First Pawlenty ads air in Iowa
June 22nd, 2011
07:00 AM ET
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First Pawlenty ads air in Iowa

(CNN) - Call it another example of how crucial Iowa is to Tim Pawlenty's hopes of winning the Republican presidential nomination.

The former Minnesota governor became the first GOP White House hopeful to go up with television commercials in Iowa, the state that holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar, a source close to Pawlenty confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

The ads started airing Wednesday and will run through July 3 in the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Omaha, Ottumwa, Rochester, and Sioux City media markets, with the campaign spending just under $50,000 to put the commercials on TV. News of the ad buy was first reported nationally by Politico.

Pawlenty appears in the 30-second spot pointing to his conservative record in the more liberal Minnesota. He says he cut spending, took on the government unions, appointed conservative judges and passed health care reform without a mandate.

"A lot of candidates will come to Iowa and say the same things, the question is have they done it," Pawlenty says in the ad. "If I can do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington."

"Governor Pawlenty is well positioned to unite conservatives and do well in both Iowa and New Hampshire. The soon-to-be-unveiled TV ads will introduce the Governor to Iowans about why he is the candidate with the strongest record and best results, not rhetoric," Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant tells CNN.

Pawlenty appears to be concentrating much of his time and efforts in Iowa. He formally announced for president at an event in May in Des Moines.

Earlier this month his campaign started sending out mailers to Iowa voters. In the mailers, 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."

CNN has also confirmed that the candidate will spend about 15 days in the Hawkeye state next month, in advance of an important straw poll in Ames, Iowa on August 13.

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 (11 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Pawlenty Hot Air.

    June 21, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. John

    No body want this Idiot to be President. when he was GOV he let Minnesota with Billions of dollars In dept and bridges fallen down. American People just don't need anybody like him. America In enough trouble now , we don't need any more.

    June 21, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Name king

    Aahhh pawlenty, the guy who messed up his golden opportunity following the repugs 11th commandment. I don't know pawlenty, those guys Down in Iowa are some pretty tough umbres, and I don't think they're gonna take you soiling your pants when asked to defend your stance on obamneycare with Romney.

    June 21, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. wishing

    What a lightweight! If he weren't tied down, he'd blow away. During the so called 'debate' he more than ducked, he flinched.

    June 21, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. denice

    "Leadership is about telling the truth"?? Try doing it Pawlenty,you have,nt yet!!!! Neither has the entire Gop? Obama 2012! No doubt about it"

    June 21, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republican candidates better get serious about what their solutions are instead of running divisive ads that doesn't reach across America. Talk about solutions, you get National attention, talk to a specific group of people and you turned off a Nation of people.

    June 21, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    This is one of the very few reasons I'm glad I don't live in Iowa any more. The political rhetoric ratchets up earlier every year and the number of commercials aired can be almost overwhelming. And the sad thing is, they're all sound bites that don't really educate you about the candidate. Which means they are not in line with the retail politics that is the hallmark of Iowa politics.

    June 21, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. malcolm in St Louis

    after the NH debate he is done. He was running against Obama when he should have realized he was in a primary situation. He has to beat the others first....but he wimped out

    June 21, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Tim... A word of advice. Minnesota Nice isn't going to win the nomination. People want to know if you have a spine and some spunk. You better start amping up the message if you expect to get any traction and dodge that early ticket home.

    June 21, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If leadership is telling the truth, the the GOP has a big problem. They deny that the climate is changing because of what we humans are doing. Some of the conservatives out there deny that Obama was born in the US. They can't point to where there were "death panels" or understand that Paul Revere was only warning the Americans and not the British. They deny that there need to be higher tax rates for everyone in order to balance the budget and not just spending cuts.

    Pawlenty didn't do that in his own state. He left a debt that was huge. I wouldn't trust him without a much better explanation. I doubt that I'd get it too.

    June 21, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Kwesoe

    And the First shall be the Last come election day.

    June 21, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |