Pawlenty to deliver 'major' foreign policy speech
June 23rd, 2011
04:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty to deliver 'major' foreign policy speech

Washington (CNN) – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will deliver a "major" foreign policy address next Tuesday in New York, his presidential campaign told CNN Thursday.

According to a Pawlenty aide, the speech to the Council on Foreign Relations "will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the Arab Spring."

"Governor Pawlenty will address President Obama's failed leadership, approach, and philosophy of how to approach the entire Middle East region," the aide said. "He will touch on the need for the Republican Party to continue its support for a strong foreign policy."

Pawlenty has been a vocal critic of the president's handling of the crisis in Libya. He has also staked out a hawkish position on Afghanistan at a time when some of his Republican rivals are calling for withdrawal of American troops.

It will be the second high-profile speech Pawlenty has delivered since declaring his candidacy, following an economic address in Chicago earlier this month.


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  1. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Even though we ALL know – HE DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE – the media keeps covering him. Then again – ANYTHING other than a Palin story is a welcome relief.

    June 23, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Rickster

    Seriously, by any measure, even the dullest of democrats has to admit that Obama has been a colossal failure. It's actually been almost stunning to see how bad he has been.

    June 23, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. V in Chicago

    Is there anything this guy does agree with? If Obama said "up", Pawlenty and the rest of the crazy Repubs will say "down". If Obama says stay in Afghanistan, the crazies say get out. If the POTUS says we will get out, they want to stay. The only thing they can agree on is that they will not agree with the current President on anything. I am sick and tired of this and I believe most Americans are too. Enough is Enough! What credentials does this idiot have to make any statement?

    June 23, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    LOL: Thanks for the laugh though.
    This bozo couldn't "major" in anything except being a coward. High profile!! :) :)
    Goodness I thought with all the lies about the President being a muslim that he would know how to handle them!
    These rethugs can't make up their minds can they? :) :)
    The President is doing quite well thank you on foreign policy. If it had been mccain and the she devil from AK we would be in war with the whole world!

    June 23, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    @ Rickster.....

    I think that there are people that work in the auto industry that would very much disagree with you.

    June 23, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Rob

    Guy couldn't even stand up to Romney in the debate and we are supposed to take him seriously on foreign policy. Give me a break.

    June 23, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Sorensen

    Pawlenti and major speech on anything must be a bad joke.

    June 23, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Tony 14-0

    Got to give it to Gov Pawlenty. He's working the program. He presented a fiscal policy a few weeks ago and now he is presenting a foreign policy. I suspect that we will be hearing about his policies on energy, immigration, health care, education, regulation etc soon. Way to go. You are starting to sway me.

    June 23, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    Videos from the family vacation to Cancun?

    June 23, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Wait, this isn't a joke? Little Timmy has about as good a chance of being considered "serious" as a little girl teetering around in her mom's high-heels. Exactly what sort of foreign policy background does a third rate ex-state governor even have?

    June 23, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Rickster is proof the Greedy Old Pigs have lost their mind

    Rickster, I hope that was a brilliant parody of a right wing troll. Otherwise, you've just proved my point. President Obama is on track to get the US out of the wars Bush couldn't seem to manage. Oh yeah, and don't ever forget:

    Bush lied; people died.
    Obama led; Osama's dead.

    June 23, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. SecedingfromTexas

    @Rickster: Actually, we think President Obama has done a fantastic job considering how "stunningly" hateful and
    lazy the Republicans have been and continue to be. The "failure" began in 2001-2008, yet those who contributed to
    our problems are so filled with self-righteous indignation they are blinded by their own perceived importance and are
    unable to work with anybody for solutions because..........................they have no answers. Remember the JOBS
    promises?

    June 23, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Mah

    T-Paw to give major foreign policy speech: Lemme guess, war until we're broke? Oh wait, we already tried that. Time to pull OUT!

    June 23, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Larry L

    How would his position give him the ability to deliver a "major" speech on these issues? President Obama has done a masterful job of dealing with these challanges. I'll point out to "Rickster" and others it was this President who continues to kill off our enemies – rather than land on a carrier deck proclaiming "mission accomplished". It is this President forced to clean up the steaming pile of crap left behind by the Bush administration.

    June 23, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. W l jones

    Ol well he can see Canada from his old office as govern that give him plenty foriegn relation experience bless.

    June 23, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. Mike in Texas

    This guy can't even stand up to Mitt Romney......enough said!

    June 23, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Peter E

    Yes, the great 'opportunities' from the 'Arab Spring.' Because the great revolutions have produced such great opportunities... Now that old military regimes have been replaced by... new military regimes that hate us even more because they are not our favored puppet dictators.
    Such great 'opportuniy...'

    June 24, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. nru

    He was a dud when he was here, and I hope the rest of the country does not need to undergo accounting shifts and semantics like we saw in Minnesota.

    June 24, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  19. Limbaugh is a liberal

    For the past entire century we have been taking opportunities in the Middle East. The result? Every other decade we are entangled in more wars because the puppet governments we set up fall out of favor. In Iran we funded and armed a brutal dictator. The result? The Iranian revolution. To fight that revolution we funded and armed a brutal dictator in neighboring Iraq. Result? That dictator got out of control and we are still bogged down in Iraq as a result. In Afghanistan we funded and armed so-called freedom-fighters against the Soviets, the Taliban, who then turned on us. We are still in Afghanistan. In Egypt we funded and armed Mubarak, yet another repressive dictator. Now he has been toppled... only to be replaced by another military dictatorship less friendly to us. In Pakistan we funded and armed Musharaff. Currently they have a military dictatorship and a very volatile country that's a breeding ground for terrorists. In Saud Arabia we continue to fund and arm a repressive monarchy. Result? Most of the 9-11 hijackers and other Al Quaida involved came from Saud Arabia to take their revenge.
    And notice, one doesn't need to use the nonsense excuse 'oh they hate Israel' to see commonality of why our meddling in the Middle East resulted in growing hatred of us there.
    When will we learn?

    June 24, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  20. WatchDawg

    Well if his foreign policy is about building bridges, one has to look no further than the one he let collapse...

    June 24, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  21. kyle from minnesota

    Obama had no foreign policy experience when he was running for president. Hillary hit him pretty hard on that, if you remember.

    His defense was that he spent four years in Indonesia...as a child. Hardly credible foreign policy training.

    You should listen to what the candidates say instead of immediately vilifying them because they have a different party attached to their name.

    Don't believe everything you think. If you're going to beat on somebody you don't agree with, you better check to see if your candidate has done the same. It will make you look less the fool.

    June 24, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  22. kyle from minnesota

    ...our current president had no foreign policy experience when he was running...but we should look differently at Pawlenty, right?

    June 24, 2011 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  23. kyle from minnesota

    The experience our current president had in foreign policy was non-existent...but that's so different from Pawlenty, right?

    June 24, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  24. bobden

    I lived in Minnesota for almost 10 years, several years back. It's hard to believe that my Minnesota friends elected this idiot to be their governor.
    Does anyone believe that "Rickster" is anything other than a paid gop shill?
    Saying the crap he/she/it says does not make it true.

    June 24, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  25. kyle from minnesota

    What kind of experience did Obama have in foreign policy when he was running? NONE!...but that's so different from Pawlenty, right?

    June 24, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
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