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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is mulling a 2012 GOP presidential run, steps up his game Monday when he makes his debut before the national political press corps.
Pawlenty will meet with reporters at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor, a session with a goal to let journalists who have never met him "see him in person and get to know him," said Alex Conant, the communications director for Pawlenty's Freedom First political action committee.
The governor wraps up his second term this January. He has said will decide in early 2011 if he will run for the White House. Pawlenty founded Freedom First to give him a vehicle to raise money for other GOP candidates and to give him a platform to speak out on national issues.
Tim Pawlenty"He's been traveling the country for the past few months, but a lot of people outside of Minnesota don't know him, including some members of the Washington Press corps. This is a fun way for him to share his story and his vision for 2010 and answer press questions," Conant said.
Pawlenty is raising money for a variety of 2010 Republican candidates across the country running for governor, Senate and House seats and state offices, a traditional way for presidential aspirants to earn chits while at the same time raising their visibility and making connections with local party leaders.
He has been one of the few Republicans so far to show much activity in Iowa, whose early presidential caucuses have been a battleground for White House hopefuls.
While Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC is based in Minnesota, the potential 2012 White House hopeful has also opened up an office in downtown Washington and staffed it with campaign and White House veterans.
Pawlenty's team includes:
- Communications: Conant, a former spokesman in the George W. Bush White House and the Republican National Committee.
- Policy: Brian Hook, who worked for the George W. Bush's State and Justice Departments. A graduate of the University of Iowa Law School, Hook also has connections in Iowa, the state with the first presidential caucus.
- Fund-raising: Brian Haley, who was the McCain presidential campaign deputy finance director.
- Senior advisers: Phil Musser, a former adviser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign; Terry Nelson, an Iowa native who served for a time as McCain's 2008 presidential campaign manager and, Sara Taylor, an Iowa native who ran Bush's White House office of political affairs.
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I'm here in MN, and with Tim Pawlenty, you get Pawlenty of NOTHING when it comes to governing! You would get Pawlenty of tax cuts for the wealthy bringing us Pawlenty more debt, bringing us into depression, and probably bankruptcy! More interstate freeways would collapse, just as our I35W did, as less and less money is spent on any infrastructure in this country. There'd be no badly needed investment in anything, including education, new energy technology. The progress Obama brought to the healthcare system would be reversed, and millions would lose healthcare, and costs would skyrocket, while companies drop coverage completely. Social programs, even ones that everybody loves, would collapse and be dismantled. This includes social security and Medicare. This country would go to the ash heap of history

July 28 2010 at 12:16 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Romney and Jinhdal in 2010. Please stay home Governor Tim

July 25 2010 at 10:24 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply

There is so much effort to position oneself in American politics to run for the Presidency or even State seats that we see as in this article that the Governor is working now to possibly get elected to a job that will not have an "opening" for more than 2 years. The time and money spent in this manner is mind-boggling to people from other countries. I work with British Nationals. When Gordon Brown decided to step down, he announced he was dissolving Parliment, and there would be an election to choose his successor...IN 30 DAYS!!...the funny thing that short period of time, the British people were introduced or re-introduced to the candidates who wanted to run for the Prime Minister's job or to run for the Member of Parliment jobs of representing their local constituents and lo and behold, the election took would assume the people elected reflected the choices of the electorate and the only loosers were the media/advertising organizations that did not reap millions and millions of pounds in pre-election run up campaigns like those in America do. The up-side for the British people was that sitting politicians, with such short notice focused on getting their message across, but did not have time for back-door/behind-closed-doors "deals" giving other politicians and voters "bribes" to buy their votes. I was taught "keep it simple" (even if this comment appears very long-winded). Why can't American elections be short and sweet? Any voter who, when presented with the facts by a candidate over a 30 day period, says he/she didn't have time or enough input to make a rational decision is really saying there was not enough time for my city/my group to receive bribe offers, or they are so dim-witted that they don't deserve the right to vote.

July 25 2010 at 10:21 PM Report abuse +22 rate up rate down Reply
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Ron & Dolores

I for one, completely agree with you, Now how do we do it?

July 26 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Another right wing extremest that wants his relegious views be mine.. NO THANKS

July 25 2010 at 10:15 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

Hey everyone who now misses Bush give me a thumbs up!!!!!

