2012 GOP candidates react to Pawlenty decision
August 14th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
9 years ago

2012 GOP candidates react to Pawlenty decision

(CNN)- Remaining members of the GOP presidential field reacted Sunday to news that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty chose to end his bid to seek the 2012 Republican nomination for president.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry
“Tim Pawlenty is a good friend and colleague who I have worked closely with over the years, including visiting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a governor, Tim stuck to conservative principles despite leading a blue state like Minnesota. He and Mary are true patriots who are committed to our country, and ran an honorable campaign that reflected their integrity. Gov. Pawlenty’s common-sense conservative voice will remain prominent and influential as we work to beat President Obama in 2012 and get America working again.”

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann

“This morning I spoke with Governor Pawlenty to express my respect and admiration for him, and to wish him and his family well. Running for the presidency requires enormous self-sacrifice. Governor Pawlenty brought an important voice and ideas to the campaign, and he served the people of Minnesota and our country well. Our party and our country are better as a result of his service and commitment.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

“Tim Pawlenty and his entire team ran an honorable campaign. I admire his accomplishments as a two term Governor with a record of results for his state. I consider him a friend and I know he has a bright future ahead of him as a leader in the Republican Party.”

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
"Tim Pawlenty is an accomplished Governor, a proud conservative, and someone of tremendous character. Our families became close while we were serving together as governors and we are honored to call the Pawlentys dear friends. I know this wasn't an easy decision for Tim and Mary, and I wish them nothing but the best.

"Tim should be proud that he brought to this race ambitious solutions to turn around our nation's economy and to tackle debt and spending. I hope that all of his supporters continue to stay engaged in this defining election and work with us to ensure that our party wins in November."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    my reaction is "what took you so long"?

    August 14, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. jamison

    Good Riddance. One down, a half dozen more to GO.

    August 14, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    It's tellin when a reasonable Republican doesn't have a chance these days.

    August 14, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. pmk1953

    What they all really wanted to say was, "Oh goody! More votes for ME to buy!"

    August 14, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. hopeismyname

    Did anyone expect them to say "YIPEE"?

    August 14, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Looks like having bridges collapsing and killing motorists on your watch, is not a ringing endorsement that you are Presidential caliber.

    August 14, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. derek

    About as interesting,as watching Congress "Do Anything if you ask me??? Bachmann sounds like a "Robot" programmed to say only, "I,m running for President,and I,m from Waterloo????? Laughable,to say the least??? Ouch?

    August 14, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. w l jones

    The Republican candidate like a Texas tumble weed in the desert moving all over place after a few week then end up on a sand dune. We would like to know what plan you have for country. Bless.

    August 14, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |