Pawlenty Stands With Walker Against Wisconsin Unions

Perhaps more than any other GOP presidential candidate, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is banging the drum in support of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he takes on his state's public employees unions.

After releasing a statement in support of Walker last week, Pawlenty today launched an online petition asking his own political supporters to show support for Walker.

His statement in the petition reads:

Governor Scott Walker is making tough choices needed to avoid financial ruin. The nation's governors don't need a lecture from a President who has never balanced a budget. All levels of government need to bring public employee compensation in line with the private sector. The gig is up for public employee groups who demand better benefits than the taxpayers who are paying the bill. I'm confident Governor Walker's reforms will succeed in Wisconsin. Stand strong, Scott -- average taxpayers everywhere are rooting for you.

Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC has also cut this YouTube video backing the Wisconsin governor:


For prospective 2012 White House candidates, this kind of issue advocacy allows them to get in touch with political supporters via e-mail, encouraging them to take action and, in the process, asking for money. As a part of the Freedom First site, Pawlenty's petition page gives visitors the opportunity to donate to the group.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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