Pawlenty tells Colbert why he left the race

"I came in third place behind Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul. I think that's enough for any one person to endure"

Peter Finocchiaro
September 7, 2011 4:08PM (UTC)

When Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the Republican nomination contest last month, there was much hand-wringing over what he might have done differently to capture the imagination of voters. The former Minnesota governor explained on "The Colbert Report" last night that the entertainment factor wasn't long on him -- and that he even considered "shooting sparks up [his] butt" if it meant making headway in the polls. 

In the end though, he explained, he ran out of money and finished behind both Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul in the Ames Straw Poll -- and that's simply just too much  poor fortune for any one campaign to bear.

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