Pawlenty as the next Conan O'Brien?
July 11th, 2011
05:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty as the next Conan O'Brien?

(CNN) - After a recent Twitter exchange, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty may have a new campaign strategy: Conan O'Brien's hair.

O'Brien, late night comedian and host of "Conan" on TBS, poked fun at the former Minnesota governor's personality in a tweet Monday:

"Is it too early to predict that Tim Pawlenty will not be a popular Halloween costume?"

Two hours later Pawlenty jokingly fired back at O'Brien, who's known for his mane of red hair.

"@ConanOBrien Wait until I unveil my Team Coco wig then everyone will want the costume. It might even deliver IA for me #ginger #iacaucus"

O'Brien responded: Hey @timpawlenty – If wearing a Team Coco wig helps you win in Iowa, it’s probably because Iowans think it’s corn silk.

Pawlenty has been the subject of criticism for lacking the charm and charisma expected of a presidential candidate. In an interview on "Fox News Sunday" in June, the Republican said he's unapologetic for his style.

"I'm not running for comedian-in-chief, or entertainer-in-chief," Pawlenty said. "So, if you want the clown-in-chief, vote for somebody else. That's not me."

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Filed under: 2012 • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Tony

    typical liberal media always making jokes at the Rep's and never, NEVER, make jokes about Demoncrats... PS. I love having a bage president...

    July 12, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Katmoan

    No Dem can find anything better on him so they say he's boring. There's also too old, and too lively, but nothing substantial.

    July 12, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. mslman71

    So what?

    July 12, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Doug

    Tim Pawleny is guilty of a hate crime according to the Democat for saying ginger.

    Hmmn, that word ginger, if you switch the letters around a bit you come up with the word klan member and Democrat Senator Robert Byrd used on National TV a few years back. Now that is an offensive word, yet not a single Democrat ever called him on it, in fact they attacked everyone who took issue with his hate.

    July 12, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. KCRick

    Conan and your new mini-network show are the real joke! Who cares what you think?

    July 12, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Vic of New York

    Ooops, guess Pawlenty is acknowleging he's a looser....

    July 12, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Todd

    So, Pawlenty, what are you going to do to create jobs? Tax cuts for the rich? Yeah that works. How about oppressing gay people? Millions of jobs abound from doing that.

    July 12, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Steve/Oklahoma

    Hey Doug, just watch Fox and you wont have so much heart burn. Tired of you conservatives referring to the " Libral Press" because no one should have a view different from yours.

    July 12, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Laura518

    Well, we do want our president to have some personality! A president does need to sway people and be likable and get them on his side. I will never forget when Bill Clinton was first running for president. His nickname was Slick Willy....and a cover of a magazine said "Blessed are the slick, for they get things done."

    July 12, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. jackal & jester

    Jobs idea. Rebuild American roads and highways.

    July 12, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. pierce

    Pawlenty makes Ron Paul seem exciting.

    July 12, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Stacey

    Doesn't really matter how boring Paws is because he's not going to win the republican nomination for president. Flip flopping, equally boring Mittens or that bigoted zealot Bachmann will win the nomination with Obama slaughtering one of them in the general election.

    July 12, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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