The mayor of Manchester, N.H., says Minnesota’s soon-to-be-former governor is definitely checking out the presidential possibilities.
MPR covered Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s trip to the early presidential battleground state Thursday and heard from Mayor Ted Gatsas, who’d chatted with the governor on an early New Hampshire trip:
“Pawlenty makes no secrets about it; he’s testing the presidential waters,” Gatsas said. “During our conversation it was clear that he was thinking about this because he loves his country and he believes in a blueprint that our founding fathers laid out. And that’s very refreshing.”
The story says Pawlenty was warmly received and talked about too much government spending and the dangers of debt:
“Now we, a United States Federal Government who is so far in debt, that has put this nation so at risk, has put this nation at such peril, that they not only endanger our economic security and our prosperity, but it’s gotten so bad that they are now putting at risk our national security over these issues,” Pawlenty said.
Interviewed back in Minnesota this morning by MPR, Pawlenty was coy:
“I haven’t made a decision about my future plans. I have a day job and need to finish out my job as governor and make sure we do that right.”