Pawlenty kicks off Iowa "presidential lecture" series
February 7th, 2011
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Pawlenty kicks off Iowa "presidential lecture" series

(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty's back in Iowa Monday, kicking off a presidential lecture series hosted by the Family Leader, an influential pro-family social conservative group in the state that goes first in the presidential caucus and primary calendar.

A release by the Family Leader says that the former Minnesota governor and probable Republican White House hopeful "will deliver a 25-minute pro-family lecture."

Pawlenty was last in Iowa at the end of January, to promote his new book "Courage to Stand." Pawlenty discusses his faith and its influence on his public life throughout the memoir, which is being put out by Christian publisher Tyndale House. Pawlenty recently gave interviews to two major evangelical media outlets, the Christian Broadcasting Network and Christianity Today. Social conservatives have traditionally played an influential role in Iowa's Republican caucuses.

The Family Leader says their presidential lecture series will be held monthly from February through August and adds that the primary purpose "is to provide prominent national figures with a pre-planned, full day in Iowa to introduce them to Iowans and to allow citizens an opportunity to become better informed on his or her pro-family vision."

Other possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders scheduled to speak are Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and radio talk show host and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain. Monday the Family Leader announced Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who made a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, will speak on March 7.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Cool! He's going to a series of lectures on what it means to be a president, so he can begin to vaguely catch an idea of what it's all about ... because God knows, he's clueless at this point.

    He's especially ignorant on the phrase "government shall establish no religion" found in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If he wants to establish a theocracy, he needs to pick another country.

    February 7, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    He's already demonstrated he is mostly interested in pushing the religious agenda of the GOP, which in my book makes him a NO vote.

    We need someone who wants to improve this country.......not impose religious ideas on the population. We don't want to become like Islamists, where religion dictates everything we can or cannot do.

    February 7, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Russ

    Let's leave your family values crap to your sunday go to meetin' venues. It doesn't belong in presidential races. We need leaders that will focus on the economy, security, health care, etc. Get your damn religion out of my government and back behind the closed doors of what ever church and false gods you worship.

    February 7, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It has to be hard for Little Timmy to know he is less popular than Michelle Bachmann.

    February 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. KatR

    When government supports family life defined by religious beliefs it violates the 1st amendment to our noble Constitution. When will social conservatives accept that? Will they ever accept that fact?

    February 7, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Margie

    FOLKS if you ever ever ever took a hint from Minnesota...never vote for this guy. He ruined Minnesota worst than Bush ruined this country. He took a very very good Health Program that had been in effect for 35 years and shattered it. He wanted the money for a NEW STADIUM for the know how that is. More for the rich less for the poor. He cut the funds for education, hospitals, and infrastructure...remember the bridge that needed repairing which he refused to do. It fell.

    BUT he managed to get cuts for businesses and he gave gave gave to the rich.

    February 7, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Dave Harris

    A 'pro-family lecture'? I guess this is to counter all of those 'anti-family' lectures we're always hearing from those evil Democrats. I love to hear Republicans posturing like they're better than somebody. Why isn't this 'elitism'?

    February 7, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does it talk about how he would tackle the debt? I'd like to know how he'd respond to the rich not helping charities and social welfare organization which would reduce the need for the federal government to do things for the needy. Let me guess, he has no concern for those that are down on their luck.

    February 7, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Too bad that his faith and it's influence didn't help him one iota when he was governor. Did he do anything for the people of Minnesota worth talking about?
    It's funny how people are more interested in people's religion anwhetger they are capable of doing a job as important as pouts!!! This guy is another failure in a long list of rethug losers!!! Pathetic

    February 7, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Pawlenty Who ?

    Would somebody please tell this moron he doesn't have a chance ! Palin has a better chance than him and she's a train wreck ! Sorry Tim but you are not Presidential ! Do yourself and Minnesota a favor and save those frequent flier miles ! Nobody cares what you think ! Let me repeat this, Tim you are not Presidential ! Go away MORON !

    February 7, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Jilli

    Jeez, bring a pillow and blanket, this ones sure to be a real snooze.

    Perhaps he can tip us all off as to when women will be expected to start wearing burkas in this country – the gop legislators are legislating closer to what we'd see in Iran than what you'd expect from the US.

    Pawlenty has the charisma of a sweaty gym sock.

    February 7, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. gar

    The entire list of speakers for this reactionary love-in don't have an full brain between them.

    February 7, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Republicans = Fascists

    A Pro-Family lecture eh? I wonder if Sen. Ensign and former Gov. Sanford will be in attendence. Enough with the family values nonsense. The only thing a conservative values is money. Nothing else.

    February 7, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |