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Tim Pawlenty: The Esquire Interview - Risk From Financial Crisis 'Was Exaggerated For The Benefit Of Goldman Sachs' 

The risk from the financial crisis was overblown and many of the TARP bailouts were unnecessary, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said in the Esquire interview published Friday.

Pawlenty suggested the bailout was contrived by Goldman Sachs execs including Henry Paulson for their own self interest.

  • "In this story, Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, was meeting with other Goldman Sachs executives, trying to figure out what to do, and surprise, surprise, they came up with the conclusion that the federal government should bail out Goldman Sachs."
  • "So I don't take as an article of faith that the financial world would have come to an end if we had let more of these institutions fail."

The Minnesota Governor also had harsh words for his fellow Republicans, blaming them for abandoning their beliefs and failing to address Americans' real concerns.

  • "The Republicans had their shot not long ago to address the real needs and concerns of everyday Americans, and they blew it.  Over the time that they were there and had the leadership opportunity, they blew it.  We got fired for a reason."

Pawlenty is leaning towards a 2012 presidential bid:

  • "I think the country's in trouble. And I think I have a pretty clear sense of the values and principles that have made this country great. I've had a chance to govern and lead with those in mind, with some significant success in Minnesota. And I think the country needs that kind of leadership and insight and perspective. So through my PAC, I'm going to share my beliefs across the country. And I'm gonna take the next year to see how that goes and make my decision late in 2010 or in early 2011."


Read the complete Esquire Interview  >>


Don't miss Pawlenty's recent op-ed:

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Reader Comments (4)

Feb 15, 2010 at 4:54 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Really DB, care to put your money where your site always is...to the left to the left, everything DB says in a box to to left...
Feb 16, 2010 at 7:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterDB's Ignored Conscience
We need to clone Lee Harvey Oswald 560,678 times and then set them all free in Washington DC; hypnotized to see JFK in EVERY POLITICIAN THEY COME ACROSS.

I'LL be watching from the Grassy Knoll.
Feb 16, 2010 at 7:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterRecoverylessRecovery
Corker vs. Volcker...are you kidding me?
Feb 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterDB's Ignored Conscience

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