Pawlenty stepping up efforts in Iowa
June 16th, 2011
10:26 AM ET
4 years ago

Pawlenty stepping up efforts in Iowa

(CNN) – It's no surprise that Tim Pawlenty is ramping up his campaign efforts in Iowa.

Thursday the former Minnesota governor and 2012 Republican White House candidate started sending out mailers to voters in neighboring Iowa, which holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar. And CNN has confirmed that Pawlenty will spend about 15 days in the Hawkeye state next month, in advance of an important straw poll in Ames, Iowa on August 13.

In the mailer, Pawlenty touts his blue collar roots, saying "I know the American dream because I've lived it." It also highlights his theme that "Washington is broken" and "leadership is about telling the truth."

Pawlenty needs a strong finish in next February's Iowa's caucuses in order to win the GOP nomination. He could face some serious competition from fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann.

The three-term congresswoman is expected later this month to formally declare her candidacy for the White House at an event in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    Getting the Republican nomination will be difficult for many of the candidates. But the prize is very tempting. The only thing between the Republican nominee and the White House is Barack Obama. Those are the kind of odds that people get into politics for.

    June 16, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. mgc florida

    To Late Tpaw, we saw in the debate what a girly man you are; afraid to take on Romney...REALLY!

    June 16, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. realitybites

    Something about a snowballs chance somewhere........

    June 16, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. BM from Bensenville

    this guy showed he doesn't have the "Nards" as he wimped out when asked to speak directly to Romney. He wussed out and showed his true abilities. He had his chance and coward instead. Decided to blame it on Obama. Just drop out now you GELDING!

    June 16, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Jay

    It's really funny how weak the Republican field is. Seems like most of them are boring Wannabes and/or people with delusional egos.

    "I know the American dream because I've lived it." That may impress my 3 year old Mr. Pawlenty, but please, if you want the votes of people old enough to legally vote say something more than a weak and superficial talking point.

    If not, I'll continue to think you're a wimpy and boring moron with an unrealistic ego.

    June 16, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. once upon a horse

    yep and he'll leave the nation in the SAME shape he left Minnesota. I have family in the Twin Cities area and they say he is the LAST person they would vote to be POTUS.

    June 16, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    T-Paw came up short in that first debate. He had seemingly thrown down a gauntlet at Romeny, and come time to square he wimped out. Couple that with the fact that his budget adds $7T to the debt over 4 years, T-Paw is all but done. Even if he could win the nomination, there is no way he could sell that budget to the independents in the general election. Grab a fork and turn him over. He ain't done, yet.

    June 16, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. dashabq

    Didn't this guy say at the debate that he wasn't going to be a chump on foreign trade. He sure looked like a chump after his story of Obamney Care.

    June 16, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Kevin

    All I have to say to TPaw is you wimped out at the New Hampshire debate and didn't go after Romney with ObmaneyCare so as I see it you have already lost the race to be President of the US. So please slup of to you house and try to get a job to pay your bills. I know that Paw Dawg was not Presidental Material. You can't remake yourself and no one is buying you bored lines so just go away.

    June 16, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. AEK

    Still nuttin' from this band of fools except more bashing of President Obama. The American people were fooled in the mid-term elections with that strategy but will be more wary this time around. Two years of doing nothing but stalling, complaining and obstructing has not done much for the image of the Republican Party and will no doubt be a large hurdle for the candidate they choose to represent them in the Presidential race.

    June 16, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. kakaraka

    So what, because of your history you want to be president? Really?

    June 16, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Balls McGhee

    he lived the american dream – and he was able to do it during times when taxes were higher than they are now.

    June 16, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. bb

    If Pawlenty wants to be in the game for any number of weeks or even days – he has GOT to start swinging at Romney and Bachmann. Romney will fold if somebody blows a little wind at him – I've seen it too many times.

    June 16, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. GI Joe

    If "I had a hard life" qualifies him, I can win without even trying. Grow up Paw – your Minnesota record is there - Minnesota is about to shut down BECAUSE OF YOU.

    June 16, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    bb
    If Pawlenty wants to be in the game for any number of weeks or even days – he has GOT to start swinging at Romney and Bachmann. Romney will fold if somebody blows a little wind at him – I've seen it too many times.
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    The Republican nominee will get that because he or she demonstrates the greatest capability for winning the general election and the best ideas for America. There will certainly be some debate about both, but don't expect to see the kind of political games that are played in Washington today. Republicans understand that the Independent vote will determine who wins the general election and Independents are not impressed with political gamesmanship. They want strong ideas.

    June 16, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    he lived the american dream – and he was able to do it during times when taxes were higher than they are now.
    ==========================================================================================
    So you are claiming that the more the government takes from hard working Americans, the more likely it is that they will succeed??? What is the color of the sky on your planet???

    June 16, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    AEK wrote:
    Still nuttin' from this band of fools except more bashing of President Obama. The American people were fooled in the mid-term elections with that strategy but will be more wary this time around.
    ----------–
    There is a name for what the Republicans did in the 2010 elections, The Great Sucker Punch.

    June 16, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. once upon a horse

    I guess President Obama hasn't lived the American Dream, eh? Better be careful what you wish for Tim you may have groups checking your family tree to see if any illegals are there and demanding your "real" birth certificate.

    June 16, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Jesse

    Everybody in MN, including me, lived your American Nightmare!

    June 16, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Name king

    Paw had a chance to be viable but he rolled up and like a bully he picks on the one that wasn't their and able to defend himself. I wonder if some miracle happened and he would win the primaries, how would he do against obama when Obama is standing in front of him and able to defend himself.

    June 16, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    There is a name for what the Republicans did in the 2010 elections, The Great Sucker Punch.
    ==========================================================================
    More like the American people took out a restraining order on Obama, Reid and Pelosi. The only "suckers" involved were the Democrats that insisted they would maintain control of the House and then went on to suffer one of the largest defeats in election history.

    June 16, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    So you are claiming that the more the government takes from hard working Americans, the more likely it is that they will succeed?
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    The Republicans in Congress claim that extending the payroll tax credit does not create jobs. Their claim means that taking fewer taxes from the middle class does not create jobs.

    June 16, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. kat

    Good luck to ANY body running against BHO. That clown has got to go or the USA is in a lot of trouble.

    June 16, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Peters

    Can someone pass this girlish guy some lemons his friends asked for a margarita! that's the only thing he knows make

    June 16, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Isn't curious as to when the monthly jobs report suddenly went downhill? Republicans announce their master plan for the future, The Ryan Plan, and suddenly all at once everybody stopped hiring. Not only that, Pawlenty's plan is projected to create twice the debt that the Ryan Plan woud in half the time. Grab the fork. T-Paw needs to be flipped again.

    June 16, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |