Tim Pawlenty again trails badly in a New Hampshire poll
Tim Pawlenty has been making the media rounds, giving speeches and spreading campaign cash in the Granite State, but New Hampshire Republicans just don't seem to care when it comes to his potential race for the White House. He finds just 3 percent support there in a new Public Policy Polling survey -- no better than a May WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll. Here's the PPP breakdown:
- Mitt Romney: 31 percent
- Newt Gingrich: 14 percent
- Ron Paul, 13 percent
- Mike Huckabee: 12 percent
- Sarah Palin: 9 percent
- Tim Pawlenty: 3 percent
- Mitch Daniels: 1 percent
"We get a lot of e-mail asking us to include Tim Pawlenty in all of our 2012 Presidential polling but his numbers here are a reminder of why we aren't -- yet," says Tom Jensen on the PPP blog. "He's getting a lot of attention in insider circles as he positions himself for a 2012 bid but it's not translating to the general public."
Dont miss the takedown in the Washington Post by Ruth Marcus of Pawlenty's tax-cutting mantra.
"I don't think the argument can be credibly made that the United States of America is undertaxed compared to our competitors," he told Marcus and other Beltway reporters at a recent breakfast. To which Marcus points out, "the United States is on the low end in terms of the overall tax burden -- 28 percent of the gross domestic product in 2007, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, compared to an average of 36 percent in the 30 OECD countries. Only South Korea, Mexico and Turkey were lower."
And check out T-Paw getting reamed in the National Review by fellow GOPer Rick Santorum for engaging in "class warfare." How dare T-Paw suggest the Republicans look like a bunch of "country-club elitists," Santorum says.
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