Tim Pawlenty doesn't agree with everything Trump says, but will support him


Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's now going to support Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race.

"I'm going to support the nominee, it is going to be Donald Trump," Pawlenty said to the BBC on Wednesday. "I certainly don't agree with everything that Donald Trump says or the way he says it, but I'm going to support the nominee."

It's a change for the former governor, who earlier this election cycle said he was supporting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (who a few weeks later suspended his campaign).

Pawlenty said the Republican Party establishment brought Trump on themselves by making promises, but not following through on issues like immigration and tax cuts.

The 55-year-old St. Paul native is currently CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, an influential banking lobbying group. He hasn’t served in public office since leaving the Minnesota governor’s mansion in 2011, but is still a notable face in the Republican party.

Pawlenty said that he has some reservations about Trump and his attitude – but if the mogul makes some improvement, he "would be better than Hillary Clinton."

Also on Wednesday, Pawlenty was interviewed on Fox Business, where he said that Trump's people have not reached out to him about being a possible vice president on the ticket, adding that Trump needs to bring in someone with "a deeper level depth of mastery on issues."

So what did Pawlenty say about his previous endorsement, Rubio?

"In Marco Rubio you get that strength [of Trump], but it is an informed strength" on issues like national security and foreign affairs, Pawlenty said during his endorsement of the senator on CNN.

Trump had also questioned if Rubio running was unconstitutional, to which Pawlenty replied: "Just retweeting and saying 'I don't know' is really reckless. There is no issue here. It is bizarre."

After Rubio (who won the Minnnesota Republican caucuses) dropped out, he urged Minnesotans to support Ted Cruz. Cruz dropped out earlier this week.

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