At Issue: April 8 - Tim Pawlenty Enters Governor's Race; Tariff Threats Worry Minn. Farmers

April 08, 2018 07:30 PM

Tim Pawlenty Wants Old Job Back, Officially Enters Governor's Race

Tim Pawlenty wants to be governor of Minnesota again. On Thursday, the Republican entered the 2018 governor's race, where he will try to win a third term in office.

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There had been wide speculation that Pawlenty might try to get into the race after he left his job as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable earlier this year. Before that, Pawlenty had declared, repeatedly, that he was officially "retired" from politics. While speaking to voters and the media on Friday, he said he felt he needed to get into the race in order for Republicans to have a viable candidate come November.

Pawlenty served as governor in Minnesota from 2003 to 2011. He will run against Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former State GOP Chair Keith Downey and Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens for the GOP nomination. Pawlenty has indicated if he does not win the GOP nomination, he will run in the primary elections in August. 

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Threats of More Tariffs on U.S. Goods Worry Minnesota Farmers

Ongoing threats of tariffs between the U.S. and China have many Minnesota farmers on edge

President Trump and China went back and forth this week, threatening to slap tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods – everything from crops to electronics. 

Two of Minnesota's biggest exports are on that list – pork and soybeans. Minnesota is the third largest soybean producer in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And in 2016, Minnesota exported $717 million worth of pork around the globe.

Lawmakers that chair agriculture committees in the Minnesota House and Senate are urging the Trump administration to support trade policies that support Minnesota farmers. 

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