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July 13th, 2011

Is Pawlenty Using Huckabee’s Daughter as Shield Against BVP Pledge?

On the same day former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty rejected The Family Leader’s “Marriage Vow” pledge, his campaign distributed an email from the daughter of 2008 Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee.  Sarah Huckabee joined the Pawlenty campaign last week.  Clearly, Pawlenty hopes she can provide him with some much-needed support in Iowa’s evangelical community.

The email message praises Pawlenty’s “commitment to faith and family”, describes him as a “champion of the unborn”, and a governor who appointed “strong conservative justices to the Supreme Court”.  By refusing to sign The Family Leader’s pledge, Pawlenty risks alienating those caucus goers who remain loyal to Bob Vander Plaats.  He hopes the Huckabee name will help negate any losses.

Below is a portion of the email from Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

Dear Friends,

Four years ago I worked in Iowa for my dad, Governor Mike Huckabee, when he was running for President. At the time, he was low in the polls and didn’t have much money, but he won the Iowa Caucus because Iowans liked his executive experience, record of results governing a Democratic state, and conservative convictions.

Today I’m back in Iowa working for Governor Pawlenty’s campaign because Governor Pawlenty has the same conservative convictions and executive experience I admire in my dad.

Governor Pawlenty’s record of results governing in liberal Minnesota is second to none when matched against the other Republican candidates. He balanced the budget in Minnesota by cutting spending and rejecting tax increases. He’ll do the same in Washington.

Governor Pawlenty’s commitment to faith and family is not a product of coaching by campaign consultants.  As a devoted husband to Mary and supportive father to Anna and Mara, Governor Pawlenty gets it.  For the Pawlentys, parenting is not just an obligation—it’s a moral responsibility.

While some speak our language out of political convenience, the Pawlentys’ words are rooted in core convictions.




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Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor’s office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad’s 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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