June 22nd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Pawlenty: VP "not something I have designs on"

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain supporter Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minnesota, remained mum on Sunday about the possibility of running alongside the Arizona senator in the general election.

"We talked about family and sports and politics and the like, but we did not discuss any talk about the vice presidential pick," the governor told CNN's Wolf Blitzer when asked about his recent meeting with the presumptive Republican nominee.

Many analysts have identified Pawlenty as a likely V.P. candidate. He is the national co-chairman for the McCain campaign and has been an active supporter of the Arizona senator's presidential pursuit.

Minnesota, which hosts the Republican National Convention in September, is also widely considered to be a battleground state for both parties this November-adding to his appeal as a potential running mate.

Despite staunchly defending McCain on issues ranging from taxes to oil drilling to alternative energy solutions, Pawlenty refused to take the bait on the "veep" question.

"I am very happy being the governor of the state of Minnesota. [being vice president] is not something I have designs on," Pawlenty stated.

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  1. Rob indetroit

    I think straight should pick scooter libby for his running mate,Obama in 08.

    June 22, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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