Asked if he'd run with Romney, Pawlenty doesn't say no
May 17th, 2012
04:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Asked if he'd run with Romney, Pawlenty doesn't say no

(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty didn't use on Thursday the one word which most potential GOP vice presidential picks have used this year when asked if they would accept the number two spot: "no."

"I'm going to do whatever I can to help Mitt Romney defeat Barack Obama," he said in an interview on MSNBC. "I've just been telling people, look, I think I can help in other ways but obviously anyone would be honored to serve if asked."

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The former Minnesota governor is co-chair of Romney's campaign, and deflected questions about whether Romney's campaign was vetting him for the position, saying campaign policy is "that we don't talk about the vice presidential" selection.

"That's something that we're just going to leave for another day and another time, not because I'm trying to be coy with you... that's just the campaign policy, we don't discuss the details of that process," he said.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota similarly did not shoot down the idea of his own spot on the ticket, saying on Sunday, "You never rule out opportunities or options when you're involved in public life and you say you want to make a difference. If you're serious about that, obviously you don't foreclose options."

Pawlenty and Thune's responses offer a contrast to adamant rejections of the position by others, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Their answers were closer to those Pawlenty has given previously, such as in a Monday interview when he said, "I'm going to take my name off the list, so if ... you're a journalist, an observer, remove my name from the list."

Pawlenty quit the presidential race after the Iowa straw poll in the summer of 2011, and has since been a prominent supporter of Romney. He was considered a likely pick to be the 2008 vice presidential nominee.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    No matter who is Romney's running mate, he will still lose because he doesn't really advance the whole country. He keeps to the ideologically narrow path that doesn't understand that you do have change when things don't work.

    May 17, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. No thanks.

    No thanks. Wasn't he sued and lost for trying to take food money from kids? That's republicans all over.

    May 18, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  3. AllTooEasy

    If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you are assured of Paul's' vote for the rest of your political career. I love being a Democrat...it makes life so easy.

    May 18, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  4. 2020

    This pair? that is interesting. May be this VP candidate can see China from his bathroom.

    May 18, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Lenny nailed it. The lilly livered ticket that nobody would vote for . Lawrence O'Donnell from MSNBC and TPaw are bland twins. Mitt McCain flops around like a fish out of water. He stands by whatever he said in Feb about Rev Wright that he can't remember. Obama is killing the gaffe machine in May.

    May 18, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Speaking of the tea tards in congress. They won't vote for DC to become a state or have a vote in the house but now they also want to keep women from choosing what to do with their bodies, again!, and Eleanor Holmes who is the rep for the District wasn't allowed to testify.
    I guess in anything that has to do with women everyone but us women get to have a say.
    The tea tards have become the party of hate for anyone but themselves and their rich lobbyist friends and those people/corporations.

    May 18, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
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