Pawlenty in Ames: I can win
August 13th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty in Ames: I can win

Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Hoping to avoid an underwhelming straw poll finish that could derail his campaign, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty delivered a message of electability to an arena full of Republicans in Ames on Saturday.

“I won and got re-elected in one of the most difficult states in the country for a Republican,” he said, promising to carry purple and blue states in a general election match-up against President Barack Obama.

Pawlenty was not-so-subtly reminding straw poll voters that his chief rival in Iowa, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, might have a difficult time winning over swing voters in 2012.

Standing on the same stage where he criticized Bachmann’s underwhelming record in Congress just two nights before in a nationally televised debate, Pawlenty said he has a record to run on.

“We don’t just talk about it,” he said. “We got the job done for Minnesota.”

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Little Timmy must be reading is "Power of Positive Thinking" book again.

    August 13, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Wise1Speak


    (FACT #1.) – Actually, the facts show that Pawlenty left Minnesota in an economical mess. He played shell-games with Minnesota's budget and just passed the difficult economic issues down the road for the next governor.

    (FACT #2.) – Perception means a lot, and Pawlenty is perceived by many and across all political spectrums as a 20-pound weakling. Whether the perception is rightfully earned or not, that is just the reality.

    August 13, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Discernment


    If asked which 'cat' best illustrates Pawlenty's personality or aura:
    (a.) – Lion
    (b.) – Tiger
    (c.) – Cheetah
    (d.) – Panther
    (e.) – Pussycat (Persian Kitty)

    The answer is: 'E'.

    August 13, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    One good thing to come out of all this hoopla over a state fair and it's straw poll in Hicksville, we will no longer be hearing from pathetic Pawlenty!

    August 13, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    When it comes to rights, Republicans say corporations are people. But when it comes to the responsibilities of personhood – like paying taxes, being sued for negligence or criminal manslaughter, that sort of thing – their response is "Are you crazy? We're talking about corporations here, not people."

    August 13, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Jen

    you can't and will never win you moron. Go away and hide for a long time.

    August 13, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I really wonder if either of Pawlety or Bachmann could really win the general election against Obama since they don't attract the middle. Pawlenty is so boring that it could hurt him even if he had great ideas (which he doesn't). Bachman is so crazy that she will alienate people in the middle. This tea group will break apart the GOP further after George W. Bush broke the Reagan coalition.

    August 13, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. Seattle Sue

    Mr. Pawlenty, I believe you have a better chance of losing than winning.

    August 13, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    But you LOST!!! lmao Third is a good place to be – I guess – but not a 'distant' third!!

    August 14, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |