Pawlenty on Romney's VP Short List

By KBJR News 1

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty hasn't been shy when it comes to his support of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, since dropping his own bid for the White House.

And now he's landed on the short list of possible Vice Presidential candidates.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

Tim Pawlenty is considered to be a serious candidate to be Mitt Romney's running mate.

The four other possible candidates who could be called up by Romney to join him on his campaign to the white house are: Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Senator Bob Portman of Ohio.

Pawlenty had a short–lived campaign of his own last year for the GOP presidential nomination. Since then he's been a loyal supporter of Romney...traveling and speaking on his behalf.

Wednesday he defended Romney against charges that he should release more than two years of tax returns.

"Look, the president is hanging shiny objects before the public and the press and the press is taking the bait. There's no indication that Mitt Romney's done anything wrong with respect to his taxes and he's trying to distract from the main issue, which should be his poor performance – the president's poor performance on getting this economy moving again."

Pawlenty has described this experience as a bit of déjà vu.
If you can remember, back in 2008, he was in a similar position as a possible GOP presidential running mate, along side Senator John McCain.

Back then Romney was his competition to join the ticket, until McCain decided to go with former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.

Pawlenty also spent some time defending his home state of Minnesota.

Minnesota hasn't voted for a Republican President since 1972, but Pawlenty said Republicans can win in the state under certain circumstances, and that home states aren't everything when a nominee–to–be is deciding on a running mate.