Laura Ingraham had Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on her show yesterday, and the talk show host quickly turned things toward one of T-Paw's potential rivals (audio here).
LAURA: This guy [Maurice Clemmons] was just a complete disaster, and Governor Huckabee thought his age gave him a sense that it was time to grant him this clemency, and he was granted clemency.
I just want to ask you, for the record, would you -- under these circumstances -- grant clemency to this individual or recommend that the pardon board grant clemency to a 17 year old with this history?
PAWLENTY: No. On those facts, no, Laura, I would not. And in Minnesota, I don't think I've ever voted for clemency. We've given out pardons for things after everybody has served out their term, but again, usually for more minor offenses. But clemency -- certainly not. Commutation of sentence -- certainly not.
[Hat tip: Minnesota Public Radio]