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Updated: The Pawlenty-McDonnell Press Conference

Anita Kumar

Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota governor and possible GOP presidential hopeful, appeared with Republican Bob McDonnell this afternoon at a downtown Richmond hotel after a fundraising lunch for the gubernatorial nominee.

The packed news conference did not go well -- marking a rare stumble for the usually organized McDonnell campaign.

A couple reporters were allowed to dominate the news conference -- which started almost 30 minutes late -- with questions about McDonnell's 20-year-old thesis and Gov. Tim Kaine's budget cuts.

McDonnell was calm and relaxed under some tough questioning, although he didn't say much new (beyond criticizing Kaine for miscalculating the ever-escalating budget shortfall). But his staff abruptly ended the news conference anyway, leaving most of the remaining reporters who were never called on yelling questions at McDonnell and Pawlenty as they tried to leave.

Pawlenty, a rising star in the Republican Party who was considered as John McCain's running mate last year, was quickly escorted out of the room. But McDonnell was not so lucky -- he was caught in the hall by angry reporters, some with TV cameras.

The result? No one got to ask Pawlenty any questions, including basic ones such as: "Are you running for president?" or "How can the Republicans start winning again?" or "Why do you support Bob McDonnell?"

UPDATE: McDonnell's campaign reports that 20 people came to the Pawlenty lunch, raising $75,000.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 9, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Sounds like some folks feathers' are ruffled over there in "Farifax's Own" Land, all because people have learned about the real "Taliban Bob"!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | September 9, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess no reporters got to ask Gov Pawlenty if he had changed his mind about the "content and motive" of the "uninvited" speech about personal responsibility the President of the United State gave to the school children of the United States?

But, first, let me say that I have SERIOUS concerns about the "content and motive" of whatever it is Gov Pawlenty did during the visit he made, "uninvited" by ME, to my state!

Posted by: rebeccajm | September 9, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

If everything that Bob Mcdonnell stands for is Wrong, I don't know what C. Deeds stands for because he's yet to define himself as a credible leader to this Independent voter.

Just because our society has become more progressive, it doesn't mean that we educate our children values much more different than what our grandparents taught us. Look at your own parenting in the mirror sometimes.

Posted by: letsfroggy1 | September 10, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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