During an appearance in the early-nominating state of Iowa, former Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Monday that he could beat President Obama in a 2012 match-up while staying true to his socially conservative values.
“Yes of course,” Pawlenty said when asked if he could win, CNN reports. “If you’re not willing to stand by your values, what’s the point in doing it anyhow?”
Pawlenty, who has not officially entered the presidential race but is widely expected to run, was in Sioux City, Iowa to attend a lecture series sponsored by the socially-conservative group Family Leader. He touted his oppositon to abortion rights and same-sex marriage in a speech that portrayed the potential presidential candidate as a “devout, but approachable, Christian,” according to the Des Moines Register.