Pawlenty: Voters picked Obama for ‘leadership,’ not ‘gifts’

By Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, November 17, 2012 21:39 EDT
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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) appearing on C-SPAN. Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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Speaking to C-SPAN on Friday, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) contradicted failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s assessment of why he lost to President Barack Obama, saying that voters picked Obama for “leadership considerations,” not for the “gifts” he’d supposedly given them.

“I think President Obama, first of all, just tactically did a better job getting out the vote in his campaign,” Pawlenty told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” in an interview set to air Sunday. “But number two, he, at least at the margins, was better able to connect with people in this campaign.”

He added that Obama’s supporters weren’t “looking at the election and saying, ‘I’m going to vote because of gifts.’ I think they looked at it and said which one of these candidates would they prefer because of leadership consideration and also can understand their needs best,” he explained.

Questioned specifically on Romney’s claim that Obama’s “gifts” swayed women and minority voters, he took exception.

“You know, I don’t think its as simple as saying the president gave out gifts,” he said. “I just don’t think it’s that simple. There’s a lot more to it than that.”

This video was published to YouTube by C-SPAN on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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