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Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty seek party unity as ‘constitutional conservatives’

Rep. Michele Bachmann addresses convention attendees.
MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
Rep. Michele Bachmann addresses convention attendees.

The label of the day appears to be “constitutional conservative.”

In addressing the Republican delegates this morning, both U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Gov. Tim Pawlenty used the term in their efforts to unify a convention filled with a cross section of libertarians, Tea Party members, social conservatives, old-time Republicans, etc.

Pawlenty’s speech, by the way, surprised many, who expected the governor to be a little emotional in standing before a convention that endorsed him (in 13 ballots) eight years ago. But there was little emotion, as Pawlenty delivered one of his fairly standard stump speeches being used  on his national tour.

In the final moments of his speech, he did express his gratitude to the delegates and gave himelf a couple of pats on the back for “fundamentally changing Minnesota.” But, he warned the delegates, that political change “is not a sprint but a relay race.”

If the baton is not successfully passed to “a conservative,” all that the governor has accomplished “will be lost in six months,” he said.

Neither Pawlenty nor Bachmann endorsed a gubernatorial candidate.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Raoul Trout on 04/30/2010 - 01:25 pm.

    And by constitutional conservative, they mean that they want the government to tell you who you can marry and to tell you which plants you can ingest. You know, just like how it says in the constitution.

    Seriously, these people believe in liberty the same way that Obama believes in ending the shady practices of Bush era intelligence community activities.

  2. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 05/01/2010 - 10:30 am.

    Which constitution? The one we already have or the one they want to replace it with that establishes a theocracy, abolishes the right to privacy, and repeals civil and labor rights?

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