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Pawlenty Stands Behind O’Donnell, Hints at 2012

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) appeared this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where he remained coy about his decision to run for president in 2012 but stuck to

Elisa Mueller
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 29, 2010

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) appeared this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he remained coy about his decision to run for president in 2012 but stuck to his guns in his support for Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell:

Brzezinski: “Do you think that some or all of the Tea Party candidates are reasonable Republicans? And I guess specifically I ask about Christine O’Donnell. Is she a reasonable candidate?”

Pawlenty: “Well I think in that case, Mika, she was selected by the Republican voters of Delaware in an open and fair primary. I know people are concerned about some of her comments and she’s addressing those and we’ll know more about that as it comes out. But from my standpoint if a state in an open and fair process picks somebody as their candidate, you know from a Republican standpoint, I’m going to give that person deference and say, ‘You’re part of the team. We’re with you.’”

Pawlenty insists he’ll make the decision about 2012 after his Minnesota governorship ends in January, but he’s making a number of “presidential” moves today that seem to indicate his intentions. Politico’s Mike Allen reports that he has officially signed with the speaking agency Leading Authorities to handle his engagements in 2011, and his book publisher has launched a website and video to begin pre-selling his biographical book, “Courage To Stand,” due out on January 11.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.


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