Pawlenty: Do like Tiger's wife and take a nine-iron to the window of big government 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R, began his speech at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by reminding his sympathetic audience of the big event today: the Tiger Woods press conference that was to begin some 20 minutes after his appearance ended.

His advice? Take a cue from Tiger's wife.

“She said, I've had enough,” said Pawlenty, who won a second term as governor in 2006. “I think we should take a page out of her playbook, and take a nine iron and smash a window out of big government in this country.”

Pawlenty, a big player in the early jockeying for the 2012 Republican nomination for President, took the occasion to denounce President Obama's foreign policy in what proved to be a huge issue in Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts last month.

"Mr. President, no more apology tours," said Pawlenty. "And no more giving Miranda rights to terrorists in our country." Pawlenty also discussed his record of cutting spending in Minnesota and pointedly alleged that his state is even more liberal than Massachusetts, home of another GOP presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney.

"Minnesota--let me put it this way, 49 out of 50 states voted for Ronald Reagan, including Massachusetts," he said.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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