Long before he was considered a top
prospective presidential candidate for 2012—even before he landed on John
McCain’s short list of potential running mates in 2008—Governor Tim Pawlenty
had already earned legendary status in conservative circles. In his hard-left-leaning
home state of Minnesota, the man known
as “T-Paw” somehow erased a $4.8-billion budget deficit while simultaneously
reforming health care, creating jobs, improving education, and supporting
renewable energy reform--all without raising taxes.
In Courage to Stand, Pawlenty reveals, for the first time, how he found
the resolve to get the job done, taking readers all the way back to the lessons
he learned as a boy in the gritty meatpacking town of South St. Paul. From the
devastating early death of his mother to the struggle to work his way through
college and law school and his epic political battles as governor, Pawlenty
opens up about his deepest beliefs and shares his vision for a better America.