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Tim Pawlenty on Abortion
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  • Criminal sanctions against abortion doctors, not women. (Aug 2011)
  • Based on results, I'm the most pro-life candidate. (Jun 2011)
  • Stem-cell research ok on previous embryos, but not new ones. (May 2011)
  • 1991: favored parental notification & informed consent. (May 2010)
  • Prohibit partial-birth abortion; require 24-hour wait. (May 2010)
  • Appointed pro-life Chief Justice of MN Supreme Court. (Aug 2008)
  • No liberty greater than the right to life. (Aug 2008)
  • Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Tim Pawlenty on Budget & Economy
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  • I'll offer a prize to anyone who can find Obama's plan. (Aug 2011)
  • Obama is a declinist; I optimistically propose 5% growth. (Jun 2011)
  • I left MN with a balanced budget, not a $6B deficit. (May 2011)
  • Refused to raise taxes to force fiscal responsibility. (Jan 2011)
  • Bottom gets handout; top gets bailout; rest get wallet out. (Jan 2011)
  • Vetoed 123 spending bills as governor. (Jan 2011)
  • Simply wrong for government to spend large surpluses. (May 2010)
  • Nationalizing banking, health, & autos is wrong direction. (May 2010)
  • Post 9-11-01: we face a "big honkin' budget deficit". (May 2010)
  • Expand statewide foreclosure counseling workshops. (Apr 2008)
Tim Pawlenty on Civil Rights
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  • Voted for GLBT protection; later favored repealing the law. (May 2010)
  • Opposite-sex marriage is cornerstone of society. (May 2010)
Tim Pawlenty on Corporations
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  • 20% corporate tax cut; 20% business exclusion. (May 2010)
  • Reduce business tax from 3rd highest corporate tax rate. (Feb 2010)
  • 2009: Automakers should have gone bankrupt 6 months earlier. (Oct 2005)
Tim Pawlenty on Crime
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  • Reinstate death penalty for the most heinous crimes. (Jan 2011)
  • Minimum mandatory sentences & sex offender notification. (May 2010)
  • More prisons; tougher penalties for sex offenders. (Nov 2006)
Tim Pawlenty on Drugs
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  • Legalizing marijuana is unneeded & unwise. (May 2010)
  • Vetoed legalizing medical marijuana. (May 2009)
  • Tougher penalties for meth offenders. (Nov 2006)
Tim Pawlenty on Education
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  • Pro-school choice policies; including pro-charter laws. (May 2011)
  • Let school districts decide on teaching intelligent design. (May 2011)
  • Parents should have educational options, like home schooling. (Feb 2011)
  • 1991: lengthening the school year for high schoolers. (May 2010)
  • 3R solution: Rigor, Relevance, & Results for high schools. (May 2010)
  • Require Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. (Nov 2006)
  • Student standards & teacher standards. (Oct 2002)
Tim Pawlenty on Energy & Oil
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  • I made a mistake in considering cap-and-trade in MN. (May 2011)
  • 2005: Vetoed $250K for climate change research. (May 2010)
  • Building, Benchmarks, & Beyond: reduce 200,000 tons of CO2. (May 2010)
  • 25% renewable by 2025: Requirement, not a goal. (May 2010)
  • Increase supply; diversify sources; drill ANWR. (Jun 2008)
  • The more oil supply, the better. (Jun 2008)
  • Extend tax incentives for energy efficiency and energy R&D. (May 2008)
  • Cap-and-trade to achieve MN greenhouse gas reduction goals. (May 2008)
  • Encourage development of locally owned wind energy sources. (Nov 2006)
  • Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. (Mar 2010)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Tim Pawlenty on Environment
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  • Should monitor EPA's over-regulatory stance. (Jun 2011)
  • Establish Great Lakes Water Resources Compact. (Feb 2007)
Tim Pawlenty on Families & Children
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  • Lost mother at 16; needed & felt God's presence. (Jan 2011)
Tim Pawlenty on Foreign Policy
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  • Sanctions for Iran nukes; regime change for Syria. (Aug 2011)
  • Never subordinate US decisions to UN, as Obama did in Libya. (May 2011)
  • America's rightful place is not lagging behind China. (Feb 2011)
  • More leverage, not more conversation, against Iran's nukes. (Jan 2011)
  • 2009 Tehran protests: Obama demoralized them with silence. (Jan 2011)
Tim Pawlenty on Free Trade
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  • China-Minnesota partnership: grow jobs by growing exports. (Jan 2011)
  • Fair trade, to deal with world's rampant trade manipulation. (Jan 2011)
  • Fair trade, to deal with world's rampant trade manipulation. (Jan 2011)
  • 2005 trade mission led to Minnesota-China Partnership. (May 2008)
  • Rescinded state commitment under CAFTA. (Aug 2005)
Tim Pawlenty on Government Reform
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  • Registering to vote should be a voluntary, intentional act. (Mar 2015)
  • Eliminate the Post Office. (Jun 2011)
  • Government control of campaign finance is flawed. (May 2011)
  • Set a record for vetoes in Minnesota's history. (Feb 2011)
  • Politicians rewarded for saying Yes; have the guts to say No. (Jan 2011)
  • 2002: fined $600,000 for campaign finance violation. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposed 2-term limit for governor & 12 years for Congress. (May 2010)
  • Guarantee the right to concealed carry. (May 2010)
  • 2002: Fined $100,000 for violating campaign finance laws. (May 2010)
  • Keep restrictions on liquor licenses near state facilities. (May 2004)
  • Keep approval of local rules with Governor, not Legislatur. (May 2003)
Tim Pawlenty on Gun Control
