Pawlenty: Romney doesn't need a 'flashy' veep
July 18th, 2012
05:26 PM ET
10 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. Truth

    In other words Obama is nothing but hotair. The man had no experience and no accomplisments to be POTUS but you losers fall for hope and change.

    How is that Hope and Change working out for the country?

    July 18, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    I am sorry, but 🙂 🙂
    This is too funny. First of all, there are no flashy vp candidates and even if there were the bully bishop needs someboty completely different from him in ideas and ethics and morals. Unfortunately, since he never knows when he wakes up how or what he is going to be lying about good luck.
    BTW – you are not flashy you are just plain boring! I rather watch grass grow.

    July 18, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. ED FL

    The template for boring is Pawlenty.Can't imagine anybody wanting him to be a represenative of any position in a Legitimate government organization.

    July 18, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Canuck

    You had 8 years of seasoned experienced people under GWB – what did they achieve? Why would Romney be doing anything different? American voters need to consider these questions.

    July 18, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Jean Sartre

    Well, T-Paw, after leaving MN some 3 billion in debt and given your lame personality, no one is going to call you FLASHY...

    July 18, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Chuk

    Pawlenty has been auditioning for a job since he was dumped from the race. The guy is desperate.

    July 18, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Squigman

    No matter whatsoever. It ain't happening, regardless of the pick. Get it right, or don't print it.

    July 18, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Pick Sarah

    Please Mitt pick Palin or Bachman really they will make your campaign so funny. Sarah will say lost of stupid stuff and Michelle will say lots of crazy stuff so either one will be good for some hilarious laughs at them.

    July 18, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Larry L

    @tellin it like it is

    wow... two competent people in the whitehouse? now that is a radical idea america.
    As I recall conservatives thought Bush & Cheney were "two competent people in the White House". How'd that work out for America?

    July 18, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Larry L

    Romney could make a decision to scream if his hair was on fire.

    July 18, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    ...and America doesn't need an uninspiring and boring candidate like Pawlenty.

    July 18, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Ja-Coffalotte

    hahahaha, yes he does need something, the ticket is a BIG bust, and the GOP knows it.

    July 18, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Stephen in VA

    Translation: "Since I hope you'll know Obama can't possibly be Romney's running mate, I hope you'll be able to read between the lines and realize you want me."

    July 18, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. PhilG

    The problem is any vice president candidate they chose would be more qualified to run for President then Romney.

    Romney will have to pick a real live goat to have someone less qualified then him as a running mate.

    I swear it's like the Republican's really want to lose the election.

    July 18, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. John

    Yes he right It doesn't matter who Mitt Romney pick has VP,because he going to lose no matter what.

    July 18, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  16. Phil Thomas

    I saw Obama's speech and this guy cut it up and distorted it, its sad I've voted for plenty of republicans but i don't buy this fringe garbage. Jeez people this is America trust me one man can not alone be the cause of all your problems, stop drinking the kool aid. Place the blame where it belongs at the state and local level, at your congress and understand he's done a fine job when you consider what he was given. 800K jobs being lost, housing crash, real estate crash, two wars, a huge deficit where the bills add up on his watch thanks to a surge and tax cuts. Get Real Americas not that stupid, myviewis your not to bright if you think Obama is the cause of all your issues but go ahead and drink the kool aid. What the hec are you clowns crying about, your taxes are lower than they have been in 30 years, health care costs finally stabilized in the last few years. Please read and I hope the comments on this message board are not indicative of the intellect of our country

    July 18, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. judith

    Since Pawlenty is probably the dullest man in politics, I think he's recommending himself. Romney is as lifeless as a figure in Madame Tussaud's museum, so nearly anyone else would show more signs of life.

    July 18, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. jim

    we already have lots of reasons to vote against romney. speaking as a minnesotan, picking pawlenty would only add, yet, another reason to vote against romney.

    July 19, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  19. juliafig1

    Good Lord! After proving to be a dismal failure as a governor, why would the Romney camp give Tim Pawlenty ANYTHING to do?

    Romney, another one of the "born with a silver foot in his mouth" never-had-to-WORK-a-day-in-his-life GOPers, and Pawlenty, a Tea Party koo-koo head.

    Abraham Lincoln is turning in his grave.

    July 19, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  20. anthony78

    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.

    Ronald Reagan was both a hollywood actor and President. You Righties just own hypocrisy...

    July 19, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  21. Mittens and T-Paw?

    Are they running for the animal ticket? What a joke. Pawlenty could never convince the Minnesota legislature to approve a budget on time, and he cut the transportation budget that included bridge inspections (Ever wonder why the 35W bridge collapsed? Here's your guy). These guys are the GOP governors that somehow got elected into largely democratic states. Despite Bachmann, Minnesota is quite blue (Al Franken, anyone?).

    July 19, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  22. corrina

    Nothing better than being able to organize ur community.well organized communities make good productive nations.

    July 19, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  23. BeverlyNC

    Republicans have no qualified candidates for VP and no one wanted Romney to be the Presidential one. His own Party hates him and with this giant mess he has created over his taxes, corrupt foreign tax havens in 5 countries, lying about his past, lying about his tenure at Bain, lying about President Obama and not taking a stand FOR anything – insider Republicans are saying they are looking to replace Romney as their candidate before their convention because they know he cannot win. A man with no character, principles, honor or concern or real plans for the PEOPLE is not credible nor electable as President. Romney is now so desperate he is attacking President Obama as a teenager. Romney should be careful since Romney was a known bully and beater of a gay boy at his elitist boarding school. The Republican Party needs to go away, find a soul, some humanity, leaders with integrity, and an actual platform of ideas that don't involve selling out to corporations before daring to face the American People again for our votes.

    July 19, 2012 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  24. AgeofInsanity

    The are no flashy candidates to choose from.

    July 19, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  25. Kevin

    Hey GonzoinHouston & is Republicans who are doing everything they can to try to make Obama fail. Not one Jobs bill out of them....not one. Just wasting time & taxpayer money trying to undo what has already been decided by the Supreme Court. Ask your local Representative where are the jobs bills? All we need to do is look at history & see what works. Republican ideas don't work. Give more & more to those with the most & it somehow trickles down to ev everyone else....NOT IS A GLOBALIZED ECONOMY!

    July 19, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
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