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And on the hot rumor is today and campaign trail reports swirling around Washington that Senator John McCain could name.
His vice presidential candidates.
This week a source close campaign is telling us.
No announcement expected today probably not tomorrow and other sources saying though don't rule out necessarily something coming this week others are saying.
Probably not coming this week.
Well whatever it is this is actually stealing the spotlight from Barack Obama's foreign trip not a bad idea -- your strategist.
-- let's get them to think it's an inside scoop from Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty he is somebody who has been often cited in the media anyway as a potential running mate for Senator McCain.
Governor thanks for being here.
So what do you know at.
To be with -- is it coming well the announcement.
Well what I know -- I've stopped engaging in all this vice presidential discussion -- -- -- I'm sure for people to speculate about but -- I stopped engaging in it but you're nice to ask all together and -- can I ask if you've been contacted by the McCain campaign to be on a short list.
So to speak.
Well hi guys -- just had stopped engaging in discussion because it is so much speculation.
Comments back and forth and things I just have taken the position that second engage in the speculation any further but you again you're nice to ask about it.
Okay we'll governor you can probably answer this because you have and the senator for so long.
-- some of his age and their comments have said you know you may end up surprising us with his pick it will be his pick.
What kind of person would -- look for as a number two.
Well I think -- any candidates gonna look at a number of characteristics including is the person ready to be president of the United States that's first and foremost secondly that.
What does the person bring to the ticket in terms of his or her and substantive expertise -- Exactly incineration what you're talking about it John McCain and you know and so well what kind of things would be on that kind of a -- what characteristics and quality.
Well I think Senator McCain would first again looked as somebody who's -- be present the United States and secondly.
Look to the characteristics that would bounce off his strengths and for that.
For that and we want to look at the number of things including as the person.
Add on issues as a person at an experience as a person add in terms of particular message -- outreach has a lot of factors that will go into -- I would also say it's going to be somebody that senator McCain's comfortable it.
I want to ask you to you've been to Iraq several times in the past couple years and wanna play it sound -- for you from Senator McCain at town hall just a few minutes ago and get your response would on the inside the -- -- And I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war.
It seems to me that Senator Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.
Your thoughts on that pretty strong statement there from John McCain's age -- kind of -- around that kind of concept before.
That Barack Obama would rather lose in Iraq -- lose the campaign.
It is Obama supporters we just had John Kerry on earlier.
Would -- shore vehemently disagree with that that he is not into losing.
I think Senator McCain is reflecting something that is very striking and very important and as Barack Obama opposed the surge.
And the follow up work of the united states military that it resulted from the surge.
Which is the only reason we're able to even be talking about with withdrawal right now on any credible sense.
And then he went on to say just yesterday that he would still oppose the surge even knowing what he knows now.
How that decision I think reflects say he their lack of wisdom or lack of judgment on his part Senator McCain of course was a champion of the surge.
And Barack Obama's position has been he wanted to withdraw from Iraq even before the surge was successful even before the surgical -- And I think.
-- admiral Mullen both General Petraeus and others saying.
His approach senator Obama's approach this kind of arbitrary move it but concrete timeline without regard to conditions on the ground.
Is not wise and we should be taking counsel from folks like that and senator McCain's position reflects that.
Governor you've been credited with having a good political mind how does Senator McCain if you're quiet or be advising him this week had to compete with these.
You know some have called the Obama mania headlines as he travels throughout committees and -- to -- Well certainly the media has been very focused on senator Obama's trip the senator McCain's focus -- on important messages back here at home they're both gonna have many weeks and months to get their messages out.
But senator McCain's point about this trip being you know political is is worth listening to.
Senator Obama made up his mind before he went on the trip so really isn't a fact finding trip because the facts weren't going to change his mind.
The Senator Obama looks poised now to be holding -- press and political rallies in Europe when he gets to that part of this trip.
And he went so far to say he would even now oppose the surge which is really the ticket that even to allow us to be talking about credible.
Withdrawal that is a stunning I think a stunning.
Admission or position for Senator Obama to now -- Got and I think it reveals -- -- political position got Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota which plan is that McCain headquarters today that he won't tell us he's being asked to be on the ticket except McCain -- to latency.
Any off camera he well I'll send you myself.
Thank you have very good theater ain't.
It has been.
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