June 9th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Former GE CEO praises Pawlenty


(CNN) - Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch would not support Sarah Palin for president, but Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty appeals to him.

"He's not the jazziest guy in town and he's not the most exciting, but if you look at what he says, his vision for America … the guy makes sense," Welch said Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

When asked if Pawlenty's lack of charisma might harm him in 2012, the Republican Welch said "It makes a lot of difference to get elected … it doesn't do a hell of a lot for you once you're in the job."

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  1. Greg in Arkansas

    Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS..........support T-Paw to continue the trend....!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Well, now we know why GE found itself in trouble: borderline vegetative upper echelon management. Little Timmeh Polenta's economic plan just got excoriated by expert economists all over, even GOP/conservative ones. Not the least of the nonsense contained therein was the assumption that he could create 5% growth rate for a decade, which is lunacy. I mean, it's a nice thought, but about as realistic as Ryan's plan's base assumption that it could create 2% unemployment or lower. GOP economics 101: unicorn farts and double rainbows.

    June 9, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. gt

    we tried exciting and charismatic...we need a leader with vison to get this country back to work...

    June 9, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Why no articles about the SUBSTANTIATED PETITION FRAUD committed by the GOP in Wisconsin? GOP whispers "voter fraud" and the "liberal lamestream media" helps them blast the UNSUBSTANTIATED accusations all over the place...blah blah ACORN yada yada unions jibba jabba be afraid of the brown voters!!!!11!!1!!! But when Dems in WI PROVE the GOP engaged in fraudulent efforts to colelct signatures on recall petitions....reems of documentary evidence, affidavits from people whose signatures were forged, a dead guy signing a petition (who happened to be the deceased father of a Dem state representative..dummies), signatures from different people but in the same handwriting, myriad signatures stricken from their petitions, etc....what do we get? SILENCE. This is how democracy dies....not with a bang, but with ratings.

    June 9, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Clwyd

    Of course he would praise Pawlenty and any other republicans as they are the ones who helped bail them out. They also see nothing wrong in the huge benefits and bonuses they get while wanting to take the benefits away from social programs for the needy! What are millions compared to hundreds of dollars? Nothing to republicans. Oh, where are the jobs? Not one piece of legislation yet from these animals!

    June 9, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. GOP-Tea Party Radical Social Engineering to Kill Grandma Medicare

    2/3 of American Corporations DO NOT pay TAXES....BUT they receive TAX DEDUCTIONS, and their CEO's along with Jack Welch received record-breaking salaries and compensation all on the backs of American TAX PAYERS!!!

    Sure, he will support Little Timmy because he is advocating for more TAX CUTS & TAX DEDUCTIONS for BIG CORPORATIONS & GE that did not pay a ANY TAXES in 2010 and all the year prior!!!

    go figure!!

    June 9, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Clwyd

    Yes, In Wisconsin we have all the makings of the birth place for the new Nationals Socialist republican party. Voter signature fraud, run fake democrats, take away 70,000 college students rights to vote! It just goes on and on. Utter chaos in just three months! with republicans and Wacko Walker!

    June 9, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    Why no articles about the SUBSTANTIATED PETITION FRAUD committed by the GOP in Wisconsin?
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Sniffit this is what the media does. It no longer cares about informing the general public, or printing the truth.
    There focus now is the pursuit of the mighty dollar via ratings, and their re-creation (not even interpretation, mind you) and manipulation of the facts.
    It used to be that 3 people would see an event and give you 3 different accounts of said event,you could turn to the "news" to get the facts. Not so anymore my friend. Pitiful.

    June 9, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. John

    I can Understand why he wouldn't back Saran Palin , because she a IDIOT. And I can tell you why Former GE CEO would back Tim Pawlenty , That Because GE don't want to pay any TAXES. No matter how much money they make. Tim Pawlenty Was the worst GOV Minnesota ever had, He Left the State with Billions of dollar In Dept and had Bridges fallen down. This guy a JOKE. Republican are the RICH and BIG BUSINESS best Friends. The working Class American People worst enemy. They Will take Everything they can away from Us.

    June 9, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. L. Bossidy

    I am executive that worked with Welch.

    His endorsement of Pawlenty is intellectually dishonest.

    Pawlenty has burdened his state with a structurally-oriented $6B deficit.

