Tim Pawlenty may speak with a non-regional dialect and possess the flat stoicism and kind demeanor of the upper Midwest, but he insists that he is not boring. Asked by RealClearPolitics' Scott Conroy about why people may say he is, Pawlenty asks, "compared to who?":
"I think if people get to know me better, it's just not true," the second-term Republican said in a phone interview with RealClearPolitics between meetings in St. Paul. "But the other response I have is: compared to who? There may be some more people who are dramatically more entertaining, but probably aren't getting elected. And there are some people who are, you know, serious candidates. I would say, which one of those is a barrel of laughs or somehow in a different league as far as excitement?"