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‘Pawlenty won’ in Minnesota, new Iowa ad declares

The new television spot highlights Pawlenty’s record as Minnesota governor. The new television spot highlights Pawlenty’s record as Minnesota governor.

A new Iowa television ad touts Tim Pawlenty’s conservative record as Minnesota governor, highlighting the state’s 2004 transit strike and the 2005 government shutdowns as victories for the governor.

“Minnesota gripped by one of the longest transit strikes in history. Why? Because Gov. Tim Pawlenty refused to cave in to government unions,” the ad says. “Minnesota government shut down. Why? Because Tim Pawlenty would not accept Democrats’ massive tax and spending demands.”

In both cases, “Pawlenty won.”

The ad closes with the tagline, “results, not rhetoric.” That was the title of Pawlenty’s first television spot in Iowa, so it’s obvious that will be a main point he’ll try to convey to Iowa voters.

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Pawlenty was the first candidate to air a television ad in Iowa, where is fighting to gain a foothold against a group of candidates that includes Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.