Tim Pawlenty hasn’t formally endorsed any of his former competitors in the GOP presidential race (although he did jokingly try to lend his support to entertainer Stephen Colbert this week), but he did say some nice things about Mitt Romney Wednesday on MSNBC.
He said Romney could win over “independents and conservative Democrats” in a general election.
And while he said voters may like Texas Gov. Rick Perry on economic matters, Pawlenty wasn’t as sanguine about Perry’s electability in swing states:
“You got to have a candidate who can get his or her share of the independents and conservative democrats. Mitt Romney can do that. Can Rick Perry do that? We’ll see.”
Pawlenty’s interviews with Colbert and on the MSNBC “Morning Joe” show, led the Wall Street Journal to comment on his new, relaxed state of mind following his withdrawal from the race, noting:
The tale of the former candidate loosening up after he’s lost the race is hardly new. (Bob Dole showed up on Saturday Night Live within weeks of the 1996 general election.)