TIME: 'I can win,' Pawlenty says
May 19th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
9 years ago

TIME: 'I can win,' Pawlenty says

It was after 8 p.m. at the public library in the quiet town of Adel, Iowa, and staffers were folding up the metal chairs. Tim Pawlenty's question-and-answer session had wrapped up some 30 minutes earlier, but a handful of voters were still here, and therefore so was Pawlenty, tall and lean in his dark suit, staying as always until no one was left to talk with him. When the polls show you in the low single digits, you make time for everyone.

Presently, one middle-aged man in a blazer was telling Pawlenty why Republicans need a tough-talking presidential candidate like Donald Trump. "We need to be bold," he implored. Conservatives were going to be attacked in 2012, and they had to be willing to fight back hard. Was Pawlenty up to it?

Filed under: 2012 • Tim Pawlenty • Time.com
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    If someone told you to follow in Trump's footsteps, think twice about that advice. Look where it got Trump.

    May 19, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Do you people REALLY want this man over-seeing every Interstate Bridge in the country? He's a thug, and lies and cheats just like the more brazen republicans.

    May 19, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. once upon a horse

    Uh no...sorry but you CAN'T!

    May 19, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Oregon Calling

    Dream on.............................

    Peace 🙂

    May 19, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He is not a person who has lost his connection to the working-class folks he grew up with."

    I respectfully disagree. Not only has Pawlenty lost his connection, he literally ran away from us (and the economic disaster HE created) to pursue his presidential ambitions. He ran his first term campaign as a Moderate, was elected to the Governorship as a Moderate, and for a small period of time, governed as a Moderate - until such time as McCain looked his way, after which Pawlenty tossed all caution to the wind, and chose instead to spend most of his last 3 years here in Minnesota transforming himself into nothing but a grovel-in-the-dirt panderer. Truth be told, Pawlenty is all about Pawlenty, and has absolutely no compassion (or connection) for those he was voted in to represent as Governor - from either side of the aisle. Can he win? Simply put: NO. Good grief, the man could never bring himself to represent Minnesota, how on earth could anyone suggest he would be any more willing to represent America - beyond sound bites, that is?

    May 19, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Right. Me too!

    May 19, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS

    In your dreams.

    May 19, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Yanni

    Do you know that you are running for POTUS? don't you know this a big league division? you have no the intelligence, the gravity , and the charisma needed for this post. So the answer is no can't.

    May 19, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    ..and I can fly. Same dream

    May 19, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |

    Yeah, he can win. At bingo, perhaps. 🙂

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    May 19, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Paw-Leeze. Run for POTUS. America needs to see the best the GOTP has to offer. That does not mean I would expect you to be a good POTUS. It means exactly what I said. You represent the best the GOTP has to offer.

    May 19, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |