Tim Pawlenty Shows Two Sides of a Vice Presidential Contender


Godeaux also told Pawlenty she was upset more GOP leaders didn't stand up for Chick-Fil-A when its CEO Dan Cathy disavowed same sex marriage.

Godeaux said she was horrified that the only public official she could thank was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Michael Bloomberg," she said incredulously.

Bloomberg said this week that mayors of other cities, including Chicago's Rahm Emanuel and Boston's Tom Menino, were wrong to discourage franchises from opening there.

"I was just really wishing that someone in the Republican Party would have stepped forward," Godeaux said. "There just seems to be this real lack of leadership and I'm just hopeful and praying that if Gov. Romney does win the election that we'll be allowed to have civil debate and disagree with each other without feeling threatened or penalized."

Pawlenty said he had eaten at the chain for lunch right before, eating waffle fries and chicken strips, and said the reaction to Cathy's stance on the issue was "chilling."

"I mean it's stunning, it is jaw-dropping. And so I think strong people who see this need to stand up and say no we don't do that in the United States," Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty is one of the potential vice presidential picks believed to be on the campaign's short list, all of whom know their lives will change dramatically if they are selected to be Romney's running mate in the next month before the Republican National Convention.

With Romney off on the first overseas trip of his campaign, arriving in Israel tonight after a stop in London for the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics, his surrogates were fanning all over battleground states -- Rob Portman stumping in Ohio, Bobby Jindal in Florida, and Marco Rubio in Las Vegas -- in what for some could be were veepstake auditions.

So when will the decision come?

"I don't know," Pawlenty told reporters, with a chuckle, after the two events today in the Raleigh area.

He may not know, but he can describe whom Romney is looking for, although he wouldn't go into any other details, including whether he has spoken to veep vetter and longtime Romney aide Beth Myers.

"We have a policy of not talking about the VP process, details, times, schedules, all that we don't get into that," he said.

At first he answered, "a good one."

"He speaks about this a lot because he gets asked about it a lot," Pawlenty said, referring to attributes of Romney's eventual number two. "He says ... whoever he picks has to be ready to be president of the United States in an unfortunate event something happens to the president. That's important, so there's a requisite set of experiences and abilities and judgments and wisdom that comes with a readiness to be president, so he's looking presumably looking for that."

The former Minnesota governor added that everything else that goes into a running mate is a "stew."

"A little this, a little that and you add it all together and what make sense not just for the campaign but what makes sense for the country," Pawlenty said.

This is the second time Pawlenty has been under this type of scrutiny.

In 2008, he was just one phone call away if John McCain had decided not to go with Sarah Palin.

So what's it like doing this twice?

"Not bad," Pawlenty said. "I've been doing my other stuff. Doing my other work, dealing with family matters, trying to get the garage -- my garage is a mess."

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