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Pawlenty: Hope my Fla supporters help Romney



Tim Pawlenty is heading to Tampa for tonight's CNN/Tea Party Express debate, not as a candidate this time but as a surrogate for Mitt Romney.

"Gov. Romney has unmatched experience and skills and talents when it comes to the economy and creating private sector jobs,'' Pawlenty told the St. Pete Times, explaining why he backed Romney over Rick Perry."

Despite his low poll numbers, Pawlenty had won some prominent Florida endorsements and supporters, including fundraiser Phil Handy, and future state House Speakers Will Weatherford, Chris Dorworth and Richard Corcoran. "We were very fortunate that we had great support in Florida from some emerging leaders. I'm hoping that as many of them as possible will join the Romney team. I'm certainly going to be talking to a number of them to make the case."

Pawlenty echoed Romney's argument that Rick Perry will be vulnerable in the general election for having written that Social Security is unconstitutional and a failure.

"Gov. Romney has the better position. He doesn't believe that it should be abolished or that it's a failure."

[Last modified: Monday, September 12, 2011 3:45pm]


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