Pawlenty talks cabinet… small 'c'
August 9th, 2012
01:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Pawlenty talks cabinet… small 'c'

Waterford, Michigan (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a man rumored to be on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's short list for vice president, toured a woodworking factory today as he stumped for the former governor.

Pawlenty shook hands and met with Accurate Woodworking's owners in Waterford, Michigan, in the company's showroom-filled with examples of the cabinets they produce.

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During a small press conference immediately following, reporters couldn't resist the urge –given the locale– to ask about a potential cabinet position in a Romney administration.

"That's pretty lame" was Pawlenty's initial reaction to the pun. But as to the crux of the question, Pawlenty stayed on script.

"We're focused on trying to convey Gov. Romney's message and the campaign. It would be presumptuous and premature for people to be talking about positions down the road."

"I'm just happy to help him as a volunteer," he added, mentioning he's "happy" to be in the private sector currently. "So beyond that I don't have any plans."

Pawlenty finishes a two day Michigan trip Thursday evening. He heads to New Hampshire Friday.

Expect to see him on Sunday morning talk shows, he said, where he will presumably be pressed yet again on his prospects for a vice presidential selection.

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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Michigan • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Pawlenty talks cabinet… small 'c'"

    And Polenta puts the country to sleep...small "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..."

    August 9, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Pawlenty is "Happy," Bachmann is "Dopey," Paul is "Bashful," and Newt is "Sneezy," while Mittens has become Snow White.

    August 9, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Allen Hussein

    If Willard can't fit you into his cabinet Timmy, I';m sure he can make some room for you in his silverware drawer.

    August 9, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Logic N LA

    The article didn't mention if he told them that under a Romney Presidency their jobs would be outsourced. I hope he pointed it out. That,and the higher taxes as middle income Americans they will pay.
    Romney-Say anything for a vote- Do anything to win.

    August 9, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Working Mother

    The WORST Gov. Minnesota has ever had! Took us over the cliff!

    August 9, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Paw ah plenty. I hear the crickets loud and clear.

    August 9, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. PJ

    I'd rather see a picture of the cabinets.

    August 9, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. v_mag

    "We're focused on trying to convey Gov. Romney's message and the campaign."
    We're waiting. Convey to us specifically what Romney has in mind. [tick, tick, tick].

    While we're waiting, why don't you guys just give us some reading material, like the guv's tax returns for the past 10 years?

    August 9, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. California Gary

    Sorry.........did Pawlenty say something sniffit? I must have been napping.......

    August 9, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Tree

    He needs to talk self back home...........what is the world coming too.

    August 9, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We're focused on trying to convey Gov. Romney's message and the campaign. It would be presumptuous and premature for people to be talking about positions down the road."

    Trying to convey? Indeed. A very tall order for any GOPer right now ... not sure Tim has what it takes to climb that particular hill of beans.

    Heck, at this point, I doubt even Romney himself can "convey" a message.

    August 9, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Jehan S

    Paul Ryan would be a much better VP candidate than this guy. Pawlenty is not really not very inspiring.

    August 9, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. riptin

    When this clown left office he left Minnesota with the biggest debt in the history of the state.

    August 9, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Repubs make their own rules

    Please pick this guy Mitt. He has a record of doing nothing as governor and he thinks Michelle Bachman is the smartest woman he ever met... and he doesn't even think her husband is gay. He is what the republicans need as a VP choice... someone along the lines of Dan Quayle.

    August 9, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. bigeee1

    Hey, anything is better than trying to get the president to talk about his pathetic record of failure and broken promises. But don't worry drones...just keep on attacking while ignoring the problems at home.

    August 9, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Quick, before I fall asleep.
    What exactly is the bully bishops's message. I have yet to hear anynconcrete plans on how he is going to be different from the President because he could have been his twin up to when he started campaigning for his ill fated 2012 run.
    Small crowd is right 🙂
    He can't wait until after the election. I know he is a bit sort of a bipolar schizo but it ain't gonna work!!!

    August 9, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. jk in MN

    This is a man whose Idea of blancing a state budget is to kick the deficit can down to his sucessor. Just another politician beholdin to Grover Norquist's pledge. This is why he tries to stay boring – when the media digs into his accomplishments, there's not much there.

    August 9, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. menschenfresser

    IAround 1620 when the Pilgrims arrived, people needed a gun to hunt for food and to protect them self against wild animals. INow is 2012 and we need a gun to protect our self from wild people. Where are we going?????

    August 9, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Our right

    48% supporting major restrictions or a complete ban on gun ownership by individuals except police and other authorized personnel >>> 48% are willing to be controlled. Stupid are giving up your rights!! WAKE UP

    August 9, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. menschenfresser

    We thought we needed an atom bomb, than a nuclear bomb but when other nations think like we do and want the same we tell them no. Can't get more fu...... up than this.

    August 9, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |