Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Tim Pawlenty Goes For It, Again Tim Pawlenty Goes For It, Again

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Want access to this content? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation


Tim Pawlenty Goes For It, Again

Tim Pawlenty could be forgiven for thinking his fellow Republicans don't give him the respect he deserves. He's a conservative former two-term governor of a big swing state, for Pete's sake, and yet he's endured some major humiliations.

John McCain spurned him in favor of novice Sarah Palin for the No. 2 spot on the national ticket in 2008. And Iowa activists flocked to two House members - Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Pawlenty's fellow Minnesotan, Michele Bachmann -- at their over-hyped straw poll last summer. The third-place finish was crushing for Pawlenty, who had invested well over $1 million in hopes of catching fire and breaking into double-digits. He dropped out of the race the next day.

For a while Pawlenty denied any interest in the 2012 vice presidential slot. But he's now an energetic and highly visible co-chairman of Romney's campaign and coming into focus as a short-lister. And there are good reasons for that.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories


Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter