THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

MN – Pawlenty’s Pimp for 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on February 11, 2009

imagesThe GOP could use a good dose of moderates in the mix, particularly as it mulls its Presidential chances in 2012.  One name that comes up constantly is Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), who was rumored at many points during the 2008 election as a top running mate choice for Sen. John McCain’s (R) – before AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) stole the show.

Our gut tells us McCain wanted Pawlenty all along, but a convergence of rabid conservative activists and Palin’s … appeal did McCain in.  We wouldn’t be surprised if McCain is pushing for a Pawlenty run behind the scenes.  But, the more conservative wing of the Republican Party, at the moment, is settled on Palin.   The two Ps may define the ideological battle lines within the Republican Party.

Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza talks about it in The Fix:

Gov. Tim Pawlenty returned yesterday from a three-day trip to Germany where he attended the Munich Conference on Security Policy, the latest evidence that the Minnesota Republican is working to broaden his policy palette in advance of a potential run for president in 2012.

Pawlenty was invited to the conference, which was also attended by Vice President Biden among many, many other international dignitaries, by Sen. John McCain — a close personal friend and the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008.

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