May 2nd, 2012
09:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Video: Pawlenty defends Romney over Obama video

(CNN) - Former presidential candidate and current Mitt Romney backer Tim Pawlenty responded to a campaign video released Wednesday by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign that used Newt Gingrich comments criticizing Romney to make their general election case.

"Of course the president is trying to distract Americans and voters from his own record, which is non-existent or bad and trying to get people focused on some old comments by Newt Gingrich," Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "I think shortly Newt will be supporting and endorsing and encouraging Gov. Romney because he's a far better candidate and will be a far better president than President Obama."

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Gingrich is scheduled to suspend his presidential campaign and signal his support for Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nomine, Wednesday afternoon.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Ed1

    If Obama had to check his ego at the door nobody would ever notice him.

    May 2, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Data Driven

    Non-existent or bad? Let's ask Minnesotans how those adjectives apply to your record as governor, you lightweight.

    May 2, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. MikeH

    Tim Pawlenty, Attack Chihuaha. Sick him Tim!

    May 2, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Larry L

    Pawlenty is now in love with Romney – another Republican helping shake the Etch-A-Sketch to say things exactly opposite of what he said during the campaign. I'm sincerely amused and repulsed at how the Bible-thumpers can pretend Mormonism is "sorta Christian-like"... As an atheist the differences appear crystal clear. Why do Christians have such a hard time seeing the strong conflicting beliefs between Christians and Mormons? Do they just hate President Obama enough to disregard the truth and delude themselves into ignoring their own religion?

    May 2, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Pawlenty isn't denying that Gingrich wasn't speaking the truth about Mitt Romney's Swiss Bank Account, so it must be true. So if it's true and the GOP themselves can't deny it, then it's open season for the Obama campaign.

    May 2, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. teena

    of course Newt is going to endorse Romney you imbecile! He is in debt and needs the money so he can be bought just like you were!

    May 2, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. FedUp

    Guess Romney needs to pull out some clips from Bill and Hillary. Interesting campaigning. Can't go off anyone's record, so we have to trash them. I hate American politics. The politicians are so two-faced (or three, or four).

    May 2, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Translation: "Hey, did someone say VP? I'm still here guys!!!!"

    May 2, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. MTATL67

    Pawlenty comments cannot be supported when you compare the Presidents successes to Congressional Republicans failures. Fair warning....in this new age of social media candidates comments are recorded for all time. NO more "plausible deniability".

    May 2, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. steven harnack

    If Gingrich comes out endorsing Romney it will just show that he is just a hypocrite and has no core beliefs or convictions. What is he going to say, that the video of him saying that Romney is a lying, no good, worse than Obama liberal is being taken out of context?

    May 2, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Sandy

    "Of course the president is trying to distract Americans and voters from his own record, which is non-existent or bad and trying to get people focused on some old comments by Newt Gingrich," Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien.

    That's why he IS running on his record. Just because you say he can't doesn't make it so! Liars!

    May 2, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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