October 25th, 2010
04:46 PM ET
12 years ago

Pawlenty: Eight states in seven days

(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty will be a busy man over the next week. The Minnesota governor will travel to eight states over the next seven days, as he campaigns for fellow Republicans running in the November 2 midterm elections.

The outgoing governor and possible 2012 GOP presidential contender kicks off his tour Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas, where he teams up with Gov. Rick Perry, who is facing a competitive challenge from former Houston Mayor Bill White, the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee.

Wednesday, Pawlenty travels one state to the west, where teams up with Susana Martinez at a rally and a separate luncheon in Albuquerque for the GOP gubernatorial nominee, who is facing off against Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

Thursday Pawlenty's in Georgia for a luncheon for the Georgia Senatorial Trust, followed by a Republican Governors Association (RGA) dinner in New Orleans with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Friday Pawlenty teams up with RGA Chairman and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour for events in Pennsylvania with gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett, and in Ohio with former congressman John Kasich, the Republican nominee. Pawlenty is vice chairman of the RGA.

Saturday Pawlenty campaigns back home in Minnesota for Tom Emmer, the state's Republican nominee for governor.

Sunday, in an event sure to raise eyebrows, Pawlenty will be in neighboring Iowa, to campaign at two stops for former Gov. Terry Branstad, who's running for his old job. Iowa plays a large role in the race for the White House, as its caucuses kick off the presidential primary season.

Sunday Pawlenty's back home in Minnesota, teaming up again with Emmer.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. My Comment

    Pawlenty is more boring than Romney. If he thinks he's got a shot in 2012 he can forget it. No one even knows who he is.

    October 25, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. real bad bagger policies

    Too late Tim. Billionaire David Koch is supporting Mittens in 2012, so all the baggers will have to obey, and you will be on the outside looking in. After compromising your principles to try to run with the big dogs, you should have stayed on the porch in Minnesota.

    October 25, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Video Guy

    Stay home take care of Minnesota business. There is NO WAY YOU HAVE A FUTURE IN THE WHITEHOUSE, get use to it.

    October 25, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. real bad bagger policies

    Tim will help other governors blame others and by sharing his key to success with them, "I only had one bridge collapse in Minnesota, so I have kept Minnesotans safe for over two years."

    October 25, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Emily

    TIm Pawlenty has delusions of grandeur that are not rooted in r eality at all. He should ask those of us in Minnesota what we think about him pursuing this pipe dream instead of staying home and doing the job he is getting an paycheck for. On the other hand, maybe Minnesota is better off if he's out playing and can't screw up this state any more than he already has! He is the worst governor we've had in my lifetime, and that's coming from the state that had Jesse Ventura, who was a huge embarrassment!

    October 25, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Hugo

    Please do not think that I am not contemptuous towards the Republicans spending spree under GW Bush, it was out of control, however the Pelosi, Reid, and Obama team Congressional spending makes the spending that took place under Bush Administration look like fiscal responsibility! Additionally, the Democratic Party under Obama, Reid and Pelosi have done nothing but divide our Nation along Party, racial and economic lines. UNIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AND TAXATION send our jobs overseas, all Liberal Progressive platforms, they are not Republican platforms they are DEMOCRATIC platforms. Same old philosophy and strategy to take a good idea and regulate it to the point that it becomes a bad idea, ergo healthcare reform!


    October 25, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    Go Home and take your homophobia with you.

    October 25, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Me

    Oh, yay! My Governor is actually making some time in his schedule for Minnesota. He must have found a dept. budget he didn't cut to the bone. Almost missed it!

    October 25, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. CK in MN

    He's a huge tool!

    October 25, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. real bad bagger policies

    Hugo. . . you really need to do some fact checking. I am not sure how, in your mind, the republicans refusing to help Americans to try to create Obama's Waterloo brought us all together. It was under Bush's watch we lost 8 million jobs and many were shipped oversees. Do some fact checking, and you will realize that the GOP is looking out for billionaires, not 98% of Americans.

