A tough crowd, but Pawlenty's on home turf

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2010 - 6:57 AM

Gov. Tim Pawlenty taped a "Meet the Press" appearance at the University of Minnesota.

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minnowsotaMay. 27, 10 9:42 PM

But he wants government to stay out of business.Suck the oil out of the gulf tim cause that's what you do best.

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paulpalin12May. 27, 1010:06 PM

Wall Street Capitalism for businesses' gains and European socialism for whenever businesses' might suffer losses. We have already seen a president use that model and his name was George "W'orst President Ever" Bush. Sorry TPaw, we can't afford another Bushie.

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jwblackMay. 27, 1010:15 PM

So the economic/socialist model you prefer is Greece?

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ndragisichMay. 27, 1010:23 PM

Where was your contingency plan when the I-35 bridge fell? Your state appointed person was in DC on a romantic interlude paid for by state taxpayers and never came back to handle the crisis. Under your lack of leadership the state of MN declined by every measure that matters. The slogan for your presidential run ought to be, "I can do for the United States what I did for Minnesota". Let's see how far that gets you. You pushed all the budget problems to the next budget cycle leaving a fiscal mess no other governor has done in the past with your accounting gimmicks. I for one will celebrate your exit as our governor. We need some real leadership, something your sorely lacked. Good riddance T-Paw. Don't let the door knob hit you in the butt on the way out!

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paulpalin12May. 27, 1010:29 PM

By Greece, are you referring to the European Union? You do realize that Greece is, economically, tied to the EU and many of the decisions of the EU. By the way, have you noticed how the working class has come together, in a broad show of unity, to protest the actions of the ruling/wealthy elite? My economic model would bring about a situation where the working class has as much or more input into the rules/laws as the ruling/wealthy elite. Then, I can guarantee you, we would have had true immigration reform passed about 20 years ago, NAFTA would have been a pipe dream and NOT reality, and BP would have been liquidated after its first failed clean up attempt with the Exxon Valdez.

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jwblackMay. 27, 1010:34 PM

has made this country great, not socialism. Your plan would fail just as it currently is in Europe, Greece is only the tip of the iceberg.

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jwblackMay. 27, 1010:41 PM

from Virginia? talk about failure. Where was your contingency plan when the oil rig exploded in the gulf? Your federally appointed person was nowhere to be found salary paid for by taxpayers and had no clue how to handle the crisis. Under your lack of leadership the United States declined by every measure that matters. The slogan for your presidential term ought to be, "I can do for the United States what I did for Chicago". Let's see how far that gets you. You pushed all the budget problems to the next generation leaving a fiscal mess no other president has done in the past with your accounting gimmicks, bail-outs, etc. I for one will celebrate your exit as our president. We need some real leadership, something your sorely lacked. Good riddance Barry. Don't let the door knob hit you in the butt on the way out!

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albsureMay. 27, 1010:42 PM

is crawling with liberal worms. So called professors preach Progressive views and nothing worthwhile to students that could actually help them in life. So after 5 years, $25K in debt, no job, they hope the govt can take care of them. How is that liberal arts degree treating you know?

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goonzieMay. 27, 1010:54 PM

How does Pawlenty keep a straight face when he says "The more the government does, the more it usurps traditional space in the private economy" and then asks why the Obama Admin. didn't have a "Government-led" contingency plan in place to handle what has become a terrible disaster brought on by a private sector company?? He really does think he's God's gift the human race and the rest of us are just simpletons who can barely be in the room with his brilliance. It is one thing to have principals you firmly adhere to and whole other thing to be a complete NARCICISTIC EGOMANIAC!!! By the way- he might as well call the 2Billion he just failed to pay the schools a cut since he won't commit to actually repaying it. How can he possibly act like 1) this is fiscally sound governing or 2) he did not just devastate the public school system- students and employees alike?

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9moonsMay. 27, 1011:00 PM

but have a friend in MN that told me back shortly after Pawlenty was elected that he was "dangerous". This friend said he was dangerous because he had very hard core reactionary right-wing views, but was able to hide the vileness of these views with an appearance that would seem reasonable or even moderate. A wolf in sheep's clothing, in other words. Michelle Bachmann without the fire-breathing rhetoric. These type of politicians are the most dangerous. It's why we need a good functioning media. To expose this stuff. Remember George W. Bush was the "compassionate conservative". There was nothing compassionate or even conservative about him. He was a hard right idealogue. But the media gave him a pass during the 2000 election campaign. Sarah Palin is right when she talks about the'lamestream media'. Only it's not lame the way she means it.

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