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Gov. Pawlenty discusses hockey, limited government and bong water with Jon Stewart

Gov. Tim Pawlenty appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Thursday to discuss limited government, entitlement programs and bong water. The following videos are unedited and uncensored.

Tim Pawlenty Unedited Interview Pt. 1
In this complete, unedited interview, Tim Pawlenty declares he stands for limited and effective government.

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Tim Pawlenty Unedited Interview Pt. 2
Tim Pawlenty believes that most of the government spending pressure comes from entitlement programs in this complete, unedited interview.

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Tim Pawlenty Unedited Interview Pt. 3
In this complete, unedited interview, Tim Pawlenty discusses hockey, bong water legislation, and his future plans in politics.

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Carol Logie on 06/11/2010 - 09:34 am.

    Pawlenty is the Bobby Jindal of the midwest, with all the charisma of a block of starch. He sat there blathering about “common sense, limited but effective government” without once being able to articulate what that actually IS. His big idea: reducing universities to an iphone app: iCollege. He actually said that. Like everyone in the country has internet access and an iphone or an ipad. He suggested taking the money that we invest in some of the finest universities in the country, and give people vouchers to spend on… I don’t know, some kid of downloadable college in a box. John Stewart kind of blinked and shook his head at at the absolute absurdity of this. Pawlenty is a man who hates anything that threatens his small, suburban worldview. For him, the world begins and ends in Eagan. And hopefully his political career will end there as well.

  2. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 06/11/2010 - 09:58 am.

    How about a little analysis of what is in this video?

    Some of it is pure demagoguery.

    For example:

    “Do you really think in 20 years someone is going to put on his back pack, drive a half hour to the University of Minnesota from the suburbs, haul their kiester [yes, he really said kiester] across campus and listen to some boring person drone on about econ 101 or spanish 101?”

    “what I am getting at; is there another way to deliver the service rather than a one size fits all monopoly provider that says show up at 9 o’clock on Wednesday morning for econ 101? Can’t I just pull that down on my iPhone or iPad whenever the heck I feel like it?”

    “and instead of paying thousand of dollars, can’t I just pay $199 for iCollege instead of .99 cents for iTunes?”

    I wonder how the governor would feel about obtaining his law degree from iCollege? He is apparently a Sam’s Club republican pushing a Walmart education, at least for those without the wealth to afford a private education? After he went up the ladder of public education at the U, he now wants to pull it up?

    Bill Gleason, U of M faculty and alum

  3. Submitted by Justin Heideman on 06/11/2010 - 10:24 am.

    I am no fan of Tim Pawlenty. Despite this, and aside from the his HUGE and now very obvious dislike of higher education, I thought he came off as pretty reasonable and likable.

    But, as others have pointed out, his remarks on higher education are totally out there and crazily simplistic: You can already get college classes online, from big name, non-public institutions for free: Stanford, MIT, and others have entire lectures and coursework for many, many classes for free posted on iTunes U. It’s excellent, but it does not even come close to the kind education you can get by being present and actually interacting with your peers and educators in a classroom or a lab. To think that it could even approach that is beyond naive.

  4. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 06/11/2010 - 11:13 am.

    Pawlenty comes across better than Bobby Jindal, though that’s not a high bar. He comes across as likable, which has always been his strength. It’s when it comes time to try to get something done that we find out he has all the ability to compromise of a spoiled child, and the same willingness to keep his word. That stuff however is away from the camera.

    I have to agree that the comments on higher education being done over an iPad is just loopy. And his claim he hasn’t cut education is false.

  5. Submitted by Ann McKinnon on 06/11/2010 - 12:09 pm.

    When it comes to hiring, so often it’s not what you know but the degree or certification you’ve obtained that sets you apart. Can I get my PhD on iCollege? Puh-leaze!

  6. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 06/11/2010 - 04:09 pm.

    Likeability is a powerful “drug” for all too many Americans. We had eight years of the guy people wanted to have a beer with and what did we get for it? I don’t think I need to enumerate the mess Bush left for Obama to clean up.

    I have no doubt that “he’s a nice person and so nice-looking” will help Tim achieve, if not the presidency (though that’s a distinct possibility what with Fox News and talk radio’s incredible power) at least as VP.

  7. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 06/12/2010 - 06:28 am.

    It’s perfectly possible for extremely intelligent people to be entirely irrational in their behaviors. And the worry amongst many of us non-Tea Party Americans today is that anger is driving a lot of irrationality amongst some very intelligent people, people whose responsibility it will be to, in large part, determine Conservative doctrine for the next few decades. And that’s a terrifying thought!

  8. Submitted by Sherry Gunelson on 06/12/2010 - 10:20 am.

    I did not understand why Pawlenty said people should just have the choice for on-line courses. It is there already. And for the budget watchers, the cost of on-line courses at your regular college or university is higher than the cost of the class if you “haul your keister” to it.

    Aside from that, I was a victim of the teach yourself movement in the 70s. We had learning packages, not teachers, for a couple of years. You took a test, then had to do learning packages on your own for what you did not pass. Many if not most kids showed up, then went to the swamp and partied or did who knows what all day. As a studious person, I did all my learning packages, got bored, then wrote several hundred page stories on Donny Osmond. (I was young) The point, we all showed up less educated at the high school than the kids who had teachers and classroom education.

    The idea of getting an education from downloading lectures on your i-phone is ridiculous. Do you really want to go to the i-doctor or be represented by the i-lawyer?

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