Tim Pawlenty is hoping that Mitt Romney will pick him as his running mate, and in preparation for that possibility, Pawlenty was seen campaigning for the GOP presumptive nominee in Raleigh on Sunday.
ABC News reports that Pawlenty, dressed in a blue checkered shirt and jeans, took part in a small roundtable session with “sports parents,” and also held a much larger rally to open a campaign office in Raleigh.
The VP hopeful listened to the concerns of voters, promising to take them back to Romney’s campaign. At the rally, Pawlenty was seen attacking President Obama’s record. Pawlenty asked the crowd:
“I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing his teleprompter speeches and no results. His big fancy speeches from four years ago and since, those speeches, those words, they don’t put gas in our cars, do they?”
Tim Pawlenty continued by saying:
“And his teleprompter speeches don’t pay the mortgage, do they? And President Obama’s teleprompter speeches don’t pay our health insurance premiums, do they? And they don’t get our loved ones, our friends and our neighbors, a job in the country, do they? We’ve got a problem, because we’ve got a president who’s all foam and no beer.”
MSNBC notes that Pawlenty, the VP hopeful, went on to say, “We need to grow this economy and quit kicking our entrepreneurs and small business leaders like President Obama does in the shins every day.” Pawlenty, who is among Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana in his quest to be Romney’s running mate, told reporters that he isn’t looking at this weekend as an audition for the job. He stated:
“I’ve been out doing this sort of thing since last fall and I get a call once in a while from the campaign saying, ‘hey, do you have any free time next week to go be a surrogate?’ This is consistent with that pattern so it’s really no different than what I’ve been doing for the campaign since last fall.”
Would you like to see Tim Pawlenty as Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 Presidential Elections?