September 1st, 2010
01:37 PM ET
12 years ago

As he considers 2012 bid, Pawlenty takes hit at home

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="A new survey indicates that more than half of Minnesotans do not approve of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's busy out of state travel schedule."]

(CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is discovering that laying the ground work for a presidential run can take a political toll back home.

According to a new survey from Minnesota Public Radio and the Humphrey Institute, 54 percent of Minnesotans aren't too keen on the governor's frequent out of state trips, which usually include visits to important presidential nominating states. Only 31 percent of voters approve of his busy travel schedule.

In even worse news for Pawlenty, Minnesota Republicans apparently would prefer Mitt Romney as their presidential choice than their own governor.

Stacked up against Romney, Pawlently loses 45-32 percent. In a matchup against Sarah Palin, Pawlenty comes out on top 59-24 percent.

The poll surveyed 750 likely voters between August 25-29 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.

Pawlenty – widely believed to be an all-but-announced presidential candidate, made news Tuesday when he issued an executive order that directs Minnesota state agencies and departments not seek federal grants under the health care measure, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama this spring.

Pawlenty told reporters earlier Tuesday that the new law, which was a top priority for the White House and congressional Democrats, is a "misguided piece of legislation," and added that "anything that I can do to slow down, limit or negate Obamacare, I'm going to try to do it within reason."

Surveys indicate that the health care law is extremely unpopular with Republicans. According to the most recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 83 percent of Republicans oppose the measure.

Filed under: Poll • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. jim atmadison

    When you're losing in your home state to a hairdo, you know you're in trouble.

    September 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Case in point

    All these polls are manipulated numbers to make you buy Pepsi instead of Coke;

    PALIN 2012.

    September 1, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Peter E

    Well, at least there is one honest republican. He admits that he is running for president and admits to abandoning his state because of that. And, unlike the majority of republicans, he actually does turn down the federal dollars he campaigned against. The majority of republicans (there is a nice list you can look up online) continue to bash healthcare reform and the stimulus package, while at the same time taking credit for bringning those federal dollars into their districts in their campaigns. Even some of the most 'fiscally responsible' governors (remember Jindal?) have turned down less than 10% of the stimulus package to show how 'conservative' they are. Hypocrites! So yes, Pawlenty at least is honest: he will turn down much needed aid to his state just so he can become president.

    September 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. anthony

    With all his traveling around the country, Pawlenty probably had spent as much time in the governor's mansion as Palin had after she resigned her job. Compared to Pawlenty, George W. Bush, who only spent one third of his presidency on vacation, was a hard working executive. And Palin lost to this guy in the poll? Is this bad news for Pawlenty or Palin?

    September 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    Don't the Repubs have anyone worth a damn?
    What a spineless bunch of scared cry-baby, flip-floppin', corproate-suck-up wanna-bees.
    Seriously – who do they have ..... sista Phailin, slimey Ginger-itch, Robot-boy Romney, ... maybe they'll bring back "man-on-dog" Satanorum, or "mac-caw-caw" Allen? They are a circus without any substance. It's a true life "reality show" where they gang up and eat the weakest one until the last looser is standing there (still) talking nonsense into the camera.

    September 1, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Glenn Beckerhead

    Wanna run? QUIT your day job.

    September 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Minnesotan

    Nation: Please be aware that Pawlenty has been the worst governor in history and that most Minnesotans will be overjoyed to get rid of him. His fiscal incompetence has stressed our economy, skyrocketed our property taxes, and sent jobs & employers elsewhere. He can't 'raise taxes' (if he wants to suckle at the GOP bosom), so he calls them 'fees' instead. His epic failure has made him a hated villain here, so why would anyone in their right mind consider him for anything higher than manure scooper at the circus?

    September 1, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. sammieb51

    He shuold quit his job like Palin did and go full time on the road promoting his book (if he has one – if he doesn't he should write one now while he still has a job), candidates in other states, speaking engagements racking in $75K++ for a few hours work, campaigning, fund raising ... get flown all over on private jets, wined and dined, pampered, wear the finest clothes .... The rest of us peons shoudl be so lucky when we 'leave' our jobs right?

