News / USA

Pawlenty Takes First Step Toward US Presidential Bid

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (file photo)
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (file photo)

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has taken the first formal step toward a possible run for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination next year.  Pawlenty announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on Monday.

Pawlenty used social networking to announce the formation of his exploratory committee by posting a professionally produced video on his Facebook social networking page.

“There is a brighter future for America.  We know what we need to do: grow jobs, limit government spending and tackle entitlements [government pension, health care and welfare programs],” he said.

Pawlenty added that it was time for the people of the United States, in his words, to “take back our government.”

Setting up an exploratory committee is usually the first formal step toward a presidential bid and allows the prospective candidate to raise money and hire staff.

Pawlenty is the first major Republican contender to take the initial step of setting up an exploratory committee.

Pawlenty is 50-years-old and served as governor of Minnesota for eight years.  During that time, he was known for cutting billions of dollars from the state's budget deficit without raising taxes.

Pawlenty has been emphasizing his budget cutting experience in appearances before Republican voters in some of the early presidential contest states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

He recently spoke to a social conservative group in Iowa. We have a problem in Washington, D.C.  We have some of the leaders there who believe that the enormous, immoral debt in our country does not matter.  It matters!  Just because we followed Greece into democracy does not mean we follow them into bankruptcy!,” he said.

Pawlenty also talks about his Christian faith and his opposition to abortion - topics of interest for socially conservative voters who play a major role in some of the early Republican presidential contests in Iowa and South Carolina.

Recent public opinion surveys show Pawlenty with little support in what is expected to be a crowded Republican field.

Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown says it is possible that a relative unknown like Pawlenty could emerge from the 2012 Republican field because, at the moment, there is no clear front-runner for the party nomination.

But Brown adds that Pawlenty has a lot of work to do to get his name known outside of his home state of Minnesota.

“It may well be that the Republican primaries will produce a dark horse [a little known contender that makes an unexpectedly good showing], who might wind up being the nominee and who is basically unknown.  I’m sure if you went to a typical shopping mall in the United States and asked people who Tim Pawlenty or Mitch Daniels were, my guess is that you would get a lot of blank stares, he said.

Mitch Daniels is the Governor of Indiana and another possible Republican presidential contender:

Public opinion polls show that the potential Republican Party candidates with the most support include former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich.  All four are bunched near the top of most opinion surveys, even though none of them has officially declared his or her candidacy.

Several other lesser-known Republican contenders might also emerge in the months ahead.  Political analysts expect many of those interested in running for president next year to formally announce their intentions within the next few months.

You May Like

Brutality Eroding IS Financial Support

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says IS's penchant for publicizing beheadings, other brutal forms of punishment hurts group’s bottom line More

Studies: Climate Change a Factor in Disasters in Syria, California

The studies point to the possibility of clear and present dangers from a threat often considered to be far in the future More

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials and human rights organizations assert that Pakistani authorities are using deadly attack at school in Peshawar as pretext to push out Afghan refugees More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Kerry Seeks Assurances of Russian Non-Interference in Ukrainei
X
March 03, 2015 3:11 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that his country could face further consequences to what he called its “already strained economy” if Moscow does not fully comply with a cease-fire in Ukraine. The two met, on Monday, on the sidelines of a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, where Kerry outlined human rights violations in Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports from Geneva.
Video

Video Kerry Seeks Assurances of Russian Non-Interference in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that his country could face further consequences to what he called its “already strained economy” if Moscow does not fully comply with a cease-fire in Ukraine. The two met, on Monday, on the sidelines of a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, where Kerry outlined human rights violations in Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports from Geneva.
Video

Video Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIV

Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
Video

Video Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol

Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined to defend it. Patrick Wells reports from Mariupol.
Video

Video Moscow Restaurants Suffer in Bad Economy, Look for Opportunity

As low oil prices and Western sanctions force Russia's economy into recession, thousands of Moscow restaurants are expected to close their doors. Restaurant owners face rents tied to foreign currency, while rising food prices mean Russians are spending less when they dine out. One entrepreneur in Moscow has started a dinner kit delivery service for those who want to cook at home to save money but not skimp on quality. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video US, Cuba Report Progress in Latest Talks to Restore Ties

The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in Havana and Washington and iron out key obstacles to historic change. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.
Video

Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.
Video

Video NYC's Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Dining

New Yorkers take pride in setting world trends — in fashion, the arts and fine dining. The city’s famous biannual Restaurant Week plays a significant role in a booming tourism industry that sustains 359,000 jobs and generates $61 billion in yearly revenue. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
Video

Video Brookhaven at Cutting Edge of US Energy Research

Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and instability in the Middle East are driving debate in the U.S. about making America energy independent. Recently, the American Energy Innovation Council urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a priority. One beneficiary of increased energy spending would be the Brookhaven National Lab, where clean, renewable, efficient energy is the goal. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports.
Video

Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More