Republicans Could Have Done A Lot Worse Than Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney wasn’t a perfect candidate, but he was much better than most of the 2012 Republican field.

Romney Campaign Vetters Examined “Several” Years Of Veep Pick Tax Returns

When Mitt Romney was vetted by John McCain’s campaign for the Vice-Presidency in 2008, he reportedly provided 23 years of tax returns as part of the process. During it’s own vetting process, the Romney campaign didn’t ask its potential running mates for quite that many returns, but it seems pretty clear that they received more […]

Rubio Not Being Vetted For Veep Slot

ABC News’s Jonathan Karl is out this morning with a report that at least one prominent name is off of Mitt Romney’s list of potential running mates: Even before the Republicans chose a presidential nominee it was widely assumed that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would be at the top of anybody’s list of vice presidential […]

Tim Pawlenty Endorses Mitt Romney

A month after dropping out of the Presidential race after a disappointing performance at the Ames Straw Poll, former Minnesota Governor Mitt Romney has endorsed Tim Pawlenty: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president Monday, praising his onetime rival for his “leadership ability” and the “depth and scope of [his] private-sector experience.” “I believe […]

Tim Pawlenty Dropping Out Of GOP Race For President

Tim Pawlenty is out, to nobody’s surprise.

Michele Bachmann Wins Ames Straw Poll, Ron Paul A Close Second

A good day for Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Rick Perry. A bad day for everyone else.

Pawlenty Hints He May Drop Out If He Performs Poorly In Ames Straw Poll

It may just be an acknowledgment of reality, but Tim Pawlenty seems to be suggesting publicly that he may not be in the 2012 race very much longer: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) admitted Friday he’ll have to “reassess” the direction of his campaign if he finishes poorly in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll. Pawlenty […]

Republicans Clash In Most Energetic, Combative Debate So Far

Last night’s debate was definitely more combative than previous renditions.

Perry Pushes Bachmann Into Fourth Place In New Poll

Rick Perry’s entry into the race could quickly turn the 2012 GOP fight into a two man race.

Bachmann, Romney, Paul At The Top In New Iowa Poll

Scott Rasmussen’s first poll of Iowa GOP Caucus goers has some interesting results: In the Iowa caucus race for the Republican presidential nomination, five candidates are in double digits, and many voters are open to changing their mind before caucus day arrives. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Iowa’s Likely Caucus Participants shows that […]

Bowing To Pressure, Tim Pawlenty Signs Anti-Gay Marriage Pledge

On Tuesday, Tim Pawlenty’s campaign said that he would not be signing the National Organization for Marriage’s candidates pledge, at which point NOM launched a campaign to pressure him to change his mind: Tim Pawlenty is taking heat from the National Organization for Marriage for not signing the group’s pledge to oppose efforts to legalize […]

Tim Pawlenty Hoping For Turnaround From Ames Straw Poll

Tim Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign has essentially made the Ames Straw Poll a make-or-break event for the candidate: If former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s (R) campaign is going to rebound, the candidate’s betting it begins next weekend at the Ames, Iowa straw poll. Pawlenty hasn’t called the influential gathering of Iowans a make-or-break moment for his […]

Pawlenty-Bachmann War Heats Up

The two Minnesotans in the Presidential race are starting to trade barbs.

Romney, Bachmann Lead GOP Race In New NBC/WSJ Poll

The Michele Bachmann surge continues, and the fortunes of candidates such as Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain continue to falter: Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has stormed into second place among Republican primary voters in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains the front-runner, according to a new […]

Public Policy Polling Drops Tim Pawlenty From Statewide General Election Polling

This is most assuredly a bad sign for Team T-Paw: As a result of Tim Pawlenty’s poor performance in its latest national poll, Public Policy Polling will no longer include the former Minnesota governor on the list of candidates whom it polls in a direct match-up against President Barack Obama in state polls. Pawlenty will […]

Mitt Romney Slams Family Leader Marriage Pledge

Mitt Romney is distancing himself from the Family Leader Marriage Pledge quite emphatically: Mitt Romney is further distancing himself from the GOP’s religious right base in Iowa, by refusing to sign a social conservative group’s controversial “Marriage Vow” pledge — with his campaign going the extra mile by excoriating the pledge itself. (…) As the […]

