[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/06/art.pawlentynpc0806.ap.jpg caption="Gov. Pawlenty spoke at the National Press Club Wednesday."]
(CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is widely rumored to be on Sen. John McCain’s short list of potential vice presidential picks, displayed his skills as a political attack dog Wednesday.
“Senator McCain’s life experiences are epic, they are legendary,” Pawlenty said in response to a question at the National Press Club. “They are a life story. Not a life oratory but a life story,” Pawlenty added, in an apparent reference to Obama’s much-discussed public speaking skills.
“That stands in contrast to Senator Obama,” Pawlenty said, turning his attention to the presumptive Democratic nominee. “It is simply a matter of fact that less than four years ago he was a state legislator.”
“It’s not even a close call in my book as to who you want in sitting in the Oval Office as President of the United States, leader of the free world, commander-in-chief.”
Pawlenty was also asked about the qualities he thought a vice presidential candidate should possess and he kept his response to the point. "Discretion," the Minnesota governor said.
In an appearance before a conservative group Wednesday morning, Pawlenty had more praise for Obama.
"People want to follow hopeful, optimistic, civil, decent leaders," Pawlenty said. "Say what you will about Barack Obama . . . people gravitate when you got something positive to say," he added. The potential Republican VP pick also told the gathering that McCain had a positive approach to politics as well.