"He's not the jazziest guy in town and he's not the most exciting, but if you look at what he says, his vision for America … the guy makes sense," Welch said Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
When asked if Pawlenty's lack of charisma might harm him in 2012, the Republican Welch said "It makes a lot of difference to get elected … it doesn't do a hell of a lot for you once you're in the job."
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