McCain VP Talk Centers on Minn. Gov

'Conservative, rock-n-roll' Pawlenty has been staunch ally
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 9:27 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reacts as he arrives backstage before speaking at a campaign rally at Clawson High School in Clawson, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. At rear...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Maybe John McCain “has not spent one second thinking about a running mate,” as one adviser insists, but when he does, many observers expect his attention to turn to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. “He’s a conservative, rock-n-roll Republican and is counterintuitive to the party stereotype,” gushed one political hand. He also remained loyal even when McCain looked finished.

Pawlenty is a moderate presiding over a blue state, but he’s trended more conservative as his national ambitions have grown, Politico notes. “He’s a rising star in the party,” said one McCain adviser. His addition might not turn Minnesota red but could put it up for grabs. He’s also 47, no small advantage for a 71-year-old candidate.