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November 7th, 2009

Governor Tim Pawlenty

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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tim_pawlentyGovernor 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.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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