Rasmussen Reports released a national poll of Republican voters today and it found that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has some work to do if he decides to make a run for the White House in 2012. The poll found that 24% of those surveyed favor Mitt Romney in the race for the White House. Sarah Palin is second with 19%. Mike Huckabee has 17% and Newt Gingrich has 11%. Pawlenty comes in fifth with 6%.
Note: GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann was not included in this poll.
Letter to the editor in the StarTribune last week:
May this letter lead us to drop the subject
This is a plea to the Twin Cities news media. My governor is Mark Dayton. My U.S. senators are Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. My congressman is Erik Paulsen, and my mayor is Tim Howe.
None of these people are named Tim Pawlenty, yet our former governor continues to have more exposure than people who actually make decisions that affect my life...
...The local media seems to need to foist this fable that Pawlenty is popular and that people are breathlessly awaiting his decision. But every poll I've ever seen shows that most Minnesotans don't want him to run.
Since he no longer holds an elected office, can we knock off the wall-to-wall coverage?
DAVID ____, COON RAPIDS
I agree with David. There's more news in Capitol View about Pawlenty and Bachman than about anything else.
I appreciate your comments. We write about everyone on this blog, including Gov. Dayton.
As for Pawlenty and Bachmann. They are potential candidates for president and will be treated that way from here on out.
I have to agree with the first comment. Pawlenty and Bachmann do not serve in the state capitol. There is no shortage of pressing state issues to examine.