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-- Americans asking a little putting your questions to use their potential presidential candidates are they are pet presidential candidates well we'll see what happens over the next couple months here now for our very first town -- Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty former governor.
A Minnesota and I governor about twenty minutes ago we weren't sure you're gonna make it thanks for -- -- cracks.
Twenty minutes ago I was that your I was yeah.
And I think -- the plane finally landed -- where here thanks Reynolds we appreciate it very much have a lot of questions from our viewers at likes to start off with one question.
About one of the big news headlines of the day it has to do with the economy and the housing market we just got this reading on home sales.
It was -- good yet again the lowest reading we've had all year long.
A what's your plan.
For fixing the housing market.
I think edge and I had the most specific an aggressive plan of any candidate in the race thing including President Obama that I and failed at his former place of employment the University of Chicago.
It includes significant and reductions in business taxes individual taxes other incentives to get Health Care Reform -- energy reform.
Government pensions reform all of the things regulatory reform.
All of the things our business leaders and job providers are saying that we should do to get the economy moving again if that happens that'll put more money in people's pockets more jobs will be available.
They'll be better able to afford their mortgages down the road and get new mortgages down the road.
But let me pick your thoughts on this specific policy to get a better idea of how they specifically some of this would help the housing market the Department of Housing and Urban Development just got a billion dollars from congress as part of that the new regulation and and that billion dollars can be used.
To give out interest free loans -- those who are unemployed or are on medical disability.
I took it could help potentially about 30000 families if -- president would you continue that policy.
Well I haven't had a chance to go through the administration's proposals -- what they're going to do with that but if they are going to be required to spend at number one I when asked whether they even should be spending it.
Most of the administration's programs in terms of foreclosure avoidance and delays haven't worked in fact the situation as the news reports this morning.
-- we still got big problems.
But if that is going to be use they should use it in a way that's effectively.
Allowing people to refinance their homes under emergency your critical conditions but I would question of whether the whole program's gonna work.
Richard whenever you -- is riding in on our chat here on foxnews.com slash happening now and and he mentioned another governor is that governor Perry he wanted your thoughts and governor Perry but a whole bunch of our viewers have written in and wanted to know.
About how you felt about former governor Jon Huntsman jumping in the race today who do you see as your biggest competition.
Well both governor Perry and governor Huntsman are friends of mine -- -- them as governors I consider them both political and personal friends.
I welcome governor Huntsman of the race I think he's announcing today is already done -- it'll be great he'll be great new voice to the debate look forward to debating him down the road.
I don't know governor -- gonna get in the race or not it's unclear whether he has.
If he does he'll bring something different to the table as we all do I bring it I think the best record of conservative record in the race on taxes and spending and I'd conservative -- I judicial appointments in the light.
But in terms of the current field right now I know Mitt Romney is the clear front runner at least presumed front runner.
But for those of us who aren't as well known I think there's a great opportunity to catch him and win the nomination and the election.
Tom had another great question writing into -- he -- if you were elected in your first 200 days an office what is the one bill.
You would want to see past.
Well wanna see a bill passed to get this economy good move and and get the jobs drawn so my economic plan to cut business taxes cut individual taxes.
Get the economy moving to better energy and health care policies.
Those are the kinds of changes we need to get the private economy gone under my administration -- of the government economy under president Obama's administration he doesn't have a economic plan only has Jenna is a campaign plan and it's not working we gave him his chance now it's time for a new direction and a new present.
-- there's been planning for of criticism of the president but also criticism by the Republican party for not having enough new ideas when it comes to the economy and one of the things -- been pointed out.
Is this ad that recycling if you will -- cutting taxes and cutting taxes and cutting taxes and that -- the magic bullet for the economy.
What else do you present for the economy and -- -- -- economy besides simply lowering taxes.
Well when you talk not to the bureaucrats are to this president who's been in government there you know it's been in non non profit sector his whole life.
When you talk to people who actually start businesses grow businesses and provide jobs.
What they tell you is.
Make it easier not harder get the government off my back so it's not just taxes they also talk about streamlining.
And making easier the regulatory and permitting process they talk about energy policies that would create more American supply as a way to.
Pull down and stabilize prices and energy.
They talk about making sure that we have a health care system that's not the abysmal obamacare that's gonna make it more expensive not less expensive they want.
Real reform -- health care that will really contain costs obamacare doesn't do that so clearly it's not just about taxes it's about those other things and lastly.
Getting government spending under control one of the things that's scaring the markets scaring the investors.
Is that government here is an unwillingness to tackle this deficit and the longer that drags on.
The less confidence people have in the future and that's not a good thing either.
He says the economy also another topic that so many are talking about -- Afghanistan.
And Fred wrote in with this question he -- what happened to Afghanistan genocide is that he wants to talk about this you know we're expecting.
An announcement from the president about how many troops potentially he would withdraw from Afghanistan over the next several months.
If you're president what's your game plan and how many troops would you take out of Afghanistan at this time.
Well let's remember why we're in Afghanistan which is we had individuals and groups there that planned and hatched.
They attack on our country of September 11 2001 they killed nearly 3000 of our fellow citizens so the invasion of Afghanistan was justified.
I supported president Obama's decision to surge the troops.
I wish she would have simultaneously.
Announce the withdrawal deadline at the same time I think that sends mixed signals.
I think it is appropriate to revisit the policy now but it should be based on conditions on the ground not some arbitrary political timetable -- -- leading up to the elections.
-- you would not make an announcement now when it comes -- actual number.
What would you choose make an announcement.
I think it's appropriate for the president to make an announcement that I think the numbers should be focused on conditions on the ground and if it's a relatively small number.
And it points to a direction of a -- down down the road based on conditions on the ground.
And focuses mostly on support personnel that may be appropriate that if it's a big number.
Based on political arbitrary deadlines rather than what the mission really is in Afghanistan.
Then I'd be very concerned about that.
I had a question for you here there seems to be a little sparring now between candidates after that other debate that we just had.
I -- a little bit of I don't know if you caught governor a little bit of a battle about who is the most conservative.
The Republican candidates and I was just curious what do you think defines.
A conservative Republican candidate and when he saw what makes you -- conservative.
Well -- there's third party validation of all of that I think I'm the only candidate in the race who's got -- a grade from the Cato Institute which is a libertarian are very conservative think tank.
I got that during -- last two years as governor is only four governors in the country who receive that and I'm the only one of those four running for president.
Then beyond that it's also not just about what you talk about it's what you got done.
So anybody can give up and give a speech about taxes -- spending -- health care education or terrorism.
But the question is are you the kind of leader has the fortitude to get it done -- I reduce spending and historically.
Appointed conservative judges did market based instead of government based Health Care Reform.
Did pension reform in the public sector before it was cool and popular and I don't just get up and talk about these things I did -- in a very liberal place and that's a big differentiator in this race.
Governor -- we appreciate you taking the time to spend with our viewers and -- some other questions and and we look forward to having you back again sir thank you very much thank you Jenna.
And they're still offering questions for the governor and looks so take out there and get -- -- all of the -- at half staff at absolutely in the -- here.
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