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Posted at 10:12 PM ET, 02/12/2011

McDonnell, Pawlenty dine in Richmond Saturday

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, had dinner with former Minnesota governor and possible Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty Saturday night in Richmond.

The two dined at the Country Club of Virginia, along with 14 others, including McDonnell's wife, Maureen.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin declined to say who requested the meeting or what the two men spoke about. He described the dinner as a "casual event" and a chance for attendees to get to know Pawlenty.

The former governor, who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in the District Friday, campaigned for McDonnell in 2009.

McDonnell has repeatedly said he is not interested in running for president or vice president and has every intention of filling out his term as governor, which ends January 2013. But the dinner with Pawlenty will surely fuel speculation McDonnell has national ambitions.

His regular appearances on network shows have increased following last year's response to President Obama's State of the Union address and his election as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

By Anita Kumar  | February 12, 2011; 10:12 PM ET
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Comments

Pawlenty seems to be a nice enough guy, but let's be serious, he has absolutely no shot at becoming president. Thanks for blowing our tax dollars on a loser, Governor..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 13, 2011 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Pawlenty does have a shot at the presidency. There have been many examples in history of people who were relatively unknown at this stage of the process who have been elected president, Carter and Clinton to name just two. Also, don't assume that tax dollars were spent on this dinner.

Posted by: John9826 | February 13, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like a love lunch to me. After all, she is a Virgin who is looking to get married.

Posted by: ghhugh | February 13, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

MN is full of whack jobs, highly doubt that Pawlenty has a chance. McDonnell is a charmer, he'd be a great VP pick but it is a shame that he filled his cabinet are full of inexperienced whack jobs that have no common sense in governing, except being run by lobbyists and bureaucrats behind the scene.

Posted by: lampa | February 13, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

MN is full of whack jobs, highly doubt that Pawlenty has a chance. McDonnell is a charmer, he'd be a great VP pick but it is a shame that he filled his cabinet are full of inexperienced whack jobs that have no common sense in governing, except being run by lobbyists and bureaucrats behind the scene.

Posted by: lampa | February 13, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...Pawlenty wants to reinstate Don't Ask/Don't Tell...McDonnell could not even privatize the state liquor stores and actually borrowed money for roads...obviously neither one has a chance in hell!

Posted by: johnklenert | February 13, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Dinner for 14.

Guess who pays???????????????????

Posted by: bs2004 | February 14, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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