Pawlenty 'prayerfully' considering what's next
August 15th, 2011
05:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Pawlenty 'prayerfully' considering what's next

(CNN) – One day after dropping out of the race for the White House, Tim Pawlenty said he and his family are thinking about the next step.

"We will be taking time to prayerfully consider what is next," the former Minnesota governor said in an email to supporters Monday.

Pawlenty said and he is wife, Mary, were driving their daughter, Anna, to start her freshman year at college this week. And while he didn't give any indication as to his upcoming plans, it doesn't appear Pawlenty will be leaving the world of presidential politics any time soon.

"One thing is for sure, I remain committed to turning this country around, getting a Republican elected to the White House and advancing the values we share in common and hold so dear." Pawlenty said.

At the high-stakes straw poll held in Iowa Saturday, the former governor came in third place, following Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in first and Texas Rep. Ron Paul in second.

"I wish things had turned out differently," Pawlenty said. "We needed to get a boost at the Ames Straw poll for our campaign to remain viable going forward. As you know, that didn't happen and I withdrew from the race.

- CNN senior producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rachelle

    So now he's back to full-time Bible thumping?

    August 15, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. JB

    I'm sick of the pols wearing their religion on their sleeves. I don't buy it from any of them. Actions speak louder than words.

    August 15, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Bill

    Go Pray Timmy.

    August 15, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. MattL

    I'd highly recommend skip the prayer and think for yourself.

    August 15, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. JB

    Why is prayerfully in quotes? If the candidate were a Muslim, Hindu, etc. would you have disrespected them in the same way?
    Mahatma Gandhi 'prayerfully' contemplating his trip to the United States. Why are all the news outlets interpreting the news instead of telling it. CNN in no wise could ever end a broadcast..."And that's the way it is". (Walter Cronkite)

    August 15, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Jay

    He should go home where he belongs!!!

    August 15, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    You're kidding, right? He's prayerfully considering WHEN is the best time to join FOX News...

    August 15, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Crazy Harry

    I guess the crowd wised up to this doofus who ran Minnesota into the ground and decided to spare the country.

    August 15, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Hawk8414

    Sorry, but I wouldn't vote for him to be a dog catcher. My vote is going to Ron Paul. At least he makes sense when the rest are thumping Bibles.
    Maybe Michelle Bachmann should take her own advice about wifely submission.

    August 15, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Shirley In California

    As long as you are no where near the WH – choose anything you want. I wish you would take Romney and Bitchmann with you. Good riddance!

    August 15, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Seattle Sue

    He just doesn't learn. People have had enough of him but he is just to dumb to realize this.

    August 15, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Philojazz

    If that's the first thing to come out of your mouth after dropping out of, or being forced out of, the race, Mr Pawlenty, I'm pleased that you're no longer in the race to become my President. I have no desire to live in a theocracy, something I apparently do not share with a number of Republican voters. I'm almost tempted to say "God help us", if only ironically, but I'm afraid that too many people might take it the wrong way.

    August 15, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Ron

    I have an idea...GET A FULLTIME JOB! (with benefits if you can find one)

    August 15, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. JB

    What's next?hmm did I smell some magaritas !

    August 15, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    You know, I don't have a problem with people taking time to reflect before making a decision, but Parry is just trying to polish his evangelical cred.

    If he REALLY listened to God, he'd make amends to the country for threatening to secede Texas from the Union simply because he wasn't getting his way. Then he'd take responsibility for the fiscal mess he's left Texas in, along with an accurate accounting of the reality of the jobs created in Texas under his administration, namely that they are low-paying and without benefits.

    Until Parry starts doing those things, he's just another self-centered, egotistical "christian" using his religion as an excuse for all his bad behavior.

    August 15, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    This guy dropped out???

    Actually, he was one of the most moderate Republicans in the race, hi hi hi hi...

    ...good for Republicans for chasing away anything that might even have a hit of moderation...

    ...if at first you don't succeed in braking the wall with your head, just make sure you run faster at it next time Republicans...

    August 15, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. trex

    How about opening a Dairy least the hot and hungry will like you...................

    August 15, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |