In an opinion piece published by Politico late Wednesday night, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) asked conservatives which they would prefer more: a Republican candidate with conservative values or a Republican in the White House.
He wrote, “considering what’s at stake—the possibility of four more years of President Barack Obama’s ruinously wrongheaded ideas—electability is a key factor. We have to win.”
The former GOP presidential candidate touted Romney’s experience in the private sector, pointing out that “He has an extraordinary command of the economic challenges we face, gained from day-in, day-out experience working in the marketplace. If ever America needed a leader who knows his way around the business world, it is now.”
The op-ed concludes with yet another dig at challenger Rick Perry’s statements on Social Security. The two campaigns have traded barbs with increasing frequency and intensity over the last few days, building tension before tonight’s debate.