Democrats pounce on Pawlenty for allegedly misstating when his campaign began
The Iowa Democratic Party admonished GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty for comments made during an interview with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board that this week was the first week the former Minnesota Governor had started “campaigning in earnest.”
Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky was critical of Pawlenty’s statement because the Governor has been in running for president for just over six weeks.
“If Tim Pawlenty wasn’t campaigning ‘in earnest’ what exactly was he doing?” Dvorsky said through a party spokeswoman. “What about his claims of telling the ‘hard truths’? What about the staff, time and resources he has devoted to the state? What about the ads he began running weeks ago? What about announcing his candidacy right here in Des Moines?”
Eric Woolson, an advisor on Pawlenty’s campaign, said the campaign had no response to the IDP.
Pawlenty made his bid for the White House official in late May, atop the Iowa Historical Building in downtown Des Moines, and recently launched a new ad, “It Begins Here,” featuring the former Governor meeting voters in Iowa.
He is also believed to have made the most stops in Iowa on the campaign trail, second to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn); Pawlenty spent three days in Iowa this week, holding town hall meetings in Clear Lake, the Des Moines area and in eastern Iowa.
Pawlenty, a former prosecutor, is not considered a frontrunner in the Hawkeye State or in early primary state New Hampshire, and is drawing in less cash than some of his opponents.
A poll last month from The Des Moines Register placed Pawlenty with six percent of support among Republicans, paling in comparison to rival U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s (R-Minn) 22 percent, and national favorite, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney‘s 23 percent.
In New Hampshire, Pawlenty’s popularity was placed at three percent.