Pawlenty drops out of presidential race
August 14th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty drops out of presidential race

AMES, Iowa (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty abandoned his bid for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday after a disappointing finish in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

"We needed a boost from Ames that didn't happen," Pawlenty told staff on a conference call Sunday morning, CNN learned.

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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    His campaign slaughter by main stream media and tea party

    August 14, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. MadInCT

    One lunatic Bagga down! Nine plus more to go! The late entrant, "D" student, blowhard, bible-thumping, pretty-boy will succumb to a similar fate!

    August 14, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Ken

    I'm sorry to see Gov. Pawlenty go this early. I would rather he were in the race than Bachman. But if he is this quick to give up his bid, it may say something about how much ability he would have to get America through tough timeS.

    August 14, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    [BREAKING: Pawlenty to end presidential run]
    Drop 'em like it's HOT!!! Drop 'em like it's HOT!!! Drop 'em like it's HOT!!!
    Santorum should follow because he's definitely overdone!!
    Drop 'em like it's HOT!!! Drop 'em like it's HOT!!! Drop 'em like it's HOT!!!
    And all of the other losers – to remain would be insane
    Drop 'em like it's HOT!!! Drop 'em like it's HOT!!! Drop 'em like it's HOT!!!
    Including ginGRINCH, Huntsmann, and that other man name Cain!!
    Drop 'em like it's HOT!!! Drop 'em like it's HOT!!! Drop 'em like it's HOT!!!

    This is the best thing POORlenty could have done. This also puts Bachmann in a bad spot – she can't argue with POORlenty anymore – she's gotta go directly to Perry!!!

    This is the first time in my political career that I am actually having FUN following how idiotic the RIGHT campaign is going. I predict MITTens will pick up POORlenty in the number 2 spot – That's ONLY if MITTens does not get crushed by Perry!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    August 14, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Rep. Michele Bachmann. Knock out Tim Pawlenty in the first round its happing but I hard believe

    August 14, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. sara

    God knows what he's doing! These "maggots" will drop one by one! They are on a mission to Destroy this Country, lead us back instead of forward with the antiqated ideas that has Failed this country Over and Over! Cain and the other "crazies" will be next. The pretty boy that wanted to "sucede" from American last year will find out that America, outside of the South will just NOT be into HIM. Bush #2. Enough said!

    August 14, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. ja

    most of the so-called contenders need to stop blowing smoke and sit down, most don't stand a chance in hell of being president

    August 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Good riddance - hopefully all the liars will be gone soon. They don't even have good intentions - just power-hungry control freaks sticking up for corporate loopholes.

    August 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Anthony

    Pawlenty never had a chance. The two people who have a chance for the Republican nomination are Romney and Perry, with Bachmann positioning herself for the VP spot. Republicans would like to re-fight the 2008 election, with Bachmann in the role of Palin. Bachmann is not quite as stupid as Palin, and she appeals to the same crowd. Perry has a good chance for the Republican nomination, because many Republicans are from the South, and they would like to re-fight the Civil War, figuratively speaking.

    August 14, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Jen

    hopefully santorium and bachman will be next.

    August 14, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. Bessy

    1 down. 10 more to go. NONE, I say NONE of the running Republican candidates should be running. They are all losers in ine way or another and it really just goes to show how bad the Republican Party has sunk to even think that ANY of them would make a good president. Come on Republicans. Get someone to represent your paryt who really cares what happens to our country.

    August 14, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    Sorry T-Paw, time to take a powder. It's funny to me; Republicans are all about smaller government, yet want to be president so they can do nothing except get rid of all the agencies ????? Stupid idea....come into power to reduce the power of government

    August 14, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |