Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty rehearsed what could be his presidential campaign stump speech with the Republican National Committee, and like any good speaker he knew to start with jokes.
"If you are a Republican in Minnesota, it is like being a polar bear in Miami," Pawlenty said as he opened his San Diego speech Thursday.
The jokes got a more partisan as Pawlenty moved on: "Apparently President Obama is making great progress on climate change. He is changing the political climate of this country toward Republicans."
Earlier in the week, the potential presidential candidate took another step to the national stage when the Republican Governors’ Association announced Pawlenty was elected vice chairman of the group.