Tim Pawlenty announced an end to his presidential candidacy Sunday after what he called a "disappointing" third place finish in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll.
The former Minnesota governor said he had hoped to get some lift from the preference poll that is an early indicator of a candidate's potential strength in the primary season.
At a different time, Governor Pawlenty could have been a credible candidate for president. Unfortunately, our current crisis requires more than bland competence. We have a crisis of confidence that requires someone who can connect to the innate greatness in Americans and we need a firebrand to eradicate the damage inflicted by Obama on this country.