With an eye on 2012, Pawlenty praises tea party
March 1st, 2011
08:26 AM ET
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With an eye on 2012, Pawlenty praises tea party

(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty hailed the tea party movement as "a great addition to the conservative coalition and the coalition for change in this country," in a new video released Tuesday morning by his political action committee.

Pawlenty, who is likely to seek the GOP presidential nomination, is clearly trying to build a strong bond with this grassroots movement, which has become an influential voice in the Republican Party. The former Minnesota governor addressed a major tea party gathering this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona and he featured clips of this speech in the video that is posted on his YouTube channel.

Pawlenty also used images of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln in the 1 minute, 15 second video where he offered this fawning praise of the tea party movement.

"Each generation needs a big change, a historical change in this country," Pawlenty said. "Usually starts with a group, that someone fresh, someone new. Starts out with a little bit of outsider status, but then over time they become the driving force for change. I think the tea party is a welcome, helpful, energetic, forward leaning organization."

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  1. Clwyd

    He couldn't run his own state and now wants to give national politics a go? God help us from the right wing nuts.

    March 1, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. KatR

    The CHANGE that the Tea Party wants is to stop the CHANGE that Pres. Obama is trying to accomplish. It's not FOWARD thinking. It's BACKWARD thinking. The President and Democrats are standing up for the people of this country. The Tea Party is the voice of the corporations who, so far, cannot vote.

    March 1, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. ST

    It seems Pawlenty has a problem of prioritising. It is always money first and campaigning comes next. I do wonder how much he has raised so far!

    March 1, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. diridi

    what a nasty GOP thug, and an idiot....

    March 1, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. Mutt

    What a goof ball

    March 1, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. DENNA

    The Tea Party. It was good to see them fail in Wisconsin. They showed up to 'counter-demonstrate' against union supporters. They were barely a blip on the screen and that is as it should be. We should not have to give up our constitutional rights just because they want us to. Doesn't the rest of America count anymore? Who made The Tea Party the boss of the rest of us? People, we need to vote in mass the next time around or America will not be a decent place anymore.

    March 1, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. mike

    another opportunist..it makes me sick they aere ALL alike!

    March 1, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Qi

    Now that is some quality pandering. This man may have potential!

    March 1, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. realist

    Labor Buster! Pawlenty is extremely dangerous for this country! He is heavily involved with the racist,warlord,labor busting group "TEAPARTY!! Radical extremism that are voted in by evangelicals,who care nothing about intellect,all you need for qualifications is "NO Freedom of Choice for the female gender!!!!! Religion has started every conflict on earth,sense time began. We know what kind of "Movement" you really are. Stay out of politics,please. These politicians are not Christians, they have to say say they are,to get elected! Wake-up

    March 1, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. American

    Mr. "taxation without representation" Pawlenty denied MN taxpayers a senator for months and now kowtows to a group called the "tea party." Oh, the irony...

    March 1, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Isn't this the same man who left his state billions of dollars in debt? Conservative math: cut taxes, spend more, borrow from China, blame the Unions. No admission that the premise was flawed from the beginning. remember the phrase, vodoo economics? Just what we need, the budget pagans telling us what is good for us. Who do they plan to sacrifice next? They are running out of children, old people, moderates, and labor unions.

    "Unless we follow our leaders blindly, there is no possible way to remain free".- Frank Burns, M*A*S*H. I guess we have our latter-day Frank Burns in the form of Pawlenty.

    March 1, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. MiddleOfTheRoad

    classic.........name recognition vs integrity

    March 1, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Oy Vey Az

    This guy would lick the bottom of the barrel if he thought it would get him votes.

    March 1, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. America fell asleep

    When the real tea party patriots get over themselves and actually pressure congress to cut their SS and Medicare benefits and share in the pain they want folks like me to experience 20 yrs down the line, then I might have an ounce of respect for them. Most are retired, collecting entitlements and screaming at the Gov for spending so much money during a rotten economy and raising debt. Where were these so called REAL AMERICAN patriots between Sept 2007 and Jan 20, 2009? Where are the jobs these tea partier congressmen and women promised to work on? Oh, that's right, they're already busy dialing for dollars for 2012, demanding cuts in poor women/children's health programs, education and fighting over abortion. Sounds like they are following an ideology rather than cutting wasteful spending and creating jobs. Silly me, I didn't realize that abortion, Dept of Education and WIC/Planned parenthood were responsible for our debt problems.

    March 1, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Jilli

    Pawlenty is a weak-kneed fraud, much in the mold of Multiple Choice Mitt Romney. If he had any sense of shame he'd be embarrassed by himself. Putting his blatant lack of real principles and conviction on full display as he has.

    March 1, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Pawlenty is not Presidential !

    Why is this man wasting his time , he will never be president ! Even GOPer's dont like him as their candidate ! BTW the republicans need to stop using Abraham Lincoln because they are not the party of Lincoln ! Lincoln would be shunned by the teaparty crowd and so would Reagan for being too liberal !

    March 1, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Emerson

    There is nothing more uncomfortable than seeing a grown man grovel in front of inferiors.

    March 1, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Marge

    Boy Phewlenty sure knows how to say anything and do anything to try to impress people. They ought to come to Minnesota and see what we think of him. A crook, a liar and the worst governor we ever had. Still don't know how he won his last election????? As do a lot of us from Minnesota.

    March 1, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Uncle Bully

    An Ex Pizza company CEO and republican talk show host beat him in the Tea Partyer's latest straw poll. (now that is embarrassing) now he is showing them with praise and complements. I guess he thinks flattery will get him somewhere.

    March 1, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Obama Leads

    This man, Mr Paw Paw, mr Pawlenty, is so out of character trying to win over the TP, it is hilarious to watch. His rhetoric does not fit the man. How obvious! This will never work for you,sir.

    March 1, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |