Pawlenty presidential decision close
March 2nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Pawlenty presidential decision close

(CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be closer to making a decision on a presidential run than previously thought.

A source close to Pawlenty said he will form an exploratory committee in two to three weeks, significantly sooner than most political observers expected.

But the official comment so far from Pawlenty staff is that he won't announce a decision until late March or April. And the former governor told Minnesota Public Radio on Tuesday that he would make a decision "sometime in the next 45 days or less."

Pawlenty has made several recent stops in early presidential states including Iowa and New Hampshire, and will visit South Carolina later this month to address an Aiken Republican Club luncheon.

Filed under: 2012 • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    You mean his announcement was that he;s going to make an announcement?!?!! This sh-t again!??!? Seriously...HE'S ALREADY RUNNING unless and until he comes out and says unequivocally that he's not. This is about whether he's going to announce the END of his campaign for POTUS...not the beginning.

    March 2, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Sharon

    Mr. Rogers runs for president. This guy is about as appealing as a root canal. Hope they pick him! 🙂

    March 2, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    This guy is a joke. He couldn't even garner 50% of the vote in his own state during any of the governors' races. Of course, he's a midwest has-been. How 'bout that collapsing bridge over the Mississippi you failed to properly fund with infrastructure dollars, ex-governor?

    March 2, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Video Guy

    Explore all you want Timmy, but I don't think anybody want you or feels your up to the run or the job.

    March 2, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I'll bet the right wingnuts baggers are just peeing their pants in anticipation. Little Timmy will never be president of anything, and that includes the NRA.

    March 2, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Beverly - NYC

    Explore what, how to waste money? Please, I've seen lint with more personality than Tim Pawlenty. Americans are already having voters remorse over the Republicans they elected in November. Once Scott Walker crushes the unions and other Republican states follow suit, there is no way a Republican gets elected President. Can't say I have much sympathy, the voters did it to themselves. This is what happens when you vote in a blind throw the bums out rage, hand the country over to a Party without a plan or principles, the Rich (Koch brother etc) generally fill the void & give them their marching orders. 3 guesses who suffers the consequences.

    March 2, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. willie floyd

    Don't know why but the more I see of the GOP possibles the less I like them. At first sight some don't appear to be too bad. Maybe it's after they open their mouths they lose any appeal, which wasn't much to start with, that they ever had.

    March 2, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. they call me "tater salad"

    This fool and his money will soon be parted.........

    March 2, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. A keen observer

    Let the loser run. He will not get the nomination.

    March 2, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. normajean

    Republicanvoters.....may I ask you how you can continue to support candidates that openly lie to a natiomal audience and are believed by you and yours? When a possible runner can say that the president was born and raised in Kenya which is as bold faced a lie as you're going to find, you can't stand up for the betterment of you and your country and say things like that are LIES????. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR IN LIFE AND IF YOU VOTE FOR A LIER YOU WILL GET LIES!!!!! ...THE PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN WERE NOT TOLD BY GOV. WALKER THAN HE WAS GOING TO START CHOPPING IN ALL DIRECTIONS, BUT HE DID....THAT IS A CASE OF MISINFORMATION AND UNSPOKEN LIES. HE WILL NEVER BE ELECTED TO OFFICE AGAIN. LOOK THE PEOPLE IN THE FACE, SAY THINGS ARE HARD BUT WE'LL DO OUR BEST AND THE PEOPLE WILL BE BEHIND YOU.....LIE AND YOU ARE DONE!!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Seattle Sue

    When I see Pawlenty, I think of a bridge laying in a river with a lot of dead people around it and a lot of this was his neglect.

    March 2, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. they call me "tater salad"

    Pawlenty's chances of being struck by lightning are better than his chances of getting the Retardlican nomination.........Guy's percentage points are in the single digits as far as likely voters polled so far! Like I said, this fool and his money will soon be parted, it's only a matter of time!

    March 2, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Patrick from Minnesota

    Thank God this hack isn't my governor anymore.

    March 2, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Pretzel Logic

    Oh look! He's using the Hilary Clinton point-at-some-random-person-in-the-audience technique. Worked wonders for her. *rolls eyes*. Another one for the GOP clown car.

    March 2, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |