August 6th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Potential McCain VP pick slams Obama's 'life oratory'

Gov. Pawlenty spoke at the National Press Club Wednesday.
Gov. Pawlenty spoke at the National Press Club Wednesday.

(CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is widely rumored to be on Sen. John McCain’s short list of potential vice presidential picks, displayed his skills as a political attack dog Wednesday.

Watch: Pawlenty compares Obama and McCain

“Senator McCain’s life experiences are epic, they are legendary,” Pawlenty said in response to a question at the National Press Club. “They are a life story. Not a life oratory but a life story,” Pawlenty added, in an apparent reference to Obama’s much-discussed public speaking skills.

“That stands in contrast to Senator Obama,” Pawlenty said, turning his attention to the presumptive Democratic nominee. “It is simply a matter of fact that less than four years ago he was a state legislator.”

“It’s not even a close call in my book as to who you want in sitting in the Oval Office as President of the United States, leader of the free world, commander-in-chief.”

Pawlenty was also asked about the qualities he thought a vice presidential candidate should possess and he kept his response to the point.  "Discretion," the Minnesota governor said.

In an appearance before a conservative group Wednesday morning, Pawlenty had more praise for Obama.

"People want to follow hopeful, optimistic, civil, decent leaders," Pawlenty said.  "Say what you will about Barack Obama . . . people gravitate when you got something positive to say," he added.  The potential Republican VP pick also told the gathering that McCain had a positive approach to politics as well.

soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. victorhill

    McCain’s insisting we have to drill now is very reminiscent of Bush’s insisting we had to invade Iraq now. It is about time we had a president who analyses situations, draws a conclusion and acts. What we need is an energy policy. If there is to be drilling which even McCain has not said will significantly lower oil prices, its time to to pas that legislation along with other measures to solve the energy problem. For eight years Bush did not look at the entire problem and now McCain wants to do the same. Only the oil companies have benefited from Bush policy.

    What is going on here, why the rush and what is all this shouting about? McCain is acting too much like Bush to give me comfort. If he thinks that the problem is that urgent then he should be seeking to trade oil reserves with the national repository. But that is not what he wants. It is time to take a deep breath and listen to Obama. He wants to treat the problem and not make a splash with some quick action. An action whose outcome will help big oil but may do the people little good.

    Its time to start with projects for alternative energy and to initiate gas efficiency standards that are higher than at present. If we allow drilling in the same legislation then we can get a bipartisan support for what this country needs.

    Thanks Ron M

    August 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey I am for Mitt as in the former Governor of MA. He's the one to lead McCain to victory in November. No one else has the credentials of a Romney,

    The pollsters and punsters make one sick. Don't you know how the voters will vote once they get behind closed doors. No one knows what happens behind closed doors. Hopefully the voting booths will have door closers.

    Now for the news: I heard Obama decided to have a Muslim coordinator. I am sure many of his supporters are Muslim and that is okay. I think bam is a closet muslim himself. He quit his Christian Church and for what reason? Who knows? By the way, I just heard B'wana threw the new coordinator under the bus with his grandma.

    BTW: Paris and obama are celebs without a portfolio. Both are famous for being famous for accomplishing nothing.

    Obama is risky so is Paris; Obama has a funny name so does Paris; Obama sounds foreign, duh so does Paris.

    Two birds of a feather if you ask me.

    August 6, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. LINDA

    (RAN...I am with you) I feel sorry for them also . If you vote for Sen.McCain you will have 4-8yr,s of more hell and what you going threw right now.If you PUMAS...do Not vot for OBAMA then you will deserve everything you get. But i know you really don`t want to do that right because who in there right mind want,s to keep going through this hell for the next 4-8 yr,s.So you will do the right thing right and vote for Obama..HMMM......I wish you all well,

    OBAMA 08

    August 6, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Out with McWar

    Problem is its McWars life not our life and looks as if last Bush years all he has to offer is jealousy,hate,lowest road ads he should be ashamed of himself ,no substance just more war,surge surge surge till the cows come home.there is no negotiation anyplace with him he is a warmonger and likes the sound of War and Bomb Bomb Iran is unable to remember what he said in last 5 minutes and mistakes when he speaks continually .
    One look at him would tell anyperson he belongs NOT IN THE OVAL OFFICE with his bagggage..............
    Everyone else has to find something else when they are his age so let him find that something else he is in no shape mentally,physically or any other way he is dreaming .

    August 6, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. McWhine

    Peter E:

    Bush is a "common folk"?? His grand father Prescot traded with Nazi to enrich himself. Daddy bush get connection to send GW to Yale. GW ran oil company and this country down to the ground. Love to hear you lie. Lie here, lie there, and lie now.

    August 6, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    If Senator Mccain had a positive approach to politics he most certainly has lost it and from what seems to be their political strategy won't be able to find it.

    August 6, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. McWhine

    Shannon:

    Sorry, your pro-Bush comments were deleted by Neo-Con e-mail monitor by mistake.

    August 6, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. NORA, FLORIDA

    At this point the Republican party does not need to be slamming anyone but their own for all of these government officials are turning out sour. AND GUESS WHAT???? THEY ARE REPUBLICAN!!!

    August 6, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. LINDA

    HA HA HA McCAIN JUST GOT SLAMMED ON .....CNN.....FOR SAYIN'G THAT OBAMA,S 'ECONOMIC SURGE' WILL NOT WORK...HA HA HA BUT IT WILLLLLLLLLLLL........GET A LIFE McCAIN

    OBAMA 08

    August 6, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Bub

    Wait a second–People flock to Obama because he has something "positive" to say? Obama is one of the few politicians actually acknowledging the seriousness of the real problems we're facing domestically and abroad–one of the few politicians who is somberly confronting very complex realities, rather than spewing an over-simplified propoganda illusion.
    The *positive* part comes in because he possesses, exudes, and backs up a hope that we can resolve the complex problems we're facing with nuanced and intelligent policies.
    That is a positive message.

    They say Obama is arrogant, but he speaks to us as if we were intelligent adults. He encourages us to be intelligent adults.

    Obama can talk the talk–and you can question whether he can walk the walk. But I am still waiting to hear McCain even talk the talk.

    August 6, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. mark

    the bridge fell down because pawlenty blocked an increase in the gas tax of 1 penny while he was state rep.

    August 6, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Jose'

    What a bunch of juvenile haters the Obama fans are!

    Is this his entire base? A bunch of whining complaining morons??

    August 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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