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May 2nd, 2012
09:28 AM ET

Fmr. Minn. Governor Tim Pawlenty says President Obama is a 'disaster,' says announcing Afghan timetable is a bad idea

In an interview “Starting Point” anchor Soledad O’Brien this morning, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty rejected President Barack Obama’s public announcement of a specific timetable for the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “What we don’t like is the President putting these arbitrary deadlines rather than conditions on ground,” he said.

During an unannounced trip to Afghanistan Tuesday, Obama said he remains committed to pulling 23,000 troops out of the country by the end of summer and sticking to a 2014 deadline to turn security fully over to the Afghan government.

“Let’s not announce it ahead of time for those who don’t have America’s interest at heart can plan around it,” Pawlenty, who has endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney and Romney campaign surrogate, said of the timetable. “Governor Romney would have taken a different approach and planned and executed those plans in private.”

Pawlenty also spoke about Obama’s handling of the economy, calling the president a “disaster,” and his health care plan. “He’s been somebody who has disappointed us with all of these broken promises,” Pawlenty said.

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  1. Doug J.

    Of course Pawlenty wouldn't announce troop withdrawals – he would have us stay forever. Actually 2014 is too late; we should leave now before another American kid is killed. And Pawlenty would simply return to the conservative economic policies that created the financial collapse. You really have to wonder if he is more clueless or more dishonest.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tammy lambert chandler az

    If Pawlenty wants to be the decision maker..then Pawlenty should run for president. Obama ran for president because he wants to move america forward. If Pawlenty would like to move America in a different direction then try for the presidency AGAIN in 2016...good luck with that...

    May 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mento you

    Can anybody else still stand this wretched excuse of what republicans have to offer?

    Screw these people. Hearing Pawlenty raise his squeaky voice again is like hearing your doctor say you have cancer.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Christopher Anderson

    Tim we will let the experts that have been handling Afghanistan deal with the timetable. Those guys are 100x smarter than you and anyone from your party.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Stacey Wells

    Did Pawlenty imply that the Supreme Court had already made a final decision on the health care bill. He sounded like he had some definitive info on the decision already. Replay the interview I could be mistaken.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply

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