Tim Pawlenty Quits Romney Campaign: Co-Chair of Republican Presidential Candidate Turns Wall Street Lobbyist (Watch latest Romney Video)
Sep 20, 2012 01:23 PM EDT
The co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, Tim Pawlenty announced Thursday that he is leaving Romney's campaign to become a Wall Street lobbyist to the Financial Services Round Table.
The departure seemed to be amicable and not caused by any internal animosity. This can be seen clearly in a statement, Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota released Thursday stating, "It is an honor to call Mitt and Ann my friends...As the campaign moves into the home stretch, he has my full support and continued faith in his vision and his policies," as reported on Yahoo News.
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Romney responded saying, "Tim Pawlenty is a dear friend...He's brought energy, intelligence and tireless dedication to every enterprise in which he's ever been engaged, and that certainly includes my presidential campaign...While I regret he cannot continue as co-chair of my campaign, his new position advancing the integrity of our financial system is vital to the future of our country," Romney said. "I congratulate him," as reported in Yahoo News.
Recently, the aspiring president has had a serious of step backs, particularly due to a comment he made last week, in which he was heard saying the 47 percent of Americans were "victims" and "dependent on the government."
In an attempt to soften his appearance the Romney campaign released a ten minute documentary film of the former Massachusetts governor in candid moments at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. The purpose of the video, which was posted on YouTube Thursday morning is to "better introduce their candidate to the nation, and to counter the image of him as a heartless corporate raider, has not materialized," according to Huffington Post's Jon Ward.
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