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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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Courage to Stand: An American Story, by Tim Pawlenty


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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Tim Pawlenty is "Minnesota Nice" (a phrase he uses several times in this book, meaning friendly and mild-mannered, as is the stereotypical behavior of Minnesotans). Politicians must be Minnesota Nice to get elected as Governor of Minnesota, or Minnesotans will view the candidate as rude and/or abrasive. Pawlenty cites several examples as Governor where Minnesota Nice cooperativeness with the Democratic legislature succeeded (especially on budget issues like balancing the deficit without raising taxes, which he considers his greatest gubernatorial accomplishment).

However, politicians who are Minnesota Nice don't get elected President of the United States. Pawlenty was considered and rejected as McCain's vice-presidential selection in 2008 because he was too... well, too Minnesota Nice. (Pawlenty dedicates all of chapter 21, entitled "Rock 'n' Rogue", to his vetting for vice president). McCain went with a firebrand instead, who sparked the hard-core right into action: Sarah Palin is NOT Minnesota Nice.

In the book, Pawlenty attempts to portray himself as not so Minnesota Nice. The title itself is intended to portray Pawlenty as a tough guy -- including that tough-guy cover photo (which looks to me like a Minnesota Nice guy told by a book photographer to "look tough"). The title "Courage to Stand" refers to the strong will necessary to take on the status quo of the legislature (p. xiii). Pawlenty hints throughout the book that he has the Courage to Stand up to the United States Congress too, and hence to change the status quo in Washington.

If voters accept that argument, then Pawlenty has a pretty good chance of winning the Republican nomination. His core Minnesota Nice values do make him as "post-partisan" as Obama (and Pawlenty has the credentials of working with those Minnesota Democrats to prove it), and it's possible that this year voters will tire of hard-core extremism (there are plenty of hard-core choices in the Republican primary this year!). If not, well, Pawlenty will certainly be on the short list for vice president again.

-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OnTheIssues.org, June 2011

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Tim Pawlenty: Refused to raise taxes to force fiscal responsibility.
    Tim Pawlenty: Bottom gets handout; top gets bailout; rest get wallet out.
    Tim Pawlenty: Vetoed 123 spending bills as governor.
Crime
    Tim Pawlenty: Reinstate death penalty for the most heinous crimes.
Families & Children
    Tim Pawlenty: Lost mother at 16; needed & felt God's presence.
Foreign Policy
    Tim Pawlenty: More leverage, not more conversation, against Iran's nukes.
    Tim Pawlenty: 2009 Tehran protests: Obama demoralized them with silence.
Free Trade
    Tim Pawlenty: China-Minnesota partnership: grow jobs by growing exports.
    Tim Pawlenty: Fair trade, to deal with world's rampant trade manipulation.
    Tim Pawlenty: Fair trade, to deal with world's rampant trade manipulation.
Government Reform
    Tim Pawlenty: Politicians rewarded for saying Yes; have the guts to say No.
    Tim Pawlenty: 2002: fined $600,000 for campaign finance violation.
    Barack Obama: OpEd: Broke promise to pay for every dime of new spending.
Gun Control
    Tim Pawlenty: Pro-gun, but barred machine guns from security detail.
Health Care
    Tim Pawlenty: Shop around for best price & quality, like we do for TVs.
    Tim Pawlenty: Eliminated MN's General Assistance Medical Care.
Homeland Security
    Tim Pawlenty: Military & veterans' issues top legislative priority.
Jobs
    Tim Pawlenty: A job is not just a job; it's an identity.
    Tim Pawlenty: JOBZ program: Job Opportunity Building Zone.
Local Issues
    Tim Pawlenty: Led MN thru I35W bridge collapse: 145 people injured.
Principles & Values
    Tim Pawlenty: Subscribed to "US News & World Report" as teenager.
    Tim Pawlenty: U. Minnesota undergrad & law school, and met wife there.
    Tim Pawlenty: Catholic in childhood; attends Baptist church after marriage.
    Tim Pawlenty: Separation of church doesn't mean strike God from America.
    Tim Pawlenty: We need politicians with courage to stand up to status quo.
    Tim Pawlenty: 47% pay no income tax? We're addicted to government.
    Tim Pawlenty: Not change we can believe in; but change we can't believe.
    Sarah Palin: OpEd: Her energy is the fuel of grassroots politics.
    Tim Pawlenty: My faith is part of how I think, including in public life.
Tax Reform
    Tim Pawlenty: 1992 election based on high taxes & over-spending.
    Tim Pawlenty: As House Leader, cut taxes by largest amount in MN history.
War & Peace
    Tim Pawlenty: 2008: Ok to take out bin Laden despite civilian casualties.
    Tim Pawlenty: Arbitrary deadline in Iraq shouldn't supersede common sense.
    Tim Pawlenty: Decide Afghan withdrawal by strategy, not arbitrary deadline.
Welfare & Poverty
    Tim Pawlenty: Government growth displaces faith community & charities.


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