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Tim Pawlenty Declares Presidential Campaign: Do You Like Him?

Politics 2011/05/23 17:13:55
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And another Republican candidate joins the ranks.

Tim Pawlenty formally opened his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday with a sharp critique of President Obama's policies, leadership and character.

Announcing his candidacy in Iowa, Pawlenty focused most of his speech on Obama.

“President Obama’s policies have failed, but more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about what it’s really going to take to get out of the mess we’re in,” Pawlenty said. “I’m going to take a different approach. I am going to tell you the truth.”

Pawlenty also made a controversial statement about ethanol, saying that federal subsidies of it should be phased out.

Are you a fan of Tim Pawlenty?

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  • rt shadow76 2011/05/27 01:33:10
    rt
    Agree. They say lobbyist came after the newly elected tea party people and converted them into puppets the first month they were in office. Money and lobbyist corrupt some of the most well meaning politicians.
  • shadow76 rt 2011/06/05 11:00:51
    shadow76
    I believe that, money and power all of a sudden people who are famous are talking to you! And you feel important.
  • rt shadow76 2011/06/05 15:35:52
    rt
    Some of them don't even realize or maybe just don't want to believe that the money and power are effecting the way they think.
  • WolfEyes rt 2011/05/24 21:30:51
    WolfEyes
    if he used any stimulus money, then it was put to good use for a change.
  • rt WolfEyes 2011/05/25 00:34:03
    rt
    All of the states, even those with Republican governors that were complaining about it, used it to balance their budgets the last two years while the economy had a chance to recover somewhat. It isn't there anymore and it seems almost all the states are having problems now.
  • WolfEyes shadow76 2011/05/24 21:29:28
    WolfEyes
    he's more con , than romney.
  • Karang 2011/05/24 14:34:49
    Yes
    Karang
    +2
    I wouldn't call myself a fan, but anyone with any common sense and a basic understanding of the Constitution as it was intended by the founding fathers is preferable to the big government socialism that we are being subjected to these days. Here is an official prediction. If people give fiscally responsible candidates control of the House and Senate, then elect someone who is not a socialist to the presidency, Unemployment will be under 8% by the end of the first year, and back at the 5.8% to 6.1 % that it was during most of the Clinton and Bush presidencies.
  • Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA 2011/05/24 14:34:37
    Undecided
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I'd like him a lot more if he would come out in favor of THE FAIRTAX!

    favor fairtax FAIRTAX
  • Scout 2011/05/24 14:01:33
    No
    Scout
    +1
    Just another player in the vast corrupt DC power mafia.
  • HappiestGirl 2011/05/24 13:57:27
    Undecided
    HappiestGirl
    I don't know enough about him to say for sure.
  • Omnibus Annie 2011/05/24 13:52:02
    Yes
    Omnibus Annie
    Sure I like him but he is a dead fish sitting next to Obama. He is not charismatic enough to defeat Obama. I expect he'll be weeded out.
  • Deborah Omnibus... 2011/05/24 16:08:03
    Deborah
    +2
    this is a celebrity based mentality that vote for Obama just because he can speechify
  • Omnibus... Deborah 2011/05/24 20:04:50
    Omnibus Annie
    That's true and because "the celebrity" in this country lay down the ground rules, we all have to play by them. If the GOP candidate isn't charismatic enough, they won't win. Sad but factual.
  • Arclight 2011/05/24 13:41:53
    Yes
    Arclight
    Things are so twisted at the top of our governance right now I just want to reverse out of all that "great change" we were waiting for (and still are) and see Obama on a bus back to Chi-Town in 2012. I would take a chance on anyone to see the O-Man go away. That means this doofus (he's a pol isn't he). It just doesn't matter. Anyone but who's there now!
  • Tuna 2011/05/24 13:10:30
    Undecided
    Tuna
    Isn't Minnesota, Minneapolis & St. Paul, the Muslim capital of the USA? That bothers me about Pawlenty and Bachman. minnesota minneapolis paul muslim capital usa bothers pawlenty bachman minneapolis muslims
  • Q Tuna 2011/05/24 15:58:02
    Q
    +1
    I suspect you are confusing Minnesota with Michigan?

