August 24th, 2010
03:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Coming in January: Pawlenty book and national tour

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a new book that is scheduled to be released on January 11.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a new book that is scheduled to be released on January 11.

(CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's upcoming book now has a title, cover and release date. And the timing of the release - January 11 - comes just as the next race for the Republican presidential nomination begins heating up. Pawlenty, of course, is considered a probable White House hopeful.

The release of the book, called "Courage to Stand: An American Story," also comes out just days after Pawlenty finishes up his second term as governor. His announcement last year that he would not run for a third term was the first serious indication that Pawlenty was considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Pawlenty aide and spokesman Alex Conant says the book will concentrate on Pawlenty's life, his time as governor and his vision for the country. Conant says a nationwide book tour will follow the release of the book. Book releases and national tours have led to formal campaigns for many previous presidential candidates.

According to, the book is available for early ordering for $26.99. The website shows the cover, which pictures a serious looking Pawlenty in what appears to be a rustic red shirt with a lake and greenery in the background.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Video Guy

    I would refer to it as a American Joke. Boy the GO(B))P Ghost Writer sure have been busy.

    August 24, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. jerseylou

    Hmm....New Brand of Toilet Tissue,thanks just what i needed.

    August 24, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "The Democratics have controlled congress since 2006. The economic meltdown started in 2008. Can someone please explain to me how the "Republicans" were in power during the lead up to the economic meltdown?"

    Very VERY simple, grasshopper: The Dems did not have a filibuster proof majority and Bush held the veto pen. And you know what? The GOP set a record for filibusters and Bush set a record for vetoes during that time period. THIS WAS ALL PLANNED PRECISELY SO YOU COULD TRY TO MAKE THAT ARGUMENT. Remember blabbering about the 2006-2008 Dems being a "do nothing Congress" during the 2008 elections? Well, we saw thru it then and we see thru it now. You can cease and desist with the talking points anytime you want to stop looking foolish.

    August 24, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Polenta is an idiot. What could he possibly be writing a book about? His travels across the country campaigning for the presidency instead of running MN? I'm sure he already has his PAC lined up to buy 50,000 copies to hand out as rally and convention attendance gifts just so he can claim some nonsensical Top 10's what Coulter and the rest of them do EVERY TIME. Newflash: everyone knows what you're going to say and the only people who actually read it are the ones who want their skewed partisan ideologue nonsense affirmed by a pseudo-intellectual demogogue writing on behalf of a bobblehead who puts his face on the cover. The rest of America considers it kindling.

    August 24, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. saftgek

    Governor Pawlenty is a Minnesota and national embarrassment. His "way out there" political and social positions DO seem to be all but in lock-step with the GOP.

    Corny as it may sound, I believe the "heads screwed on straight" voters have had "Paw-lenty" Of the Gov! On the other hand, perhaps a Palin/Pawlenty 2012 Presidential ticket would be a "good" thing.

    August 24, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Minnesotan

    Little Timmy (as we call him here in Minnesota) has been our governor in absence for the past few years. He's too busy spending our tax dollars flying around the country talking about politicians wasting tax dollars. During his term, we've seen Minnesota grow stagnant and lose businesses. His 'no new taxes' stance resulted in a shell game where he either relabeled them as 'fees' or hoisted them onto the backs of homeowners by making our property taxes skyrocket. We're glad to get rid of him, and even more glad to see that he barely got 1% of the votes in Iowa last month. Perhaps Timmy and "Frothy" Rick Santorum can start a lonely hearts club....

    August 24, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. guest

    You will be able to find it in the fiction section of any book store

    August 24, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Laughing again!!! 🙂 🙂 With the economy the way it is someone is going to waste $26.99 on his book??? One born every minute.
    A book titled "courage to stand" where? In front of a urinal?
    Sorry, but this guy is another rethug loser.
    Maybe he should have spent more time helping his constituents instead of running for president (another hearty laugh) or helping a ghost writer write his book a la AK bimbo.

    August 24, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. John

    I'm from Minnesota and this guy is the biggest fraud to come down the street since I've been living here. His mantra of no new taxes was just the koolaid for these nitwit conservatives in Minnesota. His hand picked jackass, Tom Emmer, is even worse! I hope both of them get their brainless heads handed to them come election time.

    August 24, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. water bearer

    Glad to see he's working so hard at the job he was elected to do. You know, that pesky governing a state gig isn't nearly as much fun as touring the country signing book autographs.. Looks like he's taking a page from the Palin-the-Quitter's book . . . . pun intended. 🙂

    August 24, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I swear!! These republicans and their fabricated biographies of an "American Story." Give me a break. Who comes up with this stuff?

    August 24, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. D. Bunker

    All the righties are writing books, and none of them are worth reading. I predict it will contain the usual lame parts about tax cuts for the ultrarich, deregulation and "government is the problem" and not the solution to many problems. Throw in a few lies for the teatards to rally around and I'm sure conservative groups will be buying his book in bulk.

    August 24, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Nando

    This will be on Clearence by the end of the month right next to the Alaska Moose Killer's book !!!

    August 24, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Books don't mean much. What the candidate stands for, and how well they back those convictions, is what the public will want to know.

    That means many interviews, and tough ones at that, on issue stances.

    August 24, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Alex

    Meanwhile, MN continues to suffer cuts in education, health care, energy investment, etc., etc., etc.

    August 24, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Mr. Wilson

    Courage to stand for what? There are fewer people working in Minnesota than when this clown entered office. He is the first governor of the state of Minnesota to have lost jobs over his entire tenure.

    I suggest he get the courage to stand in an unemployment line and hear the voices of those he has NOT helped.

    August 24, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Jimbo (the real one)

    I wonder if the GOP hierarchy will buy 1,000,000 copies of this book like they did with Sarah Palin's to make sure it gets on the NY Times best seller list. Pitiful...

    August 24, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. E. Tree

    When is this guy going to realize that he just doesn't have it for the national scene? He can't even break 15% in conservative straw polls.

    August 24, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Trent

    Sit Down!

    August 24, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Eric in MN

    Reading his book can't be any more boring than listening to T-Paw speak, can it?

    August 24, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |

    I'm gonna pee my pants.........LMAO.......Why do GOP candidates always have to have a bravado title to go w/ non baravado personalities?
    By the way pawlenty was for Cap and Trade before he was against it.

    Go to youtube. It's there.

    August 24, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Thanks T-Paw. I just ran out of my Cottonelle and "Going Rogue" doesn't have enough pages left.

    August 24, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    I would think "Gag Me With a Spoon" would be a more accurate title for yet another ghost-written GOP fairy tale ...

    August 24, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    I would rather see the courage to TAKE A STAND from the Party of No.

    It is us independent voters that determine the outcome of elections and I, for one, can not be swayed by bombastic, wedge issues that seek to demonize President Obama and other Democrats.

    I can, perhaps, be swayed by real, well thought out courses of action to the major issues facing this country.

    1.) Long term economic health and industrial competiveness
    2.) The National Debt ... let's see a plan to PAY IT OFF !
    3.) A simplifiec tax policy ... which has minimal opportunity for manipulation that respects .... READ FAVORS ... those families making under $100,000 per year.

    I despise Mitch McConnell and would like to see him pay back his salary since January 20th 2009 for he is NOT working as a US Senator.

    August 24, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Tim

    So, would I be considered paranoid if I suggest that creating some right wing coloring book every four years allows political slimeballs to get all sorts of free media coverage by 'promoting their book'?

    Fox News will have him on every segment to 'talk about the book' and how they think they can cure cancer and homosexuality via tax cuts.

    August 24, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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