Pawlenty to keynote large tea party event
February 18th, 2011
09:35 AM ET
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Pawlenty to keynote large tea party event

(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty will headline an inaugural policy summit being put on by one of the largest national tea party groups in the U.S.

Tea Party Patriots announced Friday morning that the former Minnesota governor and probable 2012 GOP presidential candidate will be the keynote speaker at their event, titled "American Policy Summit-Pathways to Liberty," which is being held February 25-27 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and businessman and radio talk-show host Herman Cain - who are also considering bids for the White House - are also speaking at the event, which organizers say will bring tea party supporters and public policy analysts together for briefings, discussions and policy debates. The summit is being held as tea party activists mark the second anniversary of their movement's birth.

"Governor Pawlenty is looking forward to sharing his lessons learned from winning tough battles with the liberals and public employees' unions in Minnesota," Pawlenty adviser and spokesman Alex Conant tells CNN. "This tea party group is a great champion for tax and spending cuts - something Governor Pawlenty feels strongly about."

Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots coalition which says it has more than 3,000 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide.

"This summit will be an important opportunity for Tea Party Patriots to come together to celebrate and recommit to the ideals and values that are responsible for the dramatic victories in the November election," says Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, in an e-mail release. "We're delighted Gov. Pawlenty, Rep. Paul and Mr. Cain understand the importance of debating and discussing these fundamental issues."

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  1. ConservaFascists

    "Governor Pawlenty is looking forward to sharing his lessons learned from winning tough battles with the liberals and public employees' unions in Minnesota,"

    They're playing politics with what's going on in Wisconsin. If T-Paw stands by unioos, then he should have a converstaion with his ConservaFascists neighboring governor.

    February 18, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Katie

    Man, give it up Pawlenty. He's trying so hard to play tea partier, but he's a fraud. But...the rubes will fall for his shtick, just like they did with the others they sent to DC. Pawlenty is a weak candidate, and his posing as a tea partier isn't reflected in his history in MN.

    February 18, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Tired of the nonsense

    Anyone that sides with the Tea Party might as well forget having a career in politics. The TPers are a joke and an embarrassment.

    February 18, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. FM

    What I will urge to the Tea Party is: "Don't listen to those who are applying for the job, listen to those who you have assigned the job already" (those who you sent to Washington last Nov.). It is now over 3 months and nothing has been done so far!

    February 18, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Charlie from the North

    Did you say "Keynote" or "Key Nut"? The these tea pardiots it is hard to tell. They have taken over my state, Maine, I can't imagine how long it will take to recover from their "Reign of Error"

    February 18, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Twins Fan

    Poor, little Timmy. Still standing in the corner, being ignored while our district six nutjob Bachmann can make headlines with lies and ignorant hate speech. Both are reviled in our state.

    February 18, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Governor Pawlenty is looking forward to sharing his lessons learned from winning tough battles with the liberals and public employees' unions in Minnesota," Pawlenty adviser and spokesman Alex Conant tells CNN."

    Pawlenty has had to reinvent himself so many times this past 8 years I doubt even he knows what he stands for anymore. Another GOPer governor who tried to take the pension funds from those already retired and lower what these folks were given at their retirement . . . we're talking retired city bus drivers for God's sake. Keep trying to put all budget deficit blame of the backs of the working class, GOPers. God knows Pawlenty has. Not to mention now faulting the teachers for the fiscal fiasco of No Child Left Behind. Absolutely unbelievable how low GOPers will go to absolve themselves from any wrong doing.

    February 18, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. rusty155

    The Tea Party should be name the Hateful and Racist Party, Because that all It Is. Wake-up America we don't need more Hate and Racist In America. The two KOCH'S brother spending all that money on the Tea party. Have you ever seen a rich person spend all that kind of money without a reason that benefit them self.

    February 18, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Sniffit

    This moron claims that the "moral case for unions" i.e., protecting workers and their families from exploitation, does not aplpy to public employees...which is pretty hilariously hypocritical since he also runs aroudn with the rest of the conservatiev crowd yammering incessantly about how evil the government is and how intrusive it is and how all it wants to do is take your rights and turn you into a slave. Newsflash: they only say that because they want yuo to be a slave to corporations and don't like the competition, nor do they like the government getting in the way of it.

    February 18, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. NVa Native

    I guess he'll have to bring out his very special tin-foil hat for this very esteemed event.
    Let's see how far Paw-lenty will twist and gyrate to fit into this fruitcake box!
    At least he's very entertaining.

    February 18, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Big_D

    The Tea Party has gone to Washington and discovered that they don't pay enough tax and the corruption is now them.

    February 18, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. vic nashville tn

    I don’t who lost their minds tea baggers or Tim Pawlenty

    February 18, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Little Timmy is building bridges to fantasy land. He left Minnesota in a mess, and can do the same to America, which is why the baggers will be excited about him. Will the Koch brothers bus in baggers to listen to him? Remember that Mittens is the chosen one for the Kochs and their Bircher Brotherhood.

    February 18, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. a in austin

    Tea Party Patriots are not grassroots. Their intention was to let the "grassroots" raise the money and then all $$$ went to corporate. Typical! It is nove evident that the Koch brothers are funding them all. Buying politicians to do the dirty work that benefits them. POWER TO THE PEOPLE – the voters!

    February 18, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Chumlee

    Please keep this total idiot off you pages CNN

    This guy is a total loser!

    February 18, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |