September 6th, 2009
11:20 PM ET
11 years ago

I don't view Palin as a competitor for anything, says Pawlenty

Gov. Pawlenty said Sunday that he views former Gov. Palin as a teammate rather than a competitor and that he didn't think Sen. McCain made a mistake in selecting Palin as his 2008 running mate.

Gov. Pawlenty said Sunday that he views former Gov. Palin as a teammate rather than a competitor and that he didn't think Sen. McCain made a mistake in selecting Palin as his 2008 running mate.

(CNN) – Minnesota’s Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is widely considered to be a likely contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, said Sunday that he does not view himself as being in competition with his party’s most recent vice presidential nominee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Asked about his own 2012 plans, Pawlenty was coy and judicious, suggesting that his recent travels to many states likely to be important in the next White House race were because of his duties as the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association.

“Part of my responsibility,” Pawlenty told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King on Sunday’s State of the Union, “is to travel the country when appropriate, as time allows, to help Republican candidates for governor get elected or re elected. So that’s part of it. And, as time allows, I’m going to speak to issues that I think my party needs to improve on – both here in Minnesota and nationally. I believe that’s an important opportunity and responsibility.”

But Pawlenty was clear that he does not view himself as competing with former Gov. Palin.

The former Alaska governor is “a friend,” Pawlenty told King, “I don’t view her as somebody who’s a competitor for anything. I view her as a teammate.”

Pressed on his view of himself relative to Palin, Pawlenty reiterated, “I view her as a friend. And I think she’s somebody who has been a remarkable leader in Alaska under difficult circumstances. I don’t know what the future holds for her.”

Pawlenty also appeared to hold no ill will over Sen. John McCain’s reported decision to pick Gov. Palin over Gov. Pawlenty for the vice presidential nod on last year’s Republican ticket.

“I’m a huge fan of Sen. McCain. I think he made the choice he felt was right for not only his ticket but for the country in the circumstances of the time,” said Pawlenty. The Minnesota Republican added that he did not think McCain made a mistake in choosing Palin as his running mate.

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Vendure

    or course he is not competing with Palin. that is not have to be in the same class to compete. Palin too far out classes those who think they would like to compete.

    September 6, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    This is called a headline taken out of context. When there is no news, MAKE news. 😉

    September 6, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. TCM

    Nice headline, CNN, always trying to reflect negative light on Palin

    September 6, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Nea

    If you sit back and listen to the right talk about Presient Obama agenda, that he is destroying the country you will feed on to it when the truth is and they know it that this country is recovering from the last President obstruction and i dont even want to keep criticizing G. Bush but when the Republicans have the nerve to critcize a man that havent even been in office 1 yr. you know thats hypocritical. They really need to stop sipping fox news wine. They need to stop campaiging and get to work for the american people all we hear is who will defeat Obama in 2012.

    September 6, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Jane

    I find it amazing that the national media seems to hang on evening the Gov says. Maybe if they did some election research they might see that the good Gov just barely survived the last election & he's opted to quit at the end of his term for one reason I suspect is the Gov isn't electable in Minnesota. He's a good fit for the party of No – Minnesota's seen nothing but gridlock for the most part the last 2 years. He's no economic genius!

    A Minnesota voter who's seen him in action and is NOT impressed.

    September 6, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    It is very paradox, how can that uneducated and a woman with no substance can run for president, is not it America where we have plenty of educated , wonderful, responsible citizens.

    I think we have been so ignorant and i can see with the current health care debate in the town hall, do we want the current system to rob our pockets and saving to pay endless bill. Albeit america has worse health care system.

    September 6, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. Julie

    With Pawlenty's recent remarks and these, I'd say he's giving her competition for the spot of ignorant, scary party representative.

    September 6, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. Denna

    Anyone who would vote for Sarah "The Quitter" Palin should have their heads examined. This woman, a flaming bigot and an airhead, would NOT be good for America. I suspect that if she was going through what President Obama is being subjected to, she would resign, just like she did as Governor of Alaska. Her brand of Republicanism is very, very bad for America. She will absolutely destroy the career of the person who is dumb enough to run with her on their ticket. John McCain should never have introduced this delusional woman to the national stage and he is very lucky to still have any credibility.

    September 6, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Tracy

    blah, blah blah, blah.....whose turn is it next – enough of Plawenty – nothing of substance to say.

    September 6, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Steve L.

    I am still hoping all the left and right wing nut jobs move to Texas and opt to become their own country so the rest of us can move on and have a some peace. The once respectable Republican party is now being taken over by a majority of uneducated white people who don't like having a black president, and who think Sarah Palin is a genious of some kind with all of the answers. They would love nothing more than to have a race war. Check out the nuts with guns waiting outside buildings were President Obama is speaking. America is becoming a very sad country that keeps getting more pathetic by the day thanks to people like Lou Dobbs, Hannity, Fox News, Rush, and Glen Beck all preaching for the downfall of the United States government. I am all for discussion of different ideas, but the call to arms from these lunatics will drive this nation to the brink of destruction. We were once proud to be a "melting pot" nation, and now were are just melting and going to pot.

