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|Radio host Rush Limbaugh, shown at last season's Packers-Patriots game, was part of an investor group that hoped to purchase the St. Louis Rams.|
Rush Limbaugh: "I know you're not in the statehouse any longer, but there's an issue roiling the state right now and that's the Vikings and their new stadium and how much of it should be publicly financed. The usual threats are being made: If the public doesn't chip in and build a new stadium the Vikings are gone. They'll move to LA or someplace."
Tim Pawlenty: The rumor is you're gonna buy 'em and move 'em. Is that true?
RL: (laughing) "Well, uh, this interview is about you." (laughing)
RL: "I'll keep it focused on you."
TP: (laughing) "All right."
RL: "What's the...? Are you apprised? What's the status of that in Minnesota?"
TP: "Well, the legislature ends today and they didn't pass that bill. There's probably gonna be a special session, so it will probably come back up. But the public doesn't support it. Of course people appreciate the Vikings as an asset in Minnesota, but when I was governor, we didn't get that done for a reason because they wanted a bunch of money from the state. We did build a baseball stadium in Minnesota for the Twins, but there was no state money involved in that. The Twins and a local county paid for that. We didn't put any state dollars into that."