Coleman: ‘I would have picked Pawlenty’

In a video interview with MinnPost, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman said that although Sarah Palin is “an exciting choice,” he would have preferred Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as John McCain’s running mate. “I would have picked Pawlenty,” Coleman said.

Coleman made his comments as delegates gathered for the Republican national convention, which gets underway in St. Paul Monday.

As Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast, prompting President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to cancel plans to attend the convention, Coleman outlined what he hopes the convention will accomplish this week.

Convention planners face the unprecedented task of figuring out how best to handle a political celebration while Gustav hammers the Gulf Coast. They also must deal with the potential political problem of the hurricane reminding voters of the Bush administration’s missteps in providing aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

As mayor of St. Paul, Coleman was instrumental in convincing the state to fund the Xcel Energy Center and helped to return of NHL hockey to Minnesota. These were successes that revitalized the capital city and, in the minds of many, paved the way for the GOP convention coming to St. Paul.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Aaron Landry on 08/31/2008 - 06:37 pm.

    Great little video.

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 09/02/2008 - 07:05 am.

    Well, we can say that Senator Coleman’s judgement on VP selection would have favored experience over gender and large family . . .

    but I remember that Senators Coleman and McCain both voted NAY on closing corporate loopholes to increase funding for veterans VA health care by $1.5Billion in March 2006.

    Senator Coleman had lunch with the Minnesota National Guard on the day after and the day before he cast his 2 NAY votes for VA health care in March 2006, so he can’t say that he didn’t recognize that military/veterans were one if his important constituent groups.

    Favoring corporate loopholes over military veterans is probably one of the reasons that Republicans lost the Majority status in Congress in the 2006 election. This ‘corporate value’ does not seem to match that of most Americans.

  3. Submitted by Gail O'Hare on 08/31/2008 - 07:58 pm.

    Coleman wisely didn’t get pulled into praising Palin. Now that the convention has been abbreviated, we may not be subjected to the fulsome praise we’ve heard from too many conservatives. Still there’s a lot more he could have said.

    Other Republican women could have been tapped who wouldn’t have drawn nearly so much shock and disbelief. Olympia Snowe, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Susan Collins. The Governors of Hawaii and Connecticut both have longer records. Not that Dems would have warmly applauded these selections, but they certainly would have been able to focus on public service rather than a bubbly hockey mom ticked off by the bridge to nowhere.

    Her willingness to take on the entrenched Republican old guard in her state sounds admirable; however, her work was done for her by the national uproar and continual media embarrassment for Alaskans. Her supposed executive experience (18 months as governor of a state less than half the size of our metro area) seems to be focused on firing people.

    I know many sharp and feisty local politicos who would not be prepared to take on national and international issues. Heck, Coleman himself had more executive experience in St. Paul than Ms. Palin has had in a tiny bedroom community and a state whose legislature (all 60 of them) meets for 90 days. McCain said the ability to step into the presidency was his prime criterion. He chose Palin, a cute little gal who echoes his every statement and loves guns.

    No wonder Coleman had to tapdance.

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