August 24th, 2008
11:40 AM ET
13 years ago

Pawlenty: McCain VP can handle Biden

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the Republican VP candidate will be able to handle Joe BIden."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, long-rumored to be on Sen. John McCain’s short list for vice president, told CNN’s “Late Edition” he isn’t concerned about newly chosen Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

Calling Biden “long-winded,” Pawlenty told host Wolf Blitzer, “I think any of the people that Senator McCain is thinking about for vice president will be more than able to hold their own against Senator Biden.” The Republican vice presidential nominee will get his or her chance to face Biden during the vice presidential debate on October 2 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Other names circulated in Republican circles for the number two spot on the McCain ticket include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania governor; and Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Independent Democrat and longtime ally of McCain.

Pawlenty appeared on “Late Edition” today while campaigning for McCain in Pennsylvania. He has spent the last few months speaking on McCain’s behalf in battleground states such as Michigan, fueling further speculation that he’s being seriously considered for the VP spot.

On Monday he is expected to campaign in Ohio for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

When pressed by Blitzer if he expected to be McCain’s running mate, or if he felt ready to hold the office, Pawlenty refused to speculate. “I just don't talk about the VP speculation anymore.”

Filed under: Joe Biden • John McCain • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Charlotte

    Why is this election so close???? Anyone who believes Hillary was even considered for VP never heard Michelle state, "she would have to think about voting for Hillary if she beat Obama." Come on people, the Obamas' are anti-Hillary, yet expect her to bend over backwards to support this unqualified jerk. I don't know why she will be held responsible when Obama loses. I agree with her, he is not ready to be President. They were in competition for Christ sake. Biden said the same thing, yet he is Obamas' VP? Did Joe Biden receive 18 million votes? The Dream Ticket is gone and so are the hopes for a democrat in the White House. The Dumb Nuts Committee have really blown it this election. I will write Hillary on my ballot and be proud of my vote. I don't care if I am the only vote she gets, which I doubt, it will be mine.

    August 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. DC Insider

    MY neighbor's 12 year old could handle Joe Biden, especially on foreigh policy decisions. Consider this excerpt from Biden's record

    Biden voted against the first Iraq Was when Hussein invaded and occupied Kuwait.

    Biden voted for the current Iraq was.

    Biden wanted to divide Iraq into three separate independent regions.

    Clearly the man's judgement is flawed. add to that ticket a totally inexperienced Obama, and you have recipe for disaster.

    August 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Bill Charlotte, NC

    "Calling Biden “long-winded,” Pawlenty told host Wolf Blitzer, “I think any of the people that Senator McCain is thinking about for vice president will be more than able to hold their own against Senator Biden.”

    These people think fight... trash... attack first and policy last. This is all we need in the White House.


    August 24, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. jay

    Instead of saying you can take Joe Biden why don't you try and do it. I don't think McCain will stand a chance against Obama. Joe Biden is a great debater. I don't think anyone from the Republican side is going to hold a good debate with Joe. Tim Pawlenty is Pawlenty of nothing just like John McSame.

    August 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. RyanD.

    Biden will mop the floor with this inexperienced doofus. Tim better hope McCain picks Mittens.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    August 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    HA! Were that Bush-clone Pawlenty McCain's VP candidate, Biden would chew him up and spit him out in VERY short order!

    August 24, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. javone77

    I see we are STILL behaving like children. "long winded"? why didn't he just say something about his family members and give him a wet willy? smh

    August 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. jason, tx

    McCain and his VP are going to get eaten alive since the straight talk express is more like the lieing paddywagon. Biden won't put up with it.

    August 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Denise

    I doubt it. Nothing like Irish power!

    August 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. BrooklynDodger

    This is such small-mindedness from a person who should know better.

    August 24, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Danny, OH


    August 24, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. calvin rias

    barak obama made right choice with joe biden it shows experience togetherness and racial and party lines will be broken and barak obama and joe biden will win.

    August 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Danny, OH

    Of course this is America. Anybody can open their mouth and say whatever they like and want.
    Tell me any better person in McCain camp. All that they know is attack and nothing positive.
    I pray that you get selected.

    August 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. CJB in CA

    Biden is RIGHT: NObama is NOT QUALIFIED, period !!

    Democrat for McCLAIN in '08 !!

    August 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Derek


    August 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |

    What is Grandpa Munster doing running for president ?

    August 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Hen

    Now I really want McCain to pick Pawlenty. Mainly because Biden would eat him in the VP debates.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Ray from CA

    Really? Well than all the people that is rumored to be a pick from McCain could not last against Biden. So I guess McCain must be picking someone we have no idea about.

    Make me laugh McCain and pick Liberimen, Biden would kill him.

    August 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. ellen

    McCain did mop the floor with Obama at the church meeting. His VP
    will do the same with Biden.

    August 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. gwsulapas5

    When was the last time Gov. Pawlenty was in Iraq, or for that matter
    any other country. I think when you come from a state where you have
    a major infrastructure failure, you just may not want to be out in the
    main stream public view trying to say what a wonderful job the GOP
    has done running the economy.

    August 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Trokon

    When did Tim Pawlenty and the rest of the Republicans became lovers of the Clintons. The Republican are hurt because Barack Obama did not choose Hilary Cliton, so they could tear her apart. Please be smart Ameriacans. George-McBush are the same. The Republican can lie. How about George Bush who lie on Iraq? Women the Republicans and McBush does not love you. They do not love the Clitons. Think wisely.

    August 24, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. What?

    Instead of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty saying you can take Joe Biden, why don't you try and get McBush to HANDLE the REAL & SEVERE ISSUES that affect the average 95% of voters who are struggling day to day.

    Such a LAME brain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Sam Germany

    Obama is smarter as i thought.

    Biden is exactly what´s he need. I´m sure Mcsame is disappointed – Cause not only Biden knows Mccain better than (they are freinds for over 20 years, but he can say anything he wants because people and the media are used to it...

    But if Mccain is smart he should pick Hillary for VP.

    Mccain / CLINTON 1968

    Go Obama/Biden 2008

    August 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Chris

    Go get 'em Tim!

    August 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    Biden will eat that young guy alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait for the debates!!!!!!!!!!!!!! obama/biden08

    August 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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