Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty Says He Is Worse Off Than He Is

It’s always a bad sign when a candidate for President of the United States makes the case that he is actually doing worse in the polls than he is. Here is Tim Pawlenty on Fox News Sunday:

CHRIS WALLACE: You, as we just said, are third in the polls now, somewhat distant, but you are third. Don’t you have to finish at least third in Ames

Pawlenty’s Hope

It remains entirely possible, despite his summer slump, that Tim Pawlenty will win Iowa, and all the attendant money and momentum that comes with that feat. Hiring the daughter-slash-political-advisor of Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa in 2008, probably helps a little bit. If it means that Pawlenty may be lining up an endorsement from Huck …

Pawlenty Finds His Hawkish Voice

Tim Pawlenty looked to turn the page on his summer slump Tuesday morning with a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations bashing Barack Obama — and elements of his own party — over the course of U.S. foreign policy.

Titled “No Retreat From Freedom’s Rise,” Pawlenty’s speech aspired to be a Reaganesque declaration of American …

Tim Pawlenty’s Summer Slump

Tim Pawlenty’s summer is off to a rough start. His campaign kickoff in late May was well-received and also well-timed, coming just after Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels each decided not to seek the Republican nomination, and …

Can Pawlenty Win Iowa?

The Weekly Standard‘s Steve Hayes visits the state and poses the critical question. Hayes doesn’t offer much in the way of a convincing answer, but his story has one very good insight. Hayes seems sympathetic to T-Paw, but also less than dazzled, and notes that, at times, “Pawlenty sounds more like a strategist than a candidate.” That …

“Pizzazz” Trumps Record?

After receiving an “A” from the Cato institute in 2010 for his record as governor of Minnesota, you might think that members of the libertarian think tank would be excited by the prospect that Tim Pawlenty, who outperformed Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour in that basic policy test last year, remains in the running for the 2012 Republican …

Pawlenty’s Torpedo of Truth

“Truth” is the theme of Tim Pawlenty’s campaign kickoff this week, and while much of his message isn’t taboo shattering–the former Minnesota governor’s warnings about the debt and so-far-vague talk of reforming entitlements aren’t particularly audacious–his challenge to the politically sacrosanct $7 billiion in annual federal subsidies …

What Pawlenty Said

The Democratic National Committee has been having fun with my recent profile of Tim Pawlenty–specifically by bashing him, as this video does, for allegedly responding “I don’t know, I wish I had a good answer for you” when I asked him why he’s running for President.

But that’s a distortion of our exchange.

Pawlenty’s Moment

Tim Pawlenty has already been running for President for weeks and even months now. But candidates nowadays stretch out the process of announcing their candidacies into as many incremental steps as possible, including the establishment of a “leadership” PAC and an exploratory committee. Pawlenty even had to take back an unintentional

Grading Pawlenty’s Progress

In a typically fine column, Josh Green notes that Tim Pawlenty’s Tea Party speech this past Friday didn’t get nearly the attention of speeches in recent days by Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.

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