Pawlenty/Petraeus 2012?

posted at 2:40 pm on June 24, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Presidential candidate and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said yesterday to conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt he sees CIA director designate Gen. David Petraeus on “the short list for a lot of things.”

“Now Gov. Pawlenty, you just mentioned Gen. Petraeus is about to come back to the stateside to take over the CIA,” Hewitt said. “If you are the Republican nominee as you’re seeking to be, would Gen. Petraeus be on your short list of potential vice-presidential nominees?”

Although Pawlenty didn’t say Petraeus was on his short list, Pawlenty did say he was well qualified for the job.

“Well, he’d be on the short list for a lot of things,” Pawlenty said. “He is a remarkable leader, exemplary leader. He’s somebody I think the country owes a debt of gratitude to. He’s knowledgeable, strong. He’s served his country so well. He could serve in any number of positions, and I think he’ll be on many people’s list for vice president, and could certainly serve in that position well. We’re going to have a wealth of riches in that regard, Hugh. You look at the governors and the senators around the country, and the business leaders around the country, we’re going to have lots of people to consider in that category.”

An evident leader in the Afghanistan theater, Petraeus would beef up the foreign policy credibility of any Republican ticket — and this cycle’s crop of candidates, Jon Huntsman excepted, have few foreign policy credentials.

But even independent of Petraeus or any other internationally expert vice presidential candidate, T-Paw next Tuesday will seek to impress on the foreign policy front.

Tim Pawlenty will discuss the Middle East Tuesday in the first big foreign policy address of his campaign, according to an aide.

“Governor Pawlenty will deliver a major foreign policy address next Tuesday morning at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. The speech will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the Arab Spring,” an aide emailed.

“Governor Pawlenty will address President Obama’s failed leadership, approach, and philosophy of how to approach the entire Middle East region,” the aide said. “He will touch on the need for the Republican Party to continue its support for a strong foreign policy.”

Since President Barack Obama announced a sharp drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, Pawlenty has projected a new strength in his remarks on the United States’ role in the world — a strength he lacked on virtually any topic in the second presidential debate (in terms of the image he presented, not in terms of the actual substance of his remarks). Pawlenty will, of course, need to continue to sound like a strong leader, as, unless he performs well, the Iowa primary could make his VP shortlist entirely irrelevant.

 

 

 

 


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Peepee!

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Meh

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Maybe, just maybe, in reverse order, but no thanks.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Desperate.

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Huh? Petraeus?

Mr. “burning a koran could endanger the troops” Petraeus?
Mr. “burning a koran is just like what the Taliban does” Petraeus?

Please.

Splashman on June 24, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Petraeus is a good soldier. He was the right man in the right place at the right time. I appreciate his service. He deserves a good retirement. As in right now.

Splashman on June 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Pawlenty hasn’t dropped out of the race yet?

BadMojo on June 24, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Candidates name dropping potential VP candidates are desperate.

Come on T-Paw, you’re not there yet.

FIGHT!!

portlandon on June 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Heck. Yes.

Red Cloud on June 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM

TimmyP is political jetlag.

The Mega Independent on June 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Desperate.

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM

My first thought as well.

SKYFOX on June 24, 2011 at 2:53 PM

A state Gov and a General is a good combo.

Tony737 on June 24, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Is Petraeus a conservative Republican or even a Republican? I love how people throw out these names without even knowing what his politics are. And, no to meekly Pawlenty.

silvernana on June 24, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Dictator maybe, how else could he hold office and still run the military?

Hening on June 24, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Huntsman is disqualified for being Obama’s ambassador but Petraeus can be his CIA director? I wouldn’t vote Huntsman anyway, but I recall Petraeus saying he has no interest in politics and CIA isn’t a political post (theoretically). I suspect he wants to see how many years he can get in at 4 star rank, maybe even Chief of Staff.

cartooner on June 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Why Pawlenty at all?

I understand why Pawlenty wants the General as VP. His performance on the CNN debate re Romney showed him to be meek/cowardly/de-balled.

BTW/FYI: I have no intention of supporting Romney.

If Pawlenty can’t be “tough” with Romney right there next to him, how is he going to deal with any world leader?

So, I say no to Pawlenty as well.

purpleslog on June 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Cart before horse?

davek70 on June 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

You have to win the nomination before floating names as VP, Timmy.

Epic fail once again from Mr. Vanilla.

Knucklehead on June 24, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Huh? Petraeus?

Mr. “burning a koran could endanger the troops” Petraeus?
Mr. “burning a koran is just like what the Taliban does” Petraeus?

Please.

Splashman on June 24, 2011 at 2:45 PM

April 4 (Bloomberg) — A uniformed member of the Afghan Border Police killed two U.S. soldiers visiting his unit’s headquarters in the northwestern province of Faryab, border police commander Najmuddin Sardari said.

