Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced this morning on ABC’s This Week that he is no longer seeking the Republican candidacy for the 2012 presidential race. This comes after Pawlenty placed third in yesterday’s Iowa Straw Poll despite focusing on the event and spending massive amounts of money in Ames. Pawlenty told Jake Tapper, “I wish it would have been different, but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist, so we’re going to end the campaign.” After the jump, a retrospective of the candidacy that thrilled and captivated 2,293 Iowans.
In March, Pawlenty announced the formation of his exploratory committee in a bombastic video that had everyone around the country saying, “Gee whiz, that Tim Pawlenty sure did make a nice video!”
After that, other candidates, including Pawlenty’s Minnesota rival Michele Bachmann, entered the fray. The Republican field became so dense with interesting and controversial politicians, people stopped talking about ol’ Tim as much.
In August, Pawlenty showed his organizational and financial might at the Ames Straw Poll, proving he was a force–Hey, look over there, Rick Perry just announced he’s running!
Pawlenty came in third at the Straw Poll and sent out a tweet to assure his supporters:
Thirteen hours after sending that tweet, Pawlenty quit.
Tim Pawlenty leaving presidential race [Politico]