Protesters interrupt Pawlenty on stump in Ohio

Labor-affiliated protesters interrupted a speech by former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty while he was stumping for Mitt Romney at campaign event in the battleground state of Ohio. They shouted, "Pawlenty, go home!" At one point, a Romney supporter tried to quiet one of the Pawlenty protesters by shoving a water bottle in his mouth, HuffingtonPost reports.
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About eight labor-affiliated protesters made a racket at a campaign event in Parma, Ohio, while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was trying to speak, HuffingtonPost reports. They chanted for several minutes while Pawlenty spoke, drawing an angry reaction from Romney supporters around them.

President Barack Obama has been campaigning in the state this week and political tensions there are running high. The tactic of using shouting protesters to try to drown out a speaker at a public event is becoming more common in this bitterly contested presidential campaign, HuffingtonPost reports.

Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled together in Ohio to slam Obama and boost Romney, the Toledo Blade reports.

Speculation about Pawlenty being tapped by Romney to be his running mate continues.

Pawlenty and Jindal seem to be trending up in the veepstakes this week, the New York Daily News reports.

A recent poll showed a majority of Americans have no opinion of Pawlenty and several others believed to be among Romney's top choices for VP.

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