The U.S. troops died after a dozen American army soldiers drove in armored vehicles to border police offices in the provincial capital, Meymaneh, for a routine meeting, Sardari said in a phone interview from his office today. The attack came as officials said 24 people have now died and 140 been injured in four days of protests against a U.S. cleric’s burning of the Islamic scripture, the Koran.

Raisedbywolves on June 24, 2011 at 2:56 PM

A state Gov and a General is a good combo.

Tony737 on June 24, 2011 at 2:53 PM

This is not the state Governor you are looking for…

/jedi

BadMojo on June 24, 2011 at 2:56 PM

NO/NO

Socmodfiscon on June 24, 2011 at 2:57 PM

For all you T-Paw doubters:
get used to him — he’s in this for the long haul and he would/will trounce Obama…

mjbrooks3 on June 24, 2011 at 3:00 PM

At least T-Paw recognizes that he needs some male hormones.

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 3:02 PM

If he’s available, he might hit all the bases for a Palin VP.

alwaysfiredup on June 24, 2011 at 3:04 PM

If he’s available, he might hit all the bases for a Palin VP.

alwaysfiredup on June 24, 2011 at 3:04 PM

But that would require that she somehow turn her slapdash organization into an actual campaign, and win the nomination while simultaneously pissing off the leadership of all fifty state parties.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Does anyone even know if Petraeus is a r or a d?
L

letget on June 24, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I don’t think he’d do it.
But he would make an outstanding advisor.

Someone floated Romney/Rice

I’m thinking Perry/Rice or Perry/West

/I just can’t argh, Romney… ugh. No.

Key West Reader on June 24, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Candidates name dropping potential VP candidates are desperate.

Come on T-Paw, you’re not there yet.

FIGHT!!

portlandon on June 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Did you actually read the post, or just the headline?

He was answering a direct question asking if he’d consider Petraeus for VP.

Hollowpoint on June 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM

I’m sure the NY Times and MoveOn.org will like that combination.

shick on June 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM

But that would require that she somehow turn her slapdash organization into an actual campaign, and win the nomination while simultaneously pissing off the leadership of all fifty state parties.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 3:06 PM

She’s not going to run. Right now, she’s on Jury Duty. When she’s done with that, she can resume her American Patriot Tour. I think Sarah is going to just sit back, watch the LSM, SRM and the madcow’s sweat.

Saracuda!

Key West Reader on June 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM

No. We don’t know jackshite about Petraeus political views. This pushing candidates blindly is ridiculous.

Blake on June 24, 2011 at 3:16 PM

There will come a day when the children of America will know that their heritage was threatened and almost snatched from their hands by some dude selling Koolaid a/k/a Barack Hussein Obama.

There will come a day when the name mentioned above is nothing more than a butt of a joke.

Key West Reader on June 24, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Get Ryan or Christie to run, have Petraeus be their VP so he can explain how the debt crisis is a threat to national security and hopefully help all the old people realize that nothing happens to you if you’re over 55.

cpaulus on June 24, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I’d prefer Peter Pace, but Petraeus has been a damn good leader.

Abby Adams on June 24, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Is Petraeus a conservative Republican or even a Republican? I love how people throw out these names without even knowing what his politics are. And, no to meekly Pawlenty.

silvernana on June 24, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Exactly. For all we know he is another RINO like Colin Powell. How about McChrystal?

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2011 at 3:21 PM

More like the short list of what you do when you’re desperate.

rrpjr on June 24, 2011 at 3:25 PM

For VP? no one knows how Petraeus leans.

Meybe as Sec Def but I don’t like his ROE and stance against “insults to Koran” unless he can convince POTUS that it had nothing to do with PC and everything with tactical concerns of keeping the MSM off you back as much as possible and the constraints imposed upon him by Oboobi’s admin.

But as noted above, Peter Pace would be better or even Tommy Franks. But for any would be POTUS, Adm Mullins needs to be relagted to the ashbin of history.

AH_C on June 24, 2011 at 3:33 PM

portlandon on June 24, 2011 at 2:51 PM

So far T-Paw tops my short list of candidates. But, I have to agree with you. It sounds like a pretty lame attempt to paper over a lack of foreign policy know-how.

MJBrutus on June 24, 2011 at 3:35 PM

To pick a VP one needs to get the party’s nomination.

T-Paw will not get the nomination, so problem solved.

scotash on June 24, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Saracuda!

Key West Reader on June 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Quitter!
csdeven

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Huh? Petraeus?

Mr. “burning a koran could endanger the troops” Petraeus?
Mr. “burning a koran is just like what the Taliban does” Petraeus?

Please.

Splashman on June 24, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Wow. A Petraeus is a squish, Muslim RINO Commie appeaser post!!

rickyricardo on June 24, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I’d prefer Peter Pace, but Petraeus has been a damn good leader.

Petraeus has single handedly carried US military leadership on his back, devised and ruthlessly executed a counter insurgency in Iraq and implemented a long term counterinsurgency in the Afghan theater.

Of all the individuals in this country, he has been the indispensable man since 9/11.

