Is he or isn’t he?

June 20th, 2008 – 1:10 PM by Patricia Lopez

There was a little extra bounce in Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s step on Friday morning _ that is, until he saw a posse of reporters waiting to ambush him before he walked into the state Board of Investment meeting. Grinning, Pawlenty motioned a dive over the Capitol’s marble railing, signaling how far he would go to evade yet another veep question.
But in the end, he submitted, shedding little additional light but offering a very precisely worded answer on whether he is being vetted by the McCain campaign.
“Nobody has asked me for any information or to submit any information and I haven’t talked to Sen. McCain about it or anyone from his campaign about it,” Pawlenty said.
He said that he and the senator from Arizona did spend some private time together on Thursday and chatted about “sports, movies, politics and policy, family.”
Meanwhile, Pawlenty continues to get serious national buzz, with a New Republic writer dubbing him the “slam dunk” choice, while a U.S. News and World piece called him the “flavor of the week” for McCain’s folks. CBS News yesterday called Pawlenty a frontrunner for the spot.
More intrigue: Like Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Pawlenty now says he favors off-shore oil drilling, which is rapidly becoming part of the new Republican dogma on energy.
After ruminating, as he often does on policy questions, Pawlenty added through spokesman Brian McClung that he favored drilling in certain circumstances, chiefly, the agreement of the state whose coastline was involved.

7 Responses to "Is he or isn’t he?"

SgtPendleton says:

June 20th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Charlie Crist would be another big choice — first gay VP.

Jay says:

June 20th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

I’d like to see him choose Lieberman, but I know the two respective political party machines would never allow that.

Krogy says:

June 21st, 2008 at 7:28 am

RealClearPolitics Veep Watch
RCP Staff
June 20, 2008
Debating Pawlenty

After making the case for Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty yesterday, Chris Cillizza makes the case against him today – which boils down to the following:

1) he isn’t well known nationally
2) he has a weak political organization (he couldn’t even deliver the state for McCain on Feb 5th)
3) he doesn’t appeal to a natural Republican constituency like Evangelicals (who favor Huckabee) or fiscal conservatives (who favor Romney)

Cillizza doesn’t mention that Pawlenty survived in 2006 by the skin of his teeth, winning only 47% of the vote. He trailed in the polls just before election, and was saved from being a one and done Governor thanks to a meltdown by his DFL opponent Mike Hatch.

Regardless, it’s debatable whether Minnesota will be within McCain’s reach with or without Pawlenty on the ticket.

SgtPendleton says:

June 21st, 2008 at 5:24 pm

I think he’d be a fool not to take Romney.

John E Iacono says:

June 22nd, 2008 at 3:48 pm

He says he doesn’t want it. He says he wants to serve out his term. He has a track record of meaning what he says.

To my way of thinking, this suggests all this talk is so much baloney to fill air time.

Les says:

June 24th, 2008 at 9:29 am

When is the Strib gonna realize Tpaw for veep aint happening.

Must be the stribs new dogma…

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