Pawlenty not daunted by matchup with Obama
March 2nd, 2011
08:16 AM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty not daunted by matchup with Obama

(CNN) – As Tim Pawlenty comes close to deciding on a run for the Republican presidential nomination, the former Minnesota governor says he isn't worried about going up against President Barack Obama.

"Right now, his approval ratings aren't that stellar," Pawlenty said in an interview Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal. "They fluctuate around 50 percent or below. That's not exactly a daunting credential."

Pawlenty added that the president's reelection bid was hampered by bad policy decisions.

"I don't think President Obama is deserving of reelection," Pawlenty said. "I think he's taken the country in a direction that's wrong for America. I don't like that he's often apologizes for America."

Pawlenty said Tuesday that he'll make his decision on whether to run for the nomination "sometime in the next 45 days or less," according to Minnesota Public Radio

Pawlenty told the Wall Street Journal that the field of potential candidates for the nomination provided voters with a wide range of choices.

"I think there'll be a good number of people who get in," he said. "I don't know if that number will be four, five, eight or nine. But there will certainly be a wide variety of choices for people to look at and choose from."

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Jason Soto

    It wasn't too long ago that Tim Pawlenty's approval rating as Governor in his own state of Minnesota was at 42%. What does that say about his "credentials"?

    March 2, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    Does this man have a better national approval rate?

    March 2, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Right now, his approval ratings aren't that stellar," Pawlenty said in an interview Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal. "They fluctuate around 50 percent or below. That's not exactly a daunting credential."

    Yet, President Obama's national percentage is much better than Pawlenty's own numbers where when he left office in Minnesota - at 42% and falling. Fact is, as Govenor, Pawlenty held the 3rd highest disapproval rating.

    "I don't like that he's often apologizes for America." Pawlenty said.

    Going have to come up with something other than lies, Tim. Seriously. It makes you look shallow, untrustworthy, and unfit for the Office you are seeking to hold. If we can't trust you on the little things . . . how can we trust you on anything?

    March 2, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Laverne

    Well he should be, Pawlenty will never win against President Obama and he knows it. He is just saying what he thinks he got to say. He is a loser and quite boring also!

    March 2, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. rusty155

    Yes his may be around 50% , but your Is a lot lower a lot lower. And you couldn't beat him.

    March 2, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. jdmann

    –"I don't like that he's [sic] often apologizes for America"–

    If by apologizing you mean acknowloging previous mistakes and attempting to right the till, then yes. To say that is intellectually dishonest at best and plain old dishonest at worst. It's feeding into that thing of ZOMG OBAMA IS ANTI-AMERICAN that the right likes to propogate.

    March 2, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. American

    Advice for the governor:
    Before Pawlenty squawks about someone's (admirable) approval rating, he may want to research his own. Pawlenty's last rating was the lowest ever, and his disapproval numbers were at 66%. In fact, a clear majority in MN do not think he should run for president.

    March 2, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    "Right now, his approval ratings aren't that stellar,"
    Oh, hell, where is YOURS stupid fella’
    "They fluctuate around 50 percent or below.”
    And where are YOURS – 1% – HELLO!!!!????

    Pawlenty says…
    Obama’s ratings are “…not exactly a daunting credential."
    But at least President Obama has great potential
    To bring this country BACK to when it was considered “essential”
    So Pawlenty take your ASH – go somewhere – you’re NOT presidential!!!!!

    Let’s support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD to WIN THE FUTURE!!! Pawlenty – ssstttsssk (sucking my teeth)!!!

    March 2, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Jon

    Pawlenty doesn't have approval ratings at all because no one knows who he is. As a Minnesota resident, I'm very confident that this man has absolutely no chance of becoming president.

    March 2, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Pawlenty has zero chance of getting my vote. Obama has zero chance of getting my vote, either.

    March 2, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. nellie bly

    Well, Timmy, your approval ratings in our Minnesota were in the tank all the years you were in office here and neither time you were elected, did you manage to get 50% of the vote due to there being a 3rd party candidate. In fact, in MN, we despise you and if you chose to run for POTUS, we'll be sure to let everyone know just how abyssmal you were.

    March 2, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Jimbo (The Real One)

    President Obama has not apologized for America to anyone. He has simply apologized for some of the mistakes we have made in foreign policy. All these people's revolutions are going on in several muslim countries and NOT ONE "Death to America" chant can be heard at ANY of them! Would that be the case if GW was still president...?

    March 2, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Chumlee

    Hey light weight loser, where are your daunting credentials?

    You are a mouthpiece for the nut jobs, a loser as governorn of MN, an uneducated idiot who does not know your
    backside from page one!

    You would not stand a chance of winning against our fabulous President Obama. You have not the intelligence,
    vision or "credentials" to even come close to Obama.

    March 2, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Ryan NC

    After destroying MN economy he wants to move on to the US! What are Mr. Pawlenty approval rating in his own state? Not stellar... The former governor pulled the LGA funding so the local goverments had to skyrocket the property taxes: good gimmick to be able to claim he didn't raise taxes...

    March 2, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Chris

    Thanks for the 6 billion deficit; Thanks for checking out as Governor 2 years ago when you didn't get the VP nomination.

    March 2, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. larry

    run! run! run!!!! we need a clown to run

    March 2, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Clwyd

    It is impressive when you compare 50% to bush's 19% approval!

    March 2, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Pravaa

    LOL. I thought this guy had some brains, maybe was just an illusion. Obama's approval may not be stellar but Pawlenty's chances of being picked as the GOP nominee are microscopic, in the single digits. First become the nominee, then lets talk of stellar and not stellar.

    March 2, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Sarah

    Pawlenty doesn't know the heck what he's talking about. Pawlenty vs Obama????? Come on that's a joke....definitely a shoe-in for Obama. Is that ALL that's left of the Republican party! Is this ALL they can offer???? Duuuh!!!!!

    March 2, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. mf

    Obama is ready and waiting for all of the 9 to challenge him. He will knock you all out one by one it will be like the domino effect. Thats the fight i will pay to watch. GO OBAMA GO ALL MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. I LOVE YOU AND MICHELE.

    March 2, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. electrovibe11

    He was a terrible governor and bankrupted the state with his policies, now he wants to do that to the country? No thanks TPaw!

    March 2, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. BeverlyNC

    I am sure he is not worried about running about President Obama because he knows he will LOSE. He just wants the publicity so he can write a book or get speaking fees. Republicans are all about greed, the wealthy and pleasing the Koch brothers and their demands for corporations. Republicans hate the PEOPLE and WANT AMERICA TO FAIL since it is all they have to run on in 2012. Republicans cannot be trusted on any issue and how any sane person could vote for such liars and traitors of our country is scary.

    March 2, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Sniffit

    Of course he's not...he's a megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur. It's like the kid with a 85 IQ in grade school who brags about his kickball prowess all throughout recess and then runs the bases in the wrong direction.

    March 2, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. redpens

    Obama doesn't deserve to be dog
    dog catcher. Cap and trade, government-run
    healthcare, economy sluggish, out of control
    spending all come to mind

    March 2, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Dan A

    Well your credentials aren't too stunning either-Timmy! What a lightweight this little twit is !!!!

    March 2, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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