Pawlenty insists book tour not about White House bid
January 3rd, 2011
09:19 AM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty insists book tour not about White House bid

(CNN) – To many political watchers, it has long appeared clear outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been running for president for months.

So it was no surprise that the Republican's upcoming book tour includes stops in several key campaign states - like Iowa and New Hampshire.

But not so fast, Pawlenty says. This tour is about promoting his new book, "Courage to Stand," not launching a bid for the Oval Office.

"Well I know everybody's trying to say that the book tour is about politics, but I think of the 30 or more days that I will be promoting the book across the country, I think only two days are in New Hampshire or Iowa," he told Minnesota Public Radio.

Pawlenty is actually scheduled to be in those states for four days later this month, according to the schedule released in December, and plans to appear at six separate events in the initial presidential proving grounds.

"The rest of them are in other places so," Pawlenty continued. "You know, there may be political stops that we do, but the primary purpose of the tour is to promote the book and to try to generate interest in the book."

But there are other key campaign states on the list, including Florida, Ohio, and Pawlenty's own Minnesota. In fact, the only non-swing state he plans to visit is Texas, with stops in Dallas and Houston. He kicks off the tour January 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

According to Pawlenty's PAC, the book is "about growing up in the gritty meat-packing town of South St. Paul, his political battles as governor of Minnesota, and his vision for a better America."

Of course, book releases and national tours have led to formal campaigns for many previous presidential candidates. Pawlenty finishes up his second term as governor in a matter of days and his announcement last year that he would not run for a third term as governor was the first serious indication that the so-called "Sam's Club" Republican was considering a bid for his party's presidential nomination.

Courage to Stand will be released January 11.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    TPaw for PREZ? Do we really need more bridges and buildings collapsing?

    He was a lousy guv, he is a rotten little man.

    January 3, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Katie

    Pawlenty has the charisma of a sweaty gym sock. Also, his lack of accomplishments in MInnesota certainly won't propel him to higher office.

    January 3, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. sara

    Then why is he criss crossing the country for Personal Gains, rather than governing the State of MN? "Paws" jumped on the bandwagon of the Haters of America for election the current Prez, and attempted to ride that "anti-black" thingy.

    January 3, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    The tour is really about the "DOLLA' BILLS YA'LL"!!!

    Pawlenty, like Palin and every other "so-call" author, is only using the "thought" of running for President just to sell their books!!! They all know damn well they cannot win but will succeed in "draining" their followers' funds!!!

    THE PERFECT RECIPE: pretend you're running for president; write a book; thousands will flock to you for nostalgic reasons; this creates HUGE sales and HUGE crowds @ book-signing events; getting a book signed by a "potential" presidential candidate is something you gotta have – GET THE PICTURE!!

    January 3, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Yeah, right. And the way he's trying to look "presidential" (when he actually looks like a goofus) isn't his intention, either.

    When are the Republicans going to starting doing something for our country instead of themselves?

    January 3, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Horace Jones

    Pawlenty's comments demonstrate how disingenuous he is. He has been AWOL in Minnesota for nearly 2 years as he has pursued his personal ambitions for the White House. He inherited a balanced state budget and leaves his successor with a $6.2 Billion deficit. He tries to sell a soft, likable image of himself but his policies are destructive as he cow-tows to the extreme right.

    January 3, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Yeah, I'll believe that this book tour isn't a White House run when he endorses someone else and raises money for that person. If the states he is visiting is any indication, then he is running. I won't believe that he is just doing a book tour until I hear that he isn't in any of the debates and hasn't raised a dime for a presidential run.

    January 3, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    A few days into the new year and Pawlenty has already aired his first public presidential campaign lie. Not too shabby.

    Mr. Sams Club-Pawlenty has been running for president since the day Marvericky-McCain pushed him under the bus for WalMart Mom-Sarah Palin.

    Hence the book title: Courage to Stand (after I was dumped for the biggest yahoo ever in the history of vice presidential candidacy picks)

    January 3, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Dude is so full of it it's leaking out his ears. If he can lie about this kind of innocuous, mundane, 24-hour-news-cycle spurred garbage, you can rest assured he would, will, and does lie about a whole host of other crap that would be, will be and is far more important.

    "but I think of the 30 or more days that I will be promoting the book across the country, I think only two days are in New Hampshire or Iowa,"

    Funny...just like the rest of his term...HOW MANY DAYS WERE SPENT IN MINNESOTA? This clown hasn't spent a single day doing his freekin job. He got elected governor and immediately began his bid for POTUS. Of course, what did MN expect? He's a self-serving ideologue slob with a megalomaniacal agenda...i.e., a GOPer.

    January 3, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Not so fast, Little Timmy, we know you are running, but no one cares.

    January 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Monster Zero

    2008 – 53% voted Obama / Biden, they have long ago lost the center and that 7% is long gone, they have provided us a healthcare bill that is a legislative legal nightmare, we have a staggering 10% reported unemployment with double digit unreported, we have continued to leave illegal immigration to drain our social services, we are still in two wars, we have a 14 trillion dollar debt, the Democrats have passed and touted DADT legislation that benefits what, 1% of America, and the remainder of the legislative bi-partisan coup was just comprised of more spending...Happy New Year Progressive liberals you have won the year! 2012 will see the pendulum swing hard back to Americas fundamental ideologies...

    January 3, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. RNO

    Is Governor Pawlenty's new book printed in red ink? He sure left us drowning in lots of it here in Minnesota while he was frequently absent from the state seeking higher ground - he says he's not eying the White House so he must have been establishing residence in Des Moines or Concord so he could run for governor of Iowa or New Hampshire. Thanks for the $6 billion budget deficit mess you left for us to clean up, T-Paw!

    January 3, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Indy

    Who are all the idiots that part with hard earned money to buy books from people that are suppose to working for the people ? No person in public office should be allowed to write a book while in office. They should be working for the people not getting rich off the backs of the people !

    January 3, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Noocrat

    Ha, it will be really funny if by some miracle he gets the nomination and then doesn't win our (MN) state in the general election. Which would probably happen – we're pretty blue when it comes to Presidents.

    January 3, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |