EXCERPTS: Tim Pawlenty's 'Courage to Stand'

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Pawlenty on a heated meeting he had as a legislator with then-Gov. Jesse Ventura, who was mad at Pawlenty for accusing the former Navy Seal of leaving taxpayers "behind enemy lines.":

"The hockey player and wrestling fan in me would have some taken pride in surviving a Jesse Ventura smackdown. But the apology felt better. And that was all it took to let the air out of the balloon. He went from enraged to reasonable and graciously accepted the apology. The meeting ended well."

Pawlenty on his often-fractious dealings with the legislature, where Democrats controlled one or both chambers throughout his tenure:

"My eight years in office would be rife with head-on collisions, special sessions, constitutional issues, lawsuits, even a government shutdown. I wish the headlines could have read that Pawlenty mesmerized the liberals with his charm and wit and that they changed their views due to his winsome ways. But hard-fought battles over big issues are never that lovely."

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