Politics & Policy

Former Daniels Backer Joins Pawlenty Team

Al Hubbard, a close advisor to Gov. Mitch Daniels, will join Tim Pawlenty’s campaign as chair of policy efforts.

“While others seem to accept the status quo, Pawlenty recognizes that there are viable solutions to turning our economy around,” Hubbard said in a statement. “Gov. Pawlenty is committed to meeting our fiscal challenges by reducing the deficit and cutting spending. Pawlenty knows there is a path to expansive growth, and because of this I believe that he is the right man to lead us toward a brighter future.”

Hubbard, who served as director of the National Economic Council in President George W. Bush’s administration, also served as a fundraiser for Bush and attended Harvard Business School with him. While there were rumors that the Bush camp had decided to support Mitch Daniels (Laura Bush even called Daniels’s wife, Cheri, who was reluctant to enter the fray of a presidential campaign), Hubbard’s backing could signal the Bush camp is leaning toward Pawlenty.

Last month, Jeb Bush tweeted, “I admire truth telling and t-paw sure did it to open his campaign.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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