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Tim Pawlenty, Possible GOP 2012 Prospect, Sets up PACs in Iowa and New Hampshire

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has established political action committees to help local candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two early-voting states in presidential nominating races that play a big role in making or breaking hopefuls for the White House, according to the Des Moines Register and Manchester Union-Leader.

Alex Conant, a Pawlenty spokesman, insisted to the Register that establishment of the PAC in Iowa was aimed at this year's midterms.

"We filed these committees now because now is the time to start organizing on the grass-roots level for 2010," Conant said."The governor doesn't know what he's going to do when he's done being governor. He'll decide that early next year."

However, establishing such PACs in earl primary and caucus states is a familiar tactic for presidential wannabes. Vice President Joseph Biden, for one, did so in Iowa in 2008 when he was seeking the Democratic nomination.

Tim PawlentyPawlenty is not running for re-election as governor and has taken steps to raise his national profile.

He has a long ways go go in Iowa to succeed in building his visibility. The Register's latest Iowa Poll, conducted June 1-3, found 53 percent of likely Republican primary voters did not know much or anything about Pawlenty. That compared to Mitt Romney who was known and seen favorably by 62 percent, Sarah Palin who was regarded favorably by 58 percent and Newt Gingrich who had a 56 percent favorability rating. For all three of those, the percentage of voters not familiar with them is 12 percent or less.

In New Hampshire, Pawlenty joins Romney who has also set up a PAC in the state.

A Pawlenty spokesman told the Union-Leader that the governor " hopes to be up in New Hampshire helping candidates wherever he can."

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I like Jindahl he handles things well.

June 17 2010 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The moderates/conservatives have great choices for 2012; Paul Ryan, Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney. I'm certain there are more, just can't think of them right now.

If Americans remember how things have been done the past 16-17 months, how bribes and threats passed the healthcare bill over the protests of the people, how the President and leaders in Congress belittled those who opposed the administrations' agenda, how the disastrous oil spill was basically ignored by a President who thinks he only needs to further his agenda.

Remember the Holder penchant for prosecuting our Navy Seals, Border Patrol, CIA, AZ for trying to protect their citizens from criminals, while finding no reason to prosecute the fraud by ACORN, the mob action by the SEIU, the voter intimidation by the Black Panthers, the illegal immigrants making life miserable for the people of AZ and other States.

Don't forget how this administration has bilked the majority of ordinary citizens, already suffering hard times, by taking our hard earned money (what is left of it)and bailing out his election supporters and hiring more government workers and giving them pay raises, while the private sector workers are laid off, take pay or hour cuts, or permanently lose their jobs.

Obama throws crumbs to the middle class, and supports the big money boys, those who cheated the people while taking home multi-million dollar bonuses. Now, rather than place the greatest focus on how to stop the oil leak, and clean up the oil wreaking havoc on our Gulf Coast States, he uses this disaster to further his job killing, cost increasing, Cap & Trade bill.

Just remember in November 2010, and 2012, and we can reverse the damage being done.

June 17 2010 at 7:22 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

As of right now the best leader seems to be Bobby Jindahl. He sure is making the big O look small and out gunned.

June 16 2010 at 11:20 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

tim pawlenty would make a great candidate but unfortunately he is too moderate and sensible to be accepted by the radicals and extremists who have kidnapped the republican party.

June 16 2010 at 3:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What qualifications does he lack for the office of President, Pawlenty!

June 16 2010 at 1:55 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

Totally agree, I don't care for him at all, if that is who we get I probably will pass on voting for the first time in my life!

June 16 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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