- - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

MINNESOTA

Pawlenty says ‘no’ to campaign for Senate

ST. PAUL — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday definitively ruled out a 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate after ending his Republican bid for the White House a few days ago.

State Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton and others were hoping that Mr. Pawlenty would get right back into the ring and take on Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a freshman Democrat, next year.

“I don’t know what I will be doing next,” Mr. Pawlenty said in an email to the Associated Press. “However, I will not be running against Amy in 2012.”

As a presidential candidate last week, Mr. Pawlenty told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that he didn’t have interest in the Klobuchar contest, but Republicans saw a renewed chance to recruit him after he left the presidential race Sunday.

Mr. Pawlenty, 50, ended his campaign after finishing third in an Iowa Republican straw poll. He had spent many months and millions of dollars building his campaign after two terms as Minnesota governor.

Mr. Sutton said Monday that he planned to give Mr. Pawlenty time to decompress before making his Senate pitch.

“I think he’d be a heck of a candidate for U.S. Senate,” Mr. Sutton said.

Republican leaders are trying to build a field of rivals to Ms. Klobuchar, who has strong public approval ratings and more than $3 million stocked up.

Former state Rep. Dan Severson is the only Republican to step forward. He was the party’s unsuccessful nominee for secretary of state in 2010.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Perry expresses doubts of man-made global warming

BEDFORD — GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told New Hampshire voters Wednesday that he does not believe in man-made global warming, calling it a scientific theory that has not been proved.

“I think we’re seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change,” the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.

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