Tim Pawlenty is not running for president, yet
January 13th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
9 years ago

Tim Pawlenty is not running for president, yet

Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is not running for President, yet. The potential Republican candidate is still weighing his options he told a group of journalists at a National Press Club luncheon Thursday.

During the question and answer session, Pawlenty took special mention to praise former Republican president Ronald Reagan, calling him one of the greatest presidents in history.

"Americans are looking for not just an indictment of the problem, a bill of particulars around what's all the wrong things, they want to know, 'ok we got that now show us the way forward.' Ronald Reagan was able to do that substantively and stylistically and the country really needs that now," Pawlenty said.

National Press Club President Alan Bjerga goaded Pawlenty reminding him that Reagan had announced his candidacy for president at the Press Club. "Jimmy Carter and John Kennedy announced their candidacy here too but I didn't think you'd find that as convincing," Bjerga, who is also a reporter for Bloomberg News, said.

Pawlenty said he is seriously considering running for President, though he had not made a final decision yet but will in the coming months. He said there were two considerations he was weighing before throwing his hat into the ring for the 2012 race.

The first he said was "the needs of the country and what he could bring to the table in terms of leadership and perspective."

The second consideration was the potential toll on his family. "I have a family of course my wife, and two daughters I love very much, and a dog. And they need love and care and attention and as I make this decision that will be burdensome for them, that they're equipped and prepared for what's to come, if I do that as well."

Pawlenty was asked to look back to the last presidential election and give his take about what might of happened if John McCain had chosen someone else other than Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Although Pawlenty was considered for the post, he said it would not have made a difference who McCain chose.

"With all due respect to my friend John McCain I don't think it was going to matter who he picked for his vice presidential running mate. I believe once the economy cratered in the late summer early fall of 2008, that he or who ever the Republican nomination was going to be was likely to loose the election," Pawlenty said.

In spite of that, he said Sarah Palin's influence on the country has been "large."

He drew a comparison between himself and Palin saying they both suffered from a similar form of political discrimination.

"If you went to a more prominent school in a different part of the country or you were law review editor of some journal, that's more valuable in the discussion than if you were the governor of Alaska or Minnesota, because there's this sense that, that's not quite up to our standards in some people's eyes. I don't buy that," he said.

Pawlenty appeared at the Press Club as part of the launch for his book tour supporting his recently released memoir, "The Courage to Stand."

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    "Oh please, please run, Little Timmy," cried the birthers and right wingnuts. "Don't make us beg." I think most Minnesotans would have liked it if Timmy was a half term governor too.

    January 13, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. anony

    "loose" the election?

    January 13, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. thomas

    Ronald Reagan was over rated , Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty should stop living in the past , you can't run this country from the back seat of a 80s K car !

    January 13, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. pw

    He will not win. Go back to your little corner timmy.

    January 13, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    What kind of nonisense is this? He's been running for POTUS since he got elected as Gov. of MN. Someone check how many times he visited Iowa or other important primary states or even how many articles appeared on the CNN Ticker about him doing so or about the supposedly interesting all-important question of "is Polentahead going to run?"

    HERE'S A HINT: The second the "news" media starts pestering you and the populace with questions designed to create a narrative about your potential run for president, YOU HAVE BEGUN RUNNING FOR POTUS AND YOUR CAMPAIGN DOES NOT STOP UNTIL YOU DEFINITIVELY TELL THEM NO. PERIOD. The coyness game is quite literally disgusting. You know what? Wh-res play coy all the time, and if you believe them, you're a retard. Simple.

    January 13, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    He has as much chance as what's her face from AK to be president.

    January 13, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Atleast Pawlenty is a "full term" governor like Reagan and not a 1/2 term governor trying to say she's like Reagan. Furthermore, I'm sure Pawlently knows what college Reagan attended as Palin doesn't.

    January 13, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Ivars

    He would make a decent VP to Palin.

    January 13, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    Sarah Palin will win the primary and FOX and Rush supporting Palin these are the problems other republicans facing
    Many republicans scratching their head what to do

    January 13, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Let's make this simple: stop letting the guy sitting on the edge of the pool with his legs dangling in the deep end tell you that he won't be wet unless and until he jumps all the way in. This is freekin ridiculous. You know what the "news" media's response SHOULD be when they play this coy little footsy game? "Ok pal, we're gonna stop covering you until you make up your mind...we...and the rest of the American public...have better freekin things to think about and do than watch and listen to you waffle. We don't really care if you use it or put it back in your pants...just make a decision...because we're sick of looking at it."

    January 13, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If you went to a more prominent school in a different part of the country or you were law review editor of some journal, that's more valuable in the discussion than if you were the governor of Alaska or Minnesota,
    Okay. That was suppossed to be slam at Obama.
    You're right. And this is why:
    You might be Governor of Minnessotta but you suck at it. You know it because your own constituents tell you about it everytime they get polled.
    And your girl, the Wassilla Hillbilly, the Half-Wit half termer? well, she QUIT being governor to MAKE HERSELF RICH, err, run for V.P. THEN make herself rich. It is also rumored that she too sucked at being a governor up there in Alaska-ey, and that there was a strong air of corruption surrounding her governorship. So she 'booked' before she got 'cooked'.
    She's also the burnt-out bulb in the pack. If you look in one ear you can see Russia out the other. But you know this,you've met her.

    Soooo.....yeah. We want the smart guy.

    Too bad for you....and her, but whoopee for us!

    January 13, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Jen

    please don't. you wouldn't win anyways.

    January 13, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. LovesIrony

    This fascist pig wants to reinstate DADT.

    January 13, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Ronald Reagan was over rated
    Ain't THAT the truth!!!!!!

    January 13, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. a health economist

    As life long resident of Minnesota, I would love to get the opportunity to vote AGAINST Tim Pawlenty in a Presidential election. That goes double for Michelle Bachmann.

    January 13, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |