Tim Pawlenty, the little-known former Minnesota governor who likes to refer to himself as T-Paw, may not be scoring big numbers in national polls, but behind the scenes he has won over some of the most coveted GOP donors and fundraisers.
The Des Moines Register’s “2012 Iowa Caucuses” reported Friday that Iowa power fundraiser, Nicole Schlinger, is on board the Pawlenty campaign. Schlinger is listed as one of The Des Moines Register’s 50 most wanted people for the Iowa caucuses.
In 2008, Schlinger was the Iowa straw poll director for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But she apparently has jumped ships this election year, given that Romney launched an exploratory committee last month and is sending strong signals that he will run for president in 2012. more >>
Sarah Palin is favored over Mitt Romney by Republicans most concerned about social issues, a new Gallup poll finds.
But the former Alaska governor is not as popular as Romney among Republicans who care more about government spending, the economy, and national security. The new poll, conducted May 20-24, shows that Romney appeals to Republicans across the board while Palin’s support is concentrated only among the party’s social conservatives.
Palin and Romney are the top two leaders of the wide-open 2012 Republican presidential field. more >>
Michele Bachmann says she is going to wait until June to announce her decision on the 2012 race despite hints of an Iowa announcement Thursday.
Bachmann told the Des Moines Register that she is holding out to ensure she and her husband have time to properly plan.
"We want to make sure that what we are doing is deliberate and focused. We want to be prudent and responsible in the decisions that we are making," she said. more >>
A former aide to Sarah Palin says his tell-all book is the story of his spiritual journey as a backslidden Christian and family man. But the book seems to carry a judgmental tone towards the former Alaskan governor whom he says needs to "own" her indiscretions.
Frank Bailey, once a part of Palin's staff, said releasing his tell-all book, Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin, Tuesday is a healing experience.
Once publicly embroiled in a scandal over the firing of Palin's ex-brother-in-law, Bailey said he made a lot of mistakes as an aide and did things he is not proud of. He details those misdeeds in the book as a precautionary tale of sorts. more >>
MTV pulled a pro-life media group’s newly launched ad campaign off the air earlier this month, prompting accusations that the music channel harbors a pro-abortion agenda.
Heroic Media announced its “We Can Help” campaign on April 30 at a fundraising event headlined by Sarah Palin. The commercials encourage women with unexpected pregnancies to reach out for information and support.
The advertisements began on schedule on May 2, but after just one airing, MTV – which broadcasts the reality show “16 and Pregnant” – yanked them off the air. Though the ads were scheduled to run on the network throughout the month of May, MTV announced on May 5 the decision to stop showing the commercials. more >>
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty began the day by making the rounds on television and radio programs in his first “official” day on the 2012 presidential campaign trail. He signaled his intentions on Sunday by posting a YouTube video, but made his formal announcement shortly before noon CDT today in Des Moines, Iowa.
“President Obama’s policies have failed. But more than that, he won’t even tell us the truth about what it’s really going to take to get out of the mess we’re in.” Pawlenty started in his remarks.
“President Obama doesn’t have an economic plan,” he went on to say. more >>