Pawlenty calls out Trump
March 29th, 2011
10:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty calls out Trump

(CNN) – Donald Trump should quit questioning President Obama's birthplace, says Tim Pawlenty, a potential future opponent of Trump's for the Republican presidential nomination.

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Pawlenty said he doesn't doubt Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii and says members of his party should stop pushing the issue.

"I, for one, do not believe we should be raising that issue," the ex-Minnesota governor said. "I think President Obama was born in the United States."

As for his thoughts on a seemingly improbable Trump presidential candidacy, Pawlently said, "I think he's talented. I think he's funny. I think he's interesting."

The comments come a day after Trump pushed the issue farther down the road, telling Fox News he is "really concerned" the president was not born in the United States.

"All of the sudden a lot of facts are emerging, and I am starting to wonder myself whether he was born in this country," he said.

Trump followed those comments up by releasing what he said was his own birth certificate to the conservative website The certificate Trump released however is not an official one, according to Politico.

It should be noted that CNN and other news organizations have thoroughly debunked the rumors about the president's birthplace. Hawaii has released a copy of the president's birth certificate - officially called a "certificate of live birth" - and the hospital where he was born took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 announcing the birth.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Pawlenty is risking losing tea party support with this statement.

    March 29, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    All three of my children – born at the same hospital in a major West Coast city – were issued Certificates of Live Birth.

    That's all you get from our state at no charge, unless you want to pay for the fancy one (suitable for framing, etc., etc.) which, last time I checked, cost $50.

    There's no official need for anything else, since it's issued by the state.

    These birthers – and Mr. Hair Himself – need to get a life!

    March 29, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. raymond christopher

    TO CNN:
    The following is an excerpt from the article written by your own staff, Alexander Mooney. That being so, why does CNN continue to give media coverage to this birther issue.
    "It should be noted that CNN and other news organizations have thoroughly debunked the rumors about the president's birthplace.'

    March 29, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. GOPhatesUSA

    T-Paw makes a very good point, Donald. Let it go. Worry about having natural hair implants that will give you credibility! Seriously – his hair is a huge distraction! How can you take this guy serious when he is in love with himself and his accomplishments. Now pandering to the birthers? Puleeze go away Donald.

    March 29, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. tom

    Enough !! Cancel his show. Make him change his ties !!!!

    March 29, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Dave

    Well, give Palwenty a few points for being sane, at least. That's not common in his party anymore.

    Hey, why can't Donald Trump finish a book? He keeps hitting chapter eleven and having to start over!

    March 29, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. steve

    Here we go folks! The republicans, as usual tackling the exciting issues that are at the heart of our country right now! Pawlenty has no solutions and the other republicans dont as well, every time they open there mouth its nothing that matters. Do they even know whats happening right now? Hey T-Paw! Do you know whats happening in japan or libya right now? No? Yeah dont tackle the big subjects. I wouldnt say anything if I thought libya was a soft drink either.

    March 29, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. BlackDynamite

    Dissention in the ranks?
    (That's IF Trump is really a Republican. THAT is really worth an investigation!)

    March 29, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. badcafe

    If we go with the premise that the Hawaii ads are fudged, then it's really hard to convince anyone anything. Anything can be faked these days, from passports to social securities. Hard however to fake an ad in a newspaper going back many years, released from their original archives. I would trust that more than Trump's unofficial birth certificate. But then, Trump is a ego-maniac who likes the sound of his own voice. Imagine him asking everyone in a board-room.. "If you were me, who would you bomb?", and "Hu-Jin Tao, it's too late... you're fired"... !!!

    March 29, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Phaedrus

    Thank you Mr. Pawlenty – finally a reasonable candidate emerges

    March 29, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. mgc florida

    Pawlenty will kiss anyone's ass. He also courts the tea party, moderates and anyone else that he thinks can get his DULL behind elected!

    March 29, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Sniffit

    Broken clocks are right twice a day. It appears we just witnessed Polenta's moment.

    March 29, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. The Choobs

    Uh-oh...Independent Thought Alert! Pawlenty is trying to single himself out as rational and reasonable in a crowd of hyperbolic idea-less-logues. Sorta cute and endearing. And...grown up.

    March 29, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Henry

    I think any sane Republican will speak against this birther stuff. Oh, sorry, there really are no sane Republicans out there. Only a bunch of bobble heads who do the bidding of their masters. How I wish these bobble heads started to realize that all their protestations are against their own interests.

    Republicans – emotions over intellect
    Democrats – intellect over emotions

    March 29, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. terry,va

    Does Pawlenty have hospital records or something that shows Obummie's mother's admission to the hospital and Obummie's subsequent birth? He must have something the rest of us don't have.

    March 29, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Bud in NC

    Trump is "really concerned".? Who gives a damn what he is concerned about.

    March 29, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Brian

    It is funny because neither of the two "potential" candidates realize that (regardless of which side of this you choose) this issue is like having a $100 pound weight tied to you while you are trying to swim in the ocean. you are only going to sink. From my vantage point, that is a good think because although Trump is a smart business man, he is dumb to go down this road. Pawlenty, well he is good looking and charismatic but I am not sure he has what it takes to get elected as people will be saying, Pawlenty Who??

    March 29, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Paul1st

    Maybe Tim has figured out that Trump is reinforcing the image of birthers as Republicans in tin-foil hats. That image cannot be good for the party.

    March 29, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. sonny chapman

    Someone who doesn't want to be convinced, can never be convinced; no matter what info. is provided, they WANT to believe want they believe.

    March 29, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. fideauxdon

    There's still hope for the Repubs if they nominate Pawlenty, or one of the other sane (Romney, Daniels, Huntsman) candidates. However, as a moderate Democrat, I'm hoping that they'll nominate one of their unhinged, or worse candidates like Newt, Hickabee, Barbour, Palin, Trump, or Bachmann.

    March 29, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Rosslaw

    The movie Men In Black conclusively proved that New Gingrich is not of this planet-which certainly explains a lot.

    March 29, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. elly

    My God! The man said something sensible? Where is the jobs palenty? No jobs yet? You better call your boss Bohner,ask him what he,s doing,please? Where is your promises? Tell that to the Press.

    March 29, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Al-NY,NY

    Well at least Paws said something that makes sense.....hey Mr. Combover, where's YOUR birth certificate? That paper you provided is missing a few rather important items..the DOH seal and a signature. YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE PRESIDENT.

    March 29, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Fost

    Palin, Trump, Gingrich and Bauchmann might be the single worst group of canadiates i have ever seen. I wouldn't trust these people to manage my fantasy baseball team, much less manage the leader of the free nation. This is really pathetic, and if ANY of these canadiates actually won i would move out of the United States.

    March 29, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. JR

    Wow........Tim finally said something smart.

    March 29, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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