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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...

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...

Election 2012: First Spending Reports Offer a Glimpse Into Each Campaign
Candidates' Cash Going
to Mailings, Security, Pizza...
spending to date: $32M

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.
  • Tim Pawlenty:

Pawlenty Won't Sign Iowa Marriage Vow

He joins Romney in rebuffing pledge backed by Bachmann

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty released a statement today saying he wouldn’t be signing the “Marriage Vow” that got Michele Bachmann in so much trouble , the AP reports. Pawlenty said he supports “the core principles of the Family Leader’s Marriage Vow Pledge,” but that “rather than sign...

Pawlenty a Fan of Gaga's Gay Anthem

Of all the songs to choose...

(Newser) - Not only is Tim Pawlenty a Lady Gaga fan ... he's a fan of her gay anthem , "Born This Way." In an interview picked up by Mediaite , the presidential hopeful (and "Little Monster"?) noted that "even though she’s a little unusual, 'Born this...

Romney Rakes In $18M—and That Worries the GOP

Obama is clobbering Republican candidates in money race

(Newser) - Fundraising reports are starting to trickle in from the GOP presidential field, and the results look great—for Barack Obama. Even Mitt Romney’s vaunted money machine collected only $18 million in the first true quarter of fundraising, a big step back from his 2008 showing, Politico reports. The results...

Pawlenty Aide Sorry for Bachmann 'Sex Appeal' Quip

'It was disrespectful,' says Vin Weber

(Newser) - A top adviser to former Minnesota governor Tom Pawlenty just played the gender card in the race for the presidency, and now he's sorry. Vin Weber conceded earlier this week that Bachmann would be tough to beat in Iowa. “She’s got hometown appeal, she’s got ideological...

Pawlenty: Minnesota Shutdown Is a Good Thing

Ex-governor says state could benefit in the long run

(Newser) - Anarchists are saying, "Now you're talking." Former Minnesota governor and GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says the government shutdown in his state could be a good thing, and he wishes a similar shutdown in 2005 would have lasted longer, reports Politico . “I think it was nine...

Pawlenty's Only Vision: Himself as President

He will 'say anything' to win: Minnesota critic

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty likes to pretend he has convictions; indeed, his autobiography is called Courage to Stand. But he’s sadly mistaken, writes Shawn Otto, whose great-great-uncle founded the Minnesota GOP. The fact is, the former governor is “willing to do anything, say anything—be anything” to win the presidency....

Here&#39;s the Odds for Top 4 GOP Candidates
 Betting Odds for Top 4 
 GOP Candidates 

Betting Odds for Top 4 GOP Candidates

It's Romney, Pawlenty, Perry, and Bachmann (in that order): Nate Silver

(Newser) - With the GOP candidates for 2012 out of the gates, statistics whiz Nate Silver sets the odds in the first of a 3-part series for the New York Times . The longshots will be looked at in later installments. His top four:
  • Mitt Romney: 3-2 against—a 40% chance of winning

Top Pawlenty Aides Working for Peanuts

And in some cases, not even peanuts, says aide

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty is paying peanuts—or nothing at all—to several top members of his team. His top two strategists as well as at least three advisers are working for just zero to $1,000 per month, plus expense reimbursements, an anonymous aide tells the Washington Post . But “this...

GOP Hopefuls React to Obama War Speech

Pawlenty, Romney hawkish as Huntsman calls for faster withdrawal

(Newser) - The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan could become a major bone of contention among the GOP's 2012 hopefuls, judging by their differing responses to President Obama's speech outlining the US drawdown.
  • Tim Pawlenty took the most hawkish position, calling the decision to bring all the surge forces

Tim Pawlenty Glitter Bombed
 Tim Pawlenty 
 Glitter Bombed 

Tim Pawlenty Glitter Bombed

CODEPINK punks presidential candidate

(Newser) - Do we sense a shiny new protest trend? A pair of CODEPINK activists dumped a manila envelope full of glittery hot pink confetti on Tim Pawlenty yesterday during a signing of his book Courage to Stand in San Francisco. "Where's your courage to stand for gay and reproductive...

Colbert Tries 'Google Test' —on Pawlenty

And savages his debate performance in the meantime

(Newser) - Several pundits declared Tim Pawlenty the loser of Monday’s GOP debate, after he backed off his sweet “ObamneyCare” jab , and Stephen Colbert is upset. “Forget ObamneyCare,” he quipped, “I want to know how Minnesota’s health care plan keeps Tim Pawlenty alive without a spine....

Bachmann, Romney Score as Debate's 'Big Winners'

Bachmann impressed while Romney held firm, say pundits

(Newser) - Mitt Romney and, more surprisingly, Michele Bachmann looked like the big winners in last night's Republican debate in New Hampshire, analysts say.
  • Bachmann, who announced her candidacy during the debate , was "at ease and forceful without looking at all crazy or out-of-control," writes EJ Dionne Jr. at

Leno Or Conan? Debaters Field Personal Questions
 Leno or Conan? Debaters
 Field Personal Questions

Leno or Conan? Debaters Field Personal Questions

Bachmann picks both Elvis, Johnny Cash

(Newser) - Good gimmick, or bad? At the Republican debate in New Hampshire , CNN moderator John King occasionally departed from talking policy to ask GOP hopefuls a "this or that?" question.
  • To Rick Santorum: "Leno or Conan?" Leno, Santorum decided after a pause, "but I don't watch either.

GOP Hopefuls Target Obama, Not Each Other

Rivals seem united at New Hampshire debate

(Newser) - Seven rivals for the 2012 Republican nomination took to the stage in New Hampshire for a debate tonight, but their focus was on attacking President Obama, not trying to score points off each other. Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann—who...

Tim Pawlenty Blasts Mitt Romney, 'Obam-newCare'
 Swipes at 

Pawlenty Swipes at 'Obam-neyCare'

Here's looking at you, Mitt Romney

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty declared open season on Mitt Romney today, equating Massachusetts' health reform with the federal overhaul in a mashup he termed "Obam-neyCare." “The president’s own words [are] that he patterned in large measure Obamacare after what happened in Massachusetts,” Pawlenty told Fox News....

Pawlenty: Obama a 'Champion' of Class Warfare

Calls for huge tax cut for wealthy in speech

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty delivered a combative speech today in which he called for massive changes in the tax code and accused Barack Obama of being a “champion practitioner of class warfare.” Pawlenty proposed a system with just two tax brackets, taxing the first $50,000 of income ($100,000...

Top GOP Hopefuls Prep for First Big Debate

First 2012 debate for Romney, Bachmann, Gingrich

(Newser) - Seven top Republican presidential hopefuls will gather this month for the first New Hampshire 2012 debate. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum will meet at Saint Anselm College for the face-off, hosted by CNN ’s John King. It's the...

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