Updated: The Pawlenty-McDonnell Press Conference
Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota governor and possible GOP presidential hopeful, appeared with Republican Bob McDonnell this afternoon at a downtown Richmond hotel after a fundraising lunch for the gubernatorial nominee.
The packed news conference did not go well -- marking a rare stumble for the usually organized McDonnell campaign.
A couple reporters were allowed to dominate the news conference -- which started almost 30 minutes late -- with questions about McDonnell's 20-year-old thesis and Gov. Tim Kaine's budget cuts.
McDonnell was calm and relaxed under some tough questioning, although he didn't say much new (beyond criticizing Kaine for miscalculating the ever-escalating budget shortfall). But his staff abruptly ended the news conference anyway, leaving most of the remaining reporters who were never called on yelling questions at McDonnell and Pawlenty as they tried to leave.
Pawlenty, a rising star in the Republican Party who was considered as John McCain's running mate last year, was quickly escorted out of the room. But McDonnell was not so lucky -- he was caught in the hall by angry reporters, some with TV cameras.
The result? No one got to ask Pawlenty any questions, including basic ones such as: "Are you running for president?" or "How can the Republicans start winning again?" or "Why do you support Bob McDonnell?"
UPDATE: McDonnell's campaign reports that 20 people came to the Pawlenty lunch, raising $75,000.
September 9, 2009; 2:20 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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