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Iowa State said ‘no’ when Pawlenty wanted $25,000 to speak during presidential run

That’s too much for a politician’s speech, university officials decided.

When former Gov. Tim Pawlenty was running for president last year, the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University wanted him to give a speech there.

But when Pawlenty’s agent said the fee would be $25,000, plus expenses, university officials decided to pass, AP reports.

It happened after Pawlenty’s poor showing in the Iowa Straw Poll.

A university official said the tradition in Iowa is not to pay for politicians’ speeches, because they all flock there looking for publicity as part of the Iowa caucuses.