Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), who was rumored to be on the short-list for Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick, said late Friday that he was “not disappointed” after media reports confirming that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would be selected.
“I didn’t enter this thinking I was going to be the vice presidential candidate, so I’m not disappointed,” Pawlenty said to reporters late Friday in Manchester, New Hampshire, NBC News reported.
He said he would still be a forceful surrogate for the Romney campaign. “I’m excited about his candidacy, and I’m excited about having him be the next president.”
Pawlenty is scheduled to attend four events with his wife, Mary Pawlenty, in New Hampshire on Saturday and he said he would carry on with those events and would not be joining Romney in Norfolk, Va., where the presumptive GOP nominee will officially announce his pick.