How Pawlenty's life story prepared him for possible White House run
March 21st, 2011
02:33 PM ET
12 years ago

How Pawlenty's life story prepared him for possible White House run

Washington (CNN) - Tim Pawlenty, a Minnesota native, has a compelling life story, an indirect path to the political spotlight.

His mom died of ovarian cancer when he was 16. His dad, acting as a single parent, lost his job as a truck driver for a while. To help put himself through college and then later law school, the young Pawlenty worked for several years in the produce section at a grocery store.


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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    So, he cut the size of government in MN and still produced a deficit? That means he's either a crook, incompetent, operating from a flawed premise, or all three. I don't think he's a crook, but a combination of points 2&3, so he is not capable of being president. There is no "Pawlenty Doctrine" of government, no real accomplishments except saying no and producing debt from a surplus.

    There is nothing here worth considering.

    March 21, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. fayse

    That is a sad story but then, we all have sad stories. From what I have read in the various posts, Even the people of Minnesota do not want him. His chances are less than slim to none.

    March 21, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. emma

    And having a rough life and working to put himself through college like most of us who aren't trust fund babies qualifies him in what way to run our country?

    March 21, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Pawlenty's life story aside, its his GOVERNORSHIP of Minnesota for the past 8 years which ought to carry his campaign forward. Apparently Pawlenty doesn't want to run on his record here in Minnesota, but is instead trying to transform himself into something he isn't - Presidential. Running away from Minnesota certainly isn't helping . . .

    March 21, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |