September 3rd, 2009
08:54 AM ET
13 years ago

Pawlenty back on the Trail

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Olympia Snowe is part of the bipartisan so-called 'Gang of Six' negotiating on health care."](CNN) - New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie gets a helping hand today from a high profile surrogate.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will join Christie on the campaign trail at a meet and greet with volunteers in Bergen County, New Jersey. It's an event that will be seen by many who cover national politics as the latest high profile step for Pawlenty toward a possible run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Last month Pawlenty was the keynote speaker at a major dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Florida. In July, he addressed top party members at a Republican National Committee conference in San Diego. Next month, Pawlenty heads back to California, as a featured speaker at the Western Conservative Political Action Conference.

Earlier this summer, the two term governor announced he would not run next year for a third term, a move seen by many as a signal that Pawlenty is interested in running for the White House. Since that announcement, Pawlenty has stepped up his criticism of President Barack Obama.

"It is time we stand up to President Obama," Pawlenty said to members of the Republican National Committee last month. "It is time we stand up for our principles, and it is time we stand up for the American people."

In July, he teamed up with House Minority Leader John Boehner to release a report that took aim at Democratic plans for health care reform. Since then, Pawlenty has increased his opposition to health care reform proposals supported by Obama and congressional Democrats.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only states holding gubernatorial contests this year. Democrats are defending both seats. While local issues and the candidates themselves will dictate these two contests, they also have national implications, as Republicans try to make the two races a referendum on Obama and the Democrats who control Congress.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Gary

    Who ever runs against Obama needs to be fiscally conservative. We need to cut spending and stop promising people free stuff ( No new entitlement programs, no government option in healthcare). The answer can not always be more taxes, more spending!!!!

    September 3, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. yuri

    Pawlenty is one of those very decent GOP guys, who deserves a good deal of adulation and adoration, along w/ McCain, Romney, and Ridge.

    September 3, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. cjr

    He may be a nice guy – but he's part of the republicans that include Sarah, Michelle, Michael Steel, John Bohner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell and Grassley. – Now tell me why would anyone vote for anyone whose party includes the above.

    September 3, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. wendy

    It is obvious that Pawlenty is positioning himself for a presidency run in 2012...Just remember that this is the governor who made a choice a bad decision on infra structure spending. The bridge collapse of 35W in Minneapolis/St.Paul was on his watch. His judgement should be questioned on everything. He knew the condition of a major bridge connecting two cities and decided not to put any money in to it's repair. Sorry, but that was a very tragic choice.

    September 3, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Ernesto

    Pawlenty is a legend in his own mind. Seeking attention wherever there might be a camera does not mean he is newsworthy. The party of NO knows no bounds in their delusions about how much the American people love opposition to our President. We want ideas, not egos, and Boehner and Pawlenty are empty suits. The GOP of NO love empty suits!

    September 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Cynthia

    LOL this loser is running for office, a position he will never get. This clown has no spine he is such a loser.

    September 3, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Hugo

    Listening to Pawlenty speak on CNBC this morning versus listening to the multitude of Obama speeches about the economy, was like listening to a topic subject from a businessman with a clear understanding of economics versus a ultra liberal hollywood actor pledge to the funk of funkadellia, respectively of course. With recent further evidence of Obama's inability to lead our Nation by the waffling on healthcare, support of CIA investigations, and plans for school room indoctrination of our children, I will exercise my vote for the first Conservative that comes to the pulpit, game over!

    September 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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