they will not be able to drill for another three months.

    May 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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