Tim Pawlenty on THE 2012 race and Wisconsin

Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota Governor and possible GOP candidate for the 2012 Presidential race is making waves with his comments on a recent appearance on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News.

T-Paw – who has been making many stops around the nation, including Iowa — is considered one of the front runners in the packed field of potential Republican Candidates. He published a book titled “Courage to Stand: An American Story” and held book signings in Iowa at a local Barnes and Noble as well as a Christian book store.

Having the backing of the Christian Coalitions in the 2012 race is imperative for a win in the Iowa Caucuses; as the field of candidates is one of the most populated and diverse we’ve seen for years. Since Pawlenty held a book signing at a Christian book store shows he does have some of the support of the Christians in Iowa. Support from this large base group is what helped Huckabee with his surprise first place finish in the Iowa Caucuses in 2008.

Yesterday, Pawlenty made a visit to the Fox News studios and discussed the 2012 race and Obama, as well as the Union situation in Wisconsin.

When asked if Obama is considered unbeatable, Pawlenty replied, “Obama does not deserve to be re-elected. I don’t think he’s done a good job as president. I don’t think he’s unbeatable. I think he should be beaten.

“I think the future of America is at stake. I don’t like the fact that we have got people abroad and here thinking we are a nation in decline,” he said. “We need to be positive and hopeful and optimistic. And we have got to get this country moving and talk not just about cutting.”

Hope is what got Obama elected. And that’s something many people have lost during his service. If Pawlenty can continue the “positive, hopeful and optimistic” tone if/when he runs, it could help him swing some Obama supporters his way in 2012.

When Neil Cavuto asked Tim Pawlenty about the situation in Wisconsin and the Democratic Senators that ran from Madison to prevent a vote, Pawlenty replied, “When you raise your right hand and you look the people of Wisconsin or the country in the eye and say that you’re going to uphold the Constitution and uphold your duties, and then the first time you have something that isn’t going your way, you skedaddle, like a little ninny, out of the state,” Pawlenty stated. “It is a dereliction of duty, and they should be removed from office.

“The governor of Wisconsin has the opportunity and the responsibility to propose legislation. That is what he has done. And when these folks stare a challenge in the face, the first thing they do is cut and run? I mean, give me a break.

“I think, at a minimum, the recall effort should go forward and get those public officials recalled for abandoning their responsibilities and their posts,” Pawlenty continued. “And I think it is really important that America, and all of us who believe in the need to restructure government, stand with Walker, stand with Wisconsin.

“But, as to those legislators, they are derelict in their duties and they should be removed from office.”

His final comment, that the legislators are “derelict in their duties and they should be removed from office” is a highly bold statement. But it’s one that many agree with. These legislators took an oath, as Pawlenty stated, and they are failing to do their jobs. If anyone in the private sector ran away from their jobs, they’d be fired. The Democrats are making these cut and run legislators out to be heroes. Pawlenty hit the nail on the head.

Tim Pawlenty, a man with vision, hope and optimism. A man who isn’t afraid to say what he believes and how he feels. He may be just what our country needs right now. That is, if he decides to run for President in 2012.

This article was originally posted on www.capepac.org