Posts Tagged ‘Tim Pawlenty’

Tim Pawlenty releases the first television advertisement of the 2012 presidential election. 

Ad transcript:

A lot of candidates will come to Iowa and say the same things. The question is, have they done it?
In a liberal state, I reduced spending in real terms for the first time,
Took on the government unions and won,
Appointed a conservative supreme court.
And passed health care reform the right way – no mandates, no takeovers.
If I can do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington.
I’m Tim Pawlenty, and I approved this message.”

The Daily Caller reports:

Television ads for Tim Pawlenty will begin running on Thursday in Iowa on Fox News Channel, making the former Minnesota governor the first candidate to place a large ad buy in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Politico’s Ben Smith first reported the story, and noted that the ads will run “starting tomorrow on Fox News with a buy just under $50,000 in the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Omaha, Ottumwa, Rochester, and Sioux City media markets. The ads will run from June 23rd to July 3rd.”

Pawlenty spokesperson Alex Conant previewed the tone the ads will take.

“Governor Pawlenty is well positioned to unite conservatives and do well in both Iowa and New Hampshire,” Conant emailed. “The soon-to-be-unveiled TV ads will introduce the Governor to Iowans about why he is the candidate with the strongest record and best results, not rhetoric.”

This commercial definitely fits Pawlenty’s style – not too flashy and straight to the point. In the short 30 second ad, he addresses his record of cut spending, battling unions, appointing conservative judges, and attacking Obamacare. All great points that conservative Iowans will love to hear. Unfortunately, the commercial is something that won’t excite anyone at first glance.

Also, T-Paw’s campaign stepped in and purchased the www.iowastrawpoll2011.com domain name and step up a great microsite. Props.

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It’s official! Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has jumped into the 2012 presidential race.

Tim Pawlenty‘s campaign reports:

In the third year of Barack Obama’s presidency, unemployment is at unbearable levels, gas and food prices are skyrocketing and federal government spending is out of control. “ObamaCare” is unconstitutional, and it is already driving up health costs — not reducing them.

The president’s policies simply aren’t working. And more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about the problems we’re facing and what it’s really going to take to get America back on the right track.

As a candidate for president, it would be easy for me to just tell the American people we can solve our debt crisis and fix our economy without making any tough choices. But we have now seen where that type of leadership gets us.

Leadership isn’t about fancy speeches and empty promises. It’s not about telling people just what they want to hear. It’s about telling the truth. Like too many Washington politicians, President Obama governs with an eye toward the next election, at the expense of the next generation. He would rather pretend there is no crisis and attack those who are willing to stand up and try to solve it rather than risk doing anything about it himself.


The problems facing our nation are severe. But we can overcome them. We will grow our economy if we shrink our government. We will create good jobs if we encourage job creators. And our children will be free to pursue their dreams if we rescue them from our debts.

Together, we will change our country, and this time, it really will be for the better.

Ever since the 2010 midterm elections ended, I have been a big fan of Pawlenty and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Unfortunately, I awoke to the news yesterday that Daniels decided to withdraw his name from the 2012 presidential election talks. This leaves a lot of room for other GOP hopefuls, including T-Paw.

On the political advertising side of his announcement, Pawlenty’s ads have been on fire ever since he has hinted at a presidential run. Although his “I’m going to tell you the truth” stance isn’t anything new for a politician, the introduction and outro of the ad were great. They definitely portrayed a humble candidate who is ready to take on President Obama and his campaign war-chest. I just hope Pawlenty can keep up with others in his own party.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s plans for 2012?

Answer: He’s running for re-election! I know, shocking right?

Don’t be confused folks. The video posted above is actually President Obama’s first political advertisement. Hot Air reports:

Barack Obama is running for President in 2012, but he may be the last person we’ll actually see on this campaign.  The Obama 2012 team released its first web ad this morning, but other than a couple of long-distance clips, Obama himself is nowhere to be seen.  Equally absent — any hint of issues or claims of accomplishments.

How much trouble does O-12 face? They couldn’t even find enough enthusiastic people to fill out a commercial. In 2008, it was all about the passion, and yet only one person even mentions this, and only to say that Obama’s too busy to work that magic again. One of the last voices we hear in the ad comes from a North Carolina man who admits that he doesn’t agree with Obama on “everything,” but that he “respects” Obama. Yes, that’s the kind of momentum one longs to see at the start of a presidential campaign.

The advertisement is so boring that some people are even comparing it to a DeVry University ad. Haha.

On the Republican side of things, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty released a rebuttal to President Obama’s campaign ad. Check it out below:

Now that’s more like it!

