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. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Pawlenty no it won't it will take a new congress that will work with this president

    April 4, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. phoenix86

    During Obama's presidency, over 2 million Americans have lost their jobs, gasoline prices have doubled, and we are now fighting in support of Al-Queda to oust Gadaffi and very high inflation is on its way.

    Obama is inept, incompetent and unqualified for any executive position anywhere. In 2012, Obama being a black man will hopefully no longer be the reason to vote for him.

    April 4, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Pawlenty's idea of a "new direction:" As governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty cut public higher education by $100 million (in 2009 alone); he proposed cutting $47 million in 2010 and said he wished he "would have cut more."

    Pawlenty left Minnesota with a $5-billion projected deficit (one of the highest in the nation as a percentage of the state's general fund).

    Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson, a Republican, characterizes Pawlenty this way: "engaging in heavy borrowings and shifting costs to local governments, including school districts, while not confronting the state's serious challenges."

    This is what he's all about folks, like all these Republican yahoos: Cut education (how they think we'll compete globally is beyond me); wreck the economy (hey, that's what they're good at!) and avoid addressing problems.

    THAT kind of direction we just don't need!

    April 4, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Chumlee

    Get it right Pawlenty – DO YOUR RESEARCH IF YOU CAN READ – George W Bush left the US in the financial crisis,
    not President Obama.

    CNN: please take this freak show off your pages - this guy does not know what day it is let alone who caused our
    economic crisis - he left Minnesota with a $ 6.2 billion deficit, and he thinks he can attack our President? He cannot
    balance a budget or a checkbook.

    If there was ever a loser – Tim Pawlenty tops the list!

    April 4, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Luke

    Big man Tim Pawlenty responding to the video. It would be nice if these republicans would actually make it official and determine if they are running or not. This little dance they are doing is growing old and it shows how unsure the republican party is of its leadership. They are all aware that whoever they put up against Obama is going to get crushed.

    April 4, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. mecrtp

    8 years of George Bush got us where we are.... Obama is leading us out of the recession. The last thing that we need is a return to Republican ways. As much as I dislike Republicans having even one house of congress, the truth is that a split congress with strong leadership from Obama is probably the best way forwards. It ensures a direction that is different from past Republican administrations, but one that is centrist and tempered with good ideas from both parties.

    April 4, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Obama 2012

    You have no chance Pawlenty. Go home. Obama 2012!

    April 4, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. mc

    No way Pawlenty, you are a loser!

    April 4, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Brice

    You have to talk about what Obama did. Why can't what would you do? Tell me what you would not do for Minn when it was deficit before you left an office. I challenge you debate with Obama. Obama's debate will be whipping Pawlenty and others.

    April 4, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. LooneyBin

    All of those things were in place in 2008 before Obama took office at as well. Welcome to Propaganda 101. I'm your professor, Tim Pawlenty.

    April 4, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Martha in CF

    Economic distress caused by the Redumblican party during Bushes terms. Pawlenty also left a mess in the state of Minnesota during his administration as governor.
    I don't know how he can make any kind of statement on the economy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 2012

    April 4, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Doug

    I asked my sister-in-law who voted for Obama, the first time since she started voting in 1980 she voted for a Democrat for President what she's looking for in a Republican. She said: Whoever doesn't blame Obama for Bush's failings (she is one of the Republican who feel Bush was horrible), and who provides answers not just criticisms. She's still still looking. Pawlenty failed on day one. Maybe he can re-tool his message, but this one isn't going to work.

    April 4, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. artraveler

    Palenty, the foreclosed homes are the result of Bush's failed policies and the non-regulation of the financial firms that Bush/Cheney increased to let the "free market" reign. We are still trying to dig out of the Republican recession and the move buy corporations to move all the higher paying jobs to low wage, low/no environmental regulation countries to be able to incraese executive pay and bonuses. This is the Republican world-everyone works to support the top 2% who call the tune for the Republican leadership, their Taliban will force their brand of "Chrianity" down everyone's throat, and all of government supports the rich. They already have the House and the Supreme Court and all their need is a few more senators and the presidency and death panels will be everywhere and those in the red states will be the first to feel the effect of being a puppet for the rich.