    Michigan has the second-largest Arab community outside the Middle East, after Paris. About 300,000 people of Arab descent live in southeast Michigan, including significant numbers of Iraqi, Lebanese, Yemeni, and Palestinian Americans. Almost two-thirds of the population were born in the United States, and 40 percent of those born outside of the country have moved here since 1980, according to data from the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Web site,, and the Detroit News. Demographers estimate that more than 8 million Muslims live in the United States, making them the second-largest religious community in the country. About half of Arab Americans are Muslim, while the other half identify themselves as Christian.
    http://pn.psychiatryonline.or...
  • Tuna Q 2011/05/24 17:04:26
    Tuna
    Minneapolis is where the Muslim taxi drivers practice Sharia in their cab business. Most of them will not pick up blacks; women in attire they do not approve of, etc., etc.
  • Q Tuna 2011/05/24 17:32:16 (edited)
    Q
    I was not aware of that, that sounds like a discrimination civil lawsuit waiting to happen?

    All I could find online was that they refused to take people who bought alcohol from the duty free shops at the airport, blind people with seeing eye dogs and women with bare midriffs, in fact most are black themselves from Somalia?

    Too bad they are not required to Identify themselves as Muslims with special lights or signs so people could choose whether or not they want to use their services or not, call it whats good for the goose is good for the gander I guess?
  • MadAsHEck Q 2011/05/24 17:44:01
    MadAsHEck
    I would imagine that you cannot sue them for discrimination. They will claim it is their Religious Right. Which is how Stealth Jihad works, and is coming to a city near you.

    Michigan has the second-largest Arab community outside the Middle East, after Paris. About 300,000 people of Arab descent live in southeast Michigan, including significant numbers of Iraqi, Lebanese, Yemeni, and Palestinian Americans. Almost two-thirds of the population were born in the United States, and 40 percent of those born outside of the country have moved here since 1980, according to data from the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) Web site,, and the Detroit News.

    Two-thirds of Arab Americans in the United States speak fluent English, and three-quarters use Arabic language media to keep informed. More than 90 percent of Arab Americans have close friends or family in the Middle East, and almost 65 percent have traveled there.

    Demographers estimate that more than 8 million Muslims live in the United States, making them the second-largest religious community in the country. About half of Arab Americans are Muslim, while the other half identify themselves as Christian. In the past few decades, Islam has become the fastest-growing religion in the United States.
  • MadAsHEck Tuna 2011/05/24 17:41:47
    MadAsHEck
    +1
    I know they were trying to get that passed, but did it really get through?
  • MadAsHEck Tuna 2011/05/24 17:39:14
    MadAsHEck
    +1
    It's Michigan Muslim capitol of the USA, and Dearborne that has a Muslim Chief of P{olice.
  • WolfEyes Tuna 2011/05/24 21:33:47
    WolfEyes
    no it's Detroit Mi.
  • MadAsHEck WolfEyes 2011/05/24 23:08:50
    MadAsHEck
    http://sixthcolumn.blogspot.c...

    http://www.planetizen.com/nod...

    MICHIGAN MUSLIM CAPITOL DAY: Or how to make Michigan even more Islam compliant than it already is:
    http://barenakedislam.wordpre...
  • WolfEyes MadAsHEck 2011/05/24 23:10:43
    WolfEyes
    sad isn't it :(
  • cheshirewayne 2011/05/24 13:01:06
    Undecided
    cheshirewayne
    I don't know enough about him yet. Is he going to seal his past so we can't learn who he really is?
  • sockpuppet 2011/05/24 12:15:44
    Yes
    sockpuppet
    +2
    He's electable... unlike most of the nut jobs we've seen
    flirting with the notion of running.
  • JimTheGeek 2011/05/24 12:14:46
    No
    JimTheGeek
    +2
    The Truth? - the polls show that 53% of Minnesotans won't vote for him for President. He won't even carry his own state.
    - There can be NO debt reduction w/o some tax increase. How about a 1% tax on all financial/stock market transactions. This alone would do wonders for our National debt.
  • sockpuppet JimTheGeek 2011/05/24 12:20:12
    sockpuppet
    Man, I hate even thinking about taxes, new or otherwise.
    HOWEVER... you might have something there, on taxing
    Wall Street.

