Who is Tim Pawlenty?
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is being mentioned frequently as a potential VP for John McCain. Despite being a political geek, I know very little about the guy. I did a little digging around to see what I could come up with about this guy. I focused on Pawlenty's record on:
a. Immigration and borders,The results of my research are below the fold...
b. The right to keep and bear arms,
c. Taxes and spending, and
d. The right to life.
Pawlenty's Record on Immigration:
Pawlenty on the need for vigorous immigration enforcement:"If you have a country that's based on the rule of law and the rule of law gets knowingly cast aside and we allow illegal behavior to continue then the rule of law is diminished and one of the cornerstones of our country gets eroded in a pretty pronounced way,"As Governor, required federal electronic verification for state employment and contracting. From the Wikipedia page on Pawlenty:Early in 2006, after issuing a study that estimated the cost of illegal immigration to the state as approximately $188 million, Pawlenty announced a program for reforming the way the state deals with persons who are in the United States without permission from the federal government. Pawlenty noted the economic benefit does not justify the illegal behavior. By mid-year he sent Minnesota National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Critics have accused Pawlenty of exaggerating the dangers of illegal immigration -- an issue that arguably has more direct implications for southern and southwestern U.S. states than for Minnesota.
Pawlenty's Record on Taxes and Spending:
Rated 75% by Taxpayers League of Minnesota in 2002. Rated 75% by Taxpayers League of Minnesota in 2001. Rated 88% by the Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business in 1999-2000. Rated 73% by the Minnesota National Federation of Independent Business in 1997-1998.
Pawlenty's Record on The Right to Keep and Bear Arms:
Dave Kopel has described Pawlenty as "pro-gun." Pawlenty on gun control: "The people of our state respect Second Amendment rights for gun owners... Minnesotans understand that it's wrong to play politics with our constitutional rights." Pawlenty supported carry rights for law-abiding citizens in Minnesota, in a law that Dave Kopel has described as "one of the best concealed-carry laws in the nation." Pawlenty also signed into law a "Shooting Range Protection Act" to protect shooting ranges from hostile localities. Rated A by the NRA in 2006. Rated A by The NRA Political Victory Fund in 2000. Rated A by The NRA Political Victory Fund in 1998.
Pawlenty's Record on the Right to Life: