Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty placed a distant third place in the Iowa Straw Poll behind Michele Bachmann No. 1 and Ron Paul No. 2. This morning Pawlenty announced he is ending his presidential aspirations. In my opinion, the odd thing about Pawlenty’s campaign is that he only showed vigor when he went after Bachmann in negative ways that didn’t always seem to be honest rhetoric. See a video below.
Pawlenty has a good track record for governance but couldn’t spark an interest in his campaign. He isn’t a dynamic speaker and when he did show passion, twice it was negative and directed toward fellow-Minnesotan, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
Pawlenty basically called Bachmann a liar when he accused her of a “record of making false statements,” after she called him out for instituting a form of Cap and Trade in Minnesota, and wanting a health care mandate to force citizens to buy health care insurance.
Bachmann accused Pawlenty of saying “the era of small government is over,” and said he sounded like Obama. It was disturbing that Pawlenty did not defend making such a claim – a claim that in The Time of Obama would disqualify him as a conservative candidate, no matter his previous records.
Pawlenty accused Bachmann of accomplishing nothing and mocked her “titanium spine.” A few weeks ago he intimated that her migraine headaches were a problem:
“All of the candidates I think are going to have to be able to demonstrate they can do all of the job all of the time,” he told reporters, per Politico. “There’s no real time off in that job.”
On the night of the straw poll and Pawlenty’s distant third placement, he said he was not dropping out, but this morning his campaign was over.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll.
“I wish it would have been different, but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t exist so we are going to end the campaign,” Pawlenty said on ABC’s This Week from Iowa.
Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann Sparr at Iowa Debate (video)