Pawlenty book tour hits New Hampshire
January 24th, 2011
08:39 AM ET
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Pawlenty book tour hits New Hampshire

(CNN) - Probable GOP presidential contender Tim Pawlenty's book tour winds through the crucial early voting state of New Hampshire Monday and Tuesday.

The former Minnesota governor is scheduled to sign copies of "Courage to Stand" in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday, as well as speak at a Merrimack County GOP dinner in Concord. On Tuesday, Pawlenty is the featured speaker at the "Politics and Eggs" speaking series event in Bedford, which is a must-do for any potential White House hopeful.

New Hampshire plays a crucial role in the race for the White House, as it traditionally holds the first primary in the presidential primary calendar. Pawlenty came in third in a straw poll Saturday of members of the New Hampshire State Republican Committee, who were gathered for their annual meeting. As expected, 2008 GOP White House hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, somewhat of the hometown favorite, came in first, with 35 percent of the vote, followed by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who also ran in the last presidential election, at 11 percent, and Pawlenty at 8 percent.

Pawlenty's book tour takes him to another critical state next week. He will sign books in Ankeny, Iowa, on Sunday, followed by a speech to the Waukee Chamber of Commerce Dinner later that day. The following day he will sign books in West Des Moines. The Iowa caucuses kick off the presidential primary season.

Book releases and national tours have led to formal campaigns for many previous presidential candidates. Pawlenty finished up his second term as governor at the beginning of January. His announcement in 2009 that he would not run in 2010 for a third term as governor was the first serious indication that Pawlenty was considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

But Pawlenty says the tour for "Courage to Stand" - which highlights Pawlenty's formative years growing up in the working-class town of South St. Paul, his political battles as governor of Minnesota and his vision for the country - is about promoting the book and not about launching a bid for the Oval Office. As for when he'll decide on a run for the White House, Pawlenty continues to say he'll announce a decision in a few months.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A better book title for him would be "Building Bridges From Neglect and Failure." Courage does not mean you abandon your principles because Boss Hog Limbaugh told you to.

    January 24, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. hank kelly

    Pawlenty's book? What a waste of trees. Another right wing clone. He needs to stay in Minnesota and go fishing on one of those 10,000 lakes.

    January 24, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Name king

    Another repug with the same ideology Trikle down economics in a global market. The health care that you guys have demonized and confuse the he'll out of the American people is simple. The fed mandate that insurance companies have to put 80 percent of their budget towards health imsurance, rather than the 5 and 10 percent they use to and the paying customer pick up the rest in premium hikes. When the mandate on every one have to buy insurance instead of the few, who will then pay for every one else, the insurance companies still have to pay out 80 percent towards the public. Now what will happen to all those trillions that they are forbidden to use. Yes it Have to come back to the public driving down their premiums and pouring over to the Feds in the amount of a trillion dollars for the next 20 years. If the repugs repeal health care the health care companies will have the power to use only 5 and 10 percent of their budget again and making the public pay the other 70 percent driving up premiums and costing the fed over 250 hundred thousand dollars.

    January 24, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. realist

    Beware!!!!! An alligator with lambs clothing! The oil companies,Insurance,pharmacuetical Ceo,s are ringing their hands in Glee" The oil companies are already on the bandwagon to hell for the working class in this sorry state of affairs!

    January 24, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Indy

    "Politics and Eggs" is just another way Republicans think that the run for POTUS is a reality TV show. They take nothing seriously anymore and have made a joke out of politics in general with their most incompetent candidate list in history.

    January 24, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. PalmReader

    As fascinated as CNN seems to be with Pawlenty's book tour, research proves that neither the book nor Pawlenty himself are top billing. Courage to Stand hasn't made itself onto the NY Times top 35 list of best sellers yet .... not to mention the book can now be purchased at Barnes & Nobles for half price. No real interest in either the candidate or his life story can't be encouraging for a presidential hopeful such as Pawlenty, or those pushing him into the limelight.

    January 24, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I believe this is a tour not only to sell books, but to gather intelligence as to how he might do in a presidential primary & race. He has a bit of a resume, but does he have enough to win the nomination and office? I don't think he is well known enough.

    January 24, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |