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Tonight we continue our look at perspective GOP presidential candidates expected to appear in our first debate of the campaign season on May fifth in Greenville, South Carolina.
Bret -- reports on a man who wants to do for America what he did from episode.
It's easy to lady is convenient politics.
Will be it John McCain had -- -- Sarah Palin.
And picked another governor on his short list and.
Okay governor's mansion.
Could Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty now be the one with star power despair.
You would he be at the top of the list of 2012 GOP contenders.
These questions might know -- others.
But not Pawlenty.
We disappointed that you weren't chosen as John McCain's running man.
You know I I really admire and respect John McCain -- -- been honored to have been chosen.
But I'm not the kind of person who has those kinds regrets looks back just.
It is one thing we don't need to speculate on conservatives in a purple state like Minnesota.
We're glad to have Pawlenty as their governor for the last eight years.
When he took over the office in 2003.
Minnesota was facing a more than four billion dollar budget shortfall.
Minnesota's left leaning legislature.
Wanted to raise the State's gas alcohol and income taxes Pawlenty refuse.
This is how the almanac of American politics described Q.
Balanced Minnesota's budget three times without raising taxes despite facing record budget deficits -- not only cut taxes in Minnesota get spending under control we've got performance pay for teachers and market based health care reforms and much more.
I wish I could tell -- -- all reaching across the aisle with some great bipartisan.
And charm and getting along and there was some of that but a lot of it was just a hard slog -- -- we had shutdowns and special sessions and lawsuits I personally.
On -- three billion dollars out of the budget myself.
Most came from slashing transportation.
Welfare and other state services.
Just this past fall Valenti was one of only four governors to earn an aid from the libertarian Cato Institute.
Which called him a frugal budget -- a huge credential in a year when cutting spending.
Looks to be job one.
Well I think the Obama administration has done a very poor job they've taken the country in -- direction that his government centric rather than promoting individual responsibility private markets free enterprise.
Most things that get the private economy going are there specific programs you can see right now.
That you would just shut up I think Brett.
Obama care is one of the worst pieces of legislation in the modern history of the country.
He's going to increase.
Health care spending that decrease it's gonna.
To inflate the deficit not decrease the deficit.
Though Pawlenty has spent his political career in Minnesota.
He believes she can also handle foreign policy issues have been to Iraq five times have been to Afghanistan three times have been all over the Middle East and and to China three times in my view than the number one issue facing the United States of America is making sure that America is secure.
And that were respected around the world because Obama sometimes seems to confuse that need hand strategic objective.
With his desire to be popular -- In the past twelve months Pawlenty has attended more than 125.
Public events across the nation and -- -- including a large portion in Iowa and New Hampshire where the presidential race dollars.
-- -- -- -- And on March 21 he announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.
He's yet to officially say he's running in fact he's had to walk back some statements that sounded like he'd already made up his mind I think you would have -- -- running for president.
Well I was on another channel I was asked if I wanna be -- -- running mate I just said look.
I'm running for president and in the next paragraph I explained in an exploratory committee that they only clip the first five minutes he is also back pedaling his earlier support.
For a Cap and Trade System to reduce global warming.
Look I've made a mistake cap and trade would be hand -- -- aren't helpful damaging thing to the economy -- On the plus side Pawlenty recently hired highly prized political operative nick -- to manage his campaign.
-- has his work cut out for him though.
According to a recent Fox News poll only 4% of Republican voters named Pawlenty.
As their top choice for the Tony twelve nomination contenders such as Mike Huckabee Mitt Romney Sarah Palin.
And yes Donald Trump.
All doubt over 10%.
-- with a good showing in the GOP debates.
Pawlenty could raise those numbers and they expect him to try to score points with the steady performance and measured answers.
He thinks that's the kind of candidate Americans will be looking for -- -- well.
The political scientist at Carleton College said this.
This is not a fellow who is going to come across is strikingly charismatic.
People see that he's smart and competent but there's not much -- -- respond well we've seen sizzle in the current president in an ISO I think people there's a time in history where sometimes.
Entertainment door of the human drama is more important as other times when substance and beaten track record didn't end results are more important and right now.
I put my record up against -- --
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