Never Having Caught Fire, Tim Pawlenty Quits Presidential Race

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the Republican presidential race after a disappointing third place finish in the Iowa straw poll. Pawlenty announced his withdrawl on ABC’s This Week.

We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward. That didn’t happen so I’m announcing this morning on your show that I’m going to be ending my campaign for president,” Pawlenty told Jake Tapper.

Pawlenty made a giant gamble of campaign resources on the straw poll and came up far short of where he needed to finish to push forward. Expect his name to come up again as a Vice President candidate.

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  • jim_m

    Shocker.  He had more negative things to say about his fellow republicans than he did about obama.  The GOP didn’t need another rudderless candidate like John McCain.

  • Anonymous

    “Never Having Caught Fire”

    So that makes him dead wood. If he were drift wood he would have had a chance. He lost his spine when it came to confronting Romnibus. Doubt he would have spoke up to jug ears either.

  • One of the state controlled media faves drops out Huh. Well that is one down and four more to go.

  • Jeff Blogworthy

    Pawlenty was about as exciting as watching paint dry.

    • jim_m

      That’s rather unfair to paint.

  • Stephen Macklin

    This shows us two things.

    1 He’s not that bright if he hung his campaign hopes on a straw pole. He would have better off sitting it out with Romney.

    2 When the going gets tough – Pawlenty gets out.

    Neither are qualities we really want in a president

    • Anonymous

      On the bright side Pawlenty will now have time to play golf…Something he not have had time to do as President.

  • Anonymous

    There may be something to be said for seeing that you are not going to win and graciously stepping aside.  Pawlenty appears to be a good man who came to the early realization that he simply did not have the momentum to win.  

  • Pawlenty’s critiques of Obama have been as harsh as any candidate’s, more founded in specifics and better treated with policy answers.  His last chance at catching on was the opportunity to hit Romney hard on health care; after that he had virtually none.

    He hardly squandered his resources, because without Iowa there was no plausible path to the nomination for him.  NH was Romney’s home turf, if he couldn’t win the social conservatives in Iowa he needed look to SC, Nevada is Romney territory and so is the only other early Midwestern state, Michigan.  Iowa was his one chance to get noticed and gain momentum early.

    He was also caught completely off guard with the Bachmann candidacy.  Pawlenty knew her from the Minnesota legislature, knew she was nothing but a loud noise who never accomplished anything, and could not believe she was serious about running for President, or that she gained so much support so early.

    He forgot she has the same qualifications as Obama:  great speaker, no specific record to criticize.

    So now it’s down to Romney and Perry.  The rest are along for the ride, to pump up their egos, sell books and speaking tours, or to prepare for future runs at some office.  And of course Ron Paul, who can run because we don’t put people who aren’t a direct threat to themselves or others in mental hospitals anymore.

  • Anonymous

    This paves the way for Romney.  Bachmann will drag Perry down.

  • Anonymous

    Good for him – anyone leaving this ratrace is a winner anyway! I wish him the best. His family must be celebrating big-time.