Tim Pawlenty Endorses Mitt Romney for President

More

After dropping out of the 2012 race last month, the former Minnesota governor will serve as national co-chairman for his erstwhile rival

Tim Pawlenty - Mike Segar : Reuters - banner.jpg

Former Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race last month, endorsed Mitt Romney for president, in an appearance on "Fox and Friends" this morning.

"The next president is going to have to lead on the economy and jobs in a historic way and there's one candidate in this race who is unmatched in his skills and experience and talent when it comes to turning around this economy and growing jobs. And that's Mitt Romney," Pawlenty said on the program. "And I'm proud and excited to endorse him for president of the United States."

Pawlenty said he will be serving as the national co-chairman of Romney's campaign. He also said he didn't want to be considered as Romney's running mate. Pawlenty will be appearing with Romney Monday at a campaign event in Charleston, South Carolina.

Pawlenty's endorsement comes as the Republican establishment still has questions about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's electability in a general election. Pawlenty dropped out of the race last month after the Ames Straw poll just as Perry launched his candidacy.

Asked in the interview about Perry's writings equating Social Security to a Ponzi scheme, Pawlenty noted the contrast on the issue between the two presidential candidates.

"I know this. Governor Romney wants to fix Social Security. He doesn't believe it should be thrown out. He believes it should be reformed and fixed and I think that's the right approach. I think most Americans; most republicans understand that we're going to need Social Security in a reformed and improved fashion going forward. That's what Mitt Romney supports and that's what I support as well."

Pawlenty went on to draw a clear contrast between the two: "Gov. Romney wants to fix Social Security. He doesn't want to abolish it or end it...Gov. Perry has said in the past that he thought it was 'failed'.'"

Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race last month, and faced criticism for not attacking Romney aggressively on his Massachusetts health care plan. He had called it "Obamney-care" on the campaign trail, but was timid in going after Romney face-to-face on the issue at the debates.

Image credit: Mike Segar/Reuters

Jump to comments
Presented by

Josh Kraushaar is the political editor for National Journal.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

In a series of candid video interviews, women talk about self-image, self-judgment, and what it means to love their bodies


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In