(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.
I am starting to like this guy a lot...
Watch Glenn Beck's interview w/ Jerome Corsi about Obama.
I love the part of McCain's life story, when he dumped his crippled wife and married the young blond heiress. What a maverick!
Yeah, I believe experience is the only thing that should count in a presidential election, I mean think about it,
Remember the extremely experienced politicians like Bush and Cheney? And no one had a greater, better resume than Rumsfeld!
Wait a minute...
Some will do and say anything to be VP
That's right, you need the words surge, bomb, attack and drill on your resume to run this country!
I seem to recall that President bush had a few years as governor before the 2000 selection. I guess the g.o.p has learned from their mistakes or maybe it's the pervasive smell of republican hypocrisy.
You are right. It is a pretty easy choice. Obama. McCain has been in that Senate fo r30 years can you tell me what he has done that has helped the American people. All he talks about is what he is against what is he for. Can someone please tell me.
THIS IS THE TRUEST STATMENT IN THE WHOLE ARTICLE. IT IS A CLEAR CHOICE.
you forgot to mention cnn that he praised Obama saying he is positive and believes he has a winning campaign. Funny that all of the news online are discussing how Pawlenty praised Obama and cnn talks about how Pawlenty slammed Obama. CNN get it together and be honest.
why dont you sit down somewhere mr. governor, am sure your state is facing this gas hike and downturn in the economy.
shup up and find real solutions to the problems, is been 8 yrs of same old story.
The would-be Commander in Chief who wants to talk about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears? John McCain would be a Commander in Cheek. He's Mr. Funnyman with zero chances of changing this country.
He really wants to be VP badly, he didn't lose all that weight for nothing. Like Huckabeast, you lose weight, look younger and get chosen by morons.
Obama's experience is a "Community Organizer" what ever that means
Yeah, I really respect people that make it to where they are today on someone elses coattails. John S. McCain is no different than GWBush – if McCains last name was Smith, and his dad wasn't an admiral pulling strings for him, he wouldn't be where he is today. Sorry, McCain isn't deserving of my respect – his status was given to him, it was not earned.
I respect Obama's journey, he's a self made man, whereas McCain is a product of his fathers legacy and his wifes money. There's nothing respectable there. The POW stuff, the flying missions – that was your job and you did it, end of story.
In 2007, McCain missed all 11 energy-related Senate votes considered key by the League of Conservation Voters, including votes related to automobile fuel economy, offshore Virginia drilling, refinery construction, renewable electricity mandates, energy efficiency, liquefied coal and support for biofuels. The absences prompted the League to give McCain a "zero" rating for the year—–WOW and he has the nerve to demand congress to "get back to work"…..this man is unbelievable...
Don't you just love it when the chickens come home to roost?
Obama never was called a Bit*h or a CUN* or the N word.
Thanks to the haters for hope, unity and change. Hypocrits forgot your own message and turned to vitriol to steal a nomination.
Shame on you
Shame on Obama for letting you
Shame on the DNC for allowing it.
Shame on the Media for encouraging it.
SHAME ON AMERIKA FOR ITS SILENCE.
Do you HEAR us now?
McCain's story is epic? Crashing a jet five times is epic? Five years as a POW is epic? Lying and cheating is epic? Supporting war criminals Bush, Cheney, Rice and Powell is epic? Does he know what an epic is?
Pawlenty definitely got it right. Obamam is a risky disaster that the US can ill afford.
It would be helpful if the Obama supporters discuss what other than his teleprompter speeches qualify him for the white house. Certainly is not his ability to play the race card and to think he is above scrutiny.
Governor George W Bush had how much experience? Republicans, youall are weak, weak, and weak. Know ye not that Americans are becoming freethinkers for themselves and your opinions are just that, opinions, and quite unwarranted. Just continue w/your obvious ads that target that section of caucasian voters who are on the fence and need a reason not to vote for Obama. You don't have to be a racist to play the card. You will only damage yourselves in the process. Your ads only speak of the persons that youall really are.
Tim Pawlenty for VP. He's been great for Minnesota and would be for the US.
This country would have to be nuts to elect the flip flop less than one term Senator Obama.
Oh, and I do love all the clever negative Mc-- names all the Demolemings use. So I came up with a few of my own that are more descriptive of the true John McCain.
I'll be voting for McCares, McAnswers, McIntegrity, McNationleader, McCain. He is our only McHope. And I hope Pawlenty is part of the ticket.
Looking at 20th century Americans, Martin Luther King was epic, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was legendary, and Cesar Chavez was both. But John McCain? That his life story is interesting I'll readily concede, but "epic" and "legendary" it's not. Fifty years from now, no one but historians and old voters with good memories will know who John McCain was, and the historians will mostly remember him as the candidate who ran against first-term President Obama.
Pawlenty, you remind me of one of those state birds. I can't think of the name off the top of my head, but when I see your face, it just reminds me of a bird photo that I once saw.
I agree 100%. Obama is a joke that needs to get some experience under his belt.
Obama is so full of himself he thinks he can do no wrong. Obama switches his opinion on important issues (troop surge,drilling) on a daily basis. How can you trust a person like that to be the leader of the free world.
Hillary Democrats for McCain
Hey Tim, how about you and Norm Coleman take the first jet out of Minnesota. I would tell you to take i-35, but the Bridge is collapsed because our Governor didn't feel taxing people to pay for maintenance...or education...or health care...