Top Daniels supporter joins Pawlenty campaign

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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Tim Pawlenty’s campaign announced Friday afternoon that Al Hubbard, a former Daniels supporter and fundraiser, has joined Pawlenty’s campaign and will chair his policy efforts.

“Tim Pawlenty’s positive vision for America is exactly what our nation needs to get back on the right track,” Hubbard said in a statement released by the Pawlenty campaign. “Gov. Pawlenty is ready to tackle the tough economic hurdles we face as a nation. While others seem to accept the status quo, Pawlenty recognizes that there are viable solutions to turning our economy around.”

“Gov. Pawlenty is committed to meeting our fiscal challenges by reducing the deficit and cutting spending,” Hubbard said. “Pawlenty knows there is a path to expansive growth, and because of this I believe that he is the right man to lead us toward a brighter future.”

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Hubbard, a former director of the National Economic Council, was considered a member of Daniels’ inner circle, and was among the first five people notified when Daniels made the decision not to run.

“Al Hubbard not only has clout with the vast network of Gov. Daniels’ supporters, but also carries weight with policy makers and thought leaders nationally,” Pawlenty said in a statement. “His addition to our team adds even more momentum to my campaign that is focused on offering honest solutions to the challenges facing America.”