Pawlenty not daunted by matchup with Obama
March 2nd, 2011
08:16 AM ET
12 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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  1. th

    Heaven help the whole world if he would ever be voted in for President. Fortunately he doesn't have a chance. He messed up Minnesota when he was Governor and now wants to mess up the U.S. What a joke

    March 2, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. DENNA

    Tim, don't hang you hat on the "fact that President Obama's ratings aren't good now". First, the voting public is fickle; second, the Republicans are going to mess up big at some point and the president's administration will start looking good again. Also, where are those jobs that you people promised the public? It seems that your only focus was getting President Obama. America still needs to put her people back to work. Hello Tea Party! Why don't you use your 'influence' and make your stooges create jobs. We need that much more than we need to "get" President Obama. Focus people!

    March 2, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. beevee

    I think Mr. Pawlenty is better off waiting until 2016 to run for te presidency. His chances in 2012 are none to slim. unless another econmic crisis occurs in the country before 2012.

    March 2, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. JC

    When exactly did the president apologize for the United States? He admitted that the previous administration made some mistakes, but that is not apologizing. And even if you consider it an apology, it is not for the country but for the Bush whitehouse that he apologized. And that would be completely justified. I can see how the republicans are going to try and frame this election already.

    March 2, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. Exodus

    The only Republican capable of raisng money and debating with Obama is Newt G. All the others will be trumpled.

    March 2, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. SBAMA

    At least I can sleep better at night knowing the GOP has a parade of bafoons running for Pres. Not one leader in the whole bunch!

    GOP Agenda in 2011
    Cut funding for as many Jobs as possible
    Planned Parenthood
    Bring Styrofoam back
    Bust Unions
    Beat Obama

    Wow, these guys are on a roll.

    March 2, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Marge

    Oh no Mr "MAN" is not daunted by a match up with Obama, cause guess what he will never have a match up with Obama. This person is on a par with Sarah Palin as stupid as they come. Ask a Minnesotan. He screwed the state to Hades and back. Now he wants to take up where Bush left off with the country.

    March 2, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Rob R

    I think some of these Republican "hopefuls" are just as, if not more delusional than Gadhafi or Charlie Sheen.

    And given that a big majority of the public sides with the workers in Wisconsin, I think we are going to see a huge backlash against the Republicans/Tea Party come 2012. For all the grandstanding Republicans did about jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010, they haven't proposed any legislation that addresses jobs, rather instead to focus on abortion, the already passed health care law, DOMA, etc.

    You don't have to be a genius to know that Republicans WANT high unemployment through 2012 to better their chances.

    And I don't think any of these hopefuls are as smart and shrewd as Obama is. I don't think any of them could have laid the smackdown on Mitt Romney over his health care plan while at the same time coming across as eloquent and deferential. That was beautiful.

    March 2, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. Michael

    I am amazed at how arrogant so many of these politicans are, this guy is a mouse and doesn't stand a chance. Who is telling him he is an attractive candidate???

    March 2, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. diridi

    total idiot, and begging nut....o.k....stupid.

    March 2, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  11. Max

    This fool has an ice cube's chance in hell of winning the presidency!

    March 2, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. april

    this dude is seriously delusional. I live in MN...he was the worst governor ever. the damage he caused is almost as bad as the damage dubya did to the whole country. tons of debt, terrible roads/bridges, under-funded and over-crowded schools, high income and property taxes for middle class, and of course HUGE breaks for big business.

    March 2, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    What was Pawlenty's legacy to Minnesota? A huge debt, and lousy policy decisions. His sickening, pathetic pandering to elements of the conservative movement that Bill Buckley expelled 50 years ago is symptomatic of his ego and his lack of understanding of what people really want. The fact that a man who left his state billions of dollars in debt can even even be thought of a presidential contender is indicative of how weak the GOP bench is. On the other hand, Florida elected Rick Scott governor afer he managed the biggest Medicare fraud in history, so I suppose anything is possible.

    March 2, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  14. Michael

    It's a daunting credential when you consider that the combined wealth and power of Big Industry, evil billionaires like the Koch brothers, and the Republican Party, supported by their hordes of rabid ignoranti, have spent the last two years doing everything humanly possible to destroy Obama, stopping at nothing even if it means destroying the economy, wiping out the middle class, and tearing the nation apart. And he still has higher ratings than the competition.

    March 2, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. MN Mom

    Pawenty's approval ratings in Minnesota were BELOW 50% when he left office! He should be worried - he did a very poor job as governor and President Obama is vastly superior to Pawlenty.

    March 2, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. ST

    Tim the Pawlenty, quickly get the advice from Bob Jindal of what to say if you are seriously considering to jump onto the battle. From what I have read here, you don't even deserve to appear in any interview with media. For the time being, just run and hide like someone from Alaska!

    March 2, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Taioseach

    Tim, Tim, Tim. You'd better walk a fine line with that Tea Party you're courting. Media gives them the appearance of being a major political force, but most normal Americans will not abide a Tea Party affiliated candidate in the white house.

    March 2, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. Dirk

    Apologizes for America?, it's about time we take some responsebility for some of our action. Only an ignorant thinks America does everything right. Nobody doubts good intention, but a few things went wrong over the years, and by the way what credentials does Pawlenty has exactly. Words are easy, republican action speak lauder, like WI.

    March 2, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  19. realist

    You want a dictatorship,socialist, government that decides your wages,health care,no protection for workers under Cororate CEO,S . Racial tension,iron fist type legislation,War! You Republicans picked the "RIGHT MAN! He has no chance as long as their are common sense people still around! I,m starting to wonder?

    March 2, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. d

    50% is pretty good for a sitting president, especially considering the high unemployment rate. Does someone need to remind Mr. Pawlenty about the approval ratings of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as they each entered their third year in office? Or the approval ratings of George H.W. Bush as he entered his third year?

    March 2, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Gail

    Is Mr. Pawlenty aware that Presidents Clinton and Reagan had lower approval ratings than Pres Obama at the same point in their first terms? Is he aware that they were reelected?

    March 2, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Truthseeker

    You suck, Pawlenty. Trust me, Obama isn't daunted by you, either, you drip.

    March 2, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. chutchin

    Timmy...don't worry about going up against won't be you.

    March 2, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. LovesIrony

    "Right now, his approval ratings aren't that stellar," This from a man that did not get 50% of the vote in either of his governor elections.

    March 2, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. PMathew

    Funny...ask a resident of Minnesota about Pawlenty's approval ratings and they would say the exact same thing.

    March 2, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
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