(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty took on a self deprecating tone Tuesday night while he mocked his failed Republican presidential bid.
The former two-term Minnesota governor was the first candidate to drop out of the 2012 race for the White House after a disappointing finish in the high stakes Ames Straw Poll in August. During an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," Pawlenty attributed the decision to money, and a little humiliation.
"I was out of money. I came in third place behind Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul," Pawlenty said referencing his finish behind his former rivals in the straw poll. "I think that's enough for any one person to endure."
He said his strategy of discussing policy did not jive with the voter's interest in an entertaining election.
"This is taking on more and more of a reality TV show component," Pawlenty said. "You've got to have an entertainment component to it and so I brought forward a record of serious policy … at least in that moment of time the electorate's looking for something else."
Pawlenty, who declared his run in May, said he was the only candidate in the race with a jobs plan but "nobody cared."
He also failed to receive a bump in national and state-wide polls despite extensive travel to early presidential contest states.
"I went all the way from one percent to one percent," Pawlenty added.
When asked if he considered learning to juggle to entertain voters he said, "I thought about shooting sparks up my butt."