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