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April 12th, 2011
06:40 PM ET

Tim Pawlenty says "I'm running for President" and comments on Trump as possible opponent

Potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is a guest tonight on "Piers Morgan Tonight" and he responds to today's poll that puts him at just 2% (compared to Donald Trump at 19%). "Our trajectory is kind of a tortoise and hare strategy," he tells Piers Morgan. As for Trump: "I think he's funny, I think he's exciting, he's obviously very successful. I think he'd bring a lot to the debate." (Then, he comments on Trump's recent "birther" rhetoric and makes a hair joke.)

Would he accept an offer to be Trump's VP?

"I'm running for President," said Pawlenty, who has formed an exploratory committee but has yet to formally declare. "I'm not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for Vice President. I'm focused on running for President." (Pawlenty said he would make a formal announcement in the coming weeks.)

Watch the full interview tonight at 9pmET/PT. Also on the show is Pres. Barack Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, who talks Trump as well.

Pawlenty later clarified: "I just hope that the country will take the full measure of all the candidates and make an informed decision, I think they will...I've got an exploratory committee up and running and we'll have a final or full announcement on that in the coming weeks. It won't be too much longer. But everything is headed in that direction.

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  1. Jorge A. Vela

    Governor Tim Pawlenty out of all the other six is the best one I would consider to vote for instead of President Obama! But still, OBAMA 2012!!!

    April 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Larry Murphy

    I will vote for Donald Trump. He says all the right things and will go head to head with Obama and beat him. Trump was on Greta Van Sustren (Fox) last night and he will take no hosteges. He has real experience in business and yes sometimes went bankrupt. But Obama has absolutely nothiing as far as experience. In fact, someone said when Obama walks into a room of CEOs, he is the dumbest person in the room. Donald Trump fpr President and Chris Christie for VP, What a team!!!!

    April 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Johnt

      re "Trump fpr President and Chris Christie for VP"

      No NO!!! ... a Trump/Palin ticket man ,,, the Mogul and the MILF!

      Now how about that! LOL

      April 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ricky W

    How come you dont ask your Birther(GOP) guest ... this question "How come the Presidental Vetting Process stopped working when he became the President?

    April 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sarah C

    Please ask Pawlenty-of-nothing about the Minneapolis bridge that fell into the Mississippi on his watch killing 13 people and injuring many more. This alone should disqualify him from being POTUS.

    April 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Barb

    Governor Pawlenty apparently doesn't REALLY know the truth about the Meltdown of 2008 which DID leave a LOT of shareholders very much poorer ... even in the financial services industry.

    Before one can be President, they NEED to learn to get the FACTS right ... and STOP spinning!

    April 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. margaret

    This is very scary to me. I live in Minnesota, and I can tell you that this man cares nothing about the majority of the people he governed. The people harmed by this mans policies are tremendous. If Michele Bachman, and Sarah Palin are stupid......this man is not. He is evil, and has no compassion for anyone but big business. He targets the most vulnerable without any remorse. He did not run again for Governor, because he would not have won.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. userjan1

    Margaret,'
    I hate to disagree with you, but i do. I moved to minn from iowa about 8 yrs ago, and was shocked and surprised by the liberalism of this state. working for a social service agency, seeing thousands of people moving here to get social service money ($203 per month),moving from southern states then coming up here in the winter, to get $203????Our state is pouring out dollars in welfare funds, unnecessarliy. Alot of them are not even living here, they just have a general delivery address here, and live in chicago, detroit, or anywhere else.

    This is very scary to me. i am sick of paying for losers.

    Pawlenty did a great job, but did not go far enough. It was probably the fault of the Democriatic house and Senate in Minn.

    If Pawlenty ran with Paul, as a vp, i would consider him.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. john

    It's amazing that anyone takes Trump seriously as a Presidential candidate, least of all someone who seems to know him fairly well. See Spy Magazine's coverage of Trump in the 80s to fully appreciate who and what this fellow is. Talk about a prevaricator! He's been married 3 times, run some of his companies into bankruptcy and seems to have skin as thin as an onion peel. Not exactly the guy you want holding the football....not going to happen for him.

    April 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Please love America it's all we have.

    Please ask for ALL educational records not just birth certificates..... with all the clowns we are seeing in American politic we will need to import a President.
    Trump & Pailen for 2012 is what FOX news endorses.
    Hip, hip hurray what a great pair the two will make.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Nancy of NY

    This man maybe a good man BAD candidate.
    This is a global world, our out look has to change when the truth comes out we will need to make changes that Honest and Truthful if we want to remain the super power.
    America for Americans. We need smart people and NO more of Israel lobbies running our government from Kennisit.

    Why is our TAX DOLLARS going Israel to occupy a land for over 60 years and killing innocent people ????

    April 13, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Nancy of NY

    This man maybe a good man BAD candidate.
    This is a global world, our out look has to change when the truth comes out we will need to make changes that Honest and Truthful if we want to remain the super power.
    America for Americans. We need smart people and NO more of Israel lobbies running our government from Kennisit.

    Why is our TAX DOLLARS going to Israel to occupy a land for over 60 years and killing innocent people ????

    April 13, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. penny

    So typical that the ever so smarmy CNN then immediately published the Morgan/Pawlenty interview out of context:

    http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/04/13/did-cnn-do-an-unethical-number-on-gov-pawlenty/

    Oh, and "margaret", you just wouldn't be a MN union teacher would ya? If so, you get a D for critical thinking and poor composition skills. Get real. The beaten down taxpayers and the ever growing private sector unemployed servicing the union gluttons deserve more compassion.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. IKHAN

    @ Nancy of NY

    I quite agree. We pay $ 6 billion to Israel in military & other aid. And that is just the announced portion. Their Defense minister says that soon they'll be demanding an increase. Well, the generosity of us poor tax payers has to have some limit.
    As for our politicos & policy makers taking a cue from the Kenesset or the authorities in Tel Aviv, its an open secret. Unless blessed by the powers there none would even dare run for public office here.
    And that is one source of all our troubles.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Taxi

      Right, so the angry dispossessed birds flgiinng themselves at the fortifications on suicide missions, blowing themselves up to inflict as many casualties and as much damage as possible, are the AMERICANS, whilst the fat piggy egg stealers wearing military headgear and hiding in the green zone are the ARABS?I mean, it's a fun game and all, but if you're using it as a political metaphor, it's very clearly the other way round.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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