Pawlenty regrets quitting 2012 primary early

Holly Bailey
October 11, 2011

Broke and struggling in the polls, Tim Pawlenty dropped his Republican presidential bid in August and threw his support to rival Mitt Romney.

But now the former Minnesota governor admits he's had second thoughts about whether he did the right thing by quitting the race so early.

Speaking to reporters at his official state portrait unveiling Monday, Pawlenty said he might have stayed in the race had he known it would be so volatile.

"If I had known then what I know now," Pawlenty said, per the Associated Press's Brian Bakst.

The ex-governor admitted he made a strategic mistake in focusing most of his campaign resources on Iowa. If he had it to do over again, Pawlenty said he would have spread out his cash to help his campaign last through the fall.

"It was the wrong call," he admitted.

Other popular Yahoo! News stories:

Tuesday's Republican debate will save Perry's campaign, or end it

Muslim woman sues Southwest for kicking her off San Diego-bound flight

Hank Williams Jr. fires back at Fox, ESPN