Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision to back Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is a huge boost to Romney's campaign.
"He's one of the stars of the conservative movement and Republican party," Pawlenty of Christie. "His endorsement will carry a lot of weight, no pun intended," Pawlenty joked referring to Christie's weight. (He said that Christie would enjoy the joke)
Pawlenty said he also encouraged Christie to back Romney's campaign.
"It's probably the most valuable endorsement in the country," Pawlenty said. "For Gov. Romney to get Chris Christie's endorsement is a major boost to his campaign and will send a signal across the conservative spectrum; tea party types, fiscal conservatives and others, that it's time to consolidate around Gov. Romney."
Pawlenty, who endorsed Romney last month, also said on MPR's Midday program that he believes GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is qualified to be president. In a wide ranging interview, Pawlenty discussed his failed run for president, the state of politics and his political future. He said he won't challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012 but isn't ruling anything else out, although he added it's "highly unlikely" he will run for president again.
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Governor Pawlenty is an important voice for conservatives. He gave his presidential run his best shot and gained experience in the process. There is a bright political future ahead of him if he decides to go that route.
After Republicans stop chasing the latest 'shiny object' and really vet the GOP candidates (Cain's 9-9-9 plan is not all it's cracked up to be) they will come to know what Gov Pawlenty realized... That in order to pry Obama out of the Oval Office and revamp our economic engine, we need a candidate who is the best qualified business person - who has also had governance experience.
Mitt Romney is our best hope to conquer the Obama machine and bring prosperity back to America.