Pawlenty Praises Obama’s ‘Empathy’

by Robert Costa

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, a potential 2012 presidential contender, tells National Review Online that President Obama struck the right tone last night in Tucson.

“I thought that he expressed empathy and tried to convey a message of understanding for the people who lost lives and loved ones,” Pawlenty says.

The president, Pawlenty adds, connected with “the heartache and challenge that comes with that.”

Pawlenty is speaking at the National Press Club this afternoon as part of a promotional tour for Courage to Stand, his new memoir.