The Pros And Cons Of Tim Pawlenty As Romney's VP

From CNN's John King:

So the plus side?

• Blue-collar roots

• A Catholic-turned-evangelical Protestant comfortable talking about his faith.

• A GOP governor from a blue state who had to do business with Democrats.

• A record holding the line on government spending.

• No Washington baggage.

"He's interesting. He's funny. He is thoughtful and he is measured," Weaver said. "He is great with people. He is authentic. I think it's probably the best reason why he would be a terrific vice president."

And the downside?

• No Washington baggage also means no Washington experience, including on major national security issues.

• He never cracked 50% in either of his gubernatorial wins, and even his friends say it is doubtful picking Pawlenty would put Minnesota in play this fall.

• His 2012 presidential run sputtered quickly.

• Even some conservative fans say there is no signature Pawlenty achievement that would bring something unique to the ticket. The governor's Democratic critics say that is because his trademark is caution born of ambition.

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published this page in In The News 2012-08-08 20:00:00 -0400
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