Tim Pawlenty's cup of tea
March 30th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Tim Pawlenty's cup of tea

Washington (CNN) – Tim Pawlenty's going to be a busy man on April 15, the traditional tax deadline day. The former two-term Minnesota governor and probable Republican presidential candidate will speak at not one, but two, Tea Party movement tax day rallies.

The Greater Boston Tea Party announced Wednesday that Pawlenty will headline their third annual tax day rally, to be held in Boston Common, a park in the downtown section of the city.

Christen Varley, the group's president, says Pawlenty has "a message that voters need to hear."

Earlier in the day Pawlenty is scheduled to speak at tax day Tea Party rally at the state capitol building in Concord, New Hampshire. The event is organized by the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a fiscal conservative group. Pawlenty's appearance at the gathering was announced earlier this month. Also scheduled to speak at the rally is another probable GOP White House hopeful, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Pawlenty appears to be picking up his appearances at tea party events. Last month he served as the keynote speaker in Arizona at an inaugural policy summit being put on by the Tea Party Patriots, one of the nation's largest national Tea Party organizations.

"For the last 8 years Governor Pawlenty fought to cut taxes and spending in Minnesota - the same things the Tea Party is fighting for around the country today. There's a lot of energy and enthusiasm at the Tea Party events that the Governor has spoken at, and we're looking forward to the Boston rally next month," Pawlenty adviser Alex Conant tells CNN.

The traditional tax return filing deadline is April 15 of each year, but the Internal Revenue Service approved April 18 as the tax filing deadline for 2010 Tax Returns and extension requests, in observation of Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    No one wants higher taxes. Everyone would love to pay no taxes. No one wants government controlling their lives. Everyone would love for government to look the other way so they can pursuit their own happiness. That is true no matter which party you favor.

    But, some tax policies benefit some groups more than others. Some government laws affect some groups more than others. That is what is at the core of our ideological debate. Which group should feel it the most? Which group should feel it the least?

    Here's a radiical and cynical point of view. Spread the pain around to all the groups. And, I don;t just mean make it the same for everyone. That would be impossible to implement. One group would always pull more than its' fair share. But, I have a solution.

    IF you pay more in taxes, then you should be less restricted by goverment regulations. If you pay less in taxes, then you should more restricted by government regulations. That should balance it. (Sardonic grin.) =8^)

    March 30, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. notfooledbydistractions

    Ah, he's hitching his future to a sinking ship. Today's polling shows that support for the tea party (aka far right republicans) is sinking like a rock. Good luck with that ride TPaw.

    March 30, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. mike

    Let me guess what old timmy will be saying at the tea party the same stupid crap that donny the trump. old huckapoop, how about haley the comet have been saying they thru palin under the bus even fox has turned there back on her no surprise there

    March 30, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Pawlenty. He must know that his chances of re-election are not as good as he would like. So, it is time to move on another elected office. Too bad, he has track record that speaks for itself. No need to right any new speeches. He has said enough already...to damage his cause.

    Coming up with new speech material may not help him. It fully expect him to say something meant to be witty and clever, but will come as shocking and revolting. That actually seems to be the standard operating procedure in the GOP playbook for their potential candidates these days.

    March 30, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. ACE

    I just got one thing to say I have no problem paying my taxes and would be willing to pay more to help this great country if you do not want to pay taxes please exit at one of the boarders, calling all tea baggers if you don't like it leave.,morons.

    March 30, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The only message I want to hear regarding taxes is for corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. Corporations have all kinds of loopholes and banks where they can hide their money. The Citizens United case pretty much says that Corporations are considered as people. If that's the case, these corporations should be charged with tax evasion. Where's the loophole for working man? I don't have any swiss or cayman island accounts. I pay my fair share and it's about time corporations do as well.

    March 30, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Kind of ironic that Minnesota taxpayers are paying for their governor to go to another state and talk about how unfair it is that we have to pay taxes.