    When running GE, Welch was known as "Neutron Jack" after the bomb that killed people but left the buildings intact.

    He graded people as A,B, or C "players" and INSISTED that "C" players be FIRED. As the man behind a $6B deficit, Tim Pawlenty is a "C" player.

    Jack Welch, the supposed great CEO of GE would have FIRED Pawlenty, no said nice things about him.

    June 9, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Seattle Sue

    I just lost all respect for Jack Welch. Of Pawlenty's plan will make the wealthy more wealthy and Mr. Welch fall into the category of the very wealthy. We need to cut some spending plus increase revenue, don't put all the load on elderly and working people.

    June 9, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Democrat Swamp Inspector - Help Wanted, Now Hiring, Overtime Possibilities

    Greg in Arkansas: Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS..........support T-Paw to continue the trend....!!!!!!!
    ============================================================================================
    Actually, voting for Obama would continue the trend. GE is one of his biggest supporters. Obama's "green energy" BS has lined the pockets of GE with BILLIONS.

    June 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He's not the jazziest guy in town and he's not the most exciting, but if you look at what he says, his vision for America … the guy makes sense,"

    Yep. Makes a lot of sense ... at least to Corporate America. For those of us who live in the State that Pawlenty brought to financial ruin, we've seen first hand just how destructive Pawlenty's vision for America will be. Who needs jazz when you've got stubborn ideology, regardless of consequences? Perhaps the media might like to delve into why (and how) Pawlenty was able to take a budget surplus and turn it into a 6 billion dollar deficit, and which programs he *borrowed* from to *balance* his budget, year after year. Then, again, perhaps not.

    June 9, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. logic in LA

    Charisma served both Regan and Clinton to second terms, so it helps a lot! It may be what save Obama since the media won't.
    This is 2011- we are way to visual in our decision making. I little more substance and a lot less of the sound bit and camera would serve us well.

    June 9, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. a Minnesotan

    "Former GE CEO praises Pawlenty"

    Just one thing the former GE CEO does not have in common with the majority of Minnesotans.

    June 9, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    Actually, voting for Obama would continue the trend. GE is one of his biggest supporters.
    Obama's "green energy" BS has lined the pockets of GE with BILLIONS.
    --------------------
    Is that why House Republicans cut so much green energy out of the budget? Did they cut all of the slices except for the one targeted for GE?

    June 9, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Steve, New York City

    I've heard Pawlenty say plenty, with respect to how much he hates Obama. However, I've heard NOTHING from him, with respect to how he would "right-size the ship!"

    This, in the worst-case, casts Pawlenty as an uncharismatic boor from the right, who knows how to do nothing but complain about the current guy. Were I forced to watch Pawlenty debate, maybe I'd be induced to take a nap (would be much more interesting to hear from intelligent "centrists" such as the (current) governor Cuomo or Senator Scott Brown, or from the "rational right" – people like former Senator Chuck Hagel, Governor Christie or even Brent Scowcroft).

    June 9, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    Seattle Sue
    I just lost all respect for Jack Welch. Of Pawlenty's plan will make the wealthy more wealthy and Mr. Welch fall into the category of the very wealthy. We need to cut some spending plus increase revenue, don't put all the load on elderly and working people.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Since Obama took office and added $4 trillion of new American debt, who has benefited? Look around you and see who is doing really well right now. Not my friends and probably not yours unless you hang out on Wall Street, large union headquarters or Washington DC. If you are not a banker, a union boss or a bureaucrat Obama has not done anything to help you. If you are a banker, a union boss or a bureaucrat, let the good times roll!!!

    June 9, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. ART

    Well lets face it anyone with half a brain knows that Sarah palin is an idiot,I mean you on a bus, you know where youre going pick up a book and maybe read up on Revere, but know you answer a question with nonsensical gibberish about whistles and bells.

    June 9, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. OneMoreTime

    Jack Welch is talking about Pawlenty, yet Tickier finds another way to put a picture of the Village Idiot up there. Ann
    Coulter helped them out for a few days, now Welch.
    The love affair continues, the reasons remain a mystery.

    June 9, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'd take Lynda from Minnesota's take on this guy over a GE CEO's ANY DAY of the week.
    I've researched her facts, I can't research his motivations though, although a blind man could see them.$$$$$$$

    June 9, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |