September 21st, 2010
04:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Pawlenty backs more GOP candidates

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday announced his endorsement of 30 candidates running in the midterm elections.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday announced his endorsement of 30 candidates running in the midterm elections.

(CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's increasing his support of Republican candidates running in November's midterm elections.

The possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful announced Tuesday that his political action committee, Freedom First PAC, is endorsing 30 candidates in New Hampshire, from the statewide to the local level. The PAC is also contributing approximately $18,000 total to the candidates' campaigns.

"Voters around the country know government spending is out of control," said Pawlenty in a statement. "This fall, New Hampshire voters will send a message that we've had enough. Each of these candidates will fight to hold the line on taxes and cut spending – I'm proud to endorse them."


As reported earlier Tuesday, the PAC officially announced that Pawlenty will team up with John Stephen, New Hampshire's GOP gubernatorial nominee, at a campaign event in the Granite state on September 30.

Tuesday's endorsements brings to approximately 130 the number of candidates Pawlenty has officially backed this election cycle.

While Pawlenty's endorsements are about 2010, 2012 is not far away. New Hampshire plays a large role in the race for the White House, as it traditionally holds the first primary of the presidential campaign season.

Pawlenty finishes up his second term as Minnesota governor at the beginning of next year. His announcement last year that he would not run for a third term as governor was the first serious indication that Pawlenty was considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Pawlenty's far from the only possible 2012 GOP president hopeful who's backing Republicans running this year. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's political action committee has endorsed or donated money to fellow Republicans running for office this year in around 40 states, and has contributed over $650,000 to candidates and party committees this cycle.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Stop the presses. No, stop the world from spinning. The paw man has spoken. Who cares!!

    September 21, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Dee

    Well, this much is certain: Jimmy is a far superior ex-president than he was a president.

    September 21, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Nellie Bly

    Give it up, Timmy. If we Minnesotans wouldn't vote for you, those who haven't heard of you aren't going to, either.

    September 21, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter (the real one), I'm no expert, but...

    Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but... September 21st, 2010 4:09 pm ET
    "Did he mean don't CONTINUE to play games? "yes we can" is now "Yes we did". Yes we did pass Obamacare, passed card check, passed a fake stimulus omnibus bill, paid off our union buddies, and still have horrible unemployment numbers. And we want to legalize aliens and put the final nail in the coffin with cap & tax. I know, I know, it takes more time to fix 8 years of Bush. DEMS owned the congress the last four, so don't give me that crap."

    Hey, jive turkey, get your own screen name. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand was a second rate romance novelist.

    September 21, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Georgia, Joe

    He calls his PAC Freedom First, but in fact, he is in favor of denying many people their most basic individual freedoms. He wants to use the power of government to control what adults do in their bedroom and deny women the right to control their own body. He doesn't stand for freedom.

    September 21, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    So, the banjo kid from Deliverance is making his presence known...Big Deal!

    September 21, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. TonyInLargo

    Republicans ran-up the deificit and now they want to blame Democrats. Some ding-bat stated some time ago that the surplus at the end of Clinton's Administration was due to Republican domination of the House and Senate, but, he stated at the end of his diatribe that Democrats were in charge of the last 2 years.

    After those last 2 years (with Democrats in charge) is when we saw the Surplus of $2,000,000,000,000 (Trillion) Dollars which moron Bush spent when he came in, plus another $7,000,000,000,000 Trillion !!!!!!! The Republican administration spent it on Haliburton in a war in Iraq that was a farce, (with family members having to provide soldiers with bullet proof vests), money that went to their cronies during Katrina's aftermath, little of which reached the victims and so on. Now they want power back. Americans need to understand that Democrats care about them as families and individuals while Republicans only care about the bottom line and the health of their big fat rich friends, which is why some idiot Republican called the $20 Billion Dollars from BP "a shakedown". Wake-up America, vote in the midterm elections and tell them that you don't want the Tea partiers running as Republicans, VOTE DEMOCRAT with the same enthusiasm as 2008.

    MY VOTE IS FOR THE ONLY PARTY AND THE ONLY MAN THAT MAKES ANY SENSE: THE DEMOCRATS AND BARACK OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. ED FL

    I see that 1/3 of the PEE party[Palin, Pawlenty, Paul] Pawlenty is trying to make some headway in the upcoming campaign. It was not long ago that this guy as governor of Minnesota tried to withhold and disregard the legal election of Al Franken. He continues to make a fool of himself by trying to get a national platform. Stick with the Folks you screwed over in one state much less show how really stupid you are nationally. You and the other 2/3 of the PEE party Palin and Paul are finding out what you already know ,YOU ARE NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. #Omegaraiel

    Pawlenty: "Silly kids, health care is for the rich."

    September 21, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. onlysanetexanleft

    The guy is probably upset that when Palin endorses a new line of dog food the media has to report on it like it's some big breaking news.

    September 21, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Republicans do gain control, I promise I will never say "I told you so, but you voted for them anyway".

    September 21, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. anotherGDlefty

    Doesn't Timmah have a state to run?

    Minnesota should impeach you Timmah. Resign & run for something else.

    Quitting worked for Sarah, you can do it too.......

    September 21, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Isn't this guy supposed to have a job? Or is MN better off when he's busy elsewhere?

    September 21, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. David Myers

    Who cares what this bigot and embarassment to the great state of Minnisota thinks?

    September 21, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Pragmatic

    Minnesota Republicans prefer Mitt Romney as their presidential choice than their own governor!

    Wonder why? Tim Pawlenty is the reason Minnesota is in horrible shape.

    The roads are a disgrace, and the state is in debt to the tune of several billion dollars. When he came to office, he had a budget surplus. He keeps saying he hasn't raised taxes, but he just adds "fees" to everything and thinks people can't figure out that those are taxes by another name.

    The courts have determined that he misused his authority when he couldn't work with the legislature and used line item veto to axe social welfare programs.

    This is the face of republican "hold on taxes & cutting spending" ...

    September 21, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. greg in jax

    the only spending that is out of control is campaign finance. the money that gets thrown around during elections is sickening. Rick Scott spendin 50 million in just the primary is disgusting and shows his lack of understanding of the average American. It would be like someone eating a 10 course meal in front of someone who is literally starving to death.

    campaign finance reform NOW.

    September 21, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. John

    The out of CONTROL SPENDING happen when we had 8 years of BUSH,fighting two wars one that had nothing with 9/11. the REPUBLICAN spend TRILLIONS of dollars in IRAQ,fighting that war and rebuilding IRAQ. Don't you REPUBLICAN think it time you man up admit it because most all America know it,accept the people that can't get by MR Obama skin color.

    September 21, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Djinn

    He seems to need to out Dement DiMent! Who will get the most leverage from endorsements: Mitt? Diment? or this Schmoe?

    September 21, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Mike

    Tim,
    Give it up. After gutting Minnesota like a fish do you really think you have a record to run on?

    September 21, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Mike

    4th estate, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, unbiased reporting of the issues...

    September 21, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    good-n-pawLENTY – who cares!!! Jeez!

    September 21, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Mike in Texas

    Pawlenty,

    Do your job as governor. You are irrelevant to national politics. You and Palin are two peas in a pod, shucking your duties as governor for self promotion.

    September 21, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |