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Gov. Tim Pawlenty Gets an 'A' Grade From the Cato Institute

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The libertarian Cato Institute is out with its report card today, and it could provide a major boost for the presidential prospects of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who earned an A.

According to its website, Cato is "dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace."
Just four governors received an "A" on Cato's report card: Pawlenty, Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Bobby Jindal (R-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

The report goes on to note that,
Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota has proposed pro-growth reforms, opposed tax increases, and been a relatively frugal budgeter. He has proposed cutting the state's high and uncompetitive corporate franchise tax, and he has repeatedly vetoed giant tax-hike packages passed by the legislature, including increases to gasoline taxes, beer taxes, wine taxes, and income taxes. Under Pawlenty, state general fund spending rose modestly between FY03 and FY08 and has decreased substantially since then. The governor has also proposed a state constitutional amendment to limit general fund spending.
Pawlenty received similar praise from The Wall Street Journal, which writes,
One governor who deserves particular credit is Republican Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, who vetoed four separate income and other tax hikes that Democrats in the legislature sent him during the financial panic and recession.
Governors who seek the presidency always attempt to emphasize their executive experience as a qualification, and Pawlenty can argue that as governor of a blue state, he insisted on fiscal responsibility. That message could be highly potent.

In this political environment, where government spending is an issue of great importance, one can't help but imagine this grade will bolster Pawlenty as he attempts to win conservative support for the 2012 GOP presidential race.

It will also be interesting to see how this plays out in the U.S. Senate race in West Virginia, where Manchin is facing a tough challenge from Republican John Raese.

Last, it seems entirely appropriate to note that Pawlenty is in New Hampshire today -- the day that Cato's report is being issued. Talk about good timing.

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Great article. I am Independent/Conservative who lives near Asheville, NC. Before I read this I had already decided to support Tim Pawlenty if he can get the nomination. All this looks great to me! So, I am touting him among friends and acquaintences. Thanks for this article which I can send far and wide. Go Tim. Let's stay behind him.

November 07 2010 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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