Pawlenty calls Ryan 'terrific selection'
August 11th, 2012
01:16 PM ET
8 years ago

Pawlenty calls Ryan 'terrific selection'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - A gracious former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, one of the select few who had been on Mitt Romney's vice presidential short list, said Saturday that Paul Ryan's selection as the candidate's running mate makes for a "great team."

"I think Governor Romney's selection of Paul Ryan is a terrific selection," Pawlenty told reporters. "Paul Ryan is a bold leader with great ideas for trying to get this country back on track, and I think he and Governor Romney together will make a great team."

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The former Minnesota governor said Ryan –of neighboring Wisconsin– gave a "great speech."

Pawlenty and his wife Mary watched from their hotel in New Hampshire.

Pawlenty also told reporters that Romney informed him he wasn't the pick in a phone conversation this past Monday.

"We had a great discussion about it, so I've known for about a week."

He declined to divulge more than that about the contents of the call, including whether Romney told him then that it would be Ryan.

Pawlenty has been a fierce surrogate of Romney's since his own presidential campaign dissolved after a poor showing at the Ames, Iowa straw poll in August 2011.

He continued stumping for Romney Saturday morning at a breakfast for young Republicans in Manchester.

Asked whether he'll keep up the same level of campaigning for Romney going forward Pawlenty said he would "as he can."

He has a day of campaign stops in New Hampshire Saturday and plans to fly back to Minnesota Sunday.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Right-on..........

    "Terrific Selection"..........."you Betcha"++++++++++++++++++!

    August 11, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Howard

    ROMNEY & RYAN = smart, successful, honest, competent VS. obama & biden = mudslinging, lying, incompetent failures.

    Save America ... Romney & Ryan in 2012 !!!

    August 11, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Pawlenty has nothing to say, he wasn't the pick.

    August 11, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. good going

    finally a wise decision indeed 🙂

    August 11, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. gg

    First comment...lying? oh..mitt didn't lying about his tax shelter, swiss bank accounts and bain capital plus he won't release his tax return to the American people "you people".

    August 11, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

    Good try, can we now see the tax returns?

    August 11, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. MM

    We need to remember that this country was in the toilet for 8 years by GWB and they expect the current president to fix in 4. For real, if you put a Rep president again, the country will go back to our worse time in USA history again.

    August 11, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Howard – Excellent example of right-wing projection.

    August 11, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Ryan's budget and Medicare plans: Conservative social engineering to shift the financial burden from the rich to the Middle Class.

    August 11, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. edog

    How can a candidate to be the President of the US, who's potential tax and economic policies will impact over 300 million people, not show his tax returns? Only the GOP, who tell us NO to big government but wants government to tell women if they can have an abortion, a GOP who says debt is the biggest issue but ok'd 2 unfunded wars, would they now say Romney's tax returns don't matter. WHAT?? Obama showed his birth cert to PUT UP, so now Mitten has to PUT Up or SHUT UP. SHOW US YOUR TAX RETURNS!!

    August 11, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Not distracted, now let's see those tax returns.

    August 11, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |

    This Gop goof doesn't know how lucky he is to not have his name on the largest Gop train wreck in history in Nov ,thanks mitt ,son of boss tax evader .where's your tax returns???? It's not going away!!!!!!

    August 11, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. drake mallard

    Ryan wants to raises taxes on the middle class, cut them for millionaires.

    Ryan’s budget would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years.

    Ryan has ownership stakes in companies that benefit from oil supports $40 billion in subsides for big oil.

    Ryan accused generals of lying about their support for Obama’s military budget.

    Ryan wants to eliminate Pell Grants for more more than 1 million students.

    Ryan embraces the extreme philosophy of Ayn Rand

    Ryan co-sponsored a “personhood” amendment, an extreme anti-abortion measure
    Ryan believes that Romneycare is “not that dissimilar to Obamacare.

    August 11, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Kenny K

    Is Ryan going to release more tax returns than Romney? Or he will refuse to release them.

    August 11, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ROMNEY & RYAN = smart, successful, honest, competent VS. obama & biden = mudslinging, lying, incompetent failures.◄

    romney & rhyan = flip-flopping, LYING, tax-evading – Medicare/SS destroyer – Rich-Lovers VS. OBAMA & BIDEN = The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    August 11, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. stars

    It dont matter who he pick we still what to see his tax returns. and his Bain records so we can see how much he has ripped off the goverment.

    August 11, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |