Pawlenty cancels TV interviews

August 28th, 2008 – 2:23 PM by Mark Brunswick

A headline like that may seem innocuous enough, but amid the fevered speculation about whom John McCain will select as a vice presidential running mate, maybe it’s a tea leaf. Or maybe not.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in Denver as an unofficial Republican observer during the Democratic National Convention, has canceled several TV interviews that were scheduled for this afternoon, said a Republican spokesman.

Pawlenty said his travel plans — he is scheduled to be at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday — remain unchanged.

The governor, of course, has long been said to be on McCain’s list of potential veep picks.

Reports have said McCain may attend a rally with his running mate Friday in Dayton, Ohio.

19 Responses to "Pawlenty cancels TV interviews"

t ball says:

August 28th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

If Pawlenty is chosen, the DFL should start handing out bumper stickers at the State Fair that say: “A Vote For McCain Is A Vote For Governor Molnau”

swschrad says:

August 28th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

there’s your confirmation of short-list status.

the bumper stickers should read “McCain-Pawlenty: Depression at Your Doorstep and Two Bridges in Every River.”

skarjoe says:

August 28th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Or the bumper sticker could read “McCain-Pawlenty: Because everyone can’t be on welfare.”

Jay says:

August 28th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

I like Pawlenty…..in St. Paul.

fry says:

August 28th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Great news! I am very excited and hope he gets it. Obama is nothing more than a show, no substance.

LH13 says:

August 28th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I think it is smart of McCain to choose someone who will outlive him. President TP.

When are people going to stop blaming Molnau for the bridge?? So unfair. Always has to be finger pointing, doesn’t there?

mattedgar says:

August 28th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Look what I made…

rickblank says:

August 28th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Good to see the Obama haters have started to show up. So, fry, all show no substance? Obama’s image and message reminds me of a certain California governor that became president in 1980 – also big on Fantasy Island happy talk.

Back to the topic: McCain/Pawlenty bumper stickers: The POW & T-Paw, all fluster and bluster but won’t pass muster.

lawmanc131 says:

August 28th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

If McCain has selected Pawlenty—-once the word goes out, the big question throughout the nation will be. “Paw-who?”

player says:

August 28th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Can you imagine what Sen. Biden will do to T-Paw during the Vice Presdential Debates?

New Guy says:

August 28th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Why Not to Like Obama:

1) He was the head of the Harvard Law Review (elitist).

2) He was a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago (elitist).

3) He write books (elitist).

4) Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard (elitist).

5) Lived in Indonesia for 4 years (growing up in a third world country is not the type of perspective that we need).

6) He eats arugula. Obviously out of touch with the average, overweight American.

blogger1957 says:

August 28th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Pawlenty is the perfect VP to McCain. Who else could he select that:
1)had a major interstate bridge collapse and not take any sort of blame at all. Call him Teflon Tim.
2)Have bridges all across the state close, because no money was spent on infrastucture. Call him Teflon Tim.
3)have the standard of living reduced in Minnesota during his time as governor. Call him Teflon Tim.
4)have him take no responsibility for the school districts in MN getting lower marks in MN test scores. Call him Teflon Tim.
5)It’s time for Teflon Tim and all the other non-stick Republicans in this state to be shown the door. We, the people of the state of Minnesota, thank the Republicans who voted for the transportation bill, to show up Teflon Tim and get him out of our state.
6) As soon as Teflon Tim accepts the nomination for VP, the Dem’s in our state should start a Molnau impeachment process.

CurlyJoe says:

August 28th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

New Guy,

Your description of Obama is spot-on, if you disregard you parenthetical opinions. I would like to pose this question: does the average American have to uneducated and overweight? Maybe its time that Americans fight the obesity epidemic and do well at college, which New Guy apparently thinks is “elitist.”

By the way, New Guy, our ‘one-of-the-guys’ President Bush graduated from Yale and was a member of the Skull and Bones Society. Both of these would fit your “elitist” description.

John E Iacono says:

August 28th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

I’d be surprised if Pawlenty spots for the VP role.

He has said he intends to serve out his term, and — more than most politicians — he had generally done what he said he would do.

Unless he doesn’t think McCain will win…

Dora says:

August 28th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

InTrade says it’s Pawlenty.

O.T. says:

August 28th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

I nearly threw up:

Chris Matthews shook the proverbial fist at this detractors as he delivered the following praise of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on MSNBC’s live coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, August 28:

[11:00pm]

KEITH OLBERMANN: I’d love to find something to criticize about it. You got anything?

CHRIS MATTHEWS: No. You know I’ve been criticized for saying he inspires me and to hell with my critics!

[LOUD APPLAUSE]

Olbermann: Obama Nomination Like Fall of Soviet Union, Apartheid
By Mark Finkelstein | August 28, 2008 – 22:46

How does Keith Olbermann view pre-Obama America? Apparently akin to the Soviet Union, and South Africa under apartheid. Here was his statement from the top of tonight’s DNC coverage.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: It is an iconic night in history: we’ll all remember this night as long as we live. This is the night that the first Western government, the first Western political power, or party, has nominated an African-American, someone of African heritage, to lead the country. It’s something that took a long time to happen, almost like an old Polaroid film developing. But here it is. It happened officially last night, and tonight it is crowned, this achievement. And it’s going to happen at a football field.

KEITH OLBERMANN: And it happens as suddenly in some respects as the Soviet Union crumbled or apartheid was beaten in South Africa. These seemingly invincible hurdles that could never be overcome and within a short period in our historical timespan, suddenly they’re gone. And almost nobody saw it coming. Certainly no one at all saw it coming more than four years ago.

Georgette says:

August 29th, 2008 at 7:08 am

In response to New Guy and CurlyJoe -

What’s so great about average anyway? You go out bowling with average guys, you get a beer with them, you don’t expect them to be leader of the free world. The challenges and the pressures of the job demand someone extraordinary. So whether it’s Barack Obama or John McCain, I sincerely hope he’s a member of the elite. The American Heritage dictionary describes elite as “the best or most skilled members of a group.” I certainly wouldn’t want anything less for our country.

Jay says:

August 29th, 2008 at 8:27 am

“InTrade says it’s Pawlenty.”

I’d suggest putting that source on your “not worth a damn” list.

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