Johnston, Iowa (CNN) – Should Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential candidates beware political “hell” served up by Tim Pawlenty at Thursday’s presidential debate?
At a small gathering of voters at a coffee shop in Johnston, Iowa on Monday, the former Minnesota governor was told by a supporter in the crowd, “You’ve got to be up there and give them hell.”
“We will,” Pawlenty replied.
He then urged the crowd to support his candidacy in Saturday’s Ames straw poll that will test his organization and popularity in Iowa along with that of the other candidates.
The governor’s response suggests his manner could be far more confrontational than the last time he faced off with Bachmann, Romney and the other candidates.
At June 13’s CNN, WMUR-TV, New Hampshire Union Leader debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, Pawlenty declined to go on the attack against Romney while on stage. But just days before, Pawlenty slammed the former Massachusetts governor, saying the health care plan enacted during Romney’s governorship helped create the nation’s health care reform law. Pawlenty merged the two laws into a single slam, labeling them “Obamneycare.”
Days after the debate, Pawlenty acknowledged he missed an opportunity to go after a prime political opponent.
Since then, Pawlenty has stepped up his criticism of Romney and Congresswoman Bachmann.
If Pawlenty decides to display that amped up effort on Thursday in Ames, it would be the first time he’s gone on the attack against Romney and Bachmann while in their presence.
After Monday’s event in Johnston, CNN asked Pawlenty exactly who he’d “give hell” at the debate.
Pawlenty responded that President Obama would receive a fair amount of criticism, acknowledging he’s listening to supporters who want him to “strike the right balance between Minnesota nice and holding the president accountable…for his broken promises and the failures of the economy and his presidency.”
Then Pawlenty added: “But there will be some policy differences between the Republicans. And I think as long as its not personal, it’s okay to have a debate about those things.”
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Oooooooo .... shaking in my boots .... NOT!
Give them hell Timmy!
Yeah, right, Pawlenty was a total wuss at the Manchester, NH debate. He can't give his pussy cat hell.
Give em Hell in the coffee shop Timmy, you know you are good when you get to the big stage in a coffee shop !!
T-Paw has no charisma nor new ideas. Regurgitating his political party's talking points is his forte. He left a legacy of dismal financial failure in Minnesota; please note the recent Minnesota government shutdown. I ask you, dear bloggers, does he really think he's got a chance with educated voters? We are not as dumb as he looks. Somebody should tell him.
He needs a theme song or sound track !
Something similar to the good the bad and the ugly , or high noon !
"............as long as it is not personal, it is okay to have a debate those things."
They will roast this marshmallow so fast he won't know what hit him.
Why is this guy wasting his time/money running for president? He's a fish out of water. I feel sorry for him, but not sorry enough to vote for him. "Pawlenty is Paw-empty"!
Go Get 'em Goober!
This girl/boy cannot through any punches!! go have some magarita! then come back and I will serve you tequila neat!!
It amuses me that Pawlenty still thinks he's in this race. He's sold his soul to try and reinvent himself into some sort of faux-super conservative, evangelical tough-talker and nobody cares. He's been constantly campaigning since 2008 and he's polling below Gingrich and Cain. That must really suck.
Give `em hell Timmy, boy. I`m behind you- watching. Better than a soap.
Pawlenty does not have the spine to give any one hell. He is a loser and should not have even entered this race as he will never win the primary much less win the Presidency.
He seems to miss the point. He's not in the Superbowl yet – he's not playing against Obama.
Timmy, you are a 6th seeded wildcard. You have to win 3 playoff games BEFORE you can hope to play the President for the championship. As in sports, looking ahead to a future opponent in politics only guarantees you won't even make it to the final contest. Why don't you just quit now?
LOL Give them Hell, wow it feels like we are in hell already with your fellow GOP and Republican jokers ruining this country.
Republicans like to swift-boat their own before they tell the big lies. They could start with explaining to the world how their political hostage game killed the stock markets all over the world and sunk America down the the level of second-world nations. They could explain how this is a different political party than the one who got us into this mess during the Bush debacle. They said they had the correct solution in 2000 & 2004 yet that solution wrecked our economy and ended up in two hopeless wars. Start with those explanations...
Yep – you better give each other HELL because that is where your fight should be. “BASHING" President Obama and having NO SOLUTIONS of your own – is OLD!!!
Look @ the next Ticker – "Santorum launches pre-emptive attack against Perry" YES YOU CAN and that is where you should knock each other out because in the end – you will ALL get beat in 2012!!!
As quiet as it's kept – President Obama's approval rating is still in the mid-40's – better than everyone else out there and remember – during the 2008 campaign – he was at the same spot or higher!!!
When will the Republicans stand up for the middle class?
Pawllenty is out of the running. Sorry to say their are lots of good ones to choose from. Michelle Bachmann is leading him by twice the votes in the straw poll. Michelle had lots of followers includeing this Iowa Farmer. Common Sense willl end up with my vote. Cut Cap and Balance is a must.
with obama in command, I suggest all Americans start stock piling Food and Ammo.
He's just another GOBPbaggin' wimp. These corrupt corporatist cult members can't defend their failed policies so they try to cover their moral, political and intellectual bankruptcy with sound bites and "get tough" imagery (propaganda). Their is nothing "tough" about caring for the greedy and not the needy.
He has to give them something other than "Hi, I'm Mr. Bland." Pawlenty isn't showing great charisma at all. I think that he has shown less than Gore which he has been compared to as of late.
I swear T-Paw is such a cornball. I think Trump said it best. He thinks he's a tough guy, but no one is buying it.
Because "HELL" is what he left Minnesota looking like!
Well here is another attacker that won't be considered for a VP let alone a PRESIDENT!! Phew! Thank goodness he won't even be considered for second in command. Hmmm Of course, that is incumbent upon if the Repukes win the Oval Office. Well they at least will win the orifice office. That is what they talk out of most of the time anyway.