The Ticket

Tim Pawlenty might run for Senate against Al Franken in Minnesota

Chris Moody, Yahoo News
The Ticket

View photo


Pawlenty on the presidential campaign trail this summer. (AP)

Not only is Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, second guessing his decision to drop out of the presidential race early, but he is also thinking about running for a different public office.

In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Pawlenty said he would not mount another campaign for the White House, but he said he would be open to running for Congress, possibly by challenging Sen. Al Franken in 2014.

Pawlenty said he isn't interested in challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012. But he wouldn't take any other options off the table, among them another run for governor or a challenge to Minnesota's other U.S. senator, Democrat Al Franken, in 2014.

"I don't know what the future holds and beyond what I've just described, I haven't ruled anything in or out," Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty, who endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in September, said in hindsight, he probably poured too many resources into the Iowa straw poll instead of giving his campaign a national focus.

Other popular Yahoo! News stories:

Pawlenty regrets quitting 2012 primary early

Pawlenty endorses Mitt Romney

The night of Herman Cain's "9-9-9 plan"

View Comments (214)