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Published on Feb 16, 2012
Former Minnesota Governor and GOP presidential candidate, Tim Pawlenty, talked presidential politics with Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy.
Mitt Romney had a rough Tuesday night in Minnesota and Missouri, but former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spent much of his evening in Lawrence defending the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.
"He's electable. If you look at the polling data, he's clearly the strongest Republican to take on and hopefully defeat Barack Obama," Pawlenty said in an interview before he spoke at the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University's West Campus. Before Tuesday night's results came in, Pawlenty, who endorsed Romney last September after he dropped out of the race himself, even predicted a challenging night for the former Massachusetts governor in those three states, saying the votes were more symbolic with few delegates at stake.