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Rumors of Tim Pawlenty possibly accepting the Republican vice-presidential nomination have heated up again.

With the Obama campaign hard at work hammering away at Mitt Romney's record as the CEO of Bain Capital, Romney's vetting team may be looking at Pawlenty as someone who can distract attention away from Romney's finances and lingering questions as to when Romney left Bain Capital.

Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-tax front group that is noted for its "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" that has been signed by most House and Senate Republicans, said about Pawlenty, "He was a little Scott Walker before Scott Walker." Norquist compared Pawlenty, the former Governor of Minnesota, to current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who signed into law anti-collective bargaining measures against public-sector workers in Wisconsin, which prompted Democrats to force Walker to run in a recall election, which Walker won. Norquist did, however, criticize Pawlenty for raising cigarette taxes as Governor of Minnesota, which Pawlenty infamously referred to as a "health impact fee".

Mitt Romney, if elected President, will bring Scott Walker's "divide and conquer" agenda to the federal level. Tim Pawlenty, if picked by Romney as his running mate, will try to distract from Romney's record of offshoring and outsourcing. Don't be surprised if Romney picks his running mate within the next couple of days, because Romney knows that the Obama campaign has hammered away relentlessly on his record at Bain, and Romney will do anything to distract attention away from that. Regardless of whether Romney picks Rubio, Portman, Pawlenty, Jindal, Ryan, Walker, Ayotte, Martinez, Haley, Rice, or some other Republican as his running-mate, Romney will probably be looking to distract attention away from his record of offshoring and outsourcing.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 05:31:37 AM PDT

  •  Romney sure needs to try to change the topic. (4+ / 0-)

    Announcing his VP nominee will get the press off his back for a couple of days, but that opens up a new line of attack.

    Does the VP release his tax details?  and if so how many years?

    And if its a former Governor or Senator, how many have they released already?

    •  Romney announcing his VP won't even move #s (0+ / 0-)

      his way ESPECIALLY if it is Pawlenty? What are they trying to get, Minnesota? LOL. This is the most poorly managed/thought out campaign I've ever lived through.

      When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

      by YoungArizonaLiberal on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 06:49:26 PM PDT

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  •  Just changed the title of the diary (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    YoungArizonaLiberal

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 07:09:23 AM PDT

    •  T&R, You're the first person I've seen to break (0+ / 0-)

      this news all day. Maybe you should add a BREAKING disclaimer since you're first?

      If you add a little more meat you should definitely be on the rec list tonight!

      When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

      by YoungArizonaLiberal on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 06:51:23 PM PDT

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  •  Romney war room continues to stagger (2+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, diffrntdrummr

    If they think that a "little Scott Walker" (T-Paw) is going to help them counter accusations that Romney is the "pioneer of outsourcing", they're smoking crack. Working folks are going to know that NEITHER vulture capitalists NOR union-busters are their friends.

    Go T-Paw! I'll just step out for some popcorn.

  •  Uhhhh.... (2+ / 0-)

    Doesn't he have to secure the party's nomination first?

    •  Nope, it's Romney's turn therefore everything (0+ / 0-)

      that happens between now and his November beatdown is a reflection of him as the "leader of the GOP".

      When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

      by YoungArizonaLiberal on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 06:52:46 PM PDT

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  •  Oh sweet jesus and job (1+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat

    What's this tingly feeling I feel? Schadenfreude-gasm!

    Pawlenty?! No fucking way? Pawlenty? As in the guy who makes wallpaper look interesting? Does Mitt Romney want to go down in history as the worst Presidential Candidate since John C. Calhoun who according to Wikipedia:

    Calhoun eloquently spoke out on every issue of his day, but often changed positions. Calhoun began his political career as a nationalist, modernizer, and proponent of a strong national government and protective tariffs. After 1830 he switched to states' rights, limited government, nullification and free trade.
    If this is true, we just won the election and I reserve the right to splash glitter all over myself and dance to Donna Summer (RIP).

    When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

    by YoungArizonaLiberal on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 06:46:46 PM PDT

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