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February 7, 2011

Pawlenty stresses family values

Pella —  

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty addressed a crowd of approximately 100 in the Vermeer Auditorium at Pella Christian High School Monday afternoon.

Pawlenty's visit was the first in The Family Leader's Presidential Lecture Series. Over the next several months, the Family Leader will bring other conservative politicians and potential presidential candidates to speak at PCHS. Pawlenty told reporters that he was delighted to be first in the series.

Throughout Pawlenty's 30-minute presentation, he made several references to God, and reiterated his belief that America was founded on Christian principles. At the end of his presentation, Pawlenty told a story of President Ronald Reagan's inauguration, in which the former President had his Bible opened to 2 Chronicles 7:14. The passage, to Pawlenty, shows that if America turns to God, the country will start to heal.

“What a remarkable passage,” Pawlenty said. The former governor had previously mentioned his concerns regarding the country. He cited a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll which showed that most people believe that China, not the United States of America, will be the dominant country on the planet in 20 years.

“That is one measure of the unease facing our future,” Pawlenty said. In his opinion, America's future is not slipping away. The key to America's future, and maintaining the country's status as the world's leader, is for good people to become involved in the political process. He believes it is necessary to “restore America's greatness with goodness.”

One of the tenets of his leadership is belief in the sanctity of life. Laws, and court decisions will change when minds begin to be changed about the right to life.

Pawlenty said, during his post-presentation question and answer period, that he had appointed four of the current seven justices on Minnesota's Supreme Court. He identified the justices as “conservatives” and that he took their beliefs into account before choosing to appoint them.

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