September 20, 2012 Tim Pawlenty's resignation as co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign comes less than seven weeks before Election Day and during a bad stretch for the candidate.
July 27, 2012 Beth Myers gave shout-outs to several of Mitt Romney's potential running mates. And then several more.
September 12, 2011 Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who dropped out of race following his poor showing in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa in August, endorsed Romney Monday. The endorsement is getting big play on former Massachusetts governor's campaign website.
August 13, 2011 Michele Bachmann, in contrast to Pawlenty's low-key delivery, took the stage, microphone in hand, stressed her Iowa roots, and pronounced the state the "pace car" of the 2012 election. For Tim Pawlenty, the speech was about who could win in 2012. For Bachmann, it was about what judges she'd appoint when she's in the White House.
August 11, 2011 In the Iowa debate, Mitt Romney, the frontrunner, will likely stick tightly on his message,which is that President Obama has failed to lead, and his approach, which is to play it safe. It's a traditional frontrunner's strategy against an incumbent president of the opposite party.
July 28, 2011 Mitt Romney continues to keep a relatively low profile in the national debate over the debt-ceiling which has fit his general strategy at this phase of the race of not raising his presidential campaign profile too high.
July 6, 2011 Such rootedness to a single place would be a fairly common occurrence in, say, the 18th and 19th centuries. But people who have the kind of success Pawlenty has — becoming governor of one a large Midwestern state — tend to be a bit more migratory than Pawlenty as they get schooling and establish their careers.
June 22, 2011 Obama may be vulnerable to a Republican, but it is hard to see him as vulnerable to any Republican in particular. The one exception is Romney.
June 17, 2011 The ideal competitor to a frontrunner considered a flip flopper would arguably be someone who could boast of consistency. Tim Pawlenty may eventually be able to make that claim. But consistency isn't exactly the word that comes to mind right now when considering the former Minnesota governor.
June 14, 2011 It will be months before Republican voters actually choose their party's presidential nominee. But Obama's re-election team can't wait that long; they've already winnowed the Republican field down to the three GOP candidates they most fear.
June 14, 2011 So the question is, what happened? Pawlenty had teed up the attack and failed to follow through. Did he get cold feet? Did the party big wigs get to him and tell him to back off? Does he want to be Romney's vice presidential pick?
May 24, 2011 Mondale, like Pawlenty, saw himself as delivering hard truths to voters in 1984. The former Democratic vice president tried to deny the Republican Reagan a second term by admitting he'd raise taxes to close yawning budget deficits. Reagan annihilated him.
May 24, 2011 Stories end up in certain spots on newspapers' pages for all sorts of reasons — how important they are; what time they break; how long they need to be. St. Paul's Pioneer Press had a rather unfortunate juxtaposition Monday.
May 23, 2011 Pawlenty has asserted that health care overhaul legislation passed by Congress last year "violates the U.S. Constitution." Like many opponents of the law, he argues that the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance coverage is a federal government "power grab."