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Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Mitt Romney formed a presidential exploratory committee this week. So did Rick Santorum. The pair joined fellow Republicans Tim Pawlenty and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who have previously gone the exploratory committee route, and Newt Gingrich who, in early March, launched "Newt Explore 2012," a website that proclaims he is "excited about exploring" the idea of running for president. I guess that means that likely-but-not-yet-in candidates Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Haley Barbour, Jon Huntsman, Mitch Daniels, and Sarah Palin are exploring the idea of exploring the idea of an exploratory committee. Since when did all this political Lewis and Clarking become the norm of running for president? It's like announcing that you're forming a committee to see if you want to marry your girlfriend. Either you want to commit or you don't. Why would we want to support a candidate who needs to explore whether he or she wants to lead us?

Jon Ward

Tim Pawlenty Responds To Obama Campaign Launch: 'How Can America Win The Future When We're Losing The Present?' | Jon Ward | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tim Pawlenty was quick to hit back at Barack Obama Monday after the president officially launched his reelection campaign. And in wh...

Pawlenty: Charlie Sheen, Republicans Have Something 'In Common'

Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics

Potential presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty made a reference to Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen while speaking to a group of college Republicans in De...

Tim Pawlenty Offends No One, But Lacks 'Pizzazz'

Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Tim Pawlenty, battling to break out of a pack of potential Republican presidential hopeful, touted himself on Wednesday as a lea...

Tim Pawlenty: 'I've Made A Mistake'

Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics

Potential presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty issued an apology on Monday for his past support for cap-and-trade legislation on the "Laura Ingraham Sh...

Pawlenty: Birtherism Not An Issue We Should Be Raising

Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday morning, potential presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said that politicians shouldn't "play ...

One Issue That Could Prove Major Stumbling Block For Potential Presidential Hopefuls

TIME | Michael Scherer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

But [Jon] Huntsman is far from the only 2012 GOP contender who will have to explain past support for confronting climate change on the campaign trail....

T-Paw Scores Big in Glitz Index

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Craig Crawford

An early task for inquiring journalists will be to confirm reports that Pawlenty is an inch taller than Obama. If so, watch out Democrats. The taller general election candidate almost always wins.

Jon Ward

Tim Pawlenty Signals Entitlement Reform Will Be A Focus of Presidential Candidacy As He Takes First Formal Step Toward Running | Jon Ward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday became the first relatively well-known Republican to take a formal step toward running for ...

Tim Pawlenty Facebook Announcement Expected To Address Formation Of Exploratory Committee

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on Monday afternoon. The potential cont...

Tim Pawlenty Touts Tea Party Cred

The Huffington Post | Kevin Bunkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty appears to be slowly testing the waters for a possible bid to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. T...

Tim Pawlenty Steps Onto Mike Huckabee's Turf

Politics Daily | Suzi Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Arkansas doesn't have the political star power of Iowa or New Hampshire, but that isn't stopping potential 2012 presidential hopefuls from visiting. ...

New Hampshire Republican Questioning Tim Pawlenty's Conservative Cred Sparks Feud

Roll Call | Steve Peoples | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The new chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party on Tuesday was forced to issue a promise to remain neutral in the presidential contest after Ti...

Tim Pawlenty: Michele Bachmann Would Be 'A Strong Candidate' For President

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) isn't scared of the home-state competition that a potential presidential run from GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann cou...

Tim Pawlenty Calls For Push Back Against 'Silent Coup' From Government Unions

Fox News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty called Monday for Congress and local governments across the country to join him in stopping the "silent coup" from governm...

Amanda Terkel

Against His Own Order, Pawlenty Directs State Minnesota To Apply For Federal Health Care Grants | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sam Stein contributed to this report. Although Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at keeping the Patient Pro...

Pawlenty Wrangles On Political Travel | Posted by Rachel E. Stassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At news conference on the day Minnesota economists announced a $1.2 billion state deficit over the next 19 months, which could swell to $5.4 billion i...