May 2nd, 2012
09:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Video: Pawlenty defends Romney over Obama video

(CNN) - Former presidential candidate and current Mitt Romney backer Tim Pawlenty responded to a campaign video released Wednesday by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign that used Newt Gingrich comments criticizing Romney to make their general election case.

"Of course the president is trying to distract Americans and voters from his own record, which is non-existent or bad and trying to get people focused on some old comments by Newt Gingrich," Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "I think shortly Newt will be supporting and endorsing and encouraging Gov. Romney because he's a far better candidate and will be a far better president than President Obama."
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
Debt-free Pawlenty: 'Honor' to run
April 10th, 2012
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Debt-free Pawlenty: 'Honor' to run

(CNN) – Eight months after dropping his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced his campaign organization was debt-free.

Pawlenty for President filed paperwork Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission to terminate the campaign committee that was formed in March 2011. Pawlenty formally announced his candidacy in May of that year and campaigned over the summer in early voting states. He dropped his bid after a poor showing in the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll in August and endorsed current frontrunner Mitt Romney.
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Filed under: 2012 • Tim Pawlenty
April 3rd, 2012
11:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Pawlenty: This race is over

(CNN) – Following Mitt Romney's primary hat trick on Tuesday, former Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said the race is now practically "over."

"Let's face it, Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee," Pawlenty, a strong Romney backer, told Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty • TV-The Situation Room
February 7th, 2012
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Pawlenty continues push against Santorum

(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty, former Republican presidential candidate and now Mitt Romney supporter, repeated his criticism of Rick Santorum Tuesday, claiming the former Pennsylvania senator once supported health care mandates.

Santorum, meanwhile, defended the attacks on Monday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • Tim Pawlenty
Team Romney shifts laser to Santorum
February 6th, 2012
02:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Team Romney shifts laser to Santorum

(CNN) - In a sign of Rick Santorum's potential strength, the Mitt Romney campaign focused on his opponent's record Monday, the day before three Republican presidential primary contests.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, one of the states set to vote Tuesday, was dispatched by Team Romney to criticize the former Pennsylvania senator's legislative record and poke holes in his self described conservative platform.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • Tim Pawlenty
Romney picks up another N.H. endorsement
December 1st, 2011
01:42 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney picks up another N.H. endorsement

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Hampshire State Senate President Peter Bragdon will endorse Mitt Romney on Thursday, CNN has learned.

The endorsement is the latest in a wave of support for Romney from high-profile legislative officials in New Hampshire. It comes as the former Massachusetts governor's campaign shifts into a more aggressive mode in the state, where former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has recently gained some steam.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Tim Pawlenty
Romney ad means Dems are worried, says Pawlenty
November 28th, 2011
03:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney ad means Dems are worried, says Pawlenty

(CNN) – Team Romney sought to refute an attack ad from the Democratic National Committee on Monday by painting the former Massachusetts governor as the right choice to what they call President Barack Obama's wrong choice for America.

In a conference call with reporters, former presidential candidate and Romney supporter Tim Pawlenty said Democrats and the Obama campaign are zeroing in on Romney in an effort to tear the frontrunner down before the general election.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • DNC • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
Pawlenty says he has regrets
October 12th, 2011
07:49 AM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty says he has regrets

(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty praised the gift of hindsight, saying he's realized some mistakes he made in his bid for the Oval Office.

"If we would have known then what we know now, would we have made some different decisions? Sure we would have, and I regret not making different decisions," Pawlenty said Tuesday in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio.
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Filed under: 2012 • Tim Pawlenty
Staffer goes from Pawlenty to Rubio
September 22nd, 2011
10:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Staffer goes from Pawlenty to Rubio

(CNN) – The former spokesman for Tim Pawlenty will soon become Sen. Marco Rubio's press secretary.

Alex Conant, who worked for the former Republican presidential candidate until he dropped out of the race last month, will start in the first term Florida senator's office in October.
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Filed under: Marco Rubio • Tim Pawlenty
Pawlenty: Romney's front-line defender
September 12th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty: Romney's front-line defender

North Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Within hours of picking up an endorsement from former White House contender Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney swooped into South Carolina Monday morning with his new de-facto cheerleader and front-line defender.

Pawlenty's new role was apparent at a press availability with the two men in North Charleston. Romney was able to step back, at least for one question, and let his new national co-chair speak for his record.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • South Carolina • Tim Pawlenty
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