Also, the Republican National Committee launched their own ad along with a new landing page: HopeIsntHiring.com. In all honesty, the RNC needs to stay away from the gentlemen who did the narrating on that one, because he doesn’t fit the intensity of an attack ad.

Let the election season begin!

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Run Tim Pawlenty, run!

Politico reports:

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on Monday, taking the first concrete step toward a 2012 run. He made the announcement on Facebook, posting a video with the dramatic camera angles and crescendoing music that we have come to expect from the former governor. Pawlenty made a post on his Facebook wall this morning telling visitors to return at 3 p.m. for a special announcement. In keeping with the theatrics of the video, a countdown clock ticked down the seconds until the announcement.

Obviously this was not a surprise to those who have been paying attention to the political scene on a regular basis, but it was important that Tim Pawlenty threw his name in the ring as a presidential candidate before any of the other bigger names. Unfortunately for T-Paw, the news of his formation of a presidential exploratory committee has the potential of quickly fading out relevance  due to the 24/7 news cycle and chaotic events occurring around the globe.

On the bright of it all, Tim Pawlenty’s political advertisements are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait for more to come in the future!

Right now, Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels are the two realistic candidates I have my eye on for the 2012 presidential race.

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Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty presents… Courage to Stand.

I realize this advertisement is for Gov. Pawlenty’s brand new book Courage to Stand and his Freedom First political action committee, but if this does not get you excited about the upcoming presidential primary season then I do not know what will.

I do not know for sure, but it seems like this advertisement was created by the same person (or firm) that did the Republican Governor Association’s advertisements during the 2010 midterm election cycle.

Unfortunately, Gov. Pawlenty is behind in the recent polls, but there is plenty of time to catch up… Or match the charisma of this ad.

Click here to purchase Gov. Pawlenty’s new book.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the CATO Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors in 2010?

Answer: The only A Students were South Carolina’s Mark Sanford (R), Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal (R), Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty (R), and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin (D).

This report was originally released back in September 2010 when I was interning at the National Republican Senatorial Republican Senatorial (NRSC) so I never had the time to blog about the report’s findings. Fortunately, I was just reminded of this detailed and fascinating report, because Nick Gillespie – from Reason Magazine – recently sat down with Chris Edwards, the CATO Institute’s director of tax policy studies, for an interview.

Here is the CATO Institute’s introduction to its recent Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors in 2010:

State governments have had to make tough budget choices in recent years. Tax revenues have stagnated as a result of the poor economy, and that has prompted governors to take a variety of fiscal actions to close large budget gaps. Some governors have cut spending to balance their budgets, while others have pursued large tax increases.

That is the backdrop to this 10th biennial fiscal report card of the governors, which examines state budget actions since 2008. It uses statistical data to grade the governors on their taxing and spending records — governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades, while those who have increased taxes and spending the most receive the lowest grades.

Here are the only four governors to receive an A:

And here are the not-so-lucky seven governors to receive a F:

Quite frankly, I am not shocked to see a majority of the failed governors coming out of the Democratic Party. After all, tax and spend are their two favorite words when it comes to public policy (Joe Manchin being an exception).

Personally, I recommend that you read the entire report, but the three individuals I am most focused on are the top three Republicans who received an A: Mark Sanford of South Carolina, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. Why? It’s simple… They are (or were) potential candidates for the 2012 presidential election.

Mark Sanford, one of the biggest supporters of spending restraint and pro-growth tax reforms, used to be my top pick to go up against President Obama in the upcoming 2012 election. Unfortunately, my high-hopes were crushed when the governor decided to mysteriously disappear to go hookup with his Argentinean mistress. Either way, I think other Republican governors and potential candidates could learn a lot about spending restraints from Gov. Sanford’s record.

Bobby Jindal is another Republican governor who has been strong on tax and spending policies. Although his policies have remained consistently strong, I lost all interest in him as a presidential candidate after his boring and uninspiring response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. That mindset, however, has slowly changed over the past two years. Jindal’s response to the Gulf oil disaster has shown that he can be a true leader. It will be interesting to see if he decides to run in 2012.

Lastly, there is Tim Pawlenty who is currently one of my top picks to run against President Obama in 2012. The man has done a remarkable job in Minnesota which is not known for its Republican-friendly political environment. Even with Minnesota’s left leaning legislature, Pawlenty has been able to cut spending during a recession and has refused to raise taxes on his constituents. Unfortunately, as it stands right now, Pawlenty is currently an underdog compared to other top Republican candidates, such as Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney. Personally, I remain optimistic and think he can compete with the other top Republican candidates… Only time will tell.

If you would like the check out the rest of the Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors in 2010, click here.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the entire Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend?

Answer: A lot of good speeches by today’s top conservative figures.

Frisk A Liberal.com now has them all in one place:




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