    October 25, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. GaryB

    Tim Pawlenty: The GOP's cure for insomnia (and that's about as far as the Republican healthcare plan goes).

    October 25, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Dude has as much chance of becoming POTUS as I do of pooping a small asian child with blood ties to the Xin dynasty.

    October 25, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "He's a huge tool!"

    Indeed...and remember...you are what you eat...

    October 25, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Please do not think that I am not contemptuous towards the Republicans spending spree under GW Bush, it was out of control, however the Pelosi, Reid, and Obama team Congressional spending makes the spending that took place under Bush Administration look like fiscal responsibility! "

    Actually, no it doesn't. You might want to check the numbers there pal...or maybe a chart for something that will help you understand and visualize the reality of the following equation:

    Bush/GOP tax cuts for the rich + Bush/GOP borrowing from China to fun Iraq and Afghanistan military operations

    > (yes, that's a "greater than" symbol)

    The sum total of all other factors contributing to the national debt and deficit.

    October 25, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. NotFooled

    Too bad pawlenty isn't half as interested in improving the conditions in Minnesota as he is in touring the country – MN would be in a lot better shape if his interests were focused appropriately.

    October 25, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Hugo

    Sorry dude, I know my facts and if you truly think that the healthcare reform bill is going to help middle class Americans you are out of your mind. The market place reforms along with enforcement of our immigration laws would bring our healthcare costs back to an affordable level. There are 12 to 20 million illegals in our Nation, that is equivalent to the population of the State of Florida, who do you think pays for their healthcare and social services needs? We lost 8 million jobs under Bush due to failed policies of entitlement and enforcement of our laws from both of the Parties in DC, we've lost how many more under this turkey? Bush expanded the economy 19% beyond that of what Clinton did and had a 5.6% unemployment rate, where are we now? The GOP may look after the big money on the private side, but the Democrat is looking after the big UNION heads billionaires money, wake up! I want an America where I can achieve my dream, not some regulated dung heap that takes what I earn and misspends it or provides some idiot a pension and healthcare!

    October 25, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. shannon

    As a Minnesotan this enrages me. He and his buddy Bachmann have ignored the State of Minnesota to promote themselves across the country. Minnesota has huge problems, and the Republicans are MIA. Who would vote for these cretins.

    October 25, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Bart

    He should stay home and campaign for the home town Republican who is behind in the polls big time. If he can't bring a victory for Emmer in MN, how will he be viewed anywhere else?

    October 25, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This governor has been absent from his state so much, the citizens should ask for a large portion of his salary to be refunded. He has been spending more time on the campaign trail, than some of the candidates that are running. Minnesota deserves a real governor, not this slacker!

    October 25, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. D. Bunker

    Pawlenty is just another teatard cult member who worships at the church of failed ideas like deregulation, tax cuts for the ultrarich and unfair global trade.

    October 25, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Jim

    So, who's governing MN while Pawlenty is off on this trip. Just wondering, cuz you know, it sure seems like he doesn't care.

    October 25, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Can't wait to see who the TEApublicans choose as their 2012 presidential candidate! It should be an very interesting time!

    IN NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO! Because saying NO to everything IS NOT leadership!

    October 25, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. USA 1

    Another clueless Party of "No" member. God help us all...the middle class is doomed...

    October 25, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. Mom of 3

    Why doesn't he just leave Minnesota for good - we don't want him here. His policies have been an utter failure and this so-called "fiscal conservative" has left Minnesota with a huge budget deficit. His attempt at spending cuts have ended up costing the state MORE money as they created more problems than they solved. He is pathetic and will not get the 2012 nomination even though he is putting WAY more time into that than he is the job he is being paid by taxpayers to do. Good riddance to Pawlenty.

    October 25, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  25. Danny Cali

    It doesn't help because he even can't help him self.

    October 25, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
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