Michele Bachmann Leads In New Iowa Poll

A new poll from The Iowa Republican has Michele Bachmann taking the lead in the Republican primary race in the Hawkeye State: Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has surpassed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a recent Iowa poll that was conducted by  With Bachmann now leading in Iowa, Romney has fallen to second place, […]

Tim Pawlenty: Michele Bachmann Hasn’t Really Accomplished Much In Congress

Tim Pawlenty took aim at Michele Bachmann yesterday but will he keep up the attack?

Tim Pawlenty: The RC Cola Of Politicians?

Nate Silver notes that Tim Pawlenty’s biggest problem may be that he falls smack in the middle between the “establishment” candidates  like Romney and Huntsman and the “insurgent” candidates like Bachmann and Cain, meaning that differentiating himself from either side is very difficult: Put differently, Mr. Pawlenty is not intrinsically well differentiated from his opponents. […]

Tim Pawlenty Raises Less Money Than Ron Paul

Fundraising numbers for the just concluded reporting quarter are just starting to trickle out, and  T-Paw’s numbers aren’t looking so impressive: Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty raised about $4.2 million during the second quarter in his bid for the White House, his campaign announced Friday afternoon. That number is respectable, but millions short of […]

Tim Pawlenty’s Foreign Policy Speech And The Neocon Distortion Of Ronald Reagan’s Legacy

Tim Pawlenty’s foreign policy speech shows him siding with the hawks, and joining in the neocon distortion of Reagan’s legacy.

Romney, Bachmann Nearly Tied In New Iowa Poll

The first Des Moines Register poll is out.

Target Field And Tim Pawlenty’s Questionable Fiscal Conservatism

Scott Conroy at RealClearPolitics writes today about a sports stadium deal that calls into question the fiscally conservative image that Tim Pawlenty has built for his campaign: As the Minnesota Twins prepared to square off against the Seattle Mariners on May 27, 2006, Gov. Tim Pawlenty donned a Twins jersey with his last name plastered […]

Post-Debate, Romney Is Clear GOP Frontrunner, Bachmann Surging

The race for the GOP nomination is taking shape.

Jungle Alien Loon Likes Pawlenty

A retiree with some rather strange views hosted a Tim Pawlenty event.

Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, And Post-Debate Calculus

Will last night’s debate have any influence on the potential candidates who weren’t there?

Romney & Bachmann Rise, Pawlenty & Cain Fizzle In Mostly Lackluster Debate

The debate format was the biggest loser last night, but there were a few memorable moments in New Hampshire.

Tim Pawlenty’s Fiscal Plan: Too Good To Be True

Tim Pawlenty’s new fiscal plan isn’t very grounded in reality.

What Herman Cain Really Thinks About His Opponents

I noted yesterday that Herman Cain had criticized Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann for what he called pandering at this weekend’s Faith And Freedom Conference but, as Ujala Sehgal notes, Cain has been pretty unrestrained in talking about his other opponents as well: Rick Santorum is a Disgrace to Reagan. Last month, Rick Santorum challenged […]

Herman Cain Calls Out Pawlenty, Bachmann For “Pandering” To Religious Voters

Herman Cain had an interesting reaction to the speeches by Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann to the Faith And Freedom Conference: After our interview, Cain asked me about the other candidate speeches I’ve seen covering FFC this year. There was no indication that Cain had seen them. I mentioned that Bachmann had highlighted her remarks […]

Is Tim Pawlenty Running For President, Or Pope?

Tim Pawlenty said in a speech on Friday that America needs to “turn toward God.”

