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. Alan Boyer

    funny how everyone slams work at a state legislator.

    August 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. R.I.F.

    "Voter" – I was just about to type exactly what you said. Pawlenty actually praised Obama this morning and that's what stood out. Every republican hack out there is slamming Obama so that's not news. The news was that he actually praised Obama for being positive and giving Americans something positive to think about.

    WOW!!!!! CNN IS IN THE T.A.N.K. FOR MCCAIN.

    August 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. B.Brown

    Paris Hilton made more sense than this guy!

    August 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Alan Boyer

    someone needs to start moking McCain's lack of speaking skills.

    August 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Roger from CA

    Sorry, but getting shot down and held prisoner by the North Vietnamese, while certainly a real test of a man's mettle and character, does NOT constitute a qualification for the Presidency of the U.S. If anything, it raises concerns that the trauma may have damaged him emotionally (it certainly did physically).

    We've already had one idiot who thought he was chosen by God to be President, and look what came of that..... We don't need someone with obvious emotional problems (and who has demonstrated some cognitive decay as well) with the finger on the button.

    McCain's no maverick. He's just angry.

    And Pawlenty: Exactly how long have YOU been in office? If you think you can VP with such limited experience, how do you dare criticize Obama with a straight face?

    August 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. annie

    Good for him. No one wants obama for president except obama and his terrorist loving friends and the biased news media!

    August 6, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Seattlites for Obama 08'

    Remember when Sen. McCain Said This;

    "McCain said in April, “I’m sorry to tell you that the price of oil — as far as I can tell — is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it. We can do that as a nation — we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don’t have to drive the extra block.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing in particular. In fact, it’s probably about as sensible as what Obama said about inflating our tires and getting regular tune-ups.

    The difference is, Dems didn’t spend a week getting “giddy” about using lightbulbs as a political prop and insisting that McCain’s entire energy policy is composed of turning off the lights.

    Thank you writer for the enlightenment.......

    Now he has his elitist speaking for him. What a failure to the RNC. Race Card Huh?

    OBAMA 08*

    August 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Seattlites for Obama 08'

    Remember when Sen. McCain Said This;

    "McCain said in April, “I’m sorry to tell you that the price of oil — as far as I can tell — is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it. We can do that as a nation — we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don’t have to drive the extra block.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing in particular. In fact, it’s probably about as sensible as what Obama said about inflating our tires and getting regular tune-ups.

    The difference is, Dems didn’t spend a week getting “giddy” about using lightbulbs as a political prop and insisting that McCain’s entire energy policy is composed of turning off the lights.

    August 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Obama Supporter from Texas

    Its not going to matter anyway. Everyone states that this election belongs to Obama...

    August 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    No need to listen to a single thing THIS guy says-he's just another partisan Bush clone with nothing to offer America but the same old give tax breaks to the rich junk. Take it from a Minnesotan who KNOWS: Pawlenty was barely re-elected here last time, and now we have had a belly full of his nonsense!

    August 6, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. dr. yes we can

    what a weasel.we dont need another republican in office ever.

    August 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Rob - WA

    LMAO I'm sure McCains 1st wife thinks he was "legendary" as well. You Tool.

    August 6, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Sherry, Atlanta

    I agree with Gov. Pawlenty, John McCain does have a life history-that includes:

    LEFT HIS HANDICAP WIFE CAROL, TO MARRY CINDY. And that's not all...Ross Perot paid Carol McCain's medical bills.

    Is this Value System that we want for President?

    August 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Former GOP member for Obama 08-12

    Well it is a good thing that our election system is not based on the Tim Pawlenty book now isn’t it. McCain life was and is not epic no more than any other POW.. Tim stops trying to make it more then what it was, if that is the case and POW could be President. McCain life story is that of an immoral man truth be told, a man who does not honor his vales , example to his first wife and to GOD! If this man will do his own wife dirty what will he do to the people of the United States??? McCain is a joke stop trying to make out to be a good person.

    August 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Amy

    And just waht did you expect this guy to say?! Of course he will brown noise imself with Mccain...he wants to be VP>

    August 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. bill for barack

    McCain's a legend and an epic all righty.
    If memory serves me correctly those are both just works of fiction – just like McLame's 'qualifications
    ".
    1. the war hero votes against veterans' benefits
    2. the 'man of family values' who, the New Testamrent says, is an adulterer.
    3. the 'maverick' who votes with Bush 95 % of the time.
    4. the man whosays he would vote against his own immigration legislation proposals.
    5. the man who was against everything he stands for now before he realized how wrong he was – no votes
    6. the man of high morals who was a member of the Keating 5
    7. the low road rider who promised us all a highly moral campaign
    Yeah, he's a legend all right.
    A liar.

    August 6, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. gary

    OBAMA WHAT A JOKE. BOUGHT THE DNC ETC, SO THEY WOULD SWIFTBOAT THE BEST CANIDATE OUT OF THE RACE(HRC). AMERICA GETSWHAT THEY DESERVE.

    August 6, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. voter

    McCain votes 95% of what Bush does – nothing epic/maverick about that

    I'd also rather have someone I can relate to. Not someone who thinks he can win wars because he was a POW and never lead anything in his life, married rich, road on his fathers coat tails (and made bad grades in school) and has never been a civilian (lacks experience of what "most" people do in their lives) or had to work his way up on his own.

    26 years of "bad" experience. No one at the end of their career makes significant strides to make things better. Look at any aging company's management – stagnant!

    August 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. Foreign Observer

    “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.”

    Right. And it's not the guy who'll overturn Roe vs. Wade, ruin the environment, give more tax breaks to Big Oil, and help destroy the planet.

    August 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. Peter E

    Unfortunately in the public's eye 'republican' immediately means 'privileged' and 'rich' while somehow they believed the myth that Obama came from a poor downtrodden family and had to work his whole life. Obama's own biography will tell you that other than some community volunteer work he never did anything through his school years, (very priveleged schools, I might add) which were paid for by his modestly wealthy father.
    I don't know why people get this 'Obama is a Civil Rights hero' impression. But then again Americans believed George W. Bush to be a 'common folk' so I guess they will believe anything.

    August 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Snerdly says

    I wonder what his real name was with that nose on him.

    August 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. victorhill

    epic?

    August 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Ex-Republican for Obama

    McCain's sure are legendary:

    Betrayed his ailing wife: Unloyal
    Helped the enemy make 32 propoganda films: Traitor
    Voted against almost all Veteran Benefits: Uncaring to our Soldiers
    Voted 95% in line with Bush: Poor Judgement
    Graduated 894 out of 899: Incompetent
    Avoided voting on his OWN energy bill: Irresponsible/lazy

    Thanks Pawlenty, you too are now considered a moron!

    Obama '08

    August 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Peter E

    Obama is a 'poor, hard-working, downtrodden Civil Rights hero' exactly the same way George W. Bush is a 'simple common-folk.'

    August 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. McCain=the draft

    McCain's "experience" has left him angry and bloodthirsty.
    He is not mentally sound enough to be commander-in-chief.

    August 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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