Republican rival responds to Obama’s announcement
April 4th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
4 years ago

Republican rival responds to Obama’s announcement

Washington (CNN) – Images of economic distress flash across the screen in a new, fast moving video released Monday by Tim Pawlenty, a Republican hoping to challenge President Obama in 2012.

The 35-second video shows images of homes in foreclosure, going-out-of-business signs and gasoline exceeding $4 a gallon.

“In order for America to take a new direction, it’s going to take a new president,” Pawlenty said at the end of the video.

The former Minnesota governor is the first Republican to respond to Obama campaign’s announcement Monday morning that he would seek a second term.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
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  1. Todd M

    That's what I thought we weere doing whe nwe elected Obama. Now I'm not sure a different president wouldn't hurt.

    April 4, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. yuri

    Pawlenty is a mild-mannered gov. If he intends to foray into the race w/ a stern strategy of singularly attacking BHO, w/o any substantive messages or formulae to improve the lives of the commoners, the situation will become a seething cauldron of intense polemics. That's putting things bluntly, brusquely and baroquely.

    April 4, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. anthony

    “In order for America to take a new direction, it’s going to take a new president,”
    Ummm... this ISN'T 2008. America has ALREADY chosen which direction to take this country in and it wasnt a Republican on. These guys are 4 years late to the 'fix it' party.

    Funny how everything "flashing across the screen" in the Republican's response are all results of Republican policies. Obama shows up to fix it, and they pin it all on him? These guys are so lame, their tactics so predictable. They have YET to provide ANY solutions to any.... just the typical NO NO NO, SMEAR SMEAR SMEAR, DISTORT DISTORT DISTORT... and when that fails.. double back and contradict themselves.

    Despite our differences or what negativity will come from many of you other posters, I still want to wish you a nice day.

    April 4, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. jc

    That will only remind people what a republican president will do to the U.S.

    April 4, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Anonymous

    I guess Pawlenty is counting on the extremely short memories of his supporters. The recession started in 2007 and the economy was in full meltdown in 2008. Gas was over $4 per gallon in 2008. We were losing 700,000 jobs per month in Jan 2009. The DOW industrial average was just over 7500 in Jan 2009. - All of this was before President Obama was sworn in.
    This advertisement is nothing more than a reminder of how badly the previous administration screwed things up. Reversing it has been painful but progress is being made. The DOW is above 12,0000. That is a 60% increase in just over two years. Do any of you anti-math people realize this or are you still subscribing to the "Obama is anti-business" nonsense? Instead of losing 700,000 jobs per month, we've been gaining jobs per month for over a year. Granted it's not been enough to drive down unemployment much but compared to where we started two years ago, it's MUCH better. Gasoline is again above $4 a gallon which is a reminder that we still have work to do (sensibly) regulating speculation in our markets. A free for all is good for people with huge sums of money but generally hurts average Americans.
    Obama/Biden 2012
    Cobert/Coons 2016

    April 4, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. JustMe

    The 35-second video shows images of homes in foreclosure, going-out-of-business signs and gasoline exceeding $4 a gallon.

    And need I remind Mr. Pawlenty that all that stuff STARTED under a member of his own political party?? Things may not have gotten a whole lot better under Obama, but let's not forget who started all this crap in the first place.

    April 4, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, I think it might take a price hike in gasoline for American businesses to actually bother to make some renewable fuel and vehicles that don't need gasoline at all. I would hope that oil companies would be spending their huge profits on several things to keep their companies relevant - new electrical infrastructure, supporting local road construction, new sources of bio-fuels that don't rely on food crops, and supporting new technology that has electrical or hydrogen powered vehicles. That would be forward thinking, but I can't expect them to really see the future since they enjoy working with old stuff.

    April 4, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. David, from Plant City Florida

    All the more hilarious that at least 2 of the 3 things he is attributing to Obama are a result of Bush and the Previous presidents disgusting trend of Deregulation in the Finical markets. And the last the president has nothing to do with.

    April 4, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. stevetall

    That's great, Tim. Show us all the damage that the Republicans have done to this country and try to blame it on our current president. There's probably a few people that you can trick into supporting you, but the rest of us know the truth: You and your party fear, hate, and blame your fellow Americans for the failures of the Republicans to control themselves and the greedy weasels who support their party.

    April 4, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Dave

    Wow, Pawlenty, instead of pointing out the obvious what the heck are you going to do about it besides the same tired crap of tax cuts (if those worked we would be eating manna from heaven by now since your buddy Bush did those early in his presidency) or decreased regulation for business (we all know how well that worked out because it caused the present recession) or waisting precious congressional resources on social matters that are NONE OF CONGRESS'S CONCERN!

    This is the reason I am an independent, Mr. Pawlenty. Because I can't see any hope in either party. I vote the candidate. I am not a big fan of Obama (I kind of get the feeling that Clinton and Biden are the saviors of his presidency) but I would not even consider voting for the declared, wanna be or maybe considering republican presidential canidates (including yourself) because all of you are pandering to people who I consider to be Bat Crap Crazy (tea party) and refuse to compromise with anyone on the other side of the aisle. Plus none of the Republican candidates have any leadership ability.

    April 4, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Seth in Jacksonville

    The economy was wrecked over an 8-year period that saw increases in military spending and tax cuts at the same time. It will take a lot longer than 4 years to clean up that mess. Things are on the right track. Obama will be reelected because in the end, the majority of Americans will realize this.

    April 4, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. gt

    change is in the air... obama had his chance ... american doesnt need the change obama gave us..... no jobs ,, no entergy policy... housing market theworst ever,, horrible new home construction .. record debt.. etc.. etc.. etc,,,

    April 4, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Thanks for reminding the country what a great eight years we had under the shrub. President Obama was the plumber who kept us from flushing the US to oblivion. You are a mouse (sorry mice) and no chance of getting elected for anything else.
    If you have no REAL ideas or solutions none of you are going to go anywhere!!!!
    Oh yes . . . . . Moron!!

    April 4, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. bosco

    Actually that would be a great re-election ad for Obama. Show what things are like today compared to when he took office 2 years ago. Things are getting better and looking to keep getting better.

    April 4, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Minnesotan

    He's not one who should be throwing stones. He left Minnesota with a 6 Billion dollar deficit with his no new taxes, tax breaks for the rich, trickle down economics voodoo, cut programs for the middle class, theory of governing. He attempted to gut public education and push many Minnesota cities to the edge of bankruptcy.
    Looking for troubles? we've had Pawlenty!

    April 4, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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