February 19th, 2010
11:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Pawlenty: Make like Tiger's wife and 'smash the window'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/19/art.2tpawcpac0219.gi.jpg caption="Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokingly told conservative activists Friday that they can learn a few things from Tiger Woods' wife."]
Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokingly told conservative activists Friday that they can learn a few things from Tiger Woods' wife.

"At this very hour or very shortly this morning a big event is happening in the United States of America," Pawlenty said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Tiger Woods is holding his press conference at 11 o'clock eastern."

"Now, I think we can learn a lot about that situation," he said. "Not from Tiger but from his wife.  She said, 'I've had enough.' She said, 'No more.'  I think we should take a page out of her playbook and take a nine-iron and smash the window out of big government in this country. We've had enough."

The eyebrow-raising quip was a highlight in an otherwise low-key, morning talk delivered by the potential 2012 presidential candidate. Unlike former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who delivered a polished, rousing speech to the conservative audience on Thursday, Pawlenty opted to speak without a teleprompter and riff off his notes.

Having drawn an early time slot for his speech, Pawlenty spoke to a relatively low-energy crowd with in a ballroom with scores of empty seats. Though his speech likely won't draw rave reviews, the governor – who more often excels working small rooms - is maneuvering behind-the-scenes to endear himself to Republican staffers and activists at the conference.

Pawlenty stayed up late Thursday night at the Marriott Wardman Park at a cocktail reception meeting young Republicans and posing for pictures. And on Friday, his political action committee, Freedom First PAC, is holding a Georgetown fundraiser where the VIP guest will be Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a new star in GOP circles.

Filed under: 2012 • CPAC • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. RemainCalm

    Ah, more thinly-veiled suggestions of valence from the "leaders" of the right wing.

    February 19, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Jill-IN

    How insensitive and inappropriate – what garbage.

    February 19, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Grog in Ohio

    Stay classy, GOP!!

    February 19, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Marie Laveaux

    Nice! Now the Tea Party guys will be carrying golf clubs as well as guns to their rallies. Lovely solutions these guys offer, aren't they? I'm not saying Tiger's wife was wrong to be angry, but beating things or people up with a golf club usually isn't going to solve the problem.

    February 19, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Navy Vet

    Smash some windows? Do you mean like that anti-government man in Texas did?

    February 19, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Deb (Long Island)

    The only thing to be said...this could be our future President??

    February 19, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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