    September 6, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Gary

    Those Republicans need to get there acts together because if the Democrats keep control of White House and Legislature much longer we'll be on the road to a socialized medical system, a car industry owned by the government, out of control unions that further destroy our industrial base and an overregulated banking system. Our deficits will be sooooo big that tax increase or hyper inflation will be the only way to get out of debt. Either will stagnate this country for a decade. We are on the wrong path....this is not the change that we voted for. Can somebody please run against that crazy Nancy Pelosi too.

    September 6, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Florida Non-Party Affiliated

    I don't know that much about Pawlenty, so I reserve judgment. Palin impressed me so much that I hope she runs as a Senator for Alaska. This will give her some needed experience for 2016 or 2020. Obama has not impressed me at all. He is throwing ideas against the wall, and hoping they stick. This is not what I envisioned he would be, but we all had warnings that he was all rhetoric. He missed his calling as a speech giver as that seems to be what his specialties are. He likes being in the limelight, even if it is to non-voting school children. He's lost the voting public, and continues to do so.

    September 6, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Chase

    CNN is usually very professional with their reporting, and there wasnt anything wrong with Jon King's interview until the headline was Pawlenty does not see Palin as competition for anything... if you watched the interview he simply said he views Palin as a friend and colleague that he hopes to work together with to improve his party not that he was blasting her as an inferior future competitor. I know news organizations have to come up with catching headlines to keep people reading, but this seems like they twisted Pawlenty's words from what he meant. Not a Pawlenty fan, and definitely not a Palin fan, but this article is the bias you would expect from FOX NEWS.

    September 6, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. Dave

    If Pawlenty doesn't think McCain made a mistake in choosing Palin as his running mate, he's just shown that either his judgment is no better than McCain's, OR that he'd also put personal gain ahead of what's best for America.

    September 6, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. MNnative

    Pawlenty is no prize, either. MN is one of many states with a serious budget deficit and a fair amount of Pawlenty's time is spent "to travel the country when appropriate, as time allows, to help Republican candidates for governor get elected or re elected." And, yes, he was governor on the hotseat when the 35W bridge collapsed, killing approximately 15 people (not 'hundreds' like an earlier poster commented.) He was certainly not a "buck stops here" leader when that happened. I am thrilled that he's announced that he will not seek a third term as MN's gov. Once the general public realizes that his words are self-serving and hollow, his aspirations of being elected President will be gone.

    September 6, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. aware

    Sarah Palin is the only credible candidate the GOP has. 🙂

    Pawlenty is just another boring politician! 😦

    September 6, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. anuskita

    It's a joke, right? If the McCain/Palin ticket did not convince us to vote for them in 2008 why on earth would we vote for them in 2012?
    McCain should stay away from the money grubber, widllife terminator or he'll be headed for another humiliating defeat. If the GOP is looking, as they said, for another great white hope as an Obama contender, it is clear it's not either McCain or Palin, alone or together.

    September 6, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Ronald Schwartz

    He needs to be more supportive of the second amendment and concealed carry to be considered as a Republican candidate for 2012

    September 6, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. RSH

    "I view her as a teammate.” Pawlenty's words will come back to crush him in a 2012 run. He'd better distance himself from that nut job Palin if he expects to have chance. Don't the Republicans know why John McCain lost? Palin was a reckless choice. She has a dangerous mind that angers the world.

    September 6, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. Tom Dawson

    What is it with Minnesota politicians this year? I thought the state had some brains.

    September 6, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. Brandon

    What a completely misleading piece of writing. To read the headline, one would think that Pawlenty was insulting the former-VP candidate and instead the opposite is true. It is things like this that show why people no longer trust the media for accurate news.

    September 6, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  22. Larry

    Nor do intelligent people see Pawlenty as a competitor for anything

    They are both zeros

    September 6, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Lola

    Once again a not very bright person who thinks it was a smart move on McPain part to get her down here. And once again media, not news worthy. Let it go media. McCain and Palin lost for a reason and we don't want to continue to hear about them.

    September 6, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. denver

    Wow I can not belive the bias here. the media has moved so far left in this country that a centress station like fox is getting ripped for being too far right. First off they have the top ten programs in cable news. there are some right favoring programs and some that are not. It is a private news network it is thier right too air any program they want. they put programs on that get ratings, which for the most part are center to center right, (the same as majority of americans) only boarder line communists would think fox is far right. Next to rip on palin and pawlenty shows fear from insecure lefties, that know they are great americans and will do everything in thier power to advance liberity and fight tyranny. I will leave all of you with a quote from an unknown author "IT IS IMPOSSSIBLE TO MULTIPLY WEALTH BY DIVIDING IT"

    September 6, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Joe the Pundit

    I miss Palin so much and can hardly wait until 2012. Watch her fellow Republicans tear her to shreds in the primaries – and she won't be able to blame it on the "biased" media.

    September 6, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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