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  • Pro-gun, but barred machine guns from security detail. (Jan 2011)
  • Statewide background checks to carry firearms. (Nov 2006)
Tim Pawlenty on Health Care
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  • We did healthcare the right way in Minnesota. (Aug 2011)
  • ObamneyCare: ObamaCare was patterned after RomneyCare. (Aug 2011)
  • Romney and Obama plans are really just "ObamneyCare". (Jun 2011)
  • No top-down, government-run, limited-choice system. (May 2011)
  • ObamaCare's individual mandate encroaches our freedom. (Feb 2011)
  • Shop around for best price & quality, like we do for TVs. (Jan 2011)
  • Eliminated MN's General Assistance Medical Care. (Jan 2011)
  • 2009 bill will break the bank, but not cut costs. (May 2010)
  • 2004: started state website to import Rx drugs from Canada. (May 2010)
  • Start toward universal coverage by covering all kids. (May 2010)
  • Terminate GAMC Medicare Care and fold into MinnesotaCare. (Apr 2010)
  • Supports market-driven healthcare reform. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand coverage: purchasing pools &Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 2002)
  • Extend SCHIP with full funding, plus $12B for Medicaid. (Dec 2007)
  • Delay Medicaid changes that shift costs from feds to states. (Apr 2008)
Tim Pawlenty on Homeland Security
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  • Enhanced interrogation techniques counter radical jihadists. (May 2011)
  • Military & veterans' issues top legislative priority. (Jan 2011)
  • Torture of terrorists might be ok to obtain info. (May 2010)
  • Feds should fund REAL ID driver licenses, not states. (Mar 2008)
  • Require federal electronic verification for state employment. (Jan 2008)
  • Over $2M for National Guard and numerous military programs. (Nov 2006)
Tim Pawlenty on Immigration
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  • If feds won't protect border, then let the states do it. (Jun 2011)
  • No pathway to citizenship except military service. (May 2010)
  • Require federal electronic verification for state employment. (Jan 2008)
Tim Pawlenty on Jobs
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  • I strongly support right-to-work laws. (Jun 2011)
  • JOBZ program: Job Opportunity Building Zone. (Jan 2011)
  • A job is not just a job; it's an identity. (Jan 2011)
  • Jobs Creation Bill: R&D tax credit; 20% corporate tax cut. (Feb 2010)
  • Spur job growth by investing in Minnesota. (Oct 2002)
Tim Pawlenty on Principles & Values
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  • Protect faith from government, not vice-versa. (Jun 2011)
  • Tea Partiers disliked by Chablis-drinking Brie-eaters. (Apr 2011)
  • Obama might be born in US, but he's from another planet. (Feb 2011)
  • We need politicians with courage to stand up to status quo. (Jan 2011)
  • Subscribed to "US News & World Report" as teenager. (Jan 2011)
  • U. Minnesota undergrad & law school, and met wife there. (Jan 2011)
  • Catholic in childhood; attends Baptist church after marriage. (Jan 2011)
  • Separation of church doesn't mean strike God from America. (Jan 2011)
  • 47% pay no income tax? We're addicted to government. (Jan 2011)
  • Not change we can believe in; but change we can't believe. (Jan 2011)
  • My faith is part of how I think, including in public life. (Jan 2011)
  • We are the party of Sam's Club, not just the country club. (May 2010)
  • 1999: Supported denomination-specific prayers in MN House. (May 2010)
  • Politics major then Law School at U. Minn. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: 2012 electorate might want a regular guy. (May 2010)
Tim Pawlenty on Social Security
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  • 2004: strong supporter of personal accounts. (May 2011)
  • No increase in the Social Security tax cap. (Jun 2008)
  • $97,000 of income is middle class; donít raise withholding. (Jun 2008)
Tim Pawlenty on Tax Reform
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  • Health Impact Fee: increased cigarette tax but regretted it. (Aug 2011)
  • Just two tax brackets: 10% below $100K; then 25% above that. (Jun 2011)
  • As House Leader, cut taxes by largest amount in MN history. (Jan 2011)
  • 1992 election based on high taxes & over-spending. (Jan 2011)
  • Increase taxes only if necessary; & with automatic repeal. (May 2010)
  • Tax cuts stimulate economy; create jobs; & raise revenue. (May 2010)
  • No-new-tax pledge, but increased 60 fees. (May 2010)
  • Get Minnesota out of the top ten states in taxes. (Feb 2010)
  • Bush tax cuts should have been permanent in the first place. (Jun 2008)
  • Bush tax cuts should have permanent in the first place. (Jun 2008)
  • Supports Single Sales Tax Reform. (Nov 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Tim Pawlenty on Technology
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  • Don't eliminate the space program; reprioritize instead. (Jun 2011)
  • 2007: 5-cent gas tax to replace bridges after I-35 collapse. (May 2010)
Tim Pawlenty on War & Peace
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  • We should withdraw from Afghanistan more slowly. (Aug 2011)
  • Arbitrary deadline in Iraq shouldn't supersede common sense. (Jan 2011)
  • 2008: Ok to take out bin Laden despite civilian casualties. (Jan 2011)
  • Decide Afghan withdrawal by strategy, not arbitrary deadline. (Jan 2011)
  • 2006: Growing problems in Iraq, but withdrawal disastrous. (May 2010)
  • 2007: Supported the surge; we're going all in. (May 2010)
Tim Pawlenty on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Government growth displaces faith community & charities. (Jan 2011)
  • Metropolitan poverty bill: Express to Success Transit System. (May 2010)
  • 2005: Established state council on faith-based initiatives. (May 2010)
  • Rural poverty JOBZ program: Job Opportunity Building Zones. (May 2010)
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