ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - As
a presidential hopeful, Tim Pawlenty won respect among GOP insiders,
social conservatives and the tea party movement. Far from the first love
of any faction, he quickly washed out as a candidate.
Almost a year after he
abandoned his White House bid, Pawlenty's reputation as being suitable
but not a standout is actually fueling the speculation that the former
Minnesota governor is a serious contender in Republican Mitt Romney's
search for a running mate.
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