Pawlenty: GOP ‘Losing Market Share’

Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 03:06 PM

By Todd Beamon and John Bachman

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview that last week’s presidential election showed the Republican Party that “they’re losing market share.”

“If you have a product that’s not selling in the marketplace and you’re losing market share, you either have to fix the marketing or fix the product or both,” Pawlenty, CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable industry advocacy group in Washington, told Newsmax at the Hope Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta. “The Republican Party’s going to go through this process of evaluating what just happened and how they can improve upon that performance.

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“But, obviously, some of the things that need to get done are better messaging and better support from Hispanic and Latino voters – and earning that support and earning the support of more female voters and then earning the support of blue-collar and people of modest income levels.

“Those are just some of the groups that we have to get more support from, and you’ve got to go earn it and deserve it,” Pawlenty said. “You don’t just get by talking about it.”

The Republican governor of the North Star State from 2003 to 2011 said that he hopes to see strong leadership from President Barack Obama and Congress to avert the fiscal cliff at the end of the year.

“Whether you’re the governor or the president, if you have the executive position and the bully pulpit of the executive position, you have the opportunity to lead, speak with one voice. You have the big megaphone,” Pawlenty said.

“It really is an opportunity for the president to outline his vision for where he wants to take the country over the next four years. But, obviously, he’s got a divided government – and Congress is partly controlled by the Republicans, so they’re each going to have to find the overlapping spot where they both can live without forcing each other into corners where they hunker down and get nothing done, because this fiscal cliff is serious.

“As the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said, if they don’t solve it, unemployment’s going back up over 9 percent, you’re going to have another recession and very dire consequences for failing to act,” Pawlenty added. “We need them to come together, find the common ground without pushing each other into corners and get this thing addressed.”

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