Skip to comments.APNewsBreak: 2012 dropout Pawlenty a no for Senate
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."
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VP prospect. Perry/Pawlenty would not surprise me.
Go back to whatever private business you had experience in prior to running for President.
Hopefully its not in sales or P.R.
Wouldn’t count on it. He didn’t last long in the process.
I’m surprised at this. He would be an excellent and well-placed candidate for this race.
Maybe he'll join a PI firm that specializes in investigating election fraud ... :^)
He was a good governor. I would really like to see him run against Psychodad Dayton in 2014.
I’m going to have nightmares about that!
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.
So was Perry a ‘no’ for president.
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.
If Perry is nominated, he will need to go to the right, not the left.
Tim “The Personality” Pawlenty ping.
Against Obama? He’s right enough on his own.
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.
Good. We don’t like you Tim.
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.
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.
Where’d you get that information?
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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.