September 3rd, 2009
08:54 AM ET
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Pawlenty back on the Trail

Sen. Olympia Snowe is part of the bipartisan so-called 'Gang of Six' negotiating on health care.

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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  1. fideauxdon

    High profile? Only in the eyes of Pawlenty, and of course his party, the GOP, that is hot for anyone with a pulse!

    September 3, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Go Tim! Election of Republican governors in Virginia and NJ this fall will spell the beginning of the end for Obama and Socialism.

    September 3, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. John C

    It time they stand up for honesty for a change. The Republicans ideology has failed as badly as it possibly could. Unitl they change, they will just be more of the same disasters they already brought us. "Less taxes, smaller government, less intrusion" are all empty slogans, none of which they made any effort to achieve at any time they held office.

    September 3, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. victim of republican greed

    If Christie was smart, he would distance himself from Pawlenty.

    September 3, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. victim of republican greed

    Nice suit, but not much substance.

    September 3, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Sentinel

    No Republican is fit for office. Look at the Republican record for the past 10+ years. They supported corruption, they participated in corruption, they are corruption! They caused most of the current economic crisis and yet they try to defeat the problem solvers! Get rid of the GOP permantently!

    September 3, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. MEL IN florida

    It's time??? so, what were you doing for the last eight years??? It wasn't time??? President Barack Obama is doing an incredible job, a lot more than all of you did. So please stop. Thank God for President Barack Obama, he's the one that is working so hard and helping our nation. YES WE CAN!!!!!

    September 3, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. victim of republican greed

    Now that the stimulus appears to have started working, durable goods orders are up, job loss has leveled off, it is important that we get a republican in to turn the country back toward the economic abyss.

    September 3, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Chris D.

    Paleeeze.......I'm not voting for Pawlenty, or any other Republican for at least a decade or two.

    September 3, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. victim of republican greed

    Did everyone get to see the compassoinate conservatives shout down the lady in the wheel chair who tried to explain her need for health care? If health care reform fails, it is important that Americans hold congressional republicans and Fox entertainment responsible.

    September 3, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. Jeff in Jersey

    This guy is a weasel!

    September 3, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. victim of republican greed

    Can you imagine Timmy standing up to terrorists? He appears to be better suited for gardening than national affairs.

    September 3, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. victim of republican greed

    Maybe the people of New Jersey will greet Tim as a liberator.

    September 3, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Republicans are the American Taliban

    When he stands up to President Obama will he wear teabags on his head and have an assault rifle in his hands??

    September 3, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. Mike

    Don't you have a job you are supposedly being paid for in MN Mr. Pawlenty? You might want to do it.

    September 3, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Issano in Florida

    Give me a break! Pawlenty is not presidential we go again, the Republicons looking for another viable candidate....the party has a bunch of blank slates.

    September 3, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. For Love of Country

    We know that there are some true patriots among the Democratic Party. Republicans do not hold a monopoly on that noble title.

    Democrats should really vote Republican, (just until we take our country back to the principles of the founding fathers).

    United we stand, Divided we fail.. either way


    September 3, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    "It is time we stand up to President Obama," Pawlenty said.

    Governor Pawlenty is trying to play "presidential candidate". How adorable! Seriously, if this is the best that the GOP can muster, they won't even get an invite to Obama's 2012 Inaguration. No clue, no leader, no new ideas, no bipartisanship equals no chance in 2012.

    September 3, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. Bill

    Well why didn;t they stand up to Bush/Cheyney??
    And i am a Republican!
    A lot of Republicans are acting like kids.

    September 3, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Honestly Tim sit down, I don't want you or any of your Rethuglican friends standing up for me!

    September 3, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. inofritzn

    Seen him on CNBC this morning, seems like a smart, grounded guy. Minnesota's economy is performing very well also. But it's hard to know what any of them are really like anymore.

    September 3, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Minnesotan and Proud of It

    Everyone, please do not fall for Tim Pawlenty's appearance of being a sane, normal, not the right wing religious nut case like Sarah Palin. Tim Pawlenty has my state in a mess because he will not fund anything. Our services, some of the best in the nation in the past, are seriously lacking now because of his "fiscal responsibility". No funding for bridges and highways and I think you all saw what happened on August 1, 2008, a highly used bridge fell into the Mississippi River killing 13 people.

    Tim Pawlenty is more scary to me that someone like Palin because he comes off as normal. He isn't. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    September 3, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Farrell in Houston

    The Republicans couldn't and wouldn't standup against GWB but they were more than willing to stand with him and all his failed policies. Why don't the Republicans for once in their life, do the right thing instead of just saying NO.

    September 3, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Mel Bailey

    It is sad, very pathetic that "standing up to President Obama" has become the mantra of the Republican party. What has happened to standing up for America, especially for the people who are hurting. Our political life has been infected by a virus: namely the lack of viewing our problems and major issues from authentic principled positions.

    September 3, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. TH

    Pawlenty needs to come back to Minnesota and straighten out the mess he has made of our state.

    He also needs to open his mind and get off of his one logic thinking. "My way or no way".

    September 3, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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