Pawlenty to be Romney's guest at CNN Tea Party Debate
September 12th, 2011
09:33 AM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty to be Romney's guest at CNN Tea Party Debate

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Tim Pawlenty, who endorsed Mitt Romney for president Monday, will attend the Republican Tea Party Debate as one of Romney's guests.

Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor who dropped his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in August, will serve as the national co-chair of Romney's campaign. In that role, Pawlenty will serve as a top campaign surrogate for the former Massachusetts governor.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    So I guess Willard didn't take it personal when T-Paw called his healthcare law Obamneycare.

    September 12, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. bb

    Snooze-inducing chair fillers. These two are about as pathetically weak as they come. WEAK!

    September 12, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    One governor was ranked 47th in the nation in job creation and the other left his state with a massive deficit. Sounds like a losing combo to me.

    September 12, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In that role, Pawlenty will serve as a top campaign surrogate for the former Massachusetts governor."

    Minnesota's discredited Vin Weber was added as Mitt's newest financial adviser and now Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty is to become Mitt's campaign surrogate? Makes sense. Losing presidential GOPer candidate surrounds self with other losing "surrogates". What's next, Mitt? Minnesota's Michele Bachmann as Intelligence adviser?

    September 12, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. The Elephant in The Room

    Can we all say – hoping for a "ice Presidential spot?

    If Romney were to win Pawlenty would be in line for the Presidency.

    If Romney were to lose, Pawlenty would be in line for the nomination in 2016 – when, after losing to Obama a 2nd time, the GOP will be ready to abandon their T-Party wacko fringe in hopes of capturing independent voters.

    September 12, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Really?

    I do not even come close to leaning to the "right", but God help me, I'd rather see Romney win than the beady eyed Texan. It's all in the eyes people...Cheney was the Devil himself...Bush was his puppet.

    September 12, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Are you confused about this strange, on-going dance that Governers Romney and Pawlenty are doing? Don't be. It's called a "square" dance. Two nerdy types trying figure out some sort of alliance.

    September 12, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. AlaskaPalin

    Could you believe it cnn/teaparty. What cynicism brought about this marriage? The progressives were blasting fakes knews while cnn was looked on as a kindred spirit. What does cnn know that the rest of us need to know? From this entanglement I believe that whoever is the nominee will become the president. This campaign will be powered by the t/party. So cnn might be looking forward for the honeymoon?

    September 12, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    You are not helping Palin, the Tea Party, the Republican Party, conservative evangelists, nor anyone else who wants to see President Obama be a one term president. If you keep writing stuff like that, you will ensure that President Obama is re-elected.

    September 12, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Bill from GA

    That's real cagey of Romney, going after BOTH of Pawlenty's supporters.

    September 12, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |