Tim Pawlenty endorsed the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney on Monday, making the announcement in an appearance on Fox News hours before the Republican presidential candidates gather in Florida for another debate.
Mr. Pawlenty, who ended his quest for the Republican presidential nomination last month, chose Mr. Romney over Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, whom he was close to from their years serving together on the Republican Governors Association.
Many of Mr. Pawlenty’s contributors and supporters had been waiting for a signal from him in the escalating contest between Mr. Romney and Mr. Perry. And Mr.
Pawlenty had been looking for help to retire a campaign debt of at least $500,000.
In a statement announcing Mr. Pawlenty as the national co-chair of his campaign, Mr. Romney said that “Tim will be a trusted adviser as I move forward with my campaign. Tim has always been an advocate for lower taxes, reduced spending, and an environment where jobs can be created. It is an honor to have him serve as Co-Chair to my campaign for the presidency.” (Continues here)