Pawlenty Ready to Defend Budget Record as Governor

April 13, 2018 07:06 PM

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has already faced criticism from Democrats over his eight-year record as governor, including from current Gov. Mark Dayton.

They point out that when Pawlenty left office in 2011, he left Dayton a projected budget deficit over $6 billion and a high unemployment rate.


In an interview on At Issue with Tom Hauser to be broadcast on Sunday, Pawlenty says he dealt with deficits due to two recessions while he was governor and had to make tough decisions.

"First of all, there's a law in Minnesota that requires you can't have a budget deficit," Pawlenty said. "Every governor every time throughout Minnesota history, including me, balanced the budget and we did every budget cycle in the state of Minnesota...I inherited [a projected deficit] when I became governor from Governor Ventura. I didn't run around like a cry baby. I just fixed it. And so you can't have a budget that's imbalanced, it's against the law. So we balanced it every budget cycle, every time when I was governor."

You can hear more of that interview, including where he now stands on President Donald Trump and whether he'll seek the GOP endorsement for governor Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on 5 Eyewitness News. 


Tom Hauser

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