    But welcome to the double standard Tim, you're a guy and you gotta work if you want to get ahead and don't you dare try the "you betcha" with the wink either. If you want, however, you could cry crocodile tears like Beck or Boehner while you speak in strained tearful hushed tones about what a terrific American you are – women can't cry in public without being riduculed.

    September 1, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. ABM

    Nothing new. They ingore the people they are SUPPOSED to represent to forward their own agenda. In this case this guy wants to be President. In following his "dream" he forgot he has a job already.

    And to think – there are still people who will vote for him. Ha!

    Another Epic Fail Republicant.

    September 1, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. BobPlanet

    Nice headline but quite a stretch. Worst knock on a Republican you guys could find? Must feel like salmon swimming upstream as country heads toward November.

    September 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Anyone who thinks they MIGHT drive across an interstate bridge should beware this man's lies. He wants power, that's all. Another republican that thinks WE don't matter - he thinks humans are nothing but a dollar $ign.

    September 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    Tim, you like Newt should save yourself the embarrassment and stay out of the race. You have nowhere to go but down. Mitt will get the nod, it's the GOP way, he's next in line. Not to mention do you really want to have to court the Tea Baggers who only represent 11% of the American people? Just because they are loud doesn't mean they know what they are doing. In fact, the Tea Baggers will be the downfall of the GOP. You'll be better off waiting until 2016 after the Tea Bagger movement dies and moderate republicans who have a chance of being elected can be themselves.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. CK in MN

    I'm surprised that Pawlently is called a "big Republican". I consider him a wanna be who'll do or say anything to get attention, ignoring his responsibilites as the Govenor.
    Oh, wait he did do something that made the front page of the Minneapolis paper....
    "Pawlenty said he will require all state agencies to funnel their federal grant requests through his office in order to "stop Minnesota's participation in projects that are laying the groundwork for a federally controlled health care system" - unless they are required by law or approved by his office."
    He's the King of Minnesota, not the Govenor!

    September 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Scott in Atlanta

    Is it okay if we actually vote before you pundits tell us who's gonna do what in 2010/2012?

    September 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Pawlenty should have to refund most of his salary back to the citizens of MN. What a waste of their money.

    September 1, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Buster Bloodvessel

    McCain chose Palin over Pawlenty, or did he just mix up their names?

    September 1, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    There are going to be many surprised Republicans come November. They are all arrogantly already taking victory laps and Min House Leader Boehner is already measuring Pelosi's office for his tanning bed and golf clubs.

    Americans are sick to death of Republican hate, lies, fear-mongering, intolerance, and extremist tea baggers and nutjob talk show hosts running the Republican propaganda. Republicans have done NOTHING to help Americans, NOTHING for our recovery, for our working class and job creation, NOTHING for anything close to bipartsian. They have intentionally tried to make America fail and were proud of being the Party of NO. How unpatriotic and unAmerican! All because they hate having the MAJORITY of Americans voting an intelligent black President into office.

    Now since they still have NO ideas, NO solutions NO leadership, NO valid plans to restore America they are raising their typical hate, fear, and hysteria to distract voters from their total failures and total betrayal of the American people this Congressional year.

    Be careful that you know what you are voting for – Republicans have already stated many times, they plan to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment benefits and even the Dept of Education with plans to look to eliminating public education. You also have the tea bagger lunatic candidates who have very dangerous and violent ideas for our government should they be elected.

    We have Beck, Palin, and MN Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann talking using violence language like Palin telling gun-carrying tea baggers to "reload", Bachmann teling tea baggers to be "armed and dangerous" and she actually personally shot off an automatic weapon this week as a publicity stunt. Beck, despite his fraud rally, is right back spreading hate, totally made-up stories, attacking President Obama, and telling laughable incorrect data about our American history.