    I wouldn't extend it to banking, though... interest is down to
    about half of your proposed rate of 1%!
  • JimTheGeek sockpuppet 2011/05/24 12:24:57
    JimTheGeek
    +1
    Right...I'm not exactly sure how to word that to keep everyday banking transactions out of it.
  • sockpuppet JimTheGeek 2011/05/24 12:41:34
    sockpuppet
    Even so, a tax like this would bring in a lot of revenue
    AND have a much-needed corrective effect on the markets.

    Interesting... thanks!
  • MadAsHEck sockpuppet 2011/05/24 17:50:11
    MadAsHEck
    +1
    Actually Taxation in the big picture reduces revenue. If you tax the Rich, they reduce their investments, thereby reducing the overall income.

    Why companies now are not hiring, they are taxed plenty now, and threatening to be taxed even more. Most of the new jobs are not in the private sector, but the Government sector.

    Just like in our state they advocated folks buying fuel efficient cars. So we did. Now they are trying to add a fee for low MPG cars to the licensing to make up for the loss in fuel tax revenue. So I who drive a Prius getting 49 MPG will pay a higher fee than say a Big 4X4 SUV getting 24 MPG.
  • JimTheGeek sockpuppet 2011/05/26 15:18:32
    JimTheGeek
    Oh, but it couldn't be called a tax; it would have to be a fee!
  • Tuna JimTheGeek 2011/05/24 13:15:33
    Tuna
    +1
    You must be the only one that received those poll results, LOL !!! It's not a taxation problem; it's an out-of-control government spending problem. The inexperienced POTUS has been told a million times that you can't borrow & spend money to get out of debt; he didn't listen, it's gotten worse in 3 years not better.
  • Tuna JimTheGeek 2011/05/24 13:19:08
    Tuna
    I finally found that USA poll dated March 6, 2009; read much??????????
  • Romanknite 2011/05/24 11:04:00
    No
    Romanknite
    Pawlenty is saying what he must, but in my opinion, there will be no Cons president, because people don't want there medicare taken away from them. I know Americans no matter what political lable want medicare tampered with, or SS. Even the ones who do agree with Ryan are just showing there support, they really don't want it neither, but they just want to fit in. Thumbs down to Pawlenty.
  • susan Romanknite 2011/05/24 15:28:35
    susan
    Please do a little more research about Paul Ryan's budget proposals. While the spinners would like to make you believe that he is proposing taking medicare away, he is not. Instead, he is proposing putting medicare on a more sound fiscal footing in the FUTURE to assure that it can really provide the necessary support for the retirees..
  • Deborah susan 2011/05/24 16:10:29
    Deborah
    +1
    He has a great plan but the Democrats keep showing pictures to stupid people of granny going off a cliff when it would not affect people on Medicare right now or for the next 10 tears,. The dems pander to the most gullible and stupid moronic people in America.
  • Romanknite Deborah 2011/05/25 12:51:15
    Romanknite
    Well isn't this calling the kettle black, that's what you cons did with the health care bill, you ran all kinds of death panel ads, when you tasted your own medicine, it tents to be very nasty doesn't it.
  • Romanknite susan 2011/05/25 12:48:23
    Romanknite
    The question is who is going to ensure a 80 yr old person with a Medicare Voucher? Suppose their Med bill is 60,000 and their voucher is only worth 15,000 what do they do then? Are you comfortable using a voucher when you reach Medicare age?
  • susan Romanknite 2011/05/25 14:35:25
    susan
    Do you have any idea how Medicare works now? Do you have any idea how Medicaid works? How about the Medicare Supplement plans that cover the 20% of medical bills that are not covered by Medicare now? Any idea about prescription drugs that are not covered by Medicare now and what Plan D drug coverage costs and how it works? Sometime sit down with someone who is on Medicare (anyone over the age of 65 is required to enroll). Go through what they pay for the various parts of Medicare now and how much of their medical bills are covered.
    The big problem is that most seniors still pay more for health coverage now than their employer did when they were employed, and the system is still going broke.
    No, I don't want to end Medicare (nor do I want to end Social Security) but it is essential that the tough questions and the costs of these programs be addressed for future recipients NOW. Paul Ryan has addressed the issue and provided a starting point for discussion; the Dems still have their heads in the sand and are trying to ignore the problem, hoping it will magically go away.

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