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. jayel

    The Repubs are the sad sacks of the past, present and future. Can they spell OBSOLETE? How about IRRELEVANT?

    September 6, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. Sapwolf

    Pawlenty is a nice guy, but he lacks the courage to live libertarian/conservative principles.

    Sarah is a tiger and has more courage than any Republican at the national level.

    Once her book is written, she will get out more to the lower 48 and will continue to support GOP candidates for 2010.

    Now that she is free nationally she can pursue a 2012 run if the opportunity arises.

    September 6, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. Republicans Hate America

    When is this idiot Pawlenty and the rest of his neo-facist hate America party going to denounce the REPUBLICAN DEATH SQUADS WITH ASSAULT WEAPONS STALKING PRESIDENT OBAMA we've seen attempting to intimidate the American people into submission to their extremist demands at Mr. Obama's recent town hall appearances?

    September 6, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  4. Kim in mpls

    Well of course your not competeing with her if you're her VP pick.

    September 6, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. mk

    Maybe someone should ask Pawlenty about the relevant issues of the day rather then the softball issues regarding a QUITTER like Palin. Ask him how sqares his religious beliefs with the nutcase pastor ( a term I use half heartedly) in AZ who openly prays for President Obama to die. The guy who professes in his CHURCH that he hates President Obama and the God is okay with that. I really want someone in the GOP to stand up and openly disavow these crazy bastards. Someone? Anyone?, have the balls to call these people crazy? I do, but my small voice carries no weight.

    September 6, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  6. Justin

    Pawlenty, another 'moderate' Republican who will have to drink the far-right extremist Kool-Aid to have a shot at the Republican nomination.

    He'll be sounding a lot like Palin once election season rolls around. She's a much more powerful voice in the current GOP than he is.

    Maybe he'll get lucky, and she'll pick him for her VP candidate. Of course, that's only if Rush Limbaugh doesn't run.

    September 6, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |

    Palin, the political joke of the century.

    September 6, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. Barbara

    Why all the hatefulness? You have Obama and a Democratic Congress. What else do you want? Rejoice!

    September 6, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. lj

    Why are we giving Sarah Palin the time of day. She's a ditz.

    September 6, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. Dizzy Man

    Anybody that knows anything, knows Palin isn' t a "quitter." Our girl discovered that she needed to go another direction. Changing course ... is an act committed by all of the great explorers .... and in Palin's case, the political winds changed her's ... and now, she's heading for the right port.

    Quitter? Bah, humbug! Palin ain't no quitter.

    September 6, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. steve in MO

    Talk about a misleading headline. It implies a put down as not good enough to be competitive when what he said was he sees her as a teammate not a competitor, that is we are on the same team. Think what you want about either of them the headline is taunting biased journalism.

    September 6, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  12. VCF

    Palin is a remarkable leader... having led Alaska for 24 months, 4 of which were spent on the national campaign. Her record surely is incredible. With success like that, who could possibly stand against her? Of course, having quit the Gov position much like having quit 4 or 5 colleges, she might drop out of the race halfway in.

    September 6, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. katiec

    Yes, it gets disgusting with CNN's love affiar with Palin. And for that matter all republicans and every word they utter.
    Pawlenty is just another republican out for his party only, outdated, unworkable ideas, if there are any at all, willing to sacrifice honor
    and integrity for the sake of destroying our president and as a
    consequence, our country.
    At least you know where Fox is coming from. CNN hides behind
    "news you can trust". Yea, right.

    September 6, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. Biff Henderson

    Palin is, was, and always will be a loser and a quitter... Her two most recent feats in life.

    September 6, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Embarrased Minnesotan

    Pawlenty is, at best, qualified to be a suburban city councilman.

    September 6, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  16. The Teester

    Pawlenty does not answer questions and thinks Palin was an asset. John King is Hannity light–come on CNN get a grip and get the FOXes out of the Henhouse

    September 6, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  17. james hicks

    The gop vote for a man who cannot make a sentence , now they will vote for a dunce that wink at them. Half look on with tounges hanging out the others wishing she was a man then their tounge would be out

    September 6, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Petena

    Pawlenty: If I recall you are one of the people againt having the children view the video at the schools next Tuesday. Sir: YOU are not Presidential material. The only thing you really are is a RACIST.

    September 7, 2009 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  19. Jeff

    Thanks for keeping us all up to date on Sarah Palin. It more than makes up for your total lack of Van Jones coverage.

    September 7, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. Dave in Western NY

    Fascinating, another CNN opportunity to comment and 95% of them couldn't hold a candle to anyone mentioned in the articles, even after discounting the predictable CNN bias, which, in this case, was a misleading title. There used to be an actualy profession called "journalism", now it is just used in relation to entertainment.

    September 7, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. jimbo

    LOL. Y'all are discovering it is a lot harder to lead than to just point fingers. This is fun watching!

    September 7, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  22. Dave

    Stop giving our Gov. Bozo air time please. He's screwed up our state and screwed our people for several years, why would we want to give him any platform to take that misery on to a national scale? It's time to retire TimPaw.

    September 7, 2009 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. John


    Pawlenty smiles and says he doesn't view Palin as a competitor while he checks to make sure his powder is dry....

    September 7, 2009 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  24. rfk

    Palin has no intention of ever running for anything ever again. Elected officials do not make enough money and she learned the hard way that she cannot make money via the back door either (she had to replay the per diem mony she took for working from home). Besides the lack of a big paycheck, it is obvious she finds actual work just too hard. I bet in mid 2010 she announces she won't be running and she will say it is because of her kids.

    September 7, 2009 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  25. roger

    Pawlenty says essentially nothing and the liberals attack. This is a center right country and a great confluence of factors led to obamas election. Most moderate democrats know the electorate and are running from the obama agenda....whomever runs against Obama in 2012 stands a great chance. Florida and Ohio independents will go the other way and any credible repub will likely win and make no mistake there will be a better generational, inspirational and economic candidate than Mccain.

    September 7, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
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