Pawlenty says he drops out of White House race

WASHINGTON Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:06am EDT

1 of 2. Republican U.S. presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty speaks during the Iowa straw poll in Ames, Iowa August 13, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Tim Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, said Sunday he was dropping out of the 2012 U.S. presidential race a day after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll.

"We needed to get some lift to continue on and to have a pathway forward. That didn't happen," he told the ABC television program "This Week." . "I'm going to be ending my campaign for president, but I'm very, very grateful for the people of Iowa, the people of this country, who I had a chance to make my case to, and for my supporters and staff and friends who've been so loyal and helpful," he said.

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he must have realized he was out-psychoed, he needs to inflict a bit more brain damage before he is qualified to hang with the GOP these days

Aug 14, 2011 9:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Randy549 wrote:
I have to agree with the above comment. It’s unfortunate that the extremely-flawed Iowa straw poll exerts such outsize influence over the nomination process.

Aug 14, 2011 12:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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