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Thune, Pawlenty Address Convention

August 29, 2012, 10:05 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Thune, Pawlenty Address Convention

U.S. Senator John Thune took the stage in front of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida Wednesday night. Thune's message was meant to be a speech about small business. He publicly put his support to the Romney and Ryan ticket.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty also put his support to the candidates.

With a warm welcome from his home state, Thune walked onto the Republican national convention stage, taking aim at small business policies he says have hurt small businesses across South Dakota and the nation.

“I hate to say it, but that dream is in serious jeopardy. We have a sluggish economy burdened by Obama Administration policies that are weighing down our job creators.” Thune told the crowd.

The primetime speech endorsed an administration Thune said would make changes. He also said Romney would be a friend to South Dakota.

“Instead of preserving family farms and ranches, President Obama’s policies are affectively regulating them out of business,” Thune said. “The cost of family health insurance premiums has risen by nearly 19 percent. College tuition has increased by 25 percent, and fuel costs have doubled.”

“Senator Thune has a long history here in South Dakota of being respected in Congress,” Sioux Falls University Center Political Science professor Jay Newberger said.

Newberger says the appearance is good for the state. Thune campaigned for Romney during the primaries and he says that may be the catalyst for putting a man on stage from a state that needs no persuasion to vote Republican.

“Normally in politics these types of people pick people from a state that is a bordering state. That’s some state that they might or might not with,” Newberger said.

Former Minnesota Governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty also put his support behind the Romney Ticket, giving Minnesota Republicans a voice in the spotlight too.

“Barack Obama is the first President to create more excuses than jobs.” Pawlenty said.

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