Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty participated in a conference call with Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn this morning. Governor Pawlenty serves as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association and talked about the Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia last night.
Pawlenty, who many believe is preparing for a presidential run in 2012, will be the featured speaker at the Republican Party of Iowa’s fall fundraiser this Saturday night in Des Moines. While Pawlenty says that he is focused on helping Republicans win elections in 2010, he did praise the Iowa Caucuses and the role that Iowa plays in the selecting presidential nominees.
Pawlenty said, “The Iowa caucuses are a terrific tradition. We hold caucuses in Minnesota, but they are not as large or as monitored as the Iowa caucuses.” Pawlenty also said that he has been able to experience the Iowa caucuses a little bit as a surrogate speaker.
“It’s a wonderful demonstration of democracy at a grassroots level. The people of Iowa take it very seriously, and they take time to learn about the candidates and their positions,” he added.
“There is a great fidelity that the people of Iowa attach to the process. It’s a terrific and helpful tradition. I have great respect for the caucuses, and Iowa should retain their [first in the nation] status.”
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