Republicans will hold their first candidate debate on Thursday with a depleted line-up without the party’s most high-profile contenders.
The nationally televised debate in South Carolina will feature only one top-tier candidate, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and four lesser-known contenders for the right to challenge President Barack Obama next year.
In his post debate interview with the Republican candidates, Sean Hannity gushed over the former Minnesota governor, calling him a “front-runner for the 2012 GOP nomination.” Who the hell is Tim Pawlenty and what on earth makes him a “front-runner” or “top-tier” candidate?
Could it be name recognition and media profile? Pawlenty admitted himself at the debate that he’s “not very well known outside of Minnesota.” By contrast, another candidate on the stage at the Republican debate is a house hold name and frequent guest on national television and radio programs. Yes, I’m referring to Congressman Ron Paul…