Pawlenty: Sununu has ‘knack for colorful language’

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"Obviously Gov. Sununu has a knack for colorful language and it can be very informative and entertaining," said Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." "He admitted perhaps he wasn't as clear as he should have been and issued a clarification, and I think that was appropriate under the circumstances."


Sununu, a prominent surrogate for the Romney camp, blasted the president on a conference call with reporters earlier Tuesday, suggesting Obama should "learn how to be an American."

The former New Hampshire governor attempted to clarify his comments at the end of the call, saying, "the president has to learn the American formula for creating business."

"Gov. Sununu made those comments earlier today, he then clarified and walked back those statements by saying that he meant that President Obama really doesn't have familiarity with what it means to be in the American entrepreneurial and private enterprise system," Pawlenty explained.

Pawlenty, who is rumored to be on the vice presidential short-list, evaded questions about being potentially being the presumptive GOP nominee's running mate, but said he expected Romney's pick to bring "different ingredients, different dynamics" to the ticket.

"One ingredient might be, as I think Gov. Romney alluded to this morning, having somebody who might bring something to the table that supplements, you know, either one of his strengths or weaknesses," Pawlenty said.

In an interview today with the conservative website National Review OnlineRomney shared some thoughts on finding a running mate, saying that he had always sought to work with "people who have the capacity to lead, who share my philosophy, and in some cases, people who provide perspectives and skills that I may not share."

Pawlenty also pointed out that as geography is concerned, his Minnesota roots might not help his vice presidential chances.

"I love my state, it's filled with great people, but it unfortunately has the longest unbroken streak of voting for Democrat for president of any state in the nation," Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty went on to defend Romney from continued Democratic pressure to release additional tax information, arguing that the two years of records released is "reasonable."

"When there's no allegation or insinuation of wrongdoing or any time that he's been in trouble or accused of wrongdoing, why would Mitt Romney be held to a different standard than almost every other Republican nominee for president?" he said.

Romney has released his 2010 tax records and an estimate of 2011 taxes but has refused to provide additional returns, despite pressure from the Obama campaign and Democratic lawmakers.