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Posts Tagged ‘Tim Pawlenty’

Did the Romney Campaign Just Reveal Its VP Pick?

Will it be this silver fox? In politics — even more than most industries — PR reps strive to maintain control over the media narrative and save the most sensitive stories for release at the best possible times. On that note, the biggest news from Mitt Romney’s campaign in the coming weeks will be its official announcement of the former governor’s running mate.

Third parties and a certain former VP have advised the Romney camp to avoid the media explosion prompted by Sarah Palin’s appearance on the national stage four years ago, and the team has followed suit, aiming to divert the attention of the press by dropping big, unlikely names into the pool and encouraging friendly media outlets to run with the fake stories as they “break.”

NBC’s First Read reports that three candidates remain in the running, yet NPR and TechPresident believe that Romney’s PR camp may have revealed their hand by way of editorial activity on Wikipedia. Given the fact that traffic on any candidate’s page will shoot up in the wake of such an announcement, we find their theory credible: Last-minute edits are needed to make the potential Veep look as good as possible. So which of the frequently-named VP candidates’ pages have seen the most changes of late?

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TweetMyJOBS to Host Conference With Guest Tim Pawlenty

TweetMyJOBS, a social recruiting platform for Twitter, is hosting its first American Jobs Conference on Twitter next Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. PT. The conference will include a “Tweetnote address” by GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and “Career Chats” with business, government, and recruiting experts.

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The GOP Debate: Many Questions, Some Answers, Lots of Grunting

Photo: David S. Holloway / CNN Saint Anselm College Manchester, New Hampshire

According to Mashable, Mitt Romney came out on top of the GOP debate last night in Facebook terms, adding 19,658 likes by the end of the night. In second place was Michelle Bachmann, who added more than 9,200 likes and made headlines with her announcement that she’s planning to run for office (which would explain why she was there in the first place, no?).

But The Washington Post puts her on top, not only for her big announcement, but also for being “quotable.” “She is a very good communicator,” said one of her pollsters Ed Goeas, with others also giving her the top nod.

The Daily Beast adds Rick Santorum to the winning line up for just looking the part. And everyone agrees Tim Pawlenty was one of the night’s losers, cowering in the face of his “Obamneycare” statement. Even FoxNews.com writes, “That was very bad news for a guy who has conservatives wondering whether he has the brass to go head to head with a sitting president.”

Actually, Salon says Americans were the big loser because it was clear that the candidates have some funny ideas about how the economy and basic math work.

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Tim Pawlenty Part II: The Presidential Announcement

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is in. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is out. The latest Pawlenty video is a lot less ominous than his previous one, but a better video won’t win him the White House. Another announcement, yet the race for President on the GOP side is still a muddled.

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Tim Pawlenty’s Scary, Frenzied New Video

President Obama and his team chose to go with scenes of farms, churches, people speaking calmly, and American flags gently fluttering in the wind with their 2012 re-election launch videoTim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota and possible Republican presidential candidate, decided to go with apocalypse and horror.

In the course of the 1 1/2 minute clip, lightning strikes the White House, there’s an extreme close-up of a child’s eye, and there are a lot of gray-hazed pictures of things (gas prices and maps and people standing in line), kind of reminiscent of that movie The Ring.

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