Pawlenty is for freedom

Earlier this week, Gov. Pawlenty’s I’m-not-a-declared-candidate-for-president PAC, “Freedom First,” launched its website.

The home page includes a welcome video from TPaw himself. And it goes something like this…

What think?

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Comments (15)

  1. Submitted by John E Iacono on 01/14/2010 - 02:17 pm.

    Well, he got the flag in there, but he left out mom and apple pie.

  2. Submitted by dan buechler on 01/14/2010 - 02:51 pm.

    Looks very cheap both foreground and background. Sounds cheap and in this case I think Pawlenty needs more coaching, more instruction, more practice (egads). Norms ads were/are probably better. I think Simon, Randy would say no. Now show/share some of the other american idol contestants we’ve seen Romney before, Huckabee can connect, who else you got for us and please don’t bring the general into this yet he’s still working and fully engaged. I’m serious but this was fun and probably somewhat substantive. C’mon commentators.

  3. Submitted by dan buechler on 01/14/2010 - 02:54 pm.

    Oh by the way this is not about guns and or military is it? Just wondering I support hunting and some military and I’m fully democrat.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 01/14/2010 - 03:13 pm.

    Implying, of course, that there are other American politicians who DON’T believe in freedom.

    As usual with Pawlenty, the more you listen the less you hear.

  5. Submitted by dan buechler on 01/14/2010 - 03:26 pm.

    By the way Mr. Black would Pawlenty pledge to repeal healthcare reform? Apparently the club for growth and its leader(s) is toying with such an idea.

  6. Submitted by dan buechler on 01/14/2010 - 05:58 pm.

    Go to the website and it looks like they are looking to get money from oil companies seems to have a push for domestic drilling.

  7. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 01/14/2010 - 11:09 pm.

    What the… No sanctity of marriage references?

    This must be the appeal to mainstream version 2.1 and not the appeal to the base version 2.0 that we’ve seen for the past 12 months.

  8. Submitted by dan buechler on 01/15/2010 - 10:16 am.

    seems like I am one of the few commentators. Just gave blood this morning to memorial bank and they had videotaped testimonials from blood bank recipients. Production values where much much higher, there was also a informality and a genuine emotinal connection. T paw still seems very stiff almost like a high schooler at a prom telling the girl’s dad that everything is gonna be alright.

  9. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 01/15/2010 - 01:51 pm.

    Of course, the style of Pawlenty’s pitch may be deliberate: ‘authenticity’ and all that — his ‘aw shucks’ good ol’ boy act.

  10. Submitted by dan buechler on 01/15/2010 - 02:45 pm.

    He’ll never have a career as a television anchor. It terrible I say terrible highschoolers could do a better job.

  11. Submitted by Roy Everson on 01/15/2010 - 03:27 pm.

    Reminds me of that obnoxious guy who played the father of those awful little twin girls on that sitcom some years back, Full House or something like that.

  12. Submitted by James Hamilton on 01/15/2010 - 05:09 pm.

    I can only begin to imagine what they spent on this. It’s got all the hallmarks of a presidential campaign commercial -flag waving in the background, stirring music, and filled with praise for America.

    One thing they apparently weren’t concerned about is the non-white vote, particularly with the “land of opportunity” theme. I can only imagine what some of his contemporaries, 50 year old black or hispanic men and women, have to say about it.

  13. Submitted by James Hamilton on 01/15/2010 - 05:30 pm.

    A thought on the content of the website:

    Why no mention of his work as a labor lawyer and VP of a software-as-services company? Instead, we get a claim that he worked as a criminal prosecutor. At what level, I wonder? Knowing something about his old firm, Rider-Bennet, I think it most likely that he worked as contract counsel for a municipality, prosecuting misdemeanors, but I’d be happy to be corrected on that.

  14. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 01/16/2010 - 01:24 pm.

    “We want to hold government accountable for better results . . . ”

    Hmm . . . does he have any results to claim for Minnesota for which the credit does not belong to someone else?

  15. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 01/16/2010 - 09:26 pm.

    Two terms as governor and we are still sitting on a lot of red ink here in Minnesota. So he really hasn’t made a lot of headway by putting Minnesota back into the black. Perhaps his goal is to do for the country what he has done for Minnesota.

    The governor is offering stuff that sounds good but doesn’t deal with the reality of what has to be done right now. So lets not pretend there is an easy fix.

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