Pawlenty: Romney doesn't need a 'flashy' veep
July 18th, 2012
05:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Pawlenty: Romney doesn't need a 'flashy' veep

(CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday beat back speculation that Mitt Romney needed a "flashy" running mate, saying instead the presumptive GOP nominee should pick a more serious number two.

"We have a lot of people who are entertaining, who can light their hair on fire or whatever, but the bottom line is these are serious times, we need seasoned experienced people who get the job done," Pawlenty said on Fox News.

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Pressed by Fox anchor Neil Cavuto if Pawlenty considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as someone "who lights their hair on fire," the former governor said he was referring to President Barack Obama when he made his comment.

"Barack Obama gives us this soaring rhetoric last time, soaring rhetoric, and it turned out to be a bunch of empty promises," he said.

Pawlenty, a former 2012 presidential candidate, is widely considered to be on Romney's list for veep contenders. Also thought to be on the list are the very vocal Gov. Christie as well as Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who has been criticized by some for having a less-than-animated personality.

Talking about his own credentials, Pawlenty pointed to his record as governor and added he can be relatively entertaining.

"I'm not as flashy as some, but compared to some others, I think I'm right in there," he said. "But nonetheless, I'm not defending it one way or the other. I'm just saying, people - rhetoric and teleprompter and jokes and that kind of stuff doesn't put gas in our cars."

Cavuto then asked if Pawlenty could sing.

"No, I can't sing very well," he said. I'm sorry."

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Myviewis

    We need 2 Public Servants working in the White House, we don't need another Hollywood obsessed Obama and George Clooney hanging around the White House keeping Obama company.

    July 18, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    Translation: don't pick Sarah Palin or a TP wacko.

    July 18, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Bill

    Okay, Tim, we will choose you. Not.

    July 18, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    T-Paw is as flashy as oatmeal, and that is ten times flashier than Mittens. Two disasterous governors on the same ticket.

    July 18, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. tellin it like it is

    wow... two competent people in the whitehouse? now that is a radical idea america. especially after the inexperienced community organizer hasn't been able to figure out our economy and job creation in 4 years. i guess he didn't take the course at haaaarvard. opted for history of socialism instead. it shows.

    July 18, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. CoJo

    Here is a piece of logic. John McCain states (recently) that Sarah Palin was a better choice the Romney was back in 2008. If Palin was a key reason for McCain for losing, and Palin was a better choice than Romney in a lower position, why is Romney a good choice for a higher position?

    July 18, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Ins1te

    “We have a lot of people who are entertaining, who can light their hair on fire or whatever" – exactly like the teatroll clown party. But Pwaltney is right. If they want boring they have him.

    July 18, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    GOP cult talk.

    July 18, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    maybe Mitt needs to choose a half Black/half Hispanic gay female that leans to the right...that way that will cover all the groups that don't care much for him...keep looking there Willard LOL

    July 18, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. mullah omar

    current vp bar is set at old, senile, nutty, gaffe-a-matic. shouldn't be too hard to find better.

    July 18, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    My gawd. Is he on lithium? Seriously. It's like watching a cardboard cutout taste itself and find out it's flavorless, but then keep eating anyway.

    July 18, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. rs

    No, but he needs an honest one. A balanced ticket, you know.

    July 18, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. rs

    tellin it like it is-

    Clearly you mean Bush, right?

    July 18, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Thomas

    @Myviewis
    We need 2 Public Servants working in the White House, we don't need another Hollywood obsessed Obama and George Clooney hanging around the White House keeping Obama company.

    Your right on !
    We don't need and any sticking badges in the white house. We need a guy with public service record , somebody like Dick Cheney , a guy who knows how to get things well done , not burn but well done . A man of the people who knows how to profit at every tern of instability.

    Yes we need a real VP , a leader with courage ,Dick Cheney or Spiro Agnew,

    Romney / Cheney

    Thats go dove hunting 2012

    July 18, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Tim

    Maybe Romney should just name his accountant as a VP choice and proclaim executive privilege so America won't be able to find out about his possibly illegal offshore accounts.

    July 18, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Blind Trust

    My vote for Romney's VP is the guy running his blind trust. Then maybe we could get that guy to release all of Romney's tax returns.

    "The blind trust is an age old ruse, if you will, which is to say you can always tell the blind trust what it can and cannot do. You give the blind trust rules." - Willard Mitt Romney, 1994

    July 18, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. 1twinsfan

    Yeah, Pawlenty left MN in such great fiscal shape! If you believe that, you'll believe Bachmann is our greatest export next to wild rice.

    July 18, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Greg

    "...the presumptive GOP nominee should pick a more serious number two." Probably too much Taco Bell.

    July 18, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. vatoloke

    "Putting bluntly, just pick me." Tim Pewplenty

    July 18, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. kayla

    if sarah was a better choice, then what in the world are you people doing with robney?

    July 18, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Tony

    VP is not the problem with the Republican ticket.

    July 18, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. scott

    He has a point any President needs a serious number two, unlike Biden who is nothing more then Obama's attack dognd a nut case to boot.

    July 18, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. What about Grover?

    I think Romney should choose Grover Norquist as his VP running mate. Then instead of Grover owning him, he could own Grover.

    July 18, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. bflat879

    Romney may not need a flashy V.P. but he does need someone who can articulate his message and the message of the Republican Party. I've seen Mr. Pawlenty in action and I do hope Romney picks someone a little better. I saw the "deer in the headlights" look Mr. Pawlenty got on "This Week" trying to defend Republican Principles and he needs someone that these things come natural to them, like a Marco Rubio.

    The best VP would probably be Gingrich because, if nothing else, Newt knows a lot about getting legislation passed and the ins and outs of the House and Senate. Romney needs that because he's going to be dealing with a majority House and Senate and we don't want him to be snookered by them like Obama was.

    July 18, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. w l jones

    Only one canidate have connection by birth all around the ( GLOBE) and that our current president although we do not talk about it in public we all have a little ancient in us. ..that we can identfy with him. Bless.

    July 18, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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