Pawlenty on Meet the Press on Sunday

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to be on NBC’s Meet the Press this Sunday. The Republican candidate for president is the latest presidential hopeful to appear on the Sunday morning show.

Pawlenty has assembled a strong team of advisers and has been working to make himself a viable alternative to Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

But he has been lagging in the polls in the key presidential states of Iowa and New Hampshire. And his campaign has hit a series of rough patches. He was widely criticized for pulling a punch against Romney during a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire. His fundraising figures have also been lower than some observers expected.

He is also competing with fellow Minnesotan, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. Polls show Bachmann is picking up key support among Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Pawlenty is scheduled to campaign in Iowa this week. His campaign manager was predicting some news out of the trip on his Twitter feed.

Update: Pawlenty’s campaign has hired Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a political adviser. She’ll take the campaign’s lead in the Iowa Straw poll.

“Sarah is a results-oriented person with a great track record in Iowa and around the country,” Gov. Pawlenty said in a news release. “We are very excited Sarah is joining our team just as we are hitting our stride in Iowa.”

Huckabee Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa Caucuses in 2008. She served as Huckabee’s national political director.

  • Mary Helmin

    I hope they address the fact that the state of MN shut down because of his poor fiscal leadership. The new administration has been left the task of cleaning up his old mess. Not someone I want at the helm of a much larger ship. Time to put TPaw in dry-dock.

  • Jack

    I’d like people outside of Minnesota to know how he abandoned his duties the last 18 months of his term. Apparently his political ambitions were far more important than running our state.

  • Michelle

    So sunday it’s Meet the Puke instead of Meet the Press. Ok, got it.

  • Disco

    @Mary Helmin

    Oh yeah, I’m sure David Gregory will just aim those tough questions right at Timmy. No softballs for Timmy. Yes indeed, David Gregory will ask tough, fierce questions. Look out, here they come!

  • Carol Martin

    I’m gagging here in Ohio listening to Tim Pawlenty. Yuk Let’s hope nobody votes for this guy for president. I would not want him for my plumber, let alone potus. He won’t answer questions put to him. He won’[t go far (hopefully)without anything to say to voters except negativity about O’Bama .

    Carol

  • Manuel Feijoo

    Tim Pawlenty is a loser. During his watch. Minnesota lost thousands of jobs. Northwest Airlines. Ford Motors Company etc.. Crossed the Northwest Airlines Mechanics on strike picket line. I myself loosing my Jjob after 25 years.

    If hes is elected to President of the United States. GOD HELP US ALL!

  • David

    Just watched T. Paw on Meet the Press. What an empty suit