Pawlenty explains 'tattoo president' remark
- Blog Post by: Kevin Diaz
- August 30, 2012 - 9:25 AM
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who termed Barack Obama the “tattoo president” in a speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, explained the origin of the line Thursday morning after speaking at the Minnesota delegation’s breakfast.
He said the idea came from an encounter with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, who pressed him during a recent appearance about his nondescript Minnesota Nice image.
“He was asking me questions about, I can’t remember now, but it was basically, ‘are you bland’ or something,” Pawlenty recalled. “And I jokingly said ‘if you push me, I’ll show you my tats.’ So that was the inspiration.”
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