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. Reality Check

    The problem with Democrats they are missing common sense. Liberalism is truly a mental disorder, all they want is handouts and more entitlements, Uh excuse me! At who's expense, us the hard working Americans, we pay our bills, we pay our taxes and there are many of us who still believe in God, not Mohammad. Obama, will lead to socialism period.

    August 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Shannon

    Hey CNN, it's been 20 minutes. You are "reviewing" my post for its appropriatness. What's taking so long? You've posted 7 after me. Nothing I wrote in my post was profane or inappropriate. It just represented the other end of the political spectrum in terms of what CNN is about. Am I out, then?

    August 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Mike

    The liberals will have such a wake up call when McCain wins!

    August 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Peter E

    I guess I've been black-listed by the CNN editing team for not being pro-Obama enough. They no longer post any of my comments. What's wrong? Too factual and issue-oriented for you?

    August 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Dave, Illinois

    Funny, CNN, how you allow jerks like John post felletio remarks about John McCain. Yet, you censor most anti-Obama remarks. As an experiment, I have posted an equal number of posts negative to both candidates, under different names. Twice the number of remarks that were anti-McCain got through! Hmmm, see a pattern?

    August 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Ron Nebraska

    Say what you will about Barack Obama . . . people gravitate when you got something positive to say," Pawlenty added. The potential Republican VP pick also told the gathering that McCain had a positive approach to politics as well.
    YES, POSITIVELY RIDICULOUS AND DEMEANING OF A MAJOR PARTY CANDIDATE!

    August 6, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. ran

    I NOW FEEL SORRY FOR THE PUMAS. HOPEFULLY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE HELP YOU NEED. HATE CAN BE SO CONTROLLING AND IF YOU LET IT FESTER IT CAN RUIN YOU. I AM SADDEN THAT YOU CAN NOT GET OVER HRC NOT WINNING. MAYBE YOU COULD HELP HER WITH HER DEBT. THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU FEEL BETER. FOR YOU REPUBLICANS OBAMA IS GOING TO BE OUR NEXT POTUS AND UNLIKE YOUR GUYS (BUSH MCAIN) HE WILL HELP YOU TOO BECAUSE HE KNOWS THIS IS THE UNITED STATES.

    August 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Former democrat disgusted with DNC

    hello

    August 6, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Lynne

    Hey, me too! Where's my post, CNN? How do you decide what goes up? You allow all sorts of profanity, but disallow some very benign remarks.

    August 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. From PA

    Obama Sucks!!!

    August 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. Shannon

    Where's my post CNN?

    August 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Shannon

    Are you filtering out conservative views on these posts so that it skews overwhelmingly liberal?

    August 6, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Ironic

    To Former GOP,

    Yeah, great isn't it, kinda like when Obama dumped Islam to pretend to be Christian, or when he dumped Wright after public opinion turned against him, or when he dumped "no domestic drilling" when public opinion turned against him.

    August 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. And the winner is:

    What an odd duck this dude is. Good luck Pawlie.

    August 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Rufus from NC

    The difference is Obama is smart enought to surround himself with the best and the brightest–just as JFK did–and will make sound decisions based on good information. It's obvious that McCain is a lightweight and, like Bush, will surround himself with partisan yes men like Pawlenty.

    August 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. RJ, CA

    RIGHT ON, SIR! Obama is nothing more than an Internet phenomenon created by David Axelrod (his "brain") - and his wife Michelle's corrupt, left-wing Chicago "hood ."

    But, in the end, folks simply don't vote for a "mirage." Americans are realists and understand the difference between substance and hype –because electing the president of the United States is serious business and not some game show.

    The smart American voter WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER and will vote McCain! (And we coulda had Hillary, who's a centrist like McCain and NOT an ultra-liberal nut job like Obama!)

    August 6, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    This guy looks like he should be Romney's running mate – both snake oil salesmen. Bet they both abuse their wives too.

    Oh well.

    August 6, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Amanda

    "Got into the Naval Academy because Daddy was an Admiral and things snowballed from there" isn't much of a life story.

    August 6, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Retired Veteran from New York City, NY

    The Good Governor of Minnesota was never known to the American peiple except in his homestate. All those Republicans barking is nothing more than a little Chiwawa barking.

    They have absolutely nothing to offer to America but destruction. Take it from Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, all they have are their hates for the Black Man running for President and he really has a chance because the Republican Party is in such a bac shape, no one can rescue that Party. The Party even called upon Newt Gengrich to help them after Washington expelled that guy Gingrich for corruption.

    I hope McCain picks that Governor Pawlenty to be his VP. The election will be a landslide like Ronald Reagan did to Jimmy Carter back in 1980.

    I further hope that McCain picks Mitt Romney, certainly he'll be able to deliver couple of Momon States other than that, the rest will be history, landslide for Obama.

    August 6, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Canada supports Obama

    Sounds like he fits right into the Republican playbook of running smear plays.

    What does the Plenty guy have to offer the American people? What's his experience and track record?

    August 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Brad

    Who is Pawlenty, a 48 year old who has never served outside the state level, to say anything about Obama's experience? If Pawlenty were the VP pick and had to take office, he'd bring no greater experience than Obama (or less).

    On top of that, sorry...epic experience in war, anger, failed policies, and divisiveness is NOT what this country needs.

    August 6, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. CAW in MD

    Hey Jay,

    A community organizer is a person who actually goes and talks to people, to find out how they are doing, what they are thinking, and then shows how s/he (or the candidate s/he is organizing for) can help them. Think McCain ever did something like that?

    I'm not sure I can handle another three months of the Republicans constantly chanting about how "inexperienced" Obama is. Truth of the matter - there is no "experience" that prepares you to be President of the United States. There just isn't. Neither one of them has the experience to be President. Nobody does. That's why it was such a useless argument when Clinton was trying it on, and it's such a useless argument now when McCain tries it.

    August 6, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. NOBAMA for me

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't afford to have Obama as president. With all of his proposed ideas, we will be taxed to death. His Global Proverty Tax would add an additional $845 Billion in taxes to the American people. Sorry, but I don't have it. Mr. "Change" and "Transparency" feels like trouble to me. With his transparancy I have been able to see that he is nothing more than an empty suit and change is what he does every few days. I want someone who actually knows how many states there are in the USA (not 57).

    I would also really like the MSM to dig into Obama's birth certificate issue. Something smells rotten. And why aren't we hearing about Obama being 50% caucasian, 43.75% arab and a mere 6.25% african black? I don't care what the color of his skin is, but at least be honest.

    Too bad that Ron Paul didn't get a fair shake from the brought and paid for MSM. That is who America really needs.

    God bless the USA.

    August 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Lisa in GA.

    All of the snakes are coming out of the closet now because they are running scared........ all these people have something to say but none of them have the balls to run for president to help straighten this mess of america out..... the reason why other republicans did not run is because they dont wanna make fools of themselves after Bush's mess.... as we see what they came up with is McCain... this is truly a sad year of the republicans... they make themselves look dumber by the day.........

    and besides being a POW does not qualify McCain to be president...... out of all the years he has been in the office... he has done nothing but stole from the American people. Keating 5 remember?

    August 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. FactCheck

    > Obama never was called a Bit*h or a CUN* or the N word.

    Just keep on hiding with your head buried up your rear... Obama has been and is continued to be called some of the worst kind of things I've heard and this is from a fairly cosmopolitan part of the Midwest.

    August 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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