Republican rival responds to Obama’s announcement
April 4th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
12 years ago

Republican rival responds to Obama’s announcement

Washington (CNN) – Images of economic distress flash across the screen in a new, fast moving video released Monday by Tim Pawlenty, a Republican hoping to challenge President Obama in 2012.

The 35-second video shows images of homes in foreclosure, going-out-of-business signs and gasoline exceeding $4 a gallon.

“In order for America to take a new direction, it’s going to take a new president,” Pawlenty said at the end of the video.

The former Minnesota governor is the first Republican to respond to Obama campaign’s announcement Monday morning that he would seek a second term.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. ABM

    Tim, Tim, Tim, should we play flashes of images from 2008 when the GOP ran this country into the ground. Do me a favor and debate this president so every will see you get taken to the cleaners. That would be a great reminder to EVERYONE what the GOP has done to our economy and way of life. My vote will not be for you and the GOP obstrucitionist who do not admit they were (and still are) part of the problem for this country.

    April 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. BeStill

    Revelations in 2012

    President Obama will be re-elected, keep an eye on the Middle East crisis, and the announcement of the wakening up of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    April 4, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Pretty much sums up Pawlenty's governorship here in Minnesota for the past 8 years.

    April 4, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Realistic

    In the age of republicans trying to change the United States to a theocratic republic, we the people, must stand up and defeat their ideology. The republicans will use draconian propaganda to destroy our way of life so they can achieve complete authority over us. The republicans are dangerous and mean spirited and will attempt to control us with authoritarian conservatism and they want gov't small enough to be intrusive enough to fit into every personal decision you can make.

    April 4, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Steve

    Ok t-paw, and how did you leave MN when you finished? Oh, right, with a billion dollar deficit. You keep talking, that is what you are good at.

    April 4, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Liberals are the Real Patriots

    Those video images are courtesy of George W. Bush and the republicans. Now add the "tea party" to the equation and the
    continued destruction of the middle class by the republican congresses cuts, and think to yourself, "Who is going to vote
    for the republicans in 2012?

    April 4, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. jimmy keagan

    Don't forget to tell Americans your party was responsible of all that mess.

    April 4, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. JohnCL

    Typical political hypocrisy and hyperbole with the usual dose of contempt for the intelligence of the electorate. Pawlenty is just the latest example.

    April 4, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. NameNYStudent

    All the things flashed in that video are due to the last Republican President we had, and are what Obama has been working on for 2 years to finally reverse. Certainly cannot blame them on him. But can thank him for the signs of turnaround we are finally seeing.

    April 4, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. The Other Dale

    Is he campaigning for or against Obama? All the stressful signs in his ad were caused either by Republican agendas or the previous administration before Obama. Maybe he should concentrate on what he will bring to the game that will make him so much better than Obama instead of saying, "that guy is terrible." Or perhaps it's simply because he doesn't have anything to bring to the game?

    April 4, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. EddyL

    How about if Obama shows pictures of Idiot Bush in the flight suit yelling MISSION ACCOMPLISHED and show the devastation to the Middle Class because of Bush's stupidity?

    April 4, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. JohnCL

    Also, this sort of thing hardly "turns heads" or "makes waves". Can't you guys come up with better tag lines or do you even care.

    April 4, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Nadeem

    Yea, lets go back to the guys that got us into this mess!

    Not gonna happen. We need to get out, not get deeper in.

    April 4, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fear mongering. One candidate's campaign announcement is being turned into a fearsome event. At least the attempt is being made. Where's Barney Fife when you need some "bud nippin" to be performed?

    April 4, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. MJ

    If Obama has his way we will all be on some form of Assistance. We need to be less dependant on Government and take care of ourselves without constant Government intervention. The Health Care fiasco is a prime example. Insurance companies are loving it. They may have to insure you, but you will pay dearly. Rates are climbing out of control. I dread the next 2 years, let alone, 6 more of "it" (what ever he means by that (new campaign slogan)).

    April 4, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. TM

    Republicans want us to forget that it was a REPUBLICANS who CAUSED the economic troubles and instead blame the DEMOCRATS who tried to SOLVE them. Obama DIDN'T crash the stock markets. Obama DIDN'T destroy the real estate market. And Obama DIDN'T DEMAND tax cuts for millionaires. WE REMEMBER.

    April 4, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Bob, Virginia

    It won't be you, Timmy. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    April 4, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    If he really had something substantial and to say, or meaningful to offer, he would have stepped up to the plate and thrown his hat into the ring, instead of heckling from the grandstand. Instead of rising to a challenge he his cowering and hiding amongst the crowd, waiting for another to step out and try to be the hero.

    April 4, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Saul - Virginia

    The good news is that our president is aware and has been working on such issues affecting americans for a the last 2 years. I am glad that TIm Pawlenty finally woke up from his dreams and discovered all these problems.

    April 4, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. George B from Ohio

    We did take a new direction Tim-may ... which is why Obama was elected, to clean up the horrible mess the Bush administration left this country in. Employment is up, the stock market is up, these things take time. Now, if your party was less concerned about tex breaks for the wealthy and mega corporations the recovery would be even better. Peace out.

    April 4, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Huh?

    New Direction? Laughable, the GOP is splintered so badly, they have no hope, don't waste your money Timmy

    April 4, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Ryan NC

    Did Mr. Pawlenty use footage from 2008? Maybe he has short memory problems... Well, at least he dropped the mock southern accent!

    April 4, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. BlackPanthers2020

    Pawlenty has no room to speak about anything , especially with his mis-management of his own state's affairs , bridges collasping and a economy that was in the down0turn all thanks to his brilliant management of his state !!!

    April 4, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Larry

    The Republican fear-mongering propaganda has begun.

    April 4, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Kathy

    How about a clip of the bridge that collapsed under his watch????? Sorry but you are not qualified to be president!

    April 4, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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