Videos: Pawlenty on Libya, Madison, and the federal budget

posted at 8:48 am on February 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday evening, the NARN had a special one-hour show live on AM 1280 The Patriot from Lifeway Christian Stores in Coon Rapids, where former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty held a book signing for Courage to Stand. Mitch Berg and I spent the greater part of the hour talking about Libya and the protests in Madison, but we were able to finish with this 15-minute interview with Pawlenty, and covered a wide variety of topics.  Pawlenty told us that most of the feedback he’s received from public events has focused on economic issues, especially debt, and the way our foreign financial obligations tend to hamstring the pursuit of our interests overseas:

Pawlenty had plenty to say about Libya and the string of crises in the Middle East, accusing Obama of being “slow and confused” in its reaction, especially with Egypt.  “We have to stand for our principles,” Pawlenty says, criticizing the lack of response until just yesterday evening on Libya from the White House.  “What takes the President of the United States this long to speak to that about a place like Libya?”

On the issue of Democrats in Wisconsin abandoning the Senate, Pawlenty blasted the Fleebaggers for “dereliction of duty.”  “They cut and run,” Pawlenty told us, and said “they are AWOL, and … should be recalled from office.”  He urged Wisconsin voters to pursue recalls of the Fleebaggers as soon as possible, which would be the first of next year by Wisconsin’s laws.

We also talked budgets at the state and local level, and Pawlenty urged Republicans to stand firm.  He believes that the GOP has voter support in drawing the line on spending, and that a government shutdown is the only real leverage the GOP has.  Unlike in 1995, the GOP only controls one chamber of Congress, which Pawlenty believes will make Harry Reid and not John Boehner the poster boy of a shutdown.  In between the segments, where it’s hard to hear because of the commercials, watch Pawlenty answer the phone of a man who wanted his book signed and chat with the man’s wife for a minute, which amused the crowd around the booth no end.

A few minutes ago, Pawlenty’s team released this video, Standing With Scott, along with a petition to sign in support of the Wisconsin governor:


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What takes the President of the United States this long to speak to that about a place like Libya?

Yo, Jeremiah!? What are my principles again…?

hit me back.
/#B-rock

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:51 AM

What takes WI Democrats so long to engage in the democratic process?

lack of courage.

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Pawlenty is leaning towards Ed being the Press Secretary if he wins the Presidency.

WashJeff on February 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

He urged Wisconsin voters to pursue recalls of the Fleebaggers as soon as possible,

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

T-Paw…

mjbrooks3 on February 24, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Pawlenty is leaning towards Ed being the Press Secretary if he wins the Presidency.

WashJeff on February 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Yeah, Ed gets just a little close to being the stenographer sometimes. I like Pawlenty well enough, but he seems to blink when you get him in tough spots.

DaydreamBeliever on February 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM

good vide…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

unseen on February 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM

What takes WI Democrats so long to engage in the democratic process?

lack of courage.

ted c on February 24, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Because they don’t believe in democracy. They are at least fascists, if not outright socialists & communists.

rbj on February 24, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Newsflash… GOP presidential candidate says blandly worded sentences that are to be expected from a GOP presidential candidate.

myrenovations on February 24, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Which potential candidate besides Herman Caine has been up to Madison to speak out? Anyone? Crickets????

Kermit on February 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Which potential candidate besides Herman Caine has been up to Madison to speak out? Anyone? Crickets????

Kermit on February 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

In fairness only three that I am aware of have spoken out on this….Cain, TPAw and Palin.

All of them get kudos from me. Cain actuially going gets the most..

Daniels wants a truce….
Mitt is a no show.

Newt is wodnering how this effects him….

unseen on February 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Which potential candidate besides Herman Caine has been up to Madison to speak out? Anyone? Crickets????

Kermit on February 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Herman Cain couldn’t win a state office, what makes you think he can win a national election? I like the man, he would be an awesome Commander & Chief, but just wondering how people think he could win.

Also, I actually like T-Paw. He may speak with a small voice, but it is far louder than Flip Flopney’s (Mitt).

portlandon on February 24, 2011 at 9:35 AM

LOL Ed wants sooo much for us all to take TPaw seriously. This I’ll concede; I think he is Palin’s most formidable competition in the primaries.

pugwriter on February 24, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Herman Cain couldn’t win a state office, what makes you think he can win a national election? I like the man, he would be an awesome Commander & Chief, but just wondering how people think he could win.

Also, I actually like T-Paw. He may speak with a small voice, but it is far louder than Flip Flopney’s (Mitt).

portlandon on February 24, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Not only could Hermie not win a state office; he didn’t even make it out of the friggin’ primary.

As for T-Paw…um…er…what’s there to say exactly? He isn’t good. He isn’t bad. He just…is…

steebo77 on February 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Not only could Hermie not win a state office; he didn’t even make it out of the friggin’ primary.

As for T-Paw…um…er…what’s there to say exactly? He isn’t good. He isn’t bad. He just…is…

steebo77 on February 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM

There’s nothing wrong with being vanilla.
Not everyone wants Neapolitan or Spumoni.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

I see the Pawlenty coma watch continues. Hope springs eternal.

rrpjr on February 24, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I predict that if Palin doesn’t run, she will endorse Cain (note her linking of Cain’s op-ed on her Twitter and Facebook pages the other day).

Jon0815 on February 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM

DANGER! Will RobinsonEd Morrissey DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! Once you get that RINO stank on ya’ it’s almost impossible to get it off. Just ask Allahpundit.

P. Monk on February 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I know Tim Pawlenty is not household name, but I’m taking a serious look at him. He has governed a very blue state in MN,adhering to sound conservative principles. If anyone is interested, here is an article that has 3 videos of him speaking in Pella, Iowa. He addresses the importance of traditional family and values.

http://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2011/02/tim-pawlenty-in-iowa-our-country-needs-be-prosperous-and-good-to-continue-to-be-great/

I’m looking for someone who can speak to the issues in a substantive manner. I’m willing to give T-Paw a chance.

shelbysbest on February 24, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Get over this guy; seriously.

Levinite on February 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

DANGER! Will RobinsonEd Morrissey DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! Once you get that RINO stank on ya’ it’s almost impossible to get it off. Just ask Allahpundit.

P. Monk on February 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

ROFL, too true!

Levinite on February 24, 2011 at 3:09 PM