Reactions to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Decision to End His Campaign
candidates' reactions in order received, first at top

Jon Huntsman Statement on Tim Pawlenty Leaving Race

Orlando - Governor Jon Huntsman issued the following statement about Tim Pawlenty leaving the presidential race.

"Tim Pawlenty is an accomplished Governor, a proud conservative, and someone of tremendous character. Our families became close while we were serving together as governors and we are honored to call the Pawlentys dear friends. I know this wasn't an easy decision for Tim and Mary, and I wish them nothing but the best.

"Tim should be proud that he brought to this race ambitious solutions to turn around our nation's economy and to tackle debt and spending. I hope that all of his supporters continue to stay engaged in this defining election and work with us to ensure that our party wins in November."


Boston, MA – Today Mitt Romney issued the following statement on Tim Pawlenty leaving the race for the Republican nomination:

“Tim Pawlenty and his entire team ran an honorable campaign. I admire his accomplishments as a two term Governor with a record of results for his state. I consider him a friend and I know he has a bright future ahead of him as a leader in the Republican Party.”
Bachmann Comments on Pawlenty's Decision to Withdraw from the Race for the GOP Nomination

Ames, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has issued the following statement in response to Governor Tim Pawlenty's decision to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination for president:

“This morning I spoke with Governor Pawlenty to express my respect and admiration for him, and to wish him and his family well. Running for the presidency requires enormous self-sacrifice. Governor Pawlenty brought an important voice and ideas to the campaign, and he served the people of Minnesota and our country well. Our party and our country are better as a result of his service and commitment.”

Statement by Gov. Rick Perry

“Tim Pawlenty is a good friend and colleague who I have worked closely with over the years, including visiting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  As a governor, Tim stuck to conservative principles despite leading a blue state like Minnesota. He and Mary are true patriots who are committed to our country, and ran an honorable campaign that reflected their integrity. Gov. Pawlenty’s common-sense conservative voice will remain prominent and influential as we work to beat President Obama in 2012 and get America working again.”

August 14, 2011, Santa Fe, NM - Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson issued the following statement on Governor Tim Pawlenty's withdrawal from the 2012 Presidential race:

"Governor Pawlenty's decision to end his campaign is his to make, and I respect that decision.  He and his many supporters have put forth a great effort, and should be applauded for it.  As Republicans survey a new list of candidates today, including the departure of a candidate who is credible, experienced and who had a real record to run on, it is appropriate to question the inflated role of an event like the Ames Straw Poll in the process.  That a pay-to-play gathering in Iowa six months before the first real ballots are cast can be such a qualifying -- or disqualifying -- event is something the media and tens of millions of Republican voters need to think about.  A lot of voices have not been heard yet, and it is far too early for the 'system' to be picking winners and losers.

"If there is a message from Ames, it is that this race is wide open and that the vast majority of Republicans and Independents are still looking for the candidate who can win the White House in 2012."   
Santorum Reacts to Governor Pawlenty's Withdrawal From Presidential Race

Urbandale, IA - Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) made the following statement in reaction to Governor Tim Pawlenty's (R-MN) decision to withdrawal from the Republican Presidential contest.


"It has been a great pleasure to get to know Tim, Mary, and the entire Pawlenty family as we have crisscrossed the early primary states and various Republican events over the past few months," said Senator Santorum.  "Tim is a tremendous family man, and devoted to moving our nation in the right direction and away from the radical agenda advanced by President Obama.  I have no doubt he will be an influential leader for the conservative movement in whatever capacity he decides for many years to come. And to Governor Pawlenty's many supporters who were attracted to his common-sense conservative record of achievement, know that my campaign will also stand for leadership based on tried and true conservative principles."

DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse on Tim Pawlenty Dropping Out of the Race
Ames, IA—DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement on Governor Tim Pawlenty dropping out of the Republican primary field:
“A former two-term Governor of a neighboring state, a social conservative, a person who on paper should be everything Republicans should consider in a candidate for president, was run out of the race because he wasn't extreme enough.  In the past 72 hours we've seen all the GOP candidates swear allegiance to the Tea Party in a debate, the national front runner refer to ‘corporations as people,’ the two most extreme candidates in the field – Tea Party favorites - come out on top of the Iowa Straw poll and someone once considered among the leading candidates for the nomination drop out of the race because he was not extreme or vitriolic enough for the Tea Party which now owns and operates the GOP. But, while protecting tax breaks for the wealthy and big oil while proposing to end Medicare, slash Social Security and pile additional burdens on the middle class might win plaudits with the Tea Party, it’s not remotely what the American people are looking for.”