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Tim Pawlenty Calls It Quits For 2012; Possible Senate Run In The Future?


Following a very disappointing Straw poll showing yesterday, the Minnesota Governor says it’s time to move on.

From NY Times:

Just hours after his third-place finish in Iowa, Mr. Pawlenty said on ABC’s “This Week” program that his message “didn’t get the kind of traction we needed and hoped for” in order to continue.

“There are a lot of other choices in the race,” he said. “The audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.”

Mr. Pawlenty informed his supporters on a conference call Sunday morning before his television appearance that he was ending his candidacy. He thanked his supporters in the call, two participants said, but acknowledged that he had decided overnight that his candidacy could not proceed.

But is he open to at VP slot?

Asked whether he would consider being a vice presidential candidate in 2012, Mr. Pawlenty said he would not.

“I’ve been down that road before,” he said. “That’s not something I’m going to consider.”

Good solid answer. We’ll see if it holds up because when asked about fellow Minnesota pol Michelle Bachmann, this rang hollow…

“I think she’s qualified,” he said. “She’s going to have to make her case.”

At the debates he specifically attacked her qualifications. Yes, he’s almost forced to say she’s qualified, but still…come on Tim. You were supposed to be the candidate with integrity. That was disappointing.

So what will he be doing? Via HotAir, it looks like the GOP chair for Minnesota says he’ll be asking Tim to run for the Senate…

What was a busy news morning for Minnesota politics just got hectic. Appearing on Esme Murphy’s program on WCCO-TV this morning, Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton said that he will approach Gov. Pawlenty to see if he’s willing to run against Amy Klobuchar. …

A Pawlenty-Klobuchar match-up would instantly jump to being the most watched Senate race in the nation for 2012. With Sen. Klobuchar’s vulnerabilities and Gov. Pawlenty’s fundraising abilities, plus his substantial policy chops, Sen. Klobuchar’s best bet is to pray Gov. Pawlenty doesn’t jump into the race.

More as it develops…