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Klobuchar, Pawlenty on veep list

ST. PAUL - One of the country's most quoted political scientists labels U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. Tim Pawlenty as potential vice presidential candidates.

Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics said the Minnesota governor is a conservative who offers a "Midwest twist, executive experience." It is good that Republican Pawlenty, whom he called a "McCain favorite," is from a swing state.

However, Sabato said, on the downside it is "questionable whether he could carry MN after weak 2006 performance."

Klobuchar has been mentioned as a possible running mate, but not nearly as much as Pawlenty is linked with U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Klobuchar, in office just three months, would be a "good counter-move to Pawlenty," Sabato wrote last week. She also earns marks for "some legislative and law enforcement experience." However, he added, she would bring little to a national ticket since Minnesota already is likely to vote Democratic and she has a "liberal record, minimal elected office experience, no foreign policy background."

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.