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Pawlenty 2012

Jun 11, 2010

Iowa Poll: Pawlenty largely unknown (but well liked)

More than half of Iowa Republicans don't know anything about Gov. Tim Pawlenty, according to a new poll by the Des Moines Register. The Iowa Poll found that 53 percent of likely GOP primary voters surveyed didn't know enough about the two-term governor to their north to form an opinion about him.

May 25, 2010

The Fix sizes up T-Paw’s presidential prospects

Gov. Tim Pawlenty continues to draw plaudits from national political commentators for his end-of-session standoff with the DFL-controlled legislature. The Washington Post's influential The Fix blog notes today that Pawlenty, facing a $3 billion deficit, escaped from the session without raising taxes -- a crucial hurdle if he hopes to be a serious GOP presidential contender in 2012.

May 18, 2010

Politico: T-Paw positions himself as ’embodiment of conservative governance in hard economic times’

Gov. Tim Pawlenty emerged from his final budgetary brawl with his credentials as a fiscal conservative bolstered, according to a piece in Politico. The flattering piece, written by Ben Smith, states that Pawlenty appears to have "run the table" on the DFL-controlled House and Senate by convincing legislators to scrap a proposed early expansion of Medicaid, new health care fees and by ratifying his[...]

May 16, 2010

Presidential politics and the last hours of session

With less than a dozen hours left to do a deal, the last regularly scheduled game of chicken between Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Minnesota Legislature comes down to this: Who will blink first over the inclusion of a federal Medicaid program in the budget?

Apr 14, 2010

CNN poll: Pawlenty still trailing well behind potential 2012 GOP rivals

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's constant travels across the country don't seem to be bolstering his presidential prospects with the general public. The latest national CNN poll (pdf) found that just 2 percent of Republicans selected Pawlenty as their top choice to be the party's nominee in 2012.

Feb 22, 2010

Pawlenty places fourth in CPAC straw poll

Texas Rep. Ron Paul was the surprise winner of the presidential straw poll at this weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference gathering. The Republican legislator garnered support from 31 percent of participants.

Feb 12, 2010

Pawlenty headed back to New Hampshire

Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be the keynote speaker at next month's Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire. The two-term Republican governor announced the booking on his Facebook page this morning.

Feb 11, 2010

Pawlenty wrote his own speech

In my earlier post, I wrote that I thought Gov. Tim Pawlenty's speech was one of the best state-of-the-states he's given, in terms of both content, which included specific action items and a broader sense of Pawlenty’s brand of ideology, and in terms of delivery, which was smooth, forceful, confident and polished.

Feb 11, 2010

Quick take on Pawlenty’s State of the State

GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty's speech was intended for an audience larger than the one gathered in the House chambers and within MN state boundaries.

Feb 8, 2010

Pawlenty 2012: First round of PAC fundraising leaned heavily on Minnesota donors

As we noted last week, all that barnstorming that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been doing in the past few months has paid off handsomely in bottom-line terms. Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC raised almost $1.3 million in its first three months of existence, a sum that compares very favorably to the fundraising totals of his better-known Republican rivals, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, during the same period.[...]

Feb 1, 2010

Pawlenty 2012: PAC makes strong initial showing, but Hubbard [heart] Gingrich

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's national Freedom First PAC was in operation for only about three months of 2009, but the $1.28 million it raised in that time compares favorably with the totals accrued by better-known GOP 2012 rivals Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin during the entire second half of the year.

Jan 28, 2010

Zogby poll: T-Paw trails Scott Brown in 2012 sweepstakes

Fewer than 5 percent of likely Republican voters want Gov. Tim Pawlenty to be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, according to a new Zogby poll.

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