Tim Pawlenty confirms he will be at South Carolina debate

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty confirmed that he would attend the first Republican presidential primary debate in South Carolina on May 5. The debate, hosted by the South Carolina Republican Party and FOX News, has few confirmed participants, due in part to the requirement that any participants must have officially announced an exploratory committee and pay a $25,000 entry fee. Other candidates, like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, have said they are unsure if they will attend.

Pawlenty, in a statement Friday, announced his intention to be there, and implicitly chided other candidates for not doing so.

“President Obama’s failed policies have seriously jeopardized our nation’s future and it’s time for Republicans to show leadership and engage in a battle of ideas,” he said. “We have to stand up for America every chance we get, and I for one look forward to doing that on Thursday in South Carolina.”

He continued: “I appreciate the hard work by the South Carolina GOP and FOX News to organize this debate. My Presidential exploratory committee will file the necessary papers and fees with the South Carolina Secretary of State next Tuesday because it’s important that Republicans show up now, talk about their records, and begin the debate on how best we can defeat this President.”

Candidates expected to attend the debate include former Senator Rick Santorum, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, and Rep. Ron Paul.

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  • LordHowardHurts

    I admit that sometimes I feel that I am on ” The Crazy Train” when dealing with this Obama birth certificate issue. As with the Watergate Scandal, this issue is more about the lies, and deceptions, than the actual birth certificate, and the need to know if Obama Sr. is really the father of Obama. the Marxist ll. But the bottom line is that all the problems that have been caused are the responsibility of President Obama, himself. He was not forthcoming at the start, and it is not clear that he is forthcoming, and transparent, even now. Most of the “Birthers” are just regular citizens trying to find the truth, and a way to depose this Marxist President, using the tenants of the Constitution as their guide. This nation has been slowly “sliding” into decay for over 70 years……. during both Republican and Democratic administrations. Obama has just increased the speed of that decline, and it is for this reason he needs to be removed from office. I truly believe that with the financial collapse, the corruption of Congress, and the Marxist leanings of this President and his followers, this nation will not survive as a Republic to see the elections of 2012. I truly believe that if Obama is not removed from office now, there will only be a Coronation in November of 2012.
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