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Pawlenty debates on national TV

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty debated the Russia-Georgia crisis on national television Sunday in an appearance that pitted him against another vice presidential hopeful.

Pawlenty, reportedly high on Sen. John McCain's running mate list, said Americans would prefer that his candidate face foreign leaders. But Indiana U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh rattled off a list of foreign-policy items that he said showed his candidate, Barak Obama, would be the best to deal with other countries.

The two appeared on CBS Television's "Face the Nation," seated side-by-side, with host Bob Schieffer sitting to the side.

Schieffer introduced the segment saying the show tries to put potential vice presidential candidates on the air. Neither Pawlenty nor Bayh would comment on their prospects.

Obama and McCain have avoided saying anything in public about who they are considering as running mates.

Davis works for Forum Communications Co., which owns the Daily Globe.

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.