McDonnell, Pawlenty dine in Richmond Saturday
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.
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.
| February 12, 2011; 10:12 PM ET
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