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Pawlenty Radio Ad: ‘Minnesota: Not Exactly a Conservative Place.’


Tim Pawlenty is taking to the radio airwaves in Iowa. From his campaign this morning:

Pawlenty for President has launched the first Iowa radio advertisement of its 2012 campaign.  ”Results Not Rhetoric” highlights Gov. Pawlenty’s record of conservative change in a liberal state.  During his two terms as governor, Pawlenty dramatically cut spending, implemented market-based rather than government-based health care reform and nominated conservative judges.


Announcer: Minnesota.

Not exactly a conservative place.

Then came Tim Pawlenty, widely recognized as the most conservative governor in Minnesota history.

Here’s Tim Pawlenty:

Pawlenty:When I ran for governor I said, look, we have to tell the truth, and the truth is, the liberal approach has failed our state.

Announcer: For decades, Minnesota spending had grown at twenty percent.  Tim Pawlenty shrank that down to one percent, and cut spending in real terms for the first time in history.

But that’s not all.

Pawlenty did heath care reform the right way.  No mandates. No takeovers.

And on nominating judges?

Pro-life Pawlenty turned a liberal supreme court into a conservative one.

Pawlenty: If I can do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington.

I’m Tim Pawlenty and I approved this message.

Announcer: Tim Pawlenty: Results, Not Rhetoric.

Paid for by Pawlenty for President.

Iowa conservatives are sure to enjoy a declaration that the liberal approach has failed, be it in Minnesota or anywhere, I wonder how many of Pawlenty’s rivals will scoff that being “the most conservative governor in Minnesota history” is a low bar to clear… the soft bigotry of low expectations?

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