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Tim Pawlenty Ditches Romney for CEO Gig

He'll head up powerful financial services lobbying group

(Newser) - Passed over for vice president , Tim Pawlenty is getting out of Team Romney altogether and cashing in: He's stepping down as co-chairman of Romney's campaign to accept a job as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in DC, the Hill... More »

Right Cheers, Left Jeers 'Extremist' Ryan

'Excellent choice' or 'right-wing idealogue,' depending on who you ask

(Newser) - DC's finest wasted no time reacting to Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his runningmate this morning, with Republicans applauding as Democrats immediately pounced on the Wisconsin Republican. Highlights from your Sunday dial, as per Politico :
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Dems Start Shoveling Dirt on VP Contenders

Super PAC preps 1,651 pages of attack material

(Newser) - No matter who Mitt Romney picks as a running mate, Democrats are already working to convince voters there's a problem with said potential veep. The Obama campaign has gathered plenty of what it considers to be dirt on each name that's been floated, and isn't wasting any... More »

Colbert Causes Wikipedia VP Lockdown

He urged viewers to edit pages of Mitt's potential picks

(Newser) - Wikipedia banned new users from editing the pages of close to a dozen of Mitt Romney's potential running mates after Stephen Colbert urged his viewers to get edit-happy. Colbert was responding to a report that suggested edits could hint at Romney's choice, reports the Hill . A tech analyst... More »

Romney's VP Shortlist Takes Shape

4 candidates look likely, but don't count out Kelly Ayotte

(Newser) - Buzz surrounding Mitt Romney's VP pick is growing louder, and RealClearPolitics has narrowed it down to four candidates: Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. RCP doubts that a deliberative guy like Romney would make a pick out of left field,... More »

Romney Advisers' VP Favorite: Pawlenty

He's easygoing, and will do well with the working class

(Newser) - Despite the fact that Mitt Romney just made waves by confirming Marco Rubio is being vetted as a possible runningmate , Tim Pawlenty is the No. 1 pick for VP among several of Romney's top advisers, sources tell Politico . His most winning quality seems to be his appeal to regular,... More »

Which GOP Losers Are Drowning in Debt?

Santorum, Gingrich deeply in red, Ron Paul is debt-free

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum may hate the US national debt, but for now they have a much more local spending fight on their hands—their personal campaign costs. As of the end of April, Santorum had $2.3 million in debt versus just $1.3 million in cash reserves,... More »

Tim Pawlenty Campaign Still $450K in Debt

'Doing what we can,' says adviser

(Newser) - It's been two months since Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, but his campaign is still saddled with $450,000 in debt, reports Politico . Debts include $60,000 for campaign HQ rent in Iowa, $25,000 for equipment rentals, and more than $60,... More »

Pawlenty Endorses Romney

He will be Romney's National Co-Chair, rules out VP run

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty didn’t wait long to throw his weight behind a candidate in the GOP primary race. The former Minnesota governor told Fox News today that he is endorsing Mitt Romney, adding, “I think he’s going to be a transformational and great president for this country.”... More »

Pawlenty Gives Best Interview Ever

No longer a candidate, he gets real with Stephen Colbert

(Newser) - Until last night, this was our favorite Tim-Pawlenty-lets-his-hair-down interview of all time. It is now a distant second, thanks this pretty darn entertaining appearance on the Colbert Report . Stephen Colbert kicked things off by asking the former Republican presidential contender why he dropped out of the race. "I was... More »

Pawlenty's Next Move: Senate Run?

GOP divided over lessons of former governor's exit

(Newser) - Now that Tim Pawlenty is no longer eyeing the White House , could his new target be a Senate seat? The head of the Minnesota GOP hopes so. “I think he'd make a heck of a candidate,” Tony Sutton tells Minnesota Public Radio . Pawlenty earlier rejected the idea... More »

Pawlenty Drops Out of Race

Disappointing finish in Iowa straw poll dooms campaign

(Newser) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call this morning that he would announce on ABC's This Week that he was ending his campaign after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll yesterday.... More »

The Quiet Winner of Iowa Poll: Romney

With Rick Perry in race, Mitt needs a strong Bachmann

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann vanquished Tim Pawlenty and the other Republican also-rans in yesterday's Iowa straw poll , so let the real battle royale for the right begin—Bachmann vs. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, writes Steve Kornacki at Salon . "She crushed her biggest mainstream competitor," he writes, and Ron Paul,... More »

Bachmann Wins Ames Straw Poll

Ron Paul finishes second, Pawlenty third; Perry gets 718 write-ins

(Newser) - Rick Perry may have cast a big shadow over the Republican field today, but Michele Bachmann had a pretty good day, too: She won the Ames straw poll, with 4,823 votes of the nearly 17,000 cast, reports Politico . Ron Paul finished a close second (4,671), followed by... More »

You Blew It, Pawlenty

He should have gone after Romney, not Bachmann: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty came off like a desperate candidate with a misguided strategy in last night's debate , writes Steve Kornacki at Salon . Going after Michele Bachmann instead of Mitt Romney? Really? He probably figured he needed to do so because she is his chief rival in tomorrow's Ames straw... More »

GOP Candidates Square Off in Iowa

Ames debate much feistier than last go-round

(Newser) - Eight GOP hopefuls castigated President Obama and each other tonight in a frequently testy debate in Ames, Iowa. Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann were especially hostile to each other early, while Mitt Romney largely avoided any one-on-one battles and focused on the president. Overshadowing the debate: News that Rick Perry,... More »

Tonight's Ames Debate: What to Watch For

Bachmann, Romney, Pawlenty, et al fight for the No. 1 slot

(Newser) - There's plenty riding on Saturday's Ames Straw Poll, but have patience: The Ames debate comes first, and there's more than a little bit riding on that, too. Politico notes that while it's not the most important debate of the campaign, it is one that is likely... More »

Ames Poll Will Make or Break Pawlenty

Experts agree: Candidate needs a strong finish

(Newser) - "For Tim Pawlenty, it's Ames or bust," declares Politico , which rounds up opinions from a number of experts—all of whom agree that Pawlenty must do well in this Saturday's straw poll. He's spent seven figures in the state and has been focused on courting... More »

Bachmann Finally Fires Back at Pawlenty

Compares fellow Minnesotan to Obama

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty hasn’t been shy about attacking Michele Bachmann: He has called her Congressional record “nonexistent” and expressed concern over her ability to lead while suffering migraines. Now, ahead of the Ames, Iowa, straw poll, Bachmann is finally hitting back at the former governor of her state, ABC... More »

Candidates' Cash Going to Mailings, Security, Pizza...

First expense reports offer a glimpse into each campaign

(Newser) - Want to get to know your 2012 candidates better? Take a look at what they're spending campaign cash on, courtesy of expense reports obtained by the Washington Post . The first major spending reports of the campaign reveal that the candidates have spent about $32 million so far.
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