Governor Tim Pawlenty wrote a strong op-ed in support of Mitt Romney which was published by Politico yesterday:
“Romney Is Electable” – By Tim Pawlenty
September 21, 2011
What do Republicans want in a presidential candidate in 2012? Certainly, someone who passionately believes in our conservative values.
But considering what’s at stake — the possibility of four more years of President Barack Obama’s ruinously wrongheaded ideas — electability is a key factor. We have to win.
This is a topic I know something about. It’s one reason I endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.
I served two terms as a Republican governor of a blue state. The last time Minnesota voted for a Republican candidate for president was 1972. It has the dubious distinction of the nation’s longest streak of voting for the Democratic presidential candidate.
But Republicans can be elected statewide in Minnesota. I was. The reason is fairly straightforward.
Practical, common-sense conservative ideas to increase jobs and reduce government burdens improve people’s lives. Voters, whether Republican, Democrat or independent, understand this. As governor, I found innovative ways to balance Minnesota’s budget, cut spending, reform health care and bolster education — all without raising taxes.
I also did my best to lead with a hopeful and positive message and leadership style.
Mitt has done the same. A conservative businessman, he won the support of independent voters — and even some Democrats — to win election as governor of the blue state of Massachusetts. That is no small accomplishment.
It reveals Romney’s tremendous strength in bringing Americans together.
He also governed successfully. His state’s economy was mired in recession when he took office. Expenditures exceeded revenue. Without raising taxes — he cut taxes on 19 occasions — he balanced the budget and led the effort to turn the state’s economy around.
By the time he left office, Massachusetts had a $2 billion budget surplus — and was again gaining jobs.
While all the Republican candidates have their respective strengths, Romney is uniquely positioned to help the Republican Party return to the White House.
Though he had an outstanding tenure as governor, Romney’s not a career politician. He’s spent most of his adult life working in the private sector — launching new businesses and rescuing failing ones.
He has an extraordinary command of the economic challenges we face, gained from day-in, day-out experience working in the marketplace. If ever America needed a leader who knows his way around the business world, it is now. Unemployment is more than 9 percent, and the economy is poised for a second recession.
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