Tea party uses Ariz. summit to scope out 2012 role

February 27, 2011 2:00:53 PM PST
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says growing government, powerful unions and bailed-out businesses make up "a royal triangle of greed" in America. The possible presidential candidate delivered his assessment Saturday to a large gathering of tea party supporters in Arizona.

Pawlenty held up the U.S. Constitution for effect during a speech in which he stressed his long list of vetoes as governor and a partial government shutdown on his watch. Pawlenty praised governors like Wisconsin's Scott Walker for taking on public employee unions in their states.

Pawlenty drew cheers when he adapted the spoofed "the rent is too damn high" catchphrase of a longshot New York gubernatorial candidate. Pawlenty's motto: "The government's too damn big!"

Texas Rep. Ron Paul also spoke at the Tea Party Patriots weekend summit.