Pawlenty's fighting past
July 7th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Pawlenty's fighting past

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty attempted to prove how tough he is Thursday by boasting about his fighting past.

"The loudest guy or woman in a bar usually isn't the toughest," Pawlenty said Thursday at a town hall, according to audio posted by Radio Iowa. "I'm an old hockey player and I've probably been in more fights than all these candidates combined."

The former Minnesota governor is often categorized as soft spoken. When an Iowa voter pressed him to show his "strong demeanor on the campaign trail," Pawlenty responded by saying "I've got more than one gear."

"You can be nice and strong," Pawlenty added. "You don't have to be a jerk to be strong."

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    AHA !! That explains some of the brain damage.

    July 7, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    Next he'll be telling us he has "sex appeal".

    July 7, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS

    Hey T-Paw, you were a hockey player huh? What the H.E. double hockey sticks does that have to do with how you left Minnesota with a massive deficit????

    July 7, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Scott in Atlanta

    After the debate, whatever Pawlenty says sounds like this, "Baby talk... Baby talk... It's a wonder you can walk..." POW! "My toof is loof... My toof is loof..." Brady Bunch 1978

    He will ALWAYS be seen as weak now. Dukakis had his "helmet" moment, and now Pawlenty has his "choke" moment.

    July 7, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "You don't have to be a jerk to be strong."
    You don't have to strong to be a jerk.

    July 7, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. GL

    He don't have a chance in hell.

    July 7, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Pawlenty of Hot Air

    Sir, you were given MULTIPLE opportunities to prove your mettle against Mitt Romney. You failed. You punked out.

    On a Sunday, you were talking trash about Romney's healthcare plan in Mass – – meanwhile, come the following Monday, you had nothing to say with the man standing right in from of you. You are giving hockey "tough guys" a bad name.

    You certainly won't get one from the "Jung IL" boys in N. Korea. I'll bet you'd wet your pants if you had to face China or Russia. I'm sorry but as President, you won't get a second chance to stand up for what you claim to believe in. You couldn't even pass the practice exam – – even with John King as a tutor.

    July 7, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. gg

    Yeah right, stupid hockey dogs fight! I understand the Republicans' definition of "TOUGH".

    July 7, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. king

    powlenty your first impression have already past. you only know how to throw stones from across the street. when someone is right in front of you you freeze up like a ..... americans dont need that kind of leadership in these times and age you might freez up and sell us out.

    July 7, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. beevee

    Then Please go and keep playing hockey. Politics is not for fist and stick fighters.

    July 7, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    Isnt it a little eary in the election cycle to be rolling out the 'biggest kid on the playground' lines? If we're already down to the silly 'my dog is bigger than your dog' nonsense, then it's going to be a LONG and DIRTY election cycle. >sigh< I think i'm going to have to turn the TV off early this year.

    July 7, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    The people dont want the schoolyard bully. They want the Nerdiest kid on the playground. If we were at war with Aliens from another galaxy – fine. Then we would want the Governator, or something macho like that. But right now, we want someone who understands economics, and knows how to deal with congress. Hockey goon doesnt cut it.

    July 7, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Some hockey player. This guy couldn't even focus on being governor, let alone have the tenacity of an athlete. I assume he got out of hockey because he was as bad at that as he is at being a politician.

    July 7, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Publius Novus

    "I'm an old hockey player and I've probably been in more fights than all these candidates combined." Assuming the truth of this ridiculous statement, who cares? Harry Reid was a boxer. Who cares? What is Pawlenty going to do, duke it out with Harry? Ghadaffi? Hockey mom Palin?

    July 7, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Oh Lord, is he trying to puff up his manhood? Then come clean about how badly you screwed up Minnesota and used stim money to pay for your tax breaks. Honesty is a greater indication of toughness and masculinity than how many brawls you think you've been in.

    July 7, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Jim Brodie

    Your hockey tales might be more credible if you'd have body-checked Romney during the debate.

    July 7, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    Timmy is still trying to run from the fact he would not confront Romney face to face when he had a chance and chose to do so on his Twittter instead. So he was a big bad hockey player and he's a fighter, huh? Most big bad players and fighters don't have to talk about it, they show it.

    July 7, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds

    Little Timmy just proves more and more each day what a spineless, wimpy little weeny he is.

    July 7, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. John

    So you playing hockey make you better than any of the Other. The only thing I see It would do Is mess up your brain. And the way you are taking It all ready happen. You and Saran Palin Got to understand that playing Hockey don't make you any thing special. And It doesn't make you any tougher . You know the more you talk the dumber you sound. You till when you were GOV of Minnesota left It In Billions of dollars In dept and Bridges fallen down. so I don't know why you think you are so great ,because I don't see IT.

    July 7, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Pawlenty has a track record alright. The state of Minnesota is shut down after his term in office. Now he wants to bankrupt the U.S. in order to help the wealthiest 5% of the nation, who own him.

    July 7, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. diridi

    this dude is mentally retarded....o.k,

    July 7, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. The Greedy Old Pigs have gone crazy

    Timmy promises to deliver some hard checks to his opponents. Of course, he'll wimp out when they actually get together,

    July 7, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Frankly, if I was caught in dark alley with Tim Pawlenty and fuzzy kitten; I’d be more wary of the fuzzy kitten. Pawlenty is about as intimidating as Palin is intelligent and Bachmann is sane.

    July 7, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Expat American

    "I've probably been in more fights than all these candidates combined."

    Not with that haircut, you haven't.

    July 7, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. TXJim

    You couldn't even stand up to notorious spineless flip flopper Mitt Romney, when you had a chance to call him on the carpet over the Obamneycare statement you made..

    July 7, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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