Tim Pawlenty to Headline Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life Gala in March

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 14, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Tim Pawlenty to Headline Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life Gala in March

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 14
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Potential 2012 presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, the governor of Minnesota, will headline a fundraising bash in March for the Susan. B. Anthony List. Pawlenty’s speaking at the pro-life gala put him in league with Sarah Palin, who has spoken at two prominent events and has another in Ohio the same month.

The SBA List event gives Pawlenty a chance to shine in front of an audience that will appreciate the pro-life track record he compiled as the state’s governor.

Pawlenty was widely considered as a possible running mate for 20080 GOP presidential candidate John McCain, who eventually went with the former Alaska governor to bolster his bid against Barack Obama.

The event will also help Pawlenty raise his image within the Republican Party, as he largely trails Palin and former governors Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney in most polls of Republicans looking ahead to the Obama re-election battle.

Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told Politico that the pro-life women’s group appreciates the work Pawlenty has done to advance the pro-life cause in his Midwestern state.

"We’re so pleased to have Gov. Tim Pawlenty headline our Campaign for Life Gala,” she said. “The governor’s actions on behalf of Minnesota women and unborn children are exemplary.”

The news web site indicated SBA will officially announce the event today, that tickets are expected to cost $275 and that about 400 people are expected to attend.

An October Rasmussen Reports telephone survey showed a close three-way race for the Republican nomination to challenge pro-abortion President Barack Obama in 2012. The survey shows pro-life former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with a clear lead.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds 29% of Republican voters nationwide say Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 presidential campaign.

The survey finds 24 percent prefer former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who ran as a pro-life candidate in the 2008 GOP primaries while 18% would cast their vote for pro-life former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Looking at other potential candidates, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is pro-life, got 14% of the vote while Pawlenty got 4%.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson, also a 2008 presidential candidate, and his wife Jeri addressed the event last year and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is also considering a presidential bid this year, spoke with his wife in 2008.

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