Pawlenty in South Carolina for first time since June
March 16th, 2011
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Pawlenty in South Carolina for first time since June

Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. and probable 2012 Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty returns to South Carolina Wednesday, his first visit since last June to the state that traditionally holds the first southern primary in the race for the White House.

Pawlenty's scheduled to address a luncheon at the Aiken Republican Club, as well as holding private meetings in the state. A Pawlenty aide tells CNN that he expects that the former two-term governor, in his comments in Aiken, will talk about need to return to common-sense principles including the importance of faith, balancing the budget, and promoting strong national defense. The themes are similar to what Pawlenty talked about in his speech last month in Washington, DC at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Pawlenty has made repeated appearances in the presidential kickoff states of Iowa and New Hampshire in recent months, but he has not visited the Palmetto State since last June, when he attended fundraisers for the South Carolina Republican Party and then-House candidate Mick Mulvaney.

As for when he'll announce a decision on a run for the White House, Pawlenty told Minnesota Public Radio at the beginning of the month that he would make a decision "sometime in the next 45 days or less."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    First time since June? Give the guy a break...there's only so many electoral legs you can hump in a day.

    March 16, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. No tea, coffee only

    Hope Timmy remembers to bring his fake southern drawl with him. Rs are bringing their clown car (with a seemingly endless supply of clowns) to Iowa, New Hampshire (or is it MA Bachmann??), and S Carolina; get your popcorn ready, laughs a plenty coming soon

    March 16, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Imagine that and the world didn't end with this clown not visiting SC!

    March 16, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Little timmy should know that you cannot balance the budget when you are paying for unfunded wars, unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded tax breaks for big oil, and tax breaks for the too big to fail banks and Wall Street. Common sense should tell him that teachers, police, firemen and government workers cannot make up for the tax breaks billionaires get.

    March 16, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Name king

    Pawlentay seems like a used car sales weasel to me, this guy looks worst than the huckster. Be as radical as possible to get the rabid right votes the try switching in the general election. I am watching you palentay, on every move you make, every word you spake, every vow you break I'll be watching you. That my favorite song.

    March 16, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican talking points, 'strong national defense', 'faith', and 'tax cuts' may play well in South Carolina and Mississippi, but are getting a bit old and overused. That was the republican message in the 1980s, and the republicans, in turn, have divided Americans and have almost ruined our country financially. By the way, I believe Mississippi and South Carolina get more money back from Washington DC, than they send in tax dollars.

    March 16, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Minnesotans are fortunate that the comedy show, "Bachmann, Timmy, Overbearing" are seldom in their home state.

    March 16, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Debbie

    Waste of time/$$ for Pawlenty. His experience is from a state that has a population smaller than many major cities in the US. No federal experience. Limited domestic/foreign experience. Waste of his time/$$ waste of US time/$$.

    March 16, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Another GOPer, who - having a budget surplus when first elected into office - manages in eight short years to turn the budget surplus into a 6B deficit, now wants to lecture Americans on his common sense approach of governing. Sorry, Tim. We in Minnesota have seen first hand just how damaging your common sense ideas truly are. Oh, btw, how about a discussion on your job growth record as well. What's the matter, Tim? Not too many Governors can boast of a 0.0% job growth rate, now can they?

    March 16, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Yooper

    When did religion become part of politics? If it is part of politics then start taxing churches that should fix a few financial problems.

    March 16, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    I just saw a poll that says Pawleny has an approval rating of 22% amongst Republicans and people leaning Republican....... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, OH Lord, this is funny

    March 16, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Chumlee

    Tim Pawlenty was a two term governor for the State of Minnesota, and has no authority regarding fiscal responsiblity –
    he left office with a $ 6.2 billion deficit!! Minnesota has a population of less than 6 million residents - this is outrageous,
    and shows that he is as incompetent as he appears.

    Note: Timmy P will put on a phony southern accent when in South Carolina. He is from South St. Paul – a real cow
    town, and has the IQ of an ant at best.

    March 16, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. realitybites

    will talk about need to return to common-sense principles including the importance of faith, balancing the budget, and promoting strong national defense.

    SOSDD. GOD, MONEY, AND WAR. Common sense. Remember when Jesus got up and told that crowd of supporters that he believed Government needed to be more involved w/ the Church, war needed to be waged on the infedels to protect Jerusalem, and fiscal responsibility was the important for all Christians to get this done? No? I don't either.........just saying.

    March 16, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Pawlenty is not nutty enough to get through the tea-bagger gauntlet of faux purity. Never mind he's not enough of anything else to be President.
    GOPers are so crazy?? They will never win beyond their cluster of psycho fanaticism until they purge the self-righteous freaks that are pushing the party toward oblivion.

    March 16, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |