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Republicans Tell Californians: You Can Elect A Conservative

GOP members tell Californians not to give up hope.

Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota and presidential hopeful, told California Republicans that it is possible to elect a conservative candidate in a state often deemed too liberal and overlooked by most campaigners.

Pawlenty spoke to about 250 supporters Saturday night at the California Republican Convention, about half the number that attended Newt Gingrich’s speech earlier in the day

“If I can be a conservative governor in Minnesota, we can do it anywhere,” he said, noting that Minnesota has elected liberal politicians such as Al Franken and Walter Mondale.

He told Californians that they live in the most entrepreneurial and innovative state in the country, and they must fight to keep it that way, arguing that only lower taxes and less government intervention will stimulate the economy.

Pawlenty withdrew his presidential bid last summer after a disappointing Ames Straw Poll taken by Iowa Republicans. He subsequently endorsed Mitt Romney, who along with friends, family and staff donated $66,000 to pay down Pawlenty’s campaign debts.

“One of the questions you should ask of your candidate is ‘have they actually run something?’” He praised Romney as the only presidential candidate with business experience who has his “head, heart and mouth connected.”

He believes Romney is the only candidate capable of rallying Republicans to defeat President Barack Obama.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who also spoke at the convention, believes President Obama’s policies may swing even more to the left if he wins a second term.

“Every liberal pipe dream the president has had, he’s done knowing he would have to be reelected,” Priebus said. “Imagine what the president would do if he didn’t have to face reelection.”

Priebus said he is also worried about the country’s escalating debt, and China’s influence over US economic prosperity.

“We have to come together as a unified party. Our stimulus plan is to fire Barack Obama and save America once and for all,” he said.

Antonio Catpo February 27, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Elect a conservative? Hmm, let me see. Should we vote for Romney, a millionare who can bet $10,000 to win a debate?. Should we vote for Gingrich who considers every wife just as a stepping stone to the next one? Should we vote for Santorum who still lives in the middle ages and equals homosexualism with bestiality? .... hmm, tough choice.
Jim Neal April 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
No, let's elect a democrat instead! Someone who can tell us what to do and when to do it, how we should spend that little bit of our hard earned money that they allow us to keep, and that tell us who it's o.k. to discriminate against (conservative stay-at-home moms, conservative working moms, oh heck ANY conservative!). By the way, OBAMA is a millionaire too! Did you know that? At least Romney spends his OWN money and not mine!!!
frank April 17, 2012 at 07:36 PM
We should elect a democrat, who else can get someone pregnant while on the campaign trail while his wife is dying of cancer? Or a democrat who's own Secret Service guys can't even keep a secret about hookers? Or a democrat who's DNA is on a little blue dress from the Gap?
Eggbert April 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Two hundred and fifty in attendance, for a headline speaker at a state convention? Very telling.

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