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Pawlenty announces presidential run in web video

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"tells the American people the truth"

Where did I hear that before? More transparency too? I love when politicians promise to moon.

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What has this clown ever really done for the American people.

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He's lucid, his sentences parse, he eschews subtly racist remarks and his eyes lack the fanatical gleam of the lunatic fringe. He'll have a hard time appealing to the Republican base.

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Most people here don't know Pawlenty enough to judge either way yet.

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He is, at least, a serious candidate. (More than could be said of some.)

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These are sad, sad times to be a conservative in America.

Almost everyone is bailing on them. Clearly too afraid that taking on Obama will mean the end of their careers, in fact, probably political suicide.

But I thought Obama was a 'bad' president??

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Name is vaguely familiar, but I know zip about him, so I'll agree with you, lostfune2, on my behalf. I do expect many others are better informed than I am though.

It's hard to imagine anyone who would be a bigger hypocrite than Newt or a bigger clown than Trump (who sadly threw his towel in, rather than his hat). Is this fellow on the Mitt Romeny, "actual contender" end of the scale?

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What happened to Ms. Palin?

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What happened to Ms. Palin?

She is running on charisma fumes, but even the true believers are staring to realize that the White House is not in the cards. It appears she's establishing residence in Arizona and may declare candidacy for that state's vacant U.S. Senate seat next year. I'm not sure Arizonans will take the bait.

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Heh, seems like the Republican deathgrip on a total electoral flameout in 2012 is getting tighter by the day.

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Minnesota is home to a lot of flakes (no other way to explain Gov. Jesse Ventura) but Pawlenty has a chance.Withuot his teleprompter Obama has problems.

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sushisake3:"These are sad, sad times to be a conservative in America."

Times are bad for everyone.85 percent of university grads moving back home after they finish their studies.Unprecedented misery.A whole generation's lives put on hold. Black unemployment at record highs.Both the groups I mention went strong for Obama in 08. But the change they got doesn't put food on the table or buy gas.

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Lieberman2012 - "85 percent of university grads moving back home after they finish their studies.Unprecedented misery.A whole generation's lives put on hold. Black unemployment at record highs.Both the groups I mention went strong for Obama in 08. But the change they got doesn't put food on the table or buy gas."

And I'm sure the GOP plan of slashing Medicare, shuttering social programs and cutting funding for education, health and the environment is going to be a huge help to these folks....

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sushisake3:"And I'm sure the GOP plan of slashing Medicare, shuttering social programs and cutting funding for education, health and the environment is going to be a huge help to these folks...."

Luckily, voters can simply examine the candidate's record.Something they couldn't do with Obama, who brought no real mangerial experience to the Office of President, and mostly voted 'present' in his short stint as senator from now virtually bankrupt Illinois.

But if you don't like Pawlenty hey don't vote for him.I don't think I will.

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Pawlenty doesn't stand a chance. He couldn't even win re-election to Minnesota governor without lying and cheating during his campaign againgst Mike Hatch.

If he had to do that just to become governor of Minnesota, how is he supposed to become president?

Just another in republican clown parade.

Taka

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I don't understand how anyone could have the audacity to run against President Obama. It will be a humiliating defeat for whoever challenges him.

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I don't understand how anyone could have the audacity to run against President Obama.

Heh, everyone I know shares your vision of $5-a-gallon unleaded, 10 percent unemployment and $1.5T annual deficits.

RR

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RR - Heh, everyone knows it's going to take most of President Obama's two terms to fix the mess left behind by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. Pawlenty doesn't stand a chance.

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"You won’t hear empty promises, you’ll hear solutions.”

Oh, yeah? Like what, T-Paw? Do you support ending Medicare and replacing it with a voucher program? (That's no solution.)

I'm betting that the Minnesota Milquetoast has no solutions, and that Iowa will be for him what it is for most Republican candidates: a roach motel where they check in sane and come out crazy -- if they come out at all.

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RR - "$5-a-gallon unleaded, 10 percent unemployment and $1.5T annual deficits."

The GOP Midas Touch. I know you must be proud to have voted to help create it. :-)

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The former two-term governor brags that he “moved our Democratic state in a conservative direction.”

I wouldn't brag about taking Minnesota from being number 1 in the nation in education and leaving it at number 13. I wouldn't brag about taking the state that ranked number 1 in the Morgan Quinto state rankings and leaving it ranked number 7.

Granted, Tim-meh had only one direction to go, and it was down. But he did it so well. His legacy will always be the 35W bridge collapse. Minnesota was known for its infrastructure too. Not any more.

So yeah Tim-meh, you made Minnesota more conservative all right, as in worse.

Taka

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Correction, Minnesota dropped from number 1 to number 2 in livability under Tim-meh.

Not as bad of a drop as I previously stated.

Taka

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The former two-term governor brags that he “moved our Democratic state in a conservative direction.”

Yep, after Tim-meh, Minnesota elected Sen. Amy Klobachar (D) and Sen. Al Franken (D) (liberal).

So, he can't even make that boast after all. Poor Tim-meh.

Taka

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Oh, and Governor Mark Dayton (D) too.

Taka

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Pawlenty was shown praising Paul Ryan for having the courage to put forward a plan to eliminate Medicare for all Americans under the age of 55, while gutlessly moon-walking and back-pedaling away from it. I guess he agrees with Newt Gingrich that it's radical right-wing social engineering.

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Among the Republicans who have taken formal steps toward a White House campaign are former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney,

Romney's such a clown that he expects people to be too dumb to recall that he thought that Detroit should go bankrupt and was opposed to government loans -- but now, since the loans were successful and GM and Chrysler are making profits again, Mitt is actually trying to take credit. His spokesperson actually claimed that the bailout was Mitt's idea.

I guess if a person is dumb enough to believe that, they're ideally positioned to vote for Mitt.

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