We can speculate all day about who Mitt Romney will pick for his running mate, but it's just that...speculation.
One thing we know is that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been pounding the pavement hard for Romney for months. He's become one of Romney's go-to surrogates and is rumored to be very high on the list of his picks for vice president.
Pawlenty, once considered a strong contender for the Republican nomination himself, would be considered by many to be fit for office should Romney win.
Beltway Buzz caught up with Pawlenty's long time pastor, Leith Anderson. He's also the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, a non-partisan organization, so he's not making any endorsements. Nut he did share a bit about his relationship with T-Paw.
He also addresses the potential impact of having an evangelical Christian on the Republican ticket (full transcript after the video).
Leith Anderson: We all like people who are like us and so evangelicals like other evangelicals and I'm sure that evangelicals would be and are delighted whenever there's an evangelical running for office because we like evangelicals.
National Association of Evangelicals, we don't endorse candidates and we don't endorse specific legislation, but I've been Tim Pawlenty's pastor for most of his life. I married them over 25 years ago. I've known her since she was in high school and they're good friends and wonderful evangelical Christians. So yeah, I believe in him, and look forward to seeing who the choice will be for the Republican vice presidential candidate.