Live Blog Vikings explain Peterson decision Gov. Pawlenty speaks to National Press Club in Washington Politics St. Paul, Minn. · Aug 5, 2008 Listen Midday Hour 2 Aug 6, 2008 53min 55sec Gov. Tim Pawlenty Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Gov. Tim Pawlenty tells the National Press Club audience how the Republican Party can meet the needs of what he calls "Sam's Club Republicans." He is reportedly on the short list of running mates for Republican presidential candidate John McCain.