    March 30, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Mike in Texas

    Under Pawlenty, property taxes increased by 65%, fees increased for 90% of Minnesotans. Only the wealthy saw a tax decrease.

    Pawlenty left the current governor with a 6.2 billion dollar deficit.

    Minnesota lost its perfect Bond rating during Tim's tenure and in 2010 Moody rated Minnesota's credit rating to negative.

    Also, Pawlenty raised fees on everything under the sun but because they weren't "taxes" he claims he didn't raise taxes.

    This guy is inept and a wannabe tough talker. Enjoy your 15 minutes on the Ticker Timmy because you ain't getting elected.

    March 30, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Chris

    Will Pawlenty tell the crowd the truth that taxes under Obama are the lowest they have been in decades? Or will they continue the right wing campaign of misinformation and out right lies that Obama has increased taxes on everyone? Will he point out that we've had tax cuts for the wealthy for a decade and all it has resulted in wide spread economic ruin, double digit unemployment, and concentration of wealth in the hands of the few at the expense of the many? Or he will keep perpetuating the myth of "trickle down economics"?

    March 30, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Jose Hernandez

    "The Greater Boston Tea Party announced Wednesday that Pawlenty will headline their third annual tax day rally"

    Once we got elected a new president, mind you a BLACK president, suddenly since then we see all kinds of rallies... Hummmm!!! What a coincidence!. When the USA was going in deficits, 1st year of GWB presidency, not even a little rally to critize that. I find that.............. a little suspicious

    March 30, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Yeah, whatever. Neither did *I Never Raised Taxes Pawlenty* bring in new revenue (job growth) to Minnesota, but instead, stubboringly sat back on his fiscal haunches, refusing to allow the expenses necessary to repair the I35 bridge he knew was structurally damaged long before it collasped in August of 2007. This is not the America I want for my grandchildren, TeaPers, with your *no taxes* and unrealistic *spending cuts*. Apparently, this is all Pawlenty CAN sell . . . collapsing bridges, crumbling infrastructure, and no new jobs, so it makes sense for him to now want to appease TeaPers into thinking he's one of them. No doubt about it . . . he IS one of them.

    March 30, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    The tea baggers will soon be gone. They were a Republican-created extremist racist group whipped together by Republican fear-mongering about America having our first black President. They know nothing about the Constitution or American history as seen by one of their ignorant leaders, Rep, Michele Bachmann, who thought the Founding Fathers ended slavery and never heard of the Civil Rights Act. They are the ones who got elected to Congress with no understanding of how our government works. The tea baggers are the ones wanting to shut down the government rather than compromise on anything. Their popularity is rapidly dropping and most people who voted for them say they would not vote for them ever again.
    Pawlenty is wasting his time. The tea baggers are extremists who will mean nothing in 2012 and Pawlenty is an unlikely Republican Presidential candidate. Two losers meeting is not newsworthy.

    March 30, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. melpa

    Yeah, because Gov Pawlenty left Minnesota in such good shape. Please do some research on this guy before you believe what he says. Our schools have dropped in national ratings and are overcrowded; many had to switch to 4 day weeks, leaving parents scrambling to cover day care costs. College tuition has gone up by an absurd percentage, leaving our students unable to afford higher education. Our roads are deteriorating; a bridge collapsed under his "no new taxes" & despite the clear and present state of our infrastructure he refused to fund repairs. Over the last 8 years, my property taxes rose over $400, despite the fact that the value of my home dropped 12,000. His guts to LGA have left towns without funding for fire trucks, police, and city workers, thus causing local taxes to jump exponentially and services in small rural communities to cease. He “balanced” the budget with fuzzy math, borrowing from our schools to make it work. Many school districts will have to do short-term borrowing, at outrageous interest rates, to pay the state's bills caused by the governor's decision to "shift" large portions of last year's education funding until this year. And, on top of all this, the richest Minnesotans nearly doubled their wealth under him! So if you enjoy higher taxes, more fees, less education, falling bridges, fuzzy math, and a leader willing to rob money out of the pockets of middle class and children’s futures in order to give tax breaks to his donors, you will love Pawlenty!

