PLAN A: Pawlenty is betting it all on Iowa
The former Minnesota governor will make his first campaign appearance Monday since announcing his candidacy for president in an Internet video. The setting for his visit — one block away from the Iowa State Capitol — underscores how important the state's leadoff presidential caucuses are to his political future....
......If Pawlenty falls short, however, he'll have to reevaluate the viability of his bid for the Republican nomination, despite the two years' groundwork he's laid in his neighboring state.
"In Iowa, he is all in. All his cards are right out on the table," said Bob Haus, a veteran Iowa GOP strategist who managed Fred Thompson's 2008 caucus campaign and is uncommitted for 2012. "Pawlenty is trying to set himself as the main challenger to Mitt Romney."
Pawlenty's visit Monday will be his 14th to Iowa since the 2008 election, more than any candidate except former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.Read the full story HERE.
Pawlenty according to recent polls (1, 2) doesn't have a hill to climb in Iowa, he's got Mt. Everest.
With the absence of Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney has to be presumed as the front runner there. Ad in Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and .....? One has to wonder, If Pawlenty will look back at this as his Don Quixote moment?
Maybe PLAN B really is his PLAN A? I mean, if he can hold out some how and make a fairly decent showing in the early states (2nd/3rd) perhaps he'll be able to lay claim to the. "Next In Line" label.
I can't imagine Mitt Romney choosing him as a running mate because there would be no strategic value to it.
Maybe I'm way off on this?
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