Pawlenty says no to a Senate run against Klobuchar

WASHINGTON — After a disappointing end to his presidential campaign, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on Wednesday that he won’t challenge Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012.

“I don’t know what I will be doing next,” Pawlenty said in an email to The Associated Press. “However, I will not be running against Amy in 2012.”

Pawlenty’s political future is up in the air after he dropped out the presidential race on Sunday. He said in an interview with ABC’s This Week that he has no interest in being a vice presidential candidate (though he didn’t rule out accepting an offer if it were to come), and some Minnesota Republicans had hoped he’d run against Klobuchar, Minnesota’s popular first-term senator.

Klobuchar has one Republican challenger so far, former state Rep. Dan Severson. She has more than $3.3 million cash-on-hand for her re-election bid, to Severson’s $3,600.

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  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/18/2011 - 01:07 pm.

    So, he’s waiting for Franken? Or perhaps he thinks that the VP call will come in 2012. Either way, we’re well served by his decision not to run.

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