Pawlenty says he has regrets
October 12th, 2011
07:49 AM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty says he has regrets

(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty praised the gift of hindsight, saying he's realized some mistakes he made in his bid for the Oval Office.

"If we would have known then what we know now, would we have made some different decisions? Sure we would have, and I regret not making different decisions," Pawlenty said Tuesday in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio.

After placing third in the much-watched Ames, Iowa, straw poll in August, the former two-term Minnesota governor made a surprising move when he abruptly called it quits the following day.

But while he had misgivings about his campaign, Pawlenty denied that he regretted ending his presidential bid when he did.

"In terms of the timing of dropping out of the race, we took it as far as we could with the resources we had and we just couldn't take it any further," Pawlenty said, adding that his campaign spent too much money, too early.

"You have to raise a lot of money to be successful, and at that point at Ames, our finances had basically run dry," Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty also said he regrets trying to morph into a candidate that met the expectations of the political universe.

"You get all these people telling you what to do, and in the end, I think you're just better served as a candidate and I think the campaign is better served if you just be yourself," Pawlenty said.

After leaving the campaign trail, Pawlenty endorsed current front-runner Mitt Romney, saying the former Massachusetts governor was the most electable of the current GOP presidential field.

With few media appearances, Pawlenty has maintained a low-profile since making his exit, but he jumped back into the spotlight this week when his official governor's portrait was unveiled at the state capitol Monday.

Pawlenty said he's now looking for a job in the private sector.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Pawlenty is in charge of Mittens campaign, and he is now sorry he dropped out. Mittens will be angry with T-Paw today, but tomorrow, he will agree with T-Paw. Romney has the backbone of a wet noodle.

    October 12, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    T-Paw can see there is not one of these republican candidates are worthy of sitting in the Oval Office.

    October 12, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  3. Chuk

    Yeah Pawlenty, just keep kissing Romney's a** to see if he gives you a job if he's elected. You're desperately out of a job, buddy.

    October 12, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  4. LegendRx

    What a loser . . . why are we still talking to him? Insignificant factor.

    October 12, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Presidents do not get a chance at, "If I knew then, what I know now." Tim did the right thing by walking away.

    October 12, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. Peace

    Good that you bowed out Tim. The way you regret now is exactly the way you could regretted in your decision making incase you were picked as the lucky person. Courageous people always sticks on their instincts!

    October 12, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. Wall Street Crime Victim

    He regrets running out of money, supporters and ideas.

    October 12, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Pawlenty says he has regrets
    But he allowed himself to DIE with an early sunset
    The money should not have mattered – LQQK at Cain he’s still alive
    And he did it with his stupid and ridiculous 9 – 9 – 9!!

    Too late for regrets – join the private sector and get big bonuses and tax breaks!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 12, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    You should no regrets Pawlenty, even if you had had a billion in financial resources, you cannot buy a personality.

    However, you would be a billionaire turnip.

    October 12, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Will wonders never cease?

    Hmmmm...I think the problem with Tim Pawlenty and his campaign, was that he was trying to paint himself to be another run-of-the-mill Evangelical conservative. So in essence, Pawlenty is correct. He should have been more "for real" and not played the typical right-wing RPG. Of course, us middle-of-the-road voters knew what he was about all along.

    October 12, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |