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April 11th, 2012
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Will Romney consider Santorum as running mate? Fmr. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty weighs in

Rick Santorum, the only GOP presidential candidate even close to Mitt Romney in the delegate count, has suspended his campaign.

The question now: will he put his support behind Mitt Romney, a candidate that he has repeatedly and pretty viciously attacked during campaign? And will Romney consider him as his running mate?

Former Republican Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty talks with Soledad O'Brien this morning on "Starting Point" to talk about the shift in the field.

Pawlenty said with Santorum suspending his campaign, it's time for the Republican party to coalesce and support Romney.

"The Republican and Conservative Coalition is a coalition," Pawlenty says. "And we need all of the pieces to come together to make this a successful campaign."

Ryan Lizza with "The New Yorker" asks Pawlenty if Santorum will be considered for the V.P. slot. Pawlenty says it's possible.

"I think there's going to be a big list of people to consider for vice president," Pawlenty says. "I think it would be premature to say anybody should be excluded from that list. And I'm sure in many people's minds, the minds of the pundits, Rick Santorum will be on the list; whether he would be ultimately selected or not, who knows."

Pawlenty adds "I think a lot of people would say he's somebody who should be considered. But I know Governor Romney hasn't even started to put a list like that together in any formal way. So it would be premature to even speculate about it."

See more of the interview below.


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