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
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Greg Smith

    What the american public needs to understand is that the Republicans caused all of the events the imagery shows and are now trying to blame President Obama. Shortsightedness and revisionist is rampant in the GOP.

    April 4, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Pat in IL

    But where does he say what he would do? It's easy to thrown rocks, but maybe not so easy to tell us the solutions he would put forth. This kind of campaign, right from the start, shows me his professional and maturity level, and I hope he loses.

    April 4, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Marjee123

    Lordy Lordy when his term expired in MN we thought we had heard this last of this creep. But he is so intent on his ego and thinking the people would vote for him we just won't SHUT UP.

    April 4, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    This is just a preview of how rediculously easy it is going to be for Republicans in 2012. There are so many fundamental reasons not to re-elect Obama in 2012 the only difficult task for Republican candidates will be where to start.

    In 2008, Obama and the Democrats who took control of both The House and The Senate were overwhelmed with their historic victories. They celebrated with huge spending programs the likes of which no nation on earth has ever known. They did this in the context of one of the worst economic downturns ever known. They did this against steady opposition from Republicans and eventually the American people. They didn't listen to the people standing up to be heard in town hall meeting across the country. They forgot that it wasn't all about the Democratic Party and their far left supporters. It was about the American people and the country.

    They were handed a stunning defeat ( a shellacking ) in 2010 and still they refuse to control spending with every ounce of their energy. 2012 will be no surprise. The shellacking will be completed.

    April 4, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. America Shrugged

    Yeah, it's going to take a new GOP President to complete the job of making this a United States of corporations. Instead of a constitution, we'll have a business charter. Can't wait for Congressman Paul's (R) austerity plan to tackle (CUT) Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to get the go ahead. Let's just get it over with and finish this.

    April 4, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. Bill from GA

    Let's all remember how W brought the price of gas down from $4 a gallon: HE CRASHED THE ECONOMY

    April 4, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. roro

    The irony here is that it was the Repugs who got our country into this mess with their unpaid for trillion dollar wars and the lack of regulations on Wall Street and the banking industry. So they get us into this mess and then blame Obama, who is doing everything the Repugs are letting him do. Remember they've blocked him at every turn since he took office. And now we're stuck with the intractable Tea Party idiots, who seem to be intent on destroying us completely with their ridiculous over-the-top demands and lack of compromise.

    April 4, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Carl

    So, he posted a video of all the terrible things he (Pawlenty) did to MN before he abandoned our state for most of his second term?

    April 4, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Yep, that's the GOP way: take a dump in the living room and blame the other guy for the stink.

    April 4, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. chris

    The Republicans have no one to run. I mean seriously, pretty much everyone of the potiential Republican candidates that actually have a shot at being the nominee has the same ole tired M/O. I would rather continue with someone that actually, understands that CHANGE does not come over night!!! People need to understand the Bush years of unregulated banking and etc...are what started down drag on the economy. Also, every American needs the Healthcare plan that has been put into law.

    April 4, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Laverne

    This guy is so desperate, thanks for your efforts Tim, but you will not be POTUS in 2012 or EVER! You are one boring dude!

    April 4, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. furious

    What a Joke!! Nice try to trick the american people once more, lets see, befor bush left gas prices were above 4 dollars and houses and people were already being forclosed on. So you want america to o back to supplying tax brakes to the rich and allowing the gas companies to dictate the prices. I waould like to ask any republican WHAT DO YOU HAVE DIFFERENT!

    April 4, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. John N Florida

    You would think he would want to stay as far away from images representing the Bush era as he could.
    Unless the strategy is to repudiate Bush as well as Obama. Curious.

    April 4, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Emerson

    Don't forget to put in the part about the country coming within about a whisker of sliding off the face of the earth economically becasue of corporatie greed but was save by government intervention and also the part about the just released statistics for new jobs. Tim go get a job somewhere and pay taxes. That's the best way you can help AMerica.

    April 4, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Larry L

    What America needs is a Congress capable of doing something besides politicking and behaving badly. We need a Congress who actually tackles the tough problems and steps away from social issues used to gather votes – abortion, gay issues, gun control, and prayer. We need a GOP capable of helping the President rather than trying to undermine each initiative. We need a Congress capable of accomplishing their most basic responsibility – establishing a budget. Any real business would immediately fire employees with the disloyalty, obstructive behavior, and incompetency demonstrated by our Congress. The Senate used 79 filibusters during the past two years, blocking even the initiatives they themselves crafted. This closer to political terrorism than patriotism!

    April 4, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Phaedrus

    It looks like he got all his images from the Bush 43 years...

    April 4, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Eiolgj

    In order for Pawlenty to win, he will have to keep lying about what he did in Minnesota and the reporters will have to NOT report about what a mess he left in his home state.

    April 4, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. ohio man

    Ane there should be a flash across the Dems screen that says "Rebulicains what have you done for me lately" to help this sitiuation get better... answer: We cut taxes for the rich, and we plan on more cuts that would have helped the middle class & poor, and dont worry about creating jobs right now we will just keep brining it up until 2012 so we can have something to run on and put blame on others but hey dont worry about all that right now becuse this is the wil of the american people and this is what we were sent to washington to do .. LoL

    April 4, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. JB

    I'd love to here how it's Obama's fault that the price of gas is over $4 a gallon. Too funny!!!

    April 4, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. garey

    My God,this man has done nothing,has never done anything,and will DESTROY the USA! The President is so much more educated, cares more about our childrens education and health,He is so superior to Your Narrow Minded, no solutions,Un-educated,tryrant. Your the closest version of "Dictatorship" this country has ever seen. Beware Voters? TeaParty is this countries "Possible Demise"

    April 4, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Jim

    That would definitely exclude all current GOP candidates, seeing as they are all back to what got us in trouble mindset. I think it's time the american people woke up and realized that this didn't happen all on Obama's watch. Most of it started in 2003, and has been building. History supports that. If you don't realize it, you can thank the Republican's emphasis on education for it.

    April 4, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Pablo

    All those scenes show is how America looked following the Bush presidency.

    April 4, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Robert O.

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

    Wow! Thank you for reminding us that the REPUBLICAN government in power between 2000 and 2008 was really THAT bad.

    April 4, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. mgc

    NOt you Pawlenty, you already left your state in deep debt. Why are these guys so egotiscal they are delusional!

    April 4, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. DC2003

    Thats really really funny! Haven't seen the ad myself, but ...
    Foreclosures, going-out-of business signs and $4+ gasoline were actually all signs during the Bush administration!

    April 4, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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