Book: Courage to Stand: An American Story
Author: Tim Pawlenty
Opening line: "America is in trouble."
Closing line: "Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it (Ezra 10:4)."
Synopsis: The former Minnesota governor lays out, not so subtly, his case for running for president. Pawlenty maintains he inherited a state with a high deficit and high taxes and brought both down by working across the aisle. He also boasts of Minnesota being the first state to offer performance-based pay for teachers statewide and instituting market-based health care reforms. Pawlenty, like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, takes a more personal approach to his book, injecting folksy anecdotes that bolster his "Sam's Club Republican" image.
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
Number of Pages: 301
List price: $26.99
Birthday Sentence: (11/27/1960) 11+27+60 = pg. 98: "That desire, that drive to make a difference, is an intense personal pressure not only for the candidate running for office but for those who dutifully support the campaign as well."
Takeaway: Pawlenty told the St. Petersburg Times on Monday that he is "seriously considering" running for president, and he spent much time in the neighboring state of Iowa, as well as in New Hampshire, helping local candidates and ingratiating himself with state parties. This book tour, which lands him in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and will take him back to New Hampshire and Iowa again before the end of the month, is just another sign that he almost certainly will run. Although he has said he won't announce his decision on a campaign for months, he might want to get in early: A poll of Iowa Republicans released Monday showed him with only 4 percent support and comparatively low-name recognition.
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