Governor Tim Pawlenty Starts PACs in Iowa, New Hampshire, Builds for 2012

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 16, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Governor Tim Pawlenty Starts PACs in Iowa, New Hampshire, Builds for 2012

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 16
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is making more moves that set him up for a potential presidential bid for the GOP nomination against pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Pawlenty, who is pro-life, established state political action committees in Iowa and New Hampshire.

That gives him the ability to support candidates in the first primary and caucus states that are so important in determining the nominees for president.

Pawlenty registered state versions of his Freedom First PAC to assist candidates seeking office in the November mid-term elections, which are expected to be a boon for pro-life efforts nationally and in most states.

"These state PACs will allow Tim Pawlenty and his supporters to better help local candidates in the critical 2010 elections," said Alex Conant, a spokesman for the governor, according to a report in The Hill.

Conant added, "Both states trended towards the Democrats in recent years, but hold great opportunities for conservative candidates this fall."

Although the moves point to a potential bid, Conant told the publication they’re not a surefire indicator.

"As for what happens after the midterm elections, the Governor’s said he’ll decide what to do next in early 2011," he said.

With less name recognition than former candidates like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, the state political action committee’s are important for someone like Pawlenty to build relationships with candidates and voters in the two early presidential states.

But Romney isn’t the only potential 2012 candidate to make moves there, Romney also registered his Free and Strong America PAC in New Hampshire last year and has supported former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s bid to become governor.

In Minnesota, Pawlenty has earned high marks from pro-life groups.

Most recently, he declared April as a month to help women negatively affected by their abortions.

Lisa Dudley, Director of Operation Outcry, a group that helps women who regret their abortions speak out, told at the time that Pawlenty’s move showed he has an "understanding of the consequences of abortion" and a " willingness to protect women and the unborn."

Pawlenty’s proclamation “encourages and promotes healing opportunities and raises awareness of the aftermath of abortion experienced by individuals and families."

In March, he keynoted a Susan B. Anthony List gala where he took the administration of President Barack Obama to task and criticized the pro-abortion health care bill he signed.

Pawlenty told the audience, "This administration and this Congress is being more hostile and challenging the pro-life position and values than any time since Roe v. Wade."

"We don’t honor the Constitution when we elevate a vague idea that is the right to privacy over the right to life,” Pawlenty added.

The governor urged pro-life advocates to re-engage in the long-term battle despite losing the skirmish over the pro-abortion health care bill.

“We have to realize that this is not just about the tactics,” he said. “The laws and the court decisions and the like will change when hearts are changed and minds are changed.”

“Our values are under attack and under siege,” he added. “We’re on the right side of history when it comes to protecting and defending life.”


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