Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on The State of the Union

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Our State of the Union series continues with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty has been a fierce critic of health care reform and President Obama's economic policies. The governor is reportedly considering a run for the presidency in 2012.

Pawlenty joins us with what he hopes to hear from President Obama in Wednesday's State of the Union address.


Gov. Tim Pawlenty

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I like hard questioning of public officials as much as anyone. And I don't think that Celeste and John asked any unfair questions of Gov. Pawlenty. But does any regular listener of The Takeaway suppose that a Democrat governor from one of the Great Lakes states would have gotten the same level of barely-concealed hostility from The Takeaway's hosts?

There are two different interview styles at The Takeaway; the cross-examination approach taken with Republicans, and the talking-points approach taken with Democrats.

I don't mind the cross-examination style; I kind of like it. I just don't like its selective application.

Jan. 27 2010 10:58 AM

What is Pawlenty talking about? With so much of our economy tied up with making money on money we're in the cancer stage of capitalism. We've been producing profits instead of wealth for years. Taking a dollar from a bloated bonus and putting it into a bridge or highway is the healthiest action the government can take. Here's a start: if the "donut hole" works for medicare, why don't we institute it for payroll taxes? Let it stop at 100K and start again on annual income over 2 million dollars. Or would that prove a hardship for the yacht industry?

Jan. 27 2010 08:24 AM
John Smithers from Providence, RI

Regarding your request for comments about the State of the Union. Please understand, from my perspective, the comment below applies to the legislative and judicial branches more than the executive office:

My dad, a WWII vet, would have said of these branches "SNAFU", unfortunately truer that ever in the extreme bi-partisan world we live in.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment,


Jan. 27 2010 06:42 AM

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