Pawlenty: I'm best as a volunteer
June 24th, 2012
12:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty: I'm best as a volunteer

(CNN) – Tim Pawlenty on Sunday said he told Team Romney he could best serve the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as a volunteer or surrogate, not as his running mate - but he didn't rule out accepting the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

“I indicated that I think I can best serve Gov. Romney in other ways, in particular as a volunteer and surrogate speaker in places where he can't go,” the former Minnesota governor said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” "I've encouraged people who've asked this question to, in the campaign, to look at other prospects.”

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After an unsuccessful run for the GOP nomination earlier in the election cycle, Pawlenty has become one of Mitt Romney’s most vocal supporters. Often considered an option on a list of potential Romney running mates, Pawlenty on Sunday once again seemed open, if only slightly, to an offer.

“Obviously anybody who would be asked to serve in a position like that would be honored to be asked,” he said.

Pawlenty was one of the supporters who attended a Romney donor retreat in Park City, Utah, on Saturday. He described the weekend event as a “good thing for the campaign” and a chance for backers to receive a campaign update and briefings.

“When you're running for president of the United States, you need a team of friends and families, supporters, donors. And as the campaign unfolds, those people need to be informed and motivated and encouraged in their work,” Pawlenty said.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Minnesota need more volunteers right now due to flood , what he is doing in the “face the nation”

    June 24, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. katie from MN

    You were the worst Gov! Left this state with a huge debt!

    June 24, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Slightly Left of Center

    ALL politicians should be VOLUNTEERS!!!

    June 24, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. 2020

    it tells you how sacastic Pawlenty is. He may serve Romney well, but he is not on Romney's mind.

    The sad reality is Romney has to wait for his billionnaire boss tell him who to pick, what to say, and how to behave. That is Romney.

    He couldn't even answer Bob Shivar last Sunday, 4 times, would he repeal Obama's executive order. " oh, Bob, I am only a muppet. Don't ask me hard questions. please please please."

    June 24, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Sandy

    In other words, "I'm best when I'm not in a leadership position." Same as Romney. Romney has shown himself to be a selfish, childish punk who has to print the words "conservative business leader" across his bus, otherwise no one would ever think of him as a leader.

    June 24, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    We don't need anyone volunteering to let interstate bridges collapse.

    June 24, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. enuff

    Volunteer to help the firefighters across the U.S. They would appreciate it much more and the won't string you along like a cat chasing a string.

    June 24, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    Another wingnut not willing to go down in flames with Mitt McCain so he'll volunteer.

    June 24, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Forget it, Romney is going to pick someone from the Private Sector, like one of his Bain executive buddies. Don't you get it folks, it's time for Romney to pay up and pay back the big donors. Romney is in "deep" and we all know exactly what that means.

    June 24, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Slightly Left of Center

    ALL politicians should be VOLUNTEERS!!! For once, show us that you love this country more than you love lining your pockets with taxpayer money to do next to nothing on our behalf. Cut all their 'salaries'.

    June 24, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |