- 10 апреля 2012, 20:38
- POLITICO. TOP 10 Blogs
Tim Pawlenty has retired all his campaign debt and terminated his campaign committee, per a statement from the former Minnesota governor.
"It was truly an honor to run for President of the United States," Pawlenty said. "Mary and I will be forever grateful to the many supporters who inspired and sustained the campaign. I am also glad we were able to pay all campaign debts and wind down the campaign properly."
After he dropped out of the GOP race last August, Pawlenty ended the third quarter of 2011 with $435,000 in debt -- a situation the Romney campaign vowed to help him with when Pawlenty endorsed Romney. Members of the Romney family, in addition to some of Romney's Bain Capital associates, all cut maximum-donation checks to Pawlenty's presidential campaign -- a fact that helped chip away at the total amount.
It's not uncommon for presidential candidates to have campaign debts long after they've exited the race -- take Hillary Clinton or Rudi Giuliani in 2008, for example. But as veepstakes speculation heats up -- with Pawlenty's name coming up as a potential VP prospect -- it's certainly helpful for him to put his campaign debt behind him.