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APNewsBreak: 2012 dropout Pawlenty a no for Senate
Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:27 PM EDT | BRIAN BAKST

Posted on 08/17/2011 12:41:39 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday definitively ruled out a 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate after ending his Republican bid for the White House a few days ago.

Some Republicans, including state GOP chairman Tony Sutton, were hoping Pawlenty would get right back into the ring and take on freshman Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar next year.

"I don't know what I will be doing next," Pawlenty said in an email to The Associated Press. "However, I will not be running against Amy in 2012."

(Excerpt) Read more at centurylink.net ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: amyklobuchar; klobuchar; nospine; pawlenty; timpawlenty; tpaw; ussenate

1 posted on 08/17/2011 12:41:47 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

VP prospect. Perry/Pawlenty would not surprise me.


2 posted on 08/17/2011 12:43:17 PM PDT by Huck (Read Antifederalist Brutus)
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To: Hunton Peck

Good.

Go back to whatever private business you had experience in prior to running for President.

Hopefully its not in sales or P.R.


3 posted on 08/17/2011 12:43:23 PM PDT by ZULU (McConnell and Boehner are the Judas and Ephialtes of the 21st Century)
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To: Huck

Wouldn’t count on it. He didn’t last long in the process.


4 posted on 08/17/2011 12:49:39 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Why does so few (IA, NH, SC) decide so much?)
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To: Hunton Peck

I’m surprised at this. He would be an excellent and well-placed candidate for this race.


5 posted on 08/17/2011 12:50:02 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: ZULU
Hopefully its not in sales or P.R.

Maybe he'll join a PI firm that specializes in investigating election fraud ... :^)

6 posted on 08/17/2011 12:51:00 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Hunton Peck

He was a good governor. I would really like to see him run against Psychodad Dayton in 2014.


7 posted on 08/17/2011 12:51:00 PM PDT by Parmenio
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To: Huck

LOL

I’m going to have nightmares about that!


8 posted on 08/17/2011 12:51:57 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: americanophile

The parallels with Lamar Alexander strike me. ambitious ex-Governor drops out of pres race after dismal Iowa straw poll, thinks he’s only suited to be executive branch, but Senate seat presents itself: Finally finds happiness.


9 posted on 08/17/2011 12:53:55 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: Hunton Peck

So was Perry a ‘no’ for president.


10 posted on 08/17/2011 12:54:36 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Hunton Peck

I don’t think he’d fare well against Knoblauch anyhow. She’s not one of those lefty bomb throwers, comes off as moderate; and she’s pretty popular in Minnesota.

Plus in a presidential run with Obama on ticket (in a liberal state) the headwinds would be against Pawlenty.

I bet he waits til 2014 to take on Al Franken.


11 posted on 08/17/2011 12:54:39 PM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: Huck
VP prospect. Perry/Pawlenty would not surprise me.

If Perry is nominated, he will need to go to the right, not the left.

12 posted on 08/17/2011 1:01:17 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: MplsSteve

Tim “The Personality” Pawlenty ping.


13 posted on 08/17/2011 1:01:25 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Prokopton

Against Obama? He’s right enough on his own.


14 posted on 08/17/2011 1:02:20 PM PDT by Huck (Read Antifederalist Brutus)
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To: Huck

That could be the ticket. T-Paw excites no one but would be acceptable to pretty much everyone. A great pick for someone like Perry.

A nominee like Romney would have to go for someone as conservative as Mike Lee.


15 posted on 08/17/2011 1:09:44 PM PDT by RIRed
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To: Hunton Peck

Good. We don’t like you Tim.


16 posted on 08/17/2011 1:23:06 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: RIRed

Yeah, and Perry was talking real nice about him the other day. That’s when it first occurred to me. Tpaw is not pure alpha, so he’d make a good second banana. Wouldn’t run off at the mouth or get off script. Could probably handle an interview with Katie Couric, too.


17 posted on 08/17/2011 1:23:38 PM PDT by Huck (Read Antifederalist Brutus)
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To: Huck
VP prospect. Perry/Pawlenty would not surprise me.

Pawlenty was running the Minnesota attack on Bachmann for Romney. He was hoping for a VP slot by taking her down. When he failed and Perry got into the race, he wisely got out.

18 posted on 08/17/2011 1:25:08 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: 11th Commandment

Where’d you get that information?


19 posted on 08/17/2011 1:29:54 PM PDT by Huck (Read Antifederalist Brutus)
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To: Huck
Could probably handle an interview with Katie Couric, too.

Snap!

20 posted on 08/17/2011 7:05:56 PM PDT by newzjunkey (12yo's consent law, AB499 (Atkins), passed the CA Asm 50-25, Sen vote next.)
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21 posted on 08/18/2011 9:17:39 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: nhwingut

Word is that Pawlenty wants to take out Dayton in 2014 and Norm Coleman wants a rerun against Franken.

Pawlenty won’t be VP with Perry or Romney. Minnesota just isn’t in play, and notwithstanding his many attributes, Pawlenty proved he cannot carry water outside of Minnesota.

Kasich or Portman is a good vp possibility with Perry. He needs someone experienced and from the north.

Romney would choose Rubio as vp. He needs Hispanic voters and shore up his right flank.

Perry and Romney have opposite needs in their vp selection.


22 posted on 08/18/2011 11:48:52 AM PDT by mwl8787
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