If the eventual GOP presidential nominee is unable to win the White House in 2012, the best way to check President Obama’s power is to control the U.S. Senate. The Republican Party currently needs to net four seats in 2012 to control the upper chamber of Congress. Now that Tim Pawlenty has bowed out of the race for the presidency, a Pawlenty U.S. Senate bid in Minnesota could certainly help that cause. Rupa Shenoy at Minnesota Public Radio weighs in:
Pawlenty hasn’t signaled what his next move will be, but he could become a factor again in Minnesota politics.
“Now that he’s not running for president, I sure hope he’d consider running for U.S. Senate,” said (Minnesotta GOP Chair Tony) Sutton. “I think he’d make a heck of a candidate.”
Sutton said he hasn’t talked to Pawlenty yet, but knows what he’ll say when the time comes.
Just recently, Pawlenty dismissed the idea of running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Kobuchar, who is up for re-election next year. Pawlenty’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday. But Sutton isn’t deterred.