The man has entered the pantheon of great American military leaders.

rickyricardo on June 24, 2011 at 3:59 PM

rickyricardo on June 24, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I agree. Let’s give him the key to the city and a parade. Let’s not make him our Veep.

MJBrutus on June 24, 2011 at 4:07 PM

For entertainment value, Palin/Cheney. Liz that is. Then watch left wing heads explode.

Dale Wyckoff on June 24, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Wow. A Petraeus is a squish, Muslim RINO Commie appeaser post!!

rickyricardo on June 24, 2011 at 3:53 PM

No. Just a Petraeus echoes dhimmitude foolishness and misunderstands the First Amendment and that makes him totally inadequate as VP post.

rrpjr on June 24, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Quitter!
csdeven

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Louise is working on her make-up for tonight’s episode of the “Thelma and Louise Show”

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Petraeus is becoming Obama’s CIA Director. HE’S DISQUALIFIED.

Punchenko on June 24, 2011 at 5:24 PM

You know, I sometimes wish that somebody named Goode was running for president so we could have the ticket of “Goode and Pawlenty”

Dave_d on June 24, 2011 at 6:18 PM

An evident leader in the Afghanistan theater, Petraeus would beef up the foreign policy credibility of any Republican ticket

As well as Neville Chamberlain, Jeremiah Wright and the Mad Hatter combined.

HalJordan on June 24, 2011 at 6:38 PM

George Patton would slap Petaeus into next Sunday. Best not to go into what Charles Martel would do to him.

HalJordan on June 24, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Even if nominated, I doubt that Petraeus would accept. It would be a waste of his talents to sideline him as VP, and I don’t think he would be willing to serve as an attack dog against the President he served for four years. If Petraeus has a future in politics, it will not begin until after Obama is out of office.

Lawdawg86 on June 24, 2011 at 7:26 PM

No/No 2012.

profitsbeard on June 24, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Petraeus is trouble. Pick someone else.

I think he is liberal and statist, and would be happy to curtail freedoms for military goals (banning Koran burning to capitulate to Islam) and would also, although I’m not sure of it, willingly order US troops to open fire on Americans who refuse to give up their constitutional rights.

A slightly more masculine version of Lindsay Graham.

I think the sooner Petraeus goes away, the better.

rightwingyahooo on June 24, 2011 at 11:07 PM

The griping about Pawlenty’s “cowardice” during the debates is really unfortunate, and displays a complete lack of political campaign knowledge. Pawlenty is not a weak leader, the campaign made a calculated decision to avoid confrontation over “Obamneycare” during the debates. What people around HotAir fail to grasp is that these candidates have to compete in two very important states in order to have even an iota of hope in winning the nomination. Iowa and New Hampshire have voters who absolutely do not want to see a negative emphasis this early in the cycle.

We can debate about the wisdom of having thrown down on “Obamneycare” to begin with, however Pawelenty’s decision to stay above the fray during the debates demonstrates that he understands the political nature of the early state voters. People here, who feed on red meat, and make rash day to day swings in their choice for the nominee do a disservice to the selection process and our party’s chances.

SuperBunny on June 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM

The griping about Pawlenty’s “cowardice” during the debates is really unfortunate, and displays a complete lack of political campaign knowledge.

Yeah, right. That’s why he hit every show the next day to back off…

This isn’t just any year SuperB. You’ve got to hit hard or don’t bother coming to the fight. I like T-Paw’s policy statements but so far his Minnesota Nice is disqualifying him from getting my vote.

The only way a conservative will be able to counter the media blitz Obama’s going to throw at them is stomping on his toes, kicking him in the balls and knocking his teeth down his throat; with a smile on his/her face, of course. So far I don’t think your boy has the nerve to handle the job.

rcl on June 25, 2011 at 1:52 PM

… And on HH and Petraeus… The general is a total unknown on social issues. T-Paw should have said so and said “No.”

Again, he panders to his friends instead of standing on principle. The more he talks the more he sounds like just another politician.

rcl on June 25, 2011 at 1:57 PM

@rcl, I share your desire to have a candidate that channels the frustration of conservatives. What’s important to remember though is that when you actually are in a campaign, there are dozens of competing interests, and I don’t mean policy interests, I mean political optics.

I’ve seen Pawelenty speak in person, he has improved tenfold in recent months, and he was able to speak off the cuff for over 20 minutes during a recent house party in New Hampshire, never once referring to a cue card or teleprompter. He didn’t have a hiccup, and he held the audience’s attention the entire time. Compare this to Romney’s official announcement in Stratham, NH, which I also attended. What I am tired of hearing is how boring Pawlenty is, when Romney is goes around with the thinnest of platitudes.

Newsflash. Pawelenty’s “boring” mantle is being emphasized by the media for a reason. He has a hell of a record and he is a bigger political threat to Obama than anyone currently realizes.

SuperBunny on June 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM

test

Dire Straits on June 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM