|Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty admitted he relied too heavily on the results of the Iowa straw poll in August and probably would have campaigned differently if he tried it again. The one-time 2012 GOP presidential hopeful dropped from the race after he finished in third place in the Ames, Iowa straw poll, citing a
disconnect between his message and what voters wanted.
"We made some decisions that I think with the benefit of hindsight I would have done differently," Pawlenty told Minnesota Public Radio. "Instead, we went for a more dramatic piece of progress in that early Iowa contest, and I think we should have made a different decision." Pawlenty now serves as the national co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and has said that the former Massachusetts governor is the most capable candidate in the Republican race. Pawlenty most recently made headlines when he
reportedly appeared before Fox News president Roger Ailes and asked to work at the cable news channel. But Ailes was concerned about the former governor's upcoming Romney endorsement and denied Pawlenty the opportunity. -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com