Governor Tim Pawlenty did a great job of introducing himself to Iowa Republicans tonight. Pawlenty was more than comfortable in talking to Iowans tonight. His speech was full of humor, the serious issues that are facing our nation, and lots of references to the heartland. Below are the notes from his speech.
6:49 – Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty takes the stage.
-Deer hunting this morning – took part in a new conservation program called “shoot and release”
-Met with Bill Northey, Gov. Ray and Gov. Branstad
-Thanks to Sen. Grassley. He has been in the eye of the storm on healthcare. It won’t be delayed or killed without Grassley.
Talladega Nights movie – family is saying grace. Character says, “Thank you for my red hot smoking wife” and that’s how he feels about Minnesota’s first lady.
-Mentions the GOP victories in NJ and VA. We need that same kind of comeback in Iowa an all the other gubernatorial races next year.
-Obama wants to take our country places that we don’t want to go. We need to be ready to fight back.
-Obama promised to brings both parties together on healthcare on caucus night. But now they are trying to shove this “liberal monstrosity” down our throats.
-Sec. of State down on her knees in China begging them to fund our debt.
-Are you willing to be involved, get fired up, and fight back in the upcoming governor’s race? Crowd: “YES!”
-Grew up in a town with mass layoffs in the 1960’s. Saw the impact of that on people. Saw mother struggle to pay bills.
-Comes from a family of Reagan Democrats.
-But democrats are no longer for the working people, only for big unions and big corporate bailouts.
-The federal government needs to live within its means. The US is not a beggar nation.
-“The only thing growing faster than the national debt is Chris Matthew’s man-crush on Barack Obama.”
-He got elected in a liberal state that gave us Al Franken. If he can control spending there, he can do it anywhere.
-He set the record for most vetoes every by a Minn. Governor in a year, and he’s proud of that.-The federal government needs to focus on growing jobs in this country
-Obama outsources stimulus bill to Pelosi – threatened if we didn’t pass it, we might hit 10% unemployment in this country. That happened anyways.
-Tax cuts should be made permanent, not allowed to expire.
-Cut payroll taxes, help small business sector.
Fix the healthcare system.
-we need to make healthcare more affordable, not less, which is what the current plan does.
-Gov’t can’t manage H1N1 vaccine, how will they manage the entire heathcare system.
-Minn. Advantage program puts people in charge of their healthcare.
-lets people pick their providers. Incentivises going to high quality, cost efficient providers.
We are blessed to live in the heartland of America. Some call us flyover country. Some Northwest pilots took this too literally.
We have values of faith, family, importance of freedom, personal responsibility, and thanking and acknowledging God. Some say he shouldn’t talk about that. But this is in the founding documents of our nation and of Iowa
Preamble to Minn. Constitution – We the people of Minn. Grateful to God for our civil and religious liberties…
If it is good enough for the founders, it should be good enough for us to thank and acknowledge God in these settings.
We can’t through people overboard. We will fight it out in the primaries, but when that is over, we need to come together. We know what is at stake, and we know what needs to be done.
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