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.

Presented by

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

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Politics

Just In