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Pawlenty for president in 2012?

Gov. Pawlenty

This contest is now closed. See below for winner and honorable mentions.

Rumors are flying about our governor’s potential presidential run. Supporters and critics have both been following his actions during this tumultuous legislative session.

MinnPost followers on Twitter, your task is to come up with Gov. Pawlenty’s campaign slogan in 140 characters or less.

The Twitterer with the best slogan will receive four tickets to this Saturday’s St. Paul Saints game against the Sioux Falls Canaries for “Re-Count Night.” Forty Years of “Sesame Street” with everyone’s favorite character: The “Re” Count. “Re” Count Giveaway (for the first 2,500 fans) is presented by TDS Metrocom and


impactmax We’ve had Pawlenty of nothin’, and nothing’s Pawlenty for U.S. #mp140

Honorable mentions:

rfordice #mp140 Shoulda been McCain’s veep; Now it’s time to show people what a pit bull really does.

shellynn20 Pawlenty: Uncompromising, unalloting and unbalancing since 2002 #mp140

NickColeman T-Paw 2012 Slogan: DEATH BEFORE TAXES! Um, that’s YOUR death, MY Taxes. How am I doing, Grover?


Thursday entries:

callipygianking #mp140 Pawlenty 2012: Just decisiveness, damn the consequences.

MNProgressive #mp140 TPaw for Prez: putting a friendly face on failed policies since 1999…but at least he’s caught a walleye. 

GarretFelder Vote Pawlenty 2012: Because that whole Palin idea really panned out well #mp140

impactmax We’ve had Pawlenty of nothin’, and nothing’s Pawlenty for U.S. #mp140

rosscwilliams #mp140 Pawlentyin 2012, an undemocratic leader for un-Democratic Americans.

ChrisShields Pawlenty 2012: Chopping Down Health Care Like Paul Bunyan #mp140


Wednesday afternoon entries:

allendodd No New Taxes (that you can attribute directly to me). I have plausible deniability. #mp140

hoftmeister #mp140 – Pawlenty for President. Seriously. Cheney told him to run. 
orville76 #mp140 “the right white guy for a right white house” 

HOARYHEAD 2012 Pawlenty Slogan: Trust me to do what I want, not what you need. #mp140

cmnsensepolicy Pawlenty 2012, you thought he was hard on MAK and Poge, see what he has in store for Nancy and Harry! #mp140

DanLWhelan Pawlenty 2012: “Survival of the fittest. And the rich. Well … maybe just the rich.” #mp140 #awesomesauce

panndder Pawlenty 2012: No thanks, I don’t need to work with the legislature. #mp140 

yourpalborno T-Paw 2012; Making Minnesota more Blue since 2002 (but I can change that!) #mp140


princewally Breaking promises to my core demographic since 2000. But this time is different.

rfordice #mp140 Shoulda been McCain’s veep; Now it’s time to show people what a pit bull really does.


Early entries:

tonimiddleton Pawlenty 2012: Minnesotans are kicking me out; please, America, give me a new white house. #MP140 

rosscwilliams #mp140 Pawlenty! He’ll balance the budget AND make the trains run on time. 

matlobi Pawlenty ’12: It’s my way or, scratch that, it’s just my way. #mp140 

StayinPositive “Pawlenty of Nothin'” #mp140

gormsby Pawlenty 2012: The audacity of …well…just the frackin’ audacity. #mp140

pop40 Step 1: Death by 1000 tax and spending cuts. Step 2: ??? Step 3: T-Paw 2012! #mp140 #underpantsgnomes

NickColeman T-Paw 2012 Slogan: DEATH BEFORE TAXES! Um, that’s YOUR death, MY Taxes. How am I doing, Grover?

megalomac Tpaw is smart, Tpaw is cool, a vote for Tpaw is a vote for you #tpaw #mp140

shellynn20 Pawlenty: Uncompromising, unalloting and unbalancing since 2002 #mp140

christruscott Pawlenty for (Red State) America: Because We Can Do Better Than Wasilla — Barely #mp140

Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Bookem Dann0 on 05/19/2009 - 11:11 pm.

    I really can’t come up with an intelligent reason why anyone would want to see Tim Pawlenty become president of the US. Unless of course, you just want to see more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans. I’ll tell you what, I just finished reading William Greider’s Book “The Education of David Stockman and Other Americans” (c. 1981) and this conservative scorched earth ideology has been around for a long time now; and has driven our country to the brink of collapse. But if you read the book, you’ll see that what this really means is that everything is going according to plan. A bankrupt govt. can’t function (google “Starve the Beast”). This is what ideolouges like Pawlenty, Strom, Norquist, Palin, Cheney, Bush, Newt, Rush and FOX News loyalists want to have happen. Just look at our tax system, do you really think that it’s fair to make the wealthiest Minnesotans pay a lower pct of their income than the poorest? And to take this sick corrupt ideology and hide behind institutions of Faith and Patriotism while the media never really examines the impact is reprehensible. Leadbelly said it best: “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” and I’ve seen Paw…Lenty!

  2. Submitted by Richard Parker on 05/20/2009 - 01:07 am.

    You’ve got to be kidding. Ish.

  3. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 05/20/2009 - 07:39 am.

    First the state, then the nation, then the world? Wow, other men quided by power-driven egoes have thought in such grandiose terms. There’s a name for those…?

    But back to slogans:

    “Forget the poor, the sick, the unemployed; the disenfranchised… longing to be free.”


    “Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.” A.H. Germany ( of course this campaign ‘slogan’ was quoted some decades ago and who wants to be called a plagerist on the campaign trail if such a presidential candidate as our good governor is chosen?

  4. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 05/20/2009 - 02:25 pm.

    I would borrow the slogan Kinky Friedman (mystery writer and leader of the Texas Jewboys band) when he ran for governor of Texas: “How hard can it be?”

  5. Submitted by Jim Spensley on 05/20/2009 - 04:23 pm.

    If Tim is serious about running for President, watch for him to follow his best contributors to Georgia.

    Delta/Northwest no longer needs its friend in St. Paul. But Delta and thre Air Transport Association would sure like a proven follower in Washington.

  6. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 05/20/2009 - 04:46 pm.

    Decided to toss the kids a shiny bit of tinsel to play with, eh?


  7. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 05/21/2009 - 06:27 am.

    //In leaving Minnesota with perpetual deficits, maybe Pawlenty is just getting in some practice for what he hopes will be his next gig.//

    Perhaps his ideology will become the new shiny object in the room by reinventing itself.

  8. Submitted by John Roland on 05/21/2009 - 06:54 am.

    We’ve Got Pawlenty of Nothing
    And Pawlenty’s nothing to Me

  9. Submitted by Ross Willits on 05/21/2009 - 12:53 pm.

    How about:
    “Tim Pawlenty. Dictatorship with a smile.”

  10. Submitted by Dave Capone on 05/26/2009 - 02:26 pm.

    I think it’s funny that there’s already an an “official” Tim Pawlenty for President in 2012 website up at — I think Tim Pawlenty will absolutley run for President. But he might not win until 2016.

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