"The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate. In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry."I can certainly understand a man listening to the concerns of his family and putting that first. The public spotlight can be very cruel sometimes.
If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise. I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached,"
He was a candidate I could have gotten been enthusiastic about supporting. Too many times I feel as if I'm just supporting the lesser of two undesirables. It was certainly that way in 2008.
I guess I'll have to start reading more about Tim Pawlenty and looking for reasons to be enthusiastic about him.