Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says there are some good Republican candidates in the national pipeline for 2014 and 2016, but he’s not one of them.
U.S. News has a story in its Washington Whisper section about Pawlenty, quoting him as saying his “political career has come to an end,” and that his new big-bucks job as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable isn’t a pathway to political office.
In the story, Pawlenty says:
“For the moment it looks like the Republican Party broadly has taken a hit because of the shutdown and the threat of not lifting the debt ceiling and potentially defaulting on financial obligations. But the elections are more than a year from now … People who say this means some kind of death knell to the Republican Party are overstating it.”