07/19/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pawlenty: McCain Not Vetting Me For Veep

Contrary to a blog report this week, Gov. Tim Pawlenty today said he is not being vetted by John McCain's campaign as a possible running mate.

"I have not been asked to provide any documents or information to the McCain campaign," Pawlenty said as he headed into a noontime speech to an energy conservation group at the St. Paul Hotel. He also said he hasn't authorized anyone to provide information about him to the campaign.

Marc Ambinder reported in theatlantic.com on Monday that "Republicans close to the McCain campaign" say Pawlenty, a national McCain campaign co-chairman, is one of eight to 10 candidates that "veepstakes supervisor" A.B. Culvahouse has begun vetting.

Pawlenty dismissed that report as speculation. "I'm not aware that I'm under consideration," he said.