Tim Pawlenty: Obama On A “European Pub Crawl”

Earlier this afternoon, Tim Pawlenty’s Twitter feed sent out this message: Perhaps the Governor is unaware that the President met with the Prime Minister of Ireland, attended a State Dinner with Queen Elizabeth II, met at length with Prime Minister David Cameron, spoken before Parliament, and is now attending the G-8 Summit. Pub crawl? Seriously? […]

Tim Pawlenty Answers Question About Iran By Talking About Iraq

Via Ben Smith, it’s Tim Pawlenty’s first campaign gaffe: REPORTER: U.S. foreign policy towards Iran [unintelligible] how would you address contradictions in the U.S? On the one hand we are opposing Iranian policy, but on the other hand by U.S. reconfigurating that part of the world we made Iran dominating Iraq and now we are […]

After Shakeup, Romney And Palin Lead GOP Field

Gallup takes the first look at the GOP field after Huckabee, Trump, and Daniels dropped out.

Republican Field Not Weak As You Think

The GOP doesn’t have a charismatic superstar waiting in the wings. That’s okay.

Tim Pawlenty Opens Campaign In Iowa With Call To End Ethanol Subsidies

You don’t often see a candidate for President tell Iowans that he wants to eliminate ethanol subsidies, but Tim Pawlenty did.

Pawlenty For President, D.O.A.?

I don’t think that the Tim Pawlenty campaign will appreciate that his hometown newspaper, the St Paul Pioneer Press, ran the story of his announcement right next to the obituaries: Ouch H/T: Taegan Goodard

Does Tim Pawlenty Have A Willie Horton Problem?

Tim Pawlenty may face trouble from a pardon he issued while he was Governor of Minnesota.

Why 2012 Republican Field is So Weak

The Republican candidates of 2012 are so weak because of GOP losses in 2004 and 2006 Senate and gubernatorial races.

Tim Pawlenty Doesn’t Know Why He Wants To Be President

Why do you want to be President? It’s a simple question, one you think a Presidential candidate would have a quick, soundbite type answer to, but Tim Pawlenty couldn’t come up with one when the question was posed to him: And when I ask Pawlenty, during a second interview in Des Moines, Iowa, exactly when […]

With Huckabee Out, Bachmann More Likely To Run For POTUS, And That Helps Romney

With Huckabee out, the right side of the GOP primary base may end up divided. And that will help Mitt Romney.

2012 Republican Nominee Will Be …

With co-frontrunner Mike Huckabee out, Mitt Romney looks stronger than ever.

The First GOP Debate: Clash Of The Pygmies

Last night’s Presidential Debate in South Carolina was interesting, but, in the end, not very important.

2012 Republican Nomination Fight One Of The Most Open-Ended Ever

The race for the 2012 Republican nomination is missing the one thing that GOP nomination battles have almost always had, a frontrunner.

Tim Pawlenty To Form Presidential Exploratory Committee

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is about to dip his toe into the Presidential waters: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will file paperwork today to organize his bid for the White House into an exploratory committee, he told supporters on a conference call today. “We’re filing the paperwork today to form an exploratory committee to run […]

The Triumph Of The Neocons, And The Death Of Fiscal Conservatism

With minor exceptions, all of the potential candidates for the GOP nomination in 2012 seem to have accepted the idea that defense spending, and the Bush-era interventionist foreign policy, are off the table when it comes time to talk spending cuts.

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Mitt Romney, Republican Frontrunner, Cipher

Mitt Romney starts his 2012 run as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. But, in reinventing himself yet again, the “authenticity” issue that troubled many of us in 2008 looms again.

Tim Pawlenty Continues To Pander To The Anti-Gay Right

Last month, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty told the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer that he would be open to reinstating the ban on gays in the military. Now, he’s told another social conservative group that he’d consider withholding the funds necessary to implement repeal of DADT if he were President: PAWLENTY: We have to pay […]

Mitt Romney Wins N.H. Straw Poll, Ron Paul Second, Palin Fourth

It’s straw poll season already. First up, New Hampshire where things turned out about how you’d expect them to considering Mitt Romney lives there now.

Romney Would Beat Pawlenty In A GOP Primary In Minnesota

The favorite son advantage doesn’t seem to be worth much to Republicans at the moment: A majority of Minnesota voters don’t want to see their governor in the Oval Office, according to a new poll. A Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll released Wednesday showed that 53 percent of those surveyed would probably not vote for […]

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