Pawlenty: Romney could lure independents and Dems

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.)

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  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/09/2011 - 09:17 am.

    Mitt Romney can sway independent voters? On what basis, I wonder. The same lack of consistency that hobbles him with Republicans is going to be a problem for independents, who will ask which Romney would occupy the White House.

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