    March 30, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. a Minnesotan

    "The Greater Boston Tea Party announced Wednesday that Pawlenty will headline their third annual tax day rally"

    Yes, Pawlenty is a great person to show how to lower taxes. You simply call them "Fees". Problem solved!

    March 30, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. rusty155

    You better look at the latest poll the TEA PARTY Isn't looking very good right now. American People are waking up and they know the TEA PARTY is out for the Rich and the Koch's Brother and they back people they can control. I wouldn't vote for any body back by the TEA PARTY.And Mr. Pawlenty what I heard from people of Minn. you didn't do a very good Job as GOV.

    March 30, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. PalmReader

    Good Lord. Pawlenty's flip flopping more than a Minnesota Walleye caught on an anglers hook. Doubt it will bring in any more Pawlenty PAC cash, going after Bachmann's fan club as he is, but no one has ever said Pawlenty was the smartest candidate who is (maybe) running for President. Doubt all this flip flopping from Moderate to TeaPer will help qualify him for President - let alone Vice President. Too much baggage coming to the forefront. Who knows, eventually McCain might even be congratulated for NOT choosing Pawlenty over Palin.

    March 30, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "For the last 8 years Governor Pawlenty fought to cut taxes and spending in Minnesota – the same things the Tea Party is fighting for around the country today. There's a lot of energy and enthusiasm at the Tea Party events that the Governor has spoken at, and we're looking forward to the Boston rally next month," Pawlenty adviser Alex Conant tells CNN."

    Yeah? How'd all that work out for ya MN? You enjoy paying his travel bills to Iowa and NH and SC and all the other "hotbed" states in preparation for 2012 and his book tour while he was, like all good GOPers, PRETENDING to govern? I fully expect Little Timmeh Polenta to put the birds and squirrels to sleep on the Boston Common. If you're an insomniac, it'll be the place to be...guaranteed.

    March 30, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Pawlenty is joining a long list of presidential candidates who are surrendering the GOP to the Tea Party. Most unfortunate since there are so many extremists and thugs in the Tea Party.

    March 30, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Shawn

    Ummmm, under Obama, taxes are lower than they have been for over 50 years. So what are these lying racist freaks so ANGRY about? And does Pawlenty REALLY want to attach himself to the sinking ship of the Teabag "movement?" Not. Too. Bright. America hates them as today's CNN poll proves.

    March 30, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. gt

    tea party gets trash for wanting to cut spending .... those who dont want spending cut must be the ones that are recieving the money....

    March 30, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. debby

    What a joke. Who and what is this guy? The "sensible" Thinking People in this country will pull together,and keep the "Tea Extremist away from Washington. I really think your doing a Good Job of making "Fools" out of yourselves enough? We don,t need to do much. LOL

    March 30, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Sebastian

    If the Tea Party had limited itself to protesting deficits , spending and taxes, it might have much broader support and appeal to the Ameican people. Instead, it allowed itself to be hijacked by the dysfunctional types in the Republican party.

    If it were truly all about deficits, these people would have been all over George Bush. In fact, they'd have been all over every Republican president in the past 30 years since they have been primarily responsible for deficit spending and our huge growth in the national debt. Funny though, they didn't have much to say until Barack got into office. Now, am I lying? No

    March 30, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think the tea partiers really should be claiming anything. They came to the party way too late. They should have protested the Medicare perscription plan since the GOP never paid for it. They should have been calling for the veto of the bloated spending bills that the GOP passed as well. Why aren't these people calling for audits of various sections of the Pentagon?

    March 30, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. AEK

    Good for him! The more he works to narrow his message to attract that very small percentage of voters the better chance we have of keeping a sane national government in place.

    March 30, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |