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Joining me now is former candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty governor says it.
I can't dance and -- I don't mean to be indiscreet but where the heck are you looks like you're in a locker room or something -- -- Hit back and I didn't Travers city Michigan man that I know that that was this is not the normal Huckabee back drop but I can understand them but I could -- amount got to put on -- hockey helmet that'll be helpful to stuff.
What you're one of the few guys who could actually do that and put on the the whole hockey.
Regalia as you've done it but -- -- ask you having played hockey which was tougher playing hockey -- running for president but.
And the running for president for sure although you know I still have all might see that -- down -- -- I'm unusual for a hockey player.
Let's talk about the pavlik -- what we're doing in the show is is trying to explain to people how this process works.
And and one of the things that we as we look back the first debate happened the first week of may and then after that.
The field got very crowded Romney came in and Ron Paul came in a Newt Gingrich came in in -- -- came in his Santorum came at Huntsman Bachmann all after that day.
Was your strategy.
Always based on.
How many candidates would be an.
Well you the American genome god bless some assumptions about how the race might -- but as you know people might get in might not getting -- and and there's a lot of variables so you can't ultimately.
Control that you just have to make sure you have a good confidence and clear vision about why you're running what you bring to the race is a candidate.
And has to have trust and faith that that's committed to carry the day and have bring value to the debate and you can't control the other variables you wish and hope that you could but in the end you can't.
The governor did the straw poll and -- -- obviously it was a turning point for you you dropped out of the race today following.
It it doesn't have any significance in terms of -- selection it is symbolic.
It but it's extremely expensive you still a lot of money there a lot of effort there.
And then if you didn't when you said you know you and see a pathway for is the Iowa straw poll.
Becoming too much of a challenge and may be becoming irrelevant -- do you still see that it has a place in the future of the Republican process.
Well I think what you saw during this campaign so.
-- a lot of these straw polls Iowa course same stop holding one of the earliest and most prominent.
Being a benchmark but for us we put down a lot of chips early on that Ames straw poll.
And as it turns out three days later a week later you know the media the pun -- the observers the voters had moved on -- it didn't have any sort of lasting effect so if you write rewrite the history of my campaign one thing we probably should have done.
Is not put so many chips down early on that contest that really didn't have any.
Lasting impact I think it'll still be a benchmark in the future but it won't be the kind of heavy your weighted.
You had since the race endorsed Mitt Romney -- campaigning for him now what was the a decision point.
To go with governor Romney.
Well for me there's a number things you wanna look at one is if you're gonna be present nine states we want somebody who's actually run something and accomplish something not just given -- not just push yes or no.
So as a former governor.
As a former leader of Bain Capital and somebody who's run businesses started businesses growing jobs.
Somebody who turned around the Olympics.
Somebody who's led a life in terms of his personal behavior and conduct that he he can be proud of his values in that regard lineup with mine and and Mary's.
Those are some of the characteristics that are important I think for a successful nominee and a successful president but -- for governor Romney.
He is somebody I'd gotten to know I know you know on this well.
-- -- somebody is -- very very effective leader but he's also a good person there's not going to be a day where you wake up at some morning and read that he's.
Done something scandalous or stupid or embarrassing from a personal standpoint he's a grounded mature be the person who is that it is also -- great leader.
Well thank you for joining us today by the way -- you ran a very I think effective campaign in terms of just maintaining.
An equilibrium that lot of candidates don't and you ran it with honor and -- dignity.
And my congratulations to -- marry for being able to walk away your heads high after a tough battle good to have you with us here governors.
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