Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor and one-time serious candidate for the presidency, endorsed Mitt Romney today.
In an appearance on FOX News, Pawlenty cited Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts.
In a statement announcing Mr. Pawlenty as a national co-chairman of his campaign, Mr. Romney said: “Tim will be a trusted adviser as I move forward with my campaign. Tim has always been an advocate for lower taxes, reduced spending and an environment where jobs can be created. It is an honor to have him serve as co-chair to my campaign for the presidency.”
Mr. Pawlenty, in an interview Monday morning on “Fox and Friends,” said of Mr. Romney, “I believe he’s going to be our party’s nominee.”
The endorsement, which was brokered in recent days, was released on Monday to help Mr. Romney contract his message on Social Security with Mr. Perry’s. The issue has become a defining difference between the two candidates and was expected to be discussed extensively at the debate Monday night in Tampa, Fla.