    April 4, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    Why are we, as Americans, so accepting of the fact that Republicans like Tim Pawlenty has to go all right wing crazy in order to have a chance at winning their party's nomination? Would we accept a Democrat getting all left wing crazy, like this? And you have to wonder if this is as low as we can get or if there's more room until we hit bottom.

    April 4, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Biggge

    The GOP are the ones trying to stop the Bill that helps the homeowners stay out of foreclosure. Everyone knows the GOP let the Oil companies go wild, you have to do better than that...I see Tim Pawlenty has nothing in the video about the assult on workers rights or the assult on woman programs....Also not one idea in the video on job creation....We are on to you Sir....clean up your house first.....

    April 4, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. sgoodell07

    Funny, but I though the recession started in Bushs term. Huh, guess the rewrite of history isnt complete quite yet. Considering the majority of the prices are going up due to inflation (thank you QE2 and the feds amazingly bad loose money policy for the rich), demand, and speculation (in the case of oil).

    Somehow I dont think that any policies that have been enacted by the president have had any effect on what was mentioned in the article. If anything, last I checked the GOP had control of congress for the most part, right?... and last I knew it was congress and the house that creates and initiates legislation right? It amazes me how many people dont even understand how our government works.

    April 4, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. LA, LA, LA

    Mr. Palenty, do you think you and your party will do better than Obama? I am not 100% happy with all Obama does, but to trust Republicans with anything, specially social programs, one would have to be INSANE!

    April 4, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Russ

    And does the ad mention what started all this? The snowball effect from the wonderful President Bush. I doubt it because republicans can't man up to their mistakes. They blame everyone else. Fortunately most people recognize what idiots they are.

    April 4, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. AC

    Good and Plenty or Bachmann and Pawlenty, hey now! What a couple. Run Pawlenty Run. Can't wait for you in California!

    April 4, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Was Little Timmy Pawthetic asleep from 2001-2008? Did he not know that the Bush/republican debacle lost 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years, that two unfunded wars and tax cut for the wealthy doubled our debt? Did he not know that tax breaks for big oil and big corporations have to be paid for by the middle class and workers? Did he know that his own stupidity left Minnesota in a near financial crisis? Little Timmy needs a program on Fox.

    April 4, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    Thirty years of Republican fiscal policy finally came to a head and burst, but now there's a Democrat in the White House, and he's black to boot, so he gets the blame. Lovely. Public union workers didn't cause this economic emergency, seniors didn't cause it, disabled Americans didn't cause this. Wall Street caused this. I'm sick of everyone else having to take the blame, including the President, for giving corporate America and our bankers free rein. And I'm sick of the news media going along with the talking points to get along, without telling us the truth. Wall Street took a gamble, made incredible profits, crashed the global economy, nearly wiped out the middle class in America, along with the Chamber of Commerce encouraged shipping our jobs overseas, and the right wing and their corporate owned media want to blame it on teachers and the President. This is obscene. I hope we wake up before it's too late. I'm not sure it isn't already.

    April 4, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    T-Paw is so lame. He highlights home foreclosures in his ad, but doesn't mention anything about republicans trying to strip the foreclosure plan from out of the federal budget. If that's not hypocrisy I don't know what is. I don't hear any mention of job growth. He doesn't want to highlight the FACT that this administration has been producing jobs. If this is the best attack on the administration, it's going to be an uphill battle for any republican.

    April 4, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Biggge

    The plan, to be released Tuesday, calls for a controversial overhaul of Medicare, the health care program for seniors, and would impose deep cuts in Medicaid, which provides health benefits to low-income Americans, Ryan told "Fox News Sunday,, Sorry missed this on your video, we could afford the GOP taxes breaks for the wealthy but need to cut back on the seniors....The GOP message is cloudy at best....

    April 4, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Never again should the Republican Taliban be allowed to control power in America! We want our country back!!

    April 4, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    I would make a commercial showing the floor of the NYSE, home foreclosure signs, high gas prices at the pump, closed public schools, a mansion with a beach, unemployment lines, closed VA facilities, damaged bridges and roads, sooty smoke stacks, over crowded emergency rooms. THEN, kids in a classroom, a combine harvesting corn, dad in a hard hat walking in the door from work being greeted by his kids, new home and hospital construction, new bridges and roads.

    I would not show anything associated with the BP oil disaster, mining disasters, or any other natural or man made disasters. I would show imagery of the follies of some policies and the benefits of eradicating those misguided policies.

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