Pawlenty to deliver 'major' foreign policy speech
June 23rd, 2011
04:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty to deliver 'major' foreign policy speech

Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will deliver a "major" foreign policy address next Tuesday in New York, his presidential campaign told CNN Thursday.

According to a Pawlenty aide, the speech to the Council on Foreign Relations "will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the Arab Spring."

"Governor Pawlenty will address President Obama's failed leadership, approach, and philosophy of how to approach the entire Middle East region," the aide said. "He will touch on the need for the Republican Party to continue its support for a strong foreign policy."

Pawlenty has been a vocal critic of the president's handling of the crisis in Libya. He has also staked out a hawkish position on Afghanistan at a time when some of his Republican rivals are calling for withdrawal of American troops.

It will be the second high-profile speech Pawlenty has delivered since declaring his candidacy, following an economic address in Chicago earlier this month.

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  1. Phil in KC

    In other words, he has no foreign policy credentials, to speak of, and he is trying to establish some.

    June 23, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. bb

    Oh goodload, Pawlenty's about to speak. Brace yourself. The lukewarm limp dishrag might just up his rhetoric and say something less ill-informed and ridiculous than he did yesterday.

    June 23, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "major"'s almost too much for me. At least you got it right that it belongs in quotation marks, CNN.

    June 23, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS

    YAWNNNN!!!!!! T-Paw, you won't even make it out of the primary. Give it up already. Psycho Bachmann is going to wipe the floor with you because she's a right wing loon and Huntsman is going to destroy as a TRUE republican. You and Romney can battle for 3rd place.

    June 23, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn


    He didn’t explain his Medicare plan he jumping to foreign policy

    I really doubt Pawlenty conservatism

    First home jobs let us know his plan on jobs first

    June 23, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    I suppose Pawlenty has to attempt to establish some sort of gravitas on Foreign Policy but simply criticizing your opponent does not make him credible. Just because he goes and speaks about something pertaining to countries overseas DOES NOT TRANSLATE into him having a vision, a plan, knowledge or expertise in these matters. And, if, over the next year, he does the same thing 3 times it doesn't triple his "Foreign Policy Credentials".

    President Obama has successfully taken the long standing false Republican claims of foreign policy weakness, softness or ineffectiveness by Democrats OFF THE TABLE. Pawlenty doesn't demonstrate any accumen by trying to bad mouth this President.

    Want to impress me Tim? Proactively, give me a Vision & Action Plan on the relationship of the United States with North Korea from 2010 to 2025. Give me a real plan with action items, resources, deadlines, and metrics to assess effectiveness. Then let's put that to the smell test to see if folks like Kissinger, Albright, Christorper, Baker, Eagleburger [yes I know some of these people are dead] would have found it to be sound.

    Put some skin in the game Tim. Thanks the only way you are going to get someone like me to consider an inexperienced governor like you. Again this can't be cursory, consider it a simulation of what you'd do if you were President. Good Luck!

    Romney, you can take Iran. Huntsman, you can take Syria & Yemen.

    June 23, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Biggge

    is this guy still in the

    June 23, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Me

    Wow, Tim, just because the great state of Minnesota borders Canada doesn't mean you're a foreign policy expert. If it did then I'd be more experienced in it than you because I've also lived AZ.

    June 23, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    I'm sure his speech will consist of another list of all the things President Obama has done wrong, in the opinion of the right-wing nutjobs.

    June 23, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. reality check

    Pawlenty's foreign policy is simple: say and do everything the opposite of Obama, even if it means contradicting yourself. Thank goodness he'll never be President.

    June 23, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. kayla

    send in the clown

    June 23, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. BC

    I find it very interesting how much these guys and gal talk, but none of them speaks from any position of creditability. Enough of the trash and get up and do something other then lip service! It will be just like before with this guy. He'll attack the President's foreign policy until something succesful happens and then suddenly change positions back to the economy. Its the same thing that happened prior to the death of OBL! Once the announcement was made of the killing of OBL, T-Paw shifted back to the issues of the economy!

    June 23, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Andrea

    Who in the heck is this guy's campaign manager? T-Paw you are doing it all wrong. You have to go after Romney swinging hard. A national foreign relations speech – you're setting yourself up for a major embarrassment. Don't do it!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Paw-lease....Pawlenty speaks on foreign policy? From what level of understanding? It's not like he could see Russia from his front door, or even Mexico. I guess maybe bing able to visit Canada counts as "foreign policy experiance" in the strange and bizzare would of the GOPers?

    June 23, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Wes B.

    Just because Republicans keep using the phrase "Obama's failed leadership," it doesn't make it true.

    In fact, with the GOP dragging their feet on EVERY single issue, he has still managed to get many things accomplished through compromise.

    Typical Republican messaging: Keep repeating the exact opposite of truth and eventually people start to believe it.

    June 23, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. thomas

    I thought Pawlenty gave a "major" foreign policy address last Sunday at the International House of Pancakes !

    June 23, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Jake

    does Minnesota count as foriegn policy experience!?

    June 23, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Mr. Moderate

    Pawlenty was the one calling for a unilateral overthrow of the Libyan government. Yeah, that worked out so well in Iraq. Next!

    June 23, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. vet in texas

    I would rather Pawlenty and the rest of the current GOP candidates to explain how their policies (all of them) differ from G. W. Bush's policy, we already know what Obama's is, his is the policy that has killed more al queda leaders than W's, more drone strikes than W's, and loss less American lives than W's. Actually, that's really what they need to explain for all of their policies, T Paw's economic policy so far provided isn't attainable nor realistic. I would ask them all how would you implement your policies if the house was majority democratic and oppose everyy solution you come up with. Congress' approval is at a miserable 19% and the presidents overall is 50-52% respectively. That's really who I'm blaming at this point, I've heard all of Obama's solutions, and I've remembered all the across the board NO vote from the GOP, therefore, without compromising any solutions to our many problems this country is facing created over the last decade, that means to me it is their fault. If it's Obama's fault that jobs last month were 82,000, then it's obviously Obama's fault that the months before it was at 225,000........if gas was at $4 was Obama's fault, then it has to be his fault that it is now $3.49 (in dallas at least). If allowing the taliban to gain ground in Pakistan is Obama's fault, then obviously ordering us to go there and kill Bin Laden is Obama's fault, especially if actions taken with the complete majority in the house, senate, and executive branch from 2000-2006 have already been confirmed by Sen. McCain that they didn't. T-Paw.......hilarious, Dick Cheney has a better chance of being president than he does.

    June 23, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. SecedingfromTexas

    @THOMAS: Thank you!!!!!!!!! I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. GREAT line.

    June 23, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. steven harnack

    Oh pleeze! Foreign policy is strictly the domain of the current President! Or maybe he's playing to the foreign political donors? Just what we need! A dozen tin-pot wanna-be politicians all playing to a foreign audience.

    June 23, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Jilli

    Wow, brave man. After his big economic speech, this foreign policy speech ought to be a real doozy. I'm waiting with anxious anticipation. The biggest challenge will be to stay awake...he's a horrible speaker, but a great sleep aid.

    June 23, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Oregon Calling

    Did I miss it being April 1st again? Please...............

    Peace 🙂

    June 23, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Bill

    My teenage daughter has better foreign policy credentials than Mr. Milquetoast. Seeminglt a nice guy, but does not past the buffoonery test.

    June 23, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. SecedingfromTexas

    @vetinTexas: Thank you. I love reading these posts, most of you all are so smart. The ones who are "not so smart",
    well, they speak for themselves, and not very well I might add.

    June 23, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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