July 25 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
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Ron & Dolores

I have not quite got over the banks collapesing, war with the wrong country, stocks crashed, housing market busted, still no jobs created, tax releive for the rich, started with a balance budget and look where we were after he left. No Thanks, I do not miss him, never will

July 26 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Pawlenty in 2012!!!!!!!

July 25 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse -27 rate up rate down Reply

Well, Obama ran on a platform for "Change" -- and he made good on his word -- because plenty has changed for people who were employed before he was elected -- and now they only have "loose change" left in their pockets.
I, for one, am tired of hearing Obama, Pelosi, and Reid continue to blame Bush for the current state of affairs. You told us two years ago you would change things for the better -- and so far you have only made them worse.
With the authority to make things happen comes the responsibility of accepting the consequences. Grow up and accept the responsibility for your actions to date and focus on making things better for this country.

July 25 2010 at 9:42 PM Report abuse +26 rate up rate down Reply

Newt is the only real solution. He is the only one smart enough to bring us back from Obama the way Reagan did from Carter. Only Obama is turning out to be far worse than Carter.....

July 25 2010 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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I agree wholeheartedly. The problem with most politicians is that they never read history. Newt is a former history professor and has written numerous books on the subject. Big government never worked in the past, and it will not work now. Newt understands that. It is unfortunate that Obama does not see that.

July 25 2010 at 9:03 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply

So, another who thinks that Reagan was "great" Was he really? Did you know when Reagan took office the deficit was about 950 BILLION dollars, and when he left, with two recessions behind him and a massive tax cut for the rich, this president, the worst enemy of labor we ever had, left us with a deficit of2.3 TRILLION DOLLARS----even Jimmy Carter did not do that
The only thing that Reagan accomplished, besides being the president of the rich and the corporations, was being the most over-rated president this country has ever had

July 25 2010 at 9:14 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Just what we need Bush!
Our Planet needs to be at 350 Parts per million CO2. To survive
We are at 392.04.
NOAA said this is the hottest land and ocean temp since they have been recording.
Republicans have stopped all attempts to control Pollution.
I say PLAY BY DAY We can cut back on heavy CO2 If we can cut back 50% of all night games.
Support Big oil or the Democratic party!

July 25 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse -34 rate up rate down Reply
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It is not just a matter of big oil or the Democratic party. At this point in time, there are no economically viable alternatives to oil and coal. What would you suggest we do? Go back to burning candles, and riding around in horse and buggies? All the democratic party wants to do is implement a cap and trade program that will generate billions in revenue for the government and drive utility costs through the roof. If you haven't noticed, we are just starting to crawl out of a recession. With the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, and new taxes being added as a result of Obamacare, the last thing the American people need is higher energy costs. The government should provide tax incentives for private industry to develop oil alternatives, and the government needs to streamline regulations to allow construction of more nuclear power plants. There has not been one built in more than 35 years !! France generates 98% of its electricity from nuclear power and there has been no Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. This is not an all or nothing game. There are other options. Let's get a little more realistic here !!

July 25 2010 at 8:43 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply

We need to change the " JOB DESCRIPTION " Candidates should be asked prior to " WOULD YOU WORK FOR $ 1.00 PER YEAR " if our economy is not improving , same was asked GMs / CHRYSLERs CEOs by our spend thrift SENATORS ?




All else is useless as we all know the promise us the MOON and after they are in OFFICE THE LEAD US INTO DOOM .

July 25 2010 at 7:45 PM Report abuse +25 rate up rate down Reply
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There is a much better solution: Term Limits ! We need to get rid of the career politicians. Congressmen should be limited to 2 terms or 4 years, and senators to 1 term or 6 years. This gives them insufficient time to develop cozy relationships with lobbyists and they would be spending their time taking care of the nation's business instead of raising cash for the next election, and taking care of the special interests that give them all that cash. Given the short period of time they are in office, they do not need pensions either. As we have seen, past presidents seem to do quite well after they leave office with multi million dollar book deals and earning $100,000 for every speech they give. Why should the taxpayer continue to subsidize them ??

If you want REAL change in this country, vote for the non-encumbent. If it is an open seat, vote for the candidate who is NOT a career politican. That is CHANGE you can believe in !!!

July 25 2010 at 8:48 PM Report abuse +40 rate up rate down Reply

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