Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says it is “highly unlikely” that he would run for president again.
On Minnesota Public Radio, Pawlenty said that he also probably would not consider being a vice presidential candidate.
However, he frequently said, “I am not ruling anything in or out.”
He did say he would not run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., next year, but would not say if he has thought about challenging U.S. Sen. Al Franken two years later.
While he did not rule out running for office again, the 50-year-old Pawlenty sounded like he was leaning against it. And Monday night, when the ex-governor’s official portrait was unveiled, his wife, Mary, suggested that the next chapter in his life may not be in politics.
Pawlenty dropped out of the Republican presidential race on Aug. 14, the day after a poor showing at an Ames, Iowa, straw poll. He said that he thought his campaign was out of money, but later discovered the campaign actually was in debt.
Today’s radio interview followed up on what he told reporters Monday night, that he is looking for jobs in the private sector. He said he probably will take two or three jobs within the next few months, then pare it down to one job later on. He said he is considering such positions on a board of directors, working in a think tank or policy group or even starting his own business.
Pawlenty’s official portrait was hung this morning on the Capitol’s ground floor, near the staff entrance to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s office.