    Do you want to go back to the Bush years? Can you live in a worse economic situation? How much longer can you go without a job? Can your small business survive with no credit since Wall St banks are intentionally not giving credit in retaliation for being re-regulated so that cannot bring down our financial system again, and ready for more war with anyone who Republicans decide they want to bully??? Can you do without your Social Security and Medicare? Think carefully of what you will be getting if you vote for ANY Republican.

    Democrats are the Party of the People and have DELIVERED solid solutions to help our economy begin to recover, jobs to be created, unemployment benefits extended to help families, programs to help families keep their homes, programs to jump start the real estate market, and it ALL has worked and had positive outcomes. We ARE moving forward and we are seeing all positive economic indicators. The stock market is higher than during the Bush years, homes sales and prices are rising, we have positive job numbers every month, and consumer confidence buying numbers are up. Why stop the progress by giving power to the Party of hate and destruction? Republicans care NOTHING about YOU or ME. All they want is power so they can return to the old failed Bush policies and tax cuts for their billionaire buddies (which will add 4 TRILLION dollars to the deficit).
    Trust NO Republican, ignore their hate and fear messages, and pin them down on DETAILS of what they will DO for YOU? You will get no answers because they have NO plans but to try to win power for themselves.
    NO Republicans in NOvember.

    September 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Justen In Florida can't stand libtards

    Breaking News!

    voters don't like politicians to waste money on trips away from the office!!!

    and in other news, the earth is round!

    September 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. don

    Remember Minnesota. Republicans don't believe in government. You need to expect a lot of do nothing from any elected Republican. Let the man travel and enjoy himself at least he's not hiking!

    September 1, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. J.E. Finch

    On the front page of today's Minneapolis Star Tribune it says that MN could lose as much as $1 billion as Gov. Pawlenty tries to prevent any movement toward federally controlled health care. As a resident of MN, I deeply resent what our governor's national ambitions have done and are doing to the people of this state.

    September 1, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Dan in Chitown

    But what are you going to do to replace "Obamacare"??? I love these Republicans saying they are going to stop it, block it, reverse it, and then offer ZERO solutions to the problem.

    So let's get rid of the first piece of meaningful healthcare solution in fourty years and go right back to everyone complaining about their premiums going up 50% per year.

    Solutions, not retraction is the answer. Come up with a solution to fix it and I will listen, otherwise go back to Minnesota and concentrate on duck hunting season..

    September 1, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. norma

    So, Tim, please tell me why you want to slow down, limit or negate legislation that passed with a fillibuster majority and that makes it illegal for private health insurance companies to drop my daughters health insurance coverage just because she was born with a mild heart murmur.

    I bet you think it's wonderful that companies can make a huge profit off my daughter's health needs while I work two jobs to pay her over the top medical bills. Is this what you folks mean by liberty and freedom. Freedom to go broke because your child was born with a medical condition?!?! That's not the America I want to live in!

    September 1, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Pawlenty is one of a host of bad candidates the republican party is putting forth. The GOP had better get back to it's moderately conservative roots and distance itself from all of these radical "jihadist" neo-conservatives that are desroying the party!

    September 1, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. larry

    Obviously he has pawlenty to worry about. Maybe he should join "The White Annoyoing Teabagger" party.

    September 1, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Ben in Texas

    It has been a trend recently for the radical right, which now apparently makes up more than 50% of the Repugnant Party, to deny separation of church and state, a concept which has been at the root of our country since it was founded. This, along with opposition to parts of the 14th Amendment and bizarre interpretations of other amendments and constitutional provisions, makes their fervent claims of undying support for the Constitution ludicrous.

    These guys don't want the Constitution for anything more than a prop. It's like the flag they wave; meaningless except as theater.

    Here's a fact: A government that promotes religion in any way cannot be a democracy or a republic. It is by its nature a theocracy, because it is impossible for a government to serve 2 masters. A government cannot endorse religion without an implied condemnation of those who do not share that view of religion. Our government was set up to belong to the people, not to some church.

    If Santorum wants to live under a government by the church, and not by the people, he'll have to go elsewhere. He doesn't belong in, or deserve, to live under a democracy.

    September 1, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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