Pawlenty regrets dropping presidential bid so early

Posted on: October 11th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Monday that he dropped his presidential bid too early and that his campaign put too much focus on Iowa.

Pawlenty announced the end of his campaign in August. MPR’s reporting confirms earlier speculation that his campaign was out of money and in debt.

“We made some decisions that I think with the benefit of hindsight I would have done differently. I think if we had it to do over again, we would have probably metered out our resources lighter earlier so we could have made them last longer,” Pawlenty said. “Instead, we went for a more dramatic piece of progress in that early Iowa contest, and I think we should have made a different decision.”

Pawlenty invested much of his energy an attempt to win the Iowa Straw Poll, but nevertheless placed third.

He also told the Star Tribune that he regretted blowing all his money on the race in Iowa, which is generally considered to be more friendly to conservative candidates. In an on-air interview at MPR Tuesday, Pawlenty said consultants urged him to throw “red meat” issues to voters, but that his personality is more Midwestern.

Pawlenty has endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination and is scheduled to host a Twin Cities fundraiser for the